May 2 – 12, 2023: Vipassana retreat with Sayadaw U Vivekananda and Sayalay Daw Vimalañani.
Vipassana (Mahasi method) with Guus Went and Jerome Stoel. Dutch spoken.
Abdijhoeve Betlehem, Doetinchem, Netherlands.
July 31 – August 11, 2023
Tathagata Meditation Center in San José, California, established in 1991 by Vietnamese Americans. Here the Mahasi technique is being taught and practiced as it was taught by Sayadaw U Pandita. Sayadaw U Thuzana, the current head monk of this centre, is annually teaching in centre Dhammaramsi in Belgium (see above).
September 1 – October 31: 60-day Vipassana retreat with Sayadaw U Thuzana.
Established in 1950, in this place, Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha, the Mahasi Sayadaw has been teaching until his passing away 1982, and subsequently his successor Sayadaw U Pandita until 1990.
Forest centre in Myanmar (Burma), established 1993 by Sayadaw U Pandita (1921 – 2016).
The annual Special Retreat for international yogis at the Panditarama Forest Center will not be held this year.
This retreat in beautiful Malaysia provides a place for international meditators to practice according to the instructions given by the most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, under the guidance of meditation teachers, England Sayadaw U Nanujjota, Sayalay Daw Vajirañani and Sayagyi Daw Khemanandi, who were trained under Sayadaw U Panditabivamsa.
Registration is now open and applications will be accepted until October 31, 2023. All applicants must speak English sufficiently enough to listen to Dhamma talks and interview without aid of a translator or translation device. Only lay meditators will be accepted, monks and nuns are not eligible for this retreat.
For more information and to apply, please visit saddhamma.org
Centre in the Buddha’s birthplace (Lumbini, Nepal) under the guidance of Sayadaw U Vivekananda (Germany, 1956) and Burmese nun Sayalay Bhadda Manika (1955). They were both students of Sayadaw U Pandita (1921 – 2016, Burma), Mahasi Sayadaw’s successor. Every year in April, May and June U Vivekananda uses to go to Europe, Australia or USA for teaching, and Daw Bhadda Manika uses to go to Malaysia or Indonesia. The rest of the year one can apply for a retreat in this centre with a minimum of seven days. Here I went in 2011, 2015 en 2016. See also Facebook page for up-to-date communication and events.
English branch of Panditarama Family, the only Panditarama centre in Europe. There is one Burmese monk living: Sayadaw U Taraka. See also Facebook page.
December 22 – January 1: December Intensive
Individual retreats are possible from a few days up to one month.
Vipassana-retreats in Burmese Mahasi tradition in Dhammaramsi Meditation Centre in Rivière (between Namur and Dinant, Belgium). A few times a year Myanmarese monks and nuns are teaching here who have been trained by Sayadaw U Pandita (1921-2016). Thanks to the generosity of the couple who are the owners of this centre, costs for food and lodging are about half as much as usual in the Netherlands.
See also Facebookpage.