“When one experiences truth, the madness of finding fault with others disappears.”

- SN Goenka

Cultural diversity

We live in a society rich with people of different appearance, genders, backgrounds, cultures and religions.

The Vipassana Meditation Centre Hawkesbury, Dhamma Pāsāda, welcomes all to our courses. Despite our diverse beginnings and our unique lives, when we come to a Vipassana course we are united by a common cause and a common purpose, to solve the mystery of human suffering.

Non-sectarian program

Although this meditation practice comes from Gotama the Buddha, it is presented in a non-sectarian format. The Buddha was not interested in converting people. He had found the path to end suffering and his only interest was to share this knowledge with others. It is the same today. The cause of suffering lies within each of us and we only need to look inside to find its solution. This process works for anyone regardless of their origins or traditions. This is what you will learn here.


On every course we have many students whose native language is not English. Course materials are available in almost fifty languages and some courses are even bilingual. If English is not your native language then someone from the centre will contact you to see how we can accommodate you.

Physical and mental health

A Vipassana course is a rigorous and demanding undertaking, and you need to be in a good state of both physical and mental health to attend a course. You need to be well enough to follow the full timetable and schedule.

Some applicants may have a special requirement due to a health condition, a physical limitation, pregnancy, or a medical dietary restriction. We hope to accept most people with limitations, but we need to know the extent of your requirements well before your arrival. If you have a special need, please describe in the section of the application from that asks, ‘Is there anything to you wish to add?’ We will contact you to discuss your needs.

If you have a mental health condition, past or present, the course may not be suitable for you. When you apply you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire in order to give us a more detailed picture of your condition and history. We may then need to seek advice from a health professional when considering whether it is in your best interest to attend a course.