Welcome to Dhamma Pataka

Dhamma Pataka (Flag of Dhamma) is one of the many centres around the world dedicated to the practice of Vipassana meditation as taught by S. N. Goenka.

The centre is situated near Worcester in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is at the end of a quiet road, is nestled in a semi circle of mountains, overlooking the Breede Valley; is easily accessible being 7 km off the national N1 which runs between Johannesburg and Cape Town, and close to train and bus transport.

Residential meditation courses are held here throughout the year.Dhamma Pataka can currently accommodate about 55 students on each course. For the most part the accommodation consists of newly renovated single rooms with bathroom and shower.

Dhamma Pataka is owned and managed by the Vipassana Trust, a registered not-for-profit organisation.

Introduction to Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana means "to see things as they really are". It is a process of self-purification by self-observation. It is an ancient technique from India, which was originally taught by the Buddha. The teaching is universal and not connected with any religious organisation and can be practised by anyone without conflict with existing religious beliefs or absence of beliefs. For those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation we recommend visiting the International Vipassana Website for an introduction.

Applying for a course

Vipassana meditation is taught during ten-day residential courses. This period has been found to be the minimum necessary for new students to understand the technique and its benefits through their own experience. To apply for a course please read the Code of Discipline and then find a convenient date in the South Africa Course Schedules, and submit an online application form.

Course finances

Courses are run solely on a donation basis. No charges are made, not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from those who have already completed courses, experienced the benefits of Vipassana and wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and others who help on the courses volunteer their time freely