Retreat Centra

Dhamma Group Brussels (Belgium)

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.

April 2 – 25 Sayadaw U Thuzana

June 25 – July 11 (dates to be confirmed) Sayadaw U Nanujjota

August 13 – 29 (activity to be confirmed) Sayadaw U Vasettha

Panditarama Lumbini

Centre in the Buddha’s birthplace (Lumbini, Nepal) under the guidance of Sayadaw U Vivekananda (Germany) and Burmese nun Sayalay Bhadda Manika. 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.

The government of Nepal has decided to continue enforcing the restriction measures in educational institutions (schools, colleges, tuition centers and training centers) until further notice to curb possible spread of the COVID-19.
Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center will be offering online teachings for home retreatants starting October 19, 2020 (Monday) consisting of up to five (5) meditation interviews a week by Skype, two (2) live Dhamma talks a week and selected recorded talks.
The retreat applicants are requested to practice daily sitting meditation for five (5) hours and walking meditation for four and a half (4.5) hours.
Twenty (20) slots at a time will be available.
If you are interested please send your application by email to mentioning your
📍 motivation, past meditation retreats (teacher, tradition, duration, and location),
📍 willingness to observe the five or eight precepts,
📍 your location and time zone, and
📍 proposed retreat duration.
See also the Sayadaw’s Additional Instructions.
See also Facebook page.
Panditarama Forest Meditation Centre

Forest centre in Myanmar (Burma), established 1993 by Sayadaw U Pandita (1921 – 2016). From December 1 2020 till January 31 2021 the 22st Special Retreat for strangers will be given by senior students of Sayadaw U Pandita. I did participate seven times in the past eight years and find it highly recommendable.


When you are seriously considering to participate, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Tathagata Meditation Centre – TMC (California, USA)

Meditation centre 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).

Due to the corona virus all activities are suspended until February 1 2021.