Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center (Dhamma Sota) is not only in India but one of the major centers of the world. Here, along with the 10-day Vipassana course, some short courses are also organized. Let us know more about the Delhi Vipassana Center (Dhamma Sota).
Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center (Dhamma Sota), Sohna
Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center is also known as Dhamma Sota. It is located at Rahka village, Sohna (Haryana), which is about 70 Km from New Delhi railway station. This center was established in the year 2000.
Dhamma Sota is spread over 16 acres of land and is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills. It is a very beautiful place surrounded by lush green trees. The serene, pure, and fresh environment here fascinates us from day one. Here we get a rare opportunity to see the peacock, the national bird of India. There is a different joy of practicing Vipassana in this enchanting environment. Not only the Delhi Vipassana Center but if we go to any center of the world, we get to see such a calm and pleasant atmosphere.
The capacity of this center is 120 for the accommodation of students. Dham Hall (Meditation Hall) has a capacity of 125 students and Pagoda (Meditation Cells) has a capacity of 108.
How To Reach Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center (Dhamma Sota), Sohna
By Taxi or Car
From any part of Delhi, we can easily reach Dhamma Sota by taxi or rented car.
- Via Gurgaon: Students coming from New Delhi airport, first come to NH-8 ( The Jaipur Highway) and take a left turn from Rajiv Chowk. After traveling for about 22 Km, take the road to Parwal. After a 4 Km journey on this road, take a left turn from Sohna Ballabhgarh. After about 4 Km, a large hoarding of Dhamma Sota will be seen. Take a right turn from this hoarding. After about 1 Km you will be at the Dhamma Sota.
- Via Faridabad: Students coming from the Faridabad route first reached Faridabad by Mathura Road. After reaching Faridabad, take a right turn towards Batkal Lake. After crossing the flyover, take a left turn from the roundabout and travel for about 9 Km. After traveling 9 Km, you will reach the T-Crossing Road. This is Sohna Ballabhgarh Road. Take a right turn from T-Crossings Road. After traveling 15 Km from here, you will see the banner of Dhamma Sota. From here, after taking a left turn and traveling for 1 Km, you will reach the Dhamma Sota Vipassana Center.
- Via Sohna: First reach Sarai Kale Khan or ISBT bus stand and take the Inter-State bus. This bus will drop you at Sohna. Take a tempo or auto-rickshaw from Sohna to Nimmoth Police Post. The distance of Dhamma Sota from here is only 1 Km.
- Via Gurgaon: Take the Inter-State Bus from New Delhi and land at Rajiv Chawk (Gurgaon). Reach Nimmoth Police Post from Rajiv Chawk by auto-rickshaw. The distance of Dhamma Sota from the Nimmoth Police Post is only 1 Km. You can reach the center easily by walking or auto rickshaw.
- Via Ballabhgarh: Go to Sarai Kale Khan or ISBT bus stand and take the Inter-State bus for Ballabhgarh. You will easily get a bus from Ballabhgarh to Dhamma Sota.
- Via Gurgaon: Catch the Yellow Line (Metro) and land at Huda Centre. Take shared auto-rickshaw for Sohna Road. Take either shared or private auto-rickshaw for Nimmoth Police Post. You may easily reach Dhamma Sota by walking or taking a rickshaw from Nimmoth Police Post.
- Via Badarpur: Catch the Violet Line (Metro) and land at Badarpur. Take a bus from Badarpur to Ballabhgarh. You will easily get a bus for Dhamma Sota from Ballabhgarh.
A lot of EMU trains are available from the New Delhi railway station. You can reach Ballabhgarh by any train. Dhamma Sota can be reached easily by bus from Ballabhgarh.
Glimpse Of Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center (Dhamma Sota), Sohna
As mentioned earlier, Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center (Dhamma Sota) is one of the major centers of the world and the quiet and gentle atmosphere here is indescribable. Seeing the system and discipline of the high order here, we have reverence for Vipassana in our hearts. Let’s get to know the beauty of this center and the different places closely:
The entrance of this grand center is also grand. Seeing this entrance from outside, it is known that how big will be the center from inside. This strong and huge gate of iron is closed once, then it opens only after 10 days (after the completion of course).
Registration Area (Hall)
There are two registration points going slightly ahead of the entry gate. One for women and the other for men. Mobiles, Computers, Wallets, etc. are deposited during registration and are returned after the completion of the course. If we want a laundry service, then we have to tell it during registration.
After the completion of the 10 Day Vipassana Course, both these registration areas have an exhibition of books and CDs related to Vipassana. We can buy them to know Vipassana in more depth.
A little ahead of the registration points is the parking area on the right. Good parking arrangements have been made for the students who come here by car, bike, or any other vehicle for the course. During the course, the key of the vehicle is also deposited, which is returned only after the completion of the course.
Female Student’s Area
A little ahead of the parking area is the female student’s area. This course of 10 days is organized simultaneously for women and men, but arrangements are completely different for women and men.
Women are not allowed to enter the men’s area and likewise, men are not allowed to enter the women’s area. Arrangements for the dining hall, residence, meditation hall, pagoda, etc. are different for women and men. In other words, the area of women and men is different at the same Vipassana Meditation Center.
Residence Of Male Students
A little further on the scenic path in front of the registration area, there is a residence of male students on the left. These habitats are divided into blocks (A, B, C, D ….). Each block has a few rooms. Each student is given a separate room.
Rooms are small but full of amenities. Toilets and bathrooms are in the room. There is a good arrangement of light, fan, bed, pillow, blanket, etc. in the room. A system of hot and cold water for bathing is available.
There is a large and beautiful garden in front of the residence of male students. After lunch, after evening break, or in any free time, students can walk and sit here. This garden is green and spacious. Walking paths have also been made for a walk around it.
The dining hall here is big and very clean. You will not get a single chance to complain about food and kitchen hygiene. Talking about the quality and taste of food, it is one of the best on both these parameters.
There are some rules of food here. Students are given fixed seats and utensils to eat on the first day. Students have to use the same seat and utensils throughout the course. After the meal, the students have to wash the plate, bowl, glass, spoon, etc. and keep them in a fixed place.
This is an important place of the center. The Pagoda consists of small cells (cabins) in which students practice Vipassana. There is no arrangement of lights and fans. Meditation has a different experience in these cells. There are a total of 108 cells at the Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center.
In the initial days of the 10 day course, these cells are given only to the old students for practice. Sales are given to new students for the practice of Vipassana on the sixth or seventh day of the course.
Once a cell is given to students for practice, they have to use the same cell for practice during the entire course.
In front of the pagoda is the residence of the teacher. This place of residence is not less than a bungalow. The teacher’s stay is arranged here. During the whole course, new and old students are not allowed to come here.
Dhamma Hall (Meditation Hall)
This is the most prominent place of the Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center (Dhamma Sota). It is almost impossible to describe the atmosphere of this hall in words. The holy atmosphere here captivates our mind as soon as we enter this hall. The capacity of this hall is about 70 students. Students practice Vipassana in this hall.
The teacher’s seat is in this hall. There are mattresses for the students to sit on. On the first day of the course, students are allotted fixed seats for practice. From the first day of the course till the end, the students have to practice sitting on their allotted seats.
For the first three and a half days of the 10-Day Course, students practice Anapana in this hall. The practice of Vipassana begins on the fourth day which lasts till the last day.
Activities Before Commencement Of 10 Day Course At Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center
As stated earlier, there are completely different arrangements for women and men at Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center. After reaching the center, the activities of this place also vary for women and men. Activities after arrival at the center:
- Registration: Students have to fill the form in the registration process. Some personal information has to be given in the form as well. If a student wants a laundry facility, he/she has to tell it at the time of registration. Students are also allotted rooms during registration.
- Lunch and Tea break: The process of registration starts in the morning and students come throughout the day. Since it is evening for the students coming from far away to reach here, there is also lunch break and tea break in between.
- Meeting: In the evening, new and old students are gathered in the dining hall. The students are informed about the rules and daily timetable of the Delhi Vipassana Center. These rules and daily timetable are the same at all Vipassana Centers of the world. Brief information about Vipassana is also given.
- Dhamma Hall (Meditation Hall): After the meeting, the students are brought to the Dhamma Hall (Meditation Hall) and Anapana is practiced for a while. The course begins with the practice of Anapana.
Some More Information About The 10-Day Course and the Delhi Vipassana Center
- The rules and routines of the Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center are very strict. Students have to follow these rules and routines under any circumstances.
- The most important rule of this center is Noble Silence. That is, students cannot talk among themselves. Neither by speech nor by gestures.
- If there is any complaint or suggestion related to the system, then students are allowed to talk to the Dhamma Sevaks.
- Students can meet the teacher if they have any questions related to practice.
- Dinner is not available. And for the older students, even evening snacks are not available.
- The laundry facility costs money.
- Once the course starts, it is not allowed to leave the course midway
- Students can meet the teacher if they have any questions related to practice.
- It is not allowed to do any kind of exercise, worship, reading, chanting, and writing.
A Brief Introduction to Vipassana
Vipassana is a meditation technique in which we make our mind subtle through practice. Through this subtle mind, we see the hidden impurities (anger, greed, fear, etc.) of our subconscious mind as subtle sensations arising on the body.
To eliminate these impurities hidden in the subconscious mind, it is important to observe these sensations arising on the body with equanimity. On observing the sensations with equanimity, one by one all the impurities disappear from the root. We become free from the impurities of the mind. This practice is called Vipassana. It was discovered by Gautam Buddha about 2500 years ago.
How To Apply For The 10- Day Vipassana Meditation Course
It is very easy. To apply for this course, you have to fill the application form on the official website of Vipassana. There are also some personal questions in the application form. You have to answer them all. In the form, you can fill the Delhi Vipassana Center as your desired center. You are notified by mail and phone a few days after applying.
Prerequisites for the application:
- You must have a private email.
- Identity card (Aadhaar card, PAN card, Voter card, Driving license, or Passport) is mandatory.
- Medication prescription (if you are taking medical treatment).
Alternative To Vipassana Meditation
Vipassana is priceless. It cannot be compared with any other meditation. But it is also true that learning Vipassana is not easy. It requires hard work, discipline, and patience to learn it. It is impossible to learn it while staying at home or listening. Even after joining the 10 days program, it can be learned only after facing many problems.
I have been practicing Vipassana for almost 8 years. I have inspired many people to learn and practice Vipassana. I get mails from many people that it is not possible for them to take out 10 days of life to learn Vipassana. Knowing about the difficulties faced while learning Vipassana, people get nervous and start thinking about alternatives of Vipassana.
I get many emails in which people ask about the best alternative to Vipassana. Although there is no alternative to Vipassana, but if you desire is to learn new dimensions of meditation and spiritual world, then I recommend people to learn and practice Mindful Meditation.
Mindful Meditation is also like a course but it does not require strict rules and discipline to learn. You can learn this while staying at home. Its benefits are also innumerable.
Although you can learn Mindful Meditation from anywhere, it is not free like Vipassana. There is a fee for this course. I learned it before Vipassana and practiced it for a year. The results were positive.
Every meditation has a goal. The goal of Vipassana is to destroy the diseases of the mind hidden in the depths of our subconscious mind. Vipassana works very deeply, so it takes time.
On the other hand, the goal of Mindful Meditation is to focus our mind completely on the present and to experience what is happening in the present moment with full concentration. Living in the present moment enables us to see even those truths that no one knows about.
If you are also looking for an alternative to Vipassana, then I recommend you to learn mindful meditation based on my experience. This is the best alternative to Vipassana. You can learn more about it by clicking the button below. And if the information sounds good, you can enroll in Mindful Meditation.
If you want to do a 10-day Vipassana course and take benefits of Vipassana then Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center is a good choice. Spread over 18 acres, this Vipassana center is one of the major centers of the world. The pure and serene environment here is one of the best for Vipassana Meditation.
Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center is also known as Dhamma Sota. Large parking has been arranged for the students coming from their vehicles. Different arrangements have been made for women and men at this center.
There is a good arrangement for the students to stay at the Delhi Vipassana Center. Each student is given a separate room. The room is fully equipped. The dining hall and kitchen here are neat and clean.
The atmosphere of the Dhamma Hall (Meditation Hall) is very sacred here. During the course, students are given cells for practice. It is a great experience to practice in cells.
Students coming to the Vipassana Courses have to go through the registration process. Mobiles, laptops, etc. are deposited. After registration, the students are taken to the Dhamma Hall (Meditation Hall) and the course starts.
The rules and timetable of the Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center are very strict. Students have to complete the course only by following those rules and timetable.
Vipassana has changed the lives of many people. This precious meditation technique cannot be compared to the wealth around the world. This meditation technique is so effective that even scientists have acknowledged its deep effects. This is the reason that today it has centers in more than ninety countries, where people are learning the Vipassana and moving on the path of liberation.
Through this article, we have made a small effort to give information about the Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center. Hope you have got detailed information about this center by reading this article.
The credit for this article goes to Mr. Sagar Dave, who completed a 10-day course at the Delhi Vipassana Meditation Center. This article has been written based on the information given by him. Without Mr. Sagar Dave it would not have been possible to write this article.
Other Famous Vipassana Meditation Centers In India:
- Jaipur Vipassana Meditation Centers (Dhamma Thali)
- Igatpuri Vipassana Meditation Center (Dhamma Giri)
- Mumbai Vipassana Center (Dhamma Pattana)
- Bangalore Vipassana Center (Dhamma Paphulla)
- Kolhapur Vipassana Center (Dhammalaya)
- Pune Vipassana Center (Dhamma Punna)
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