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.

June 24 – July 10: Summer Retreat with Sayadaw U Ñanujjota (ONLINE from Burma), assisted by Sayalay Daw Vajirañani (present at Dhammaramsi)

October 21 – 30: Vipassana and Abhidhamma retreat with Sayadaw U Ottarañana (to be confirmed)

Saraniya Dhamma Meditation Centre (Manchester)

English branch of Panditarama Family, the only Panditarama centre in Europe. There is one Burmese monk living: Sayadaw U Taraka. See also Facebook page.

April 15 – 24: Easter Intensive

August 20 – 28: Waso Intensive

December 24 – January 1: December Intensive

Individual retreats are possible from a few days up to one month.

Panditarama Lumbini

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.

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.
From November 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 resident teachers at Panditarama Lumbini will be conducting a Panditarama Lumbini Online Retreat program using Skype as a platform. Participants are offered four to five guided-interviews with two live Dhamma talks and five recorded Dhamma talks per week.
May 2 – 13, 2022 Sayadaw U Vivekananda and Sayalay Daw Bhaddamanika will – ONLINE from Lumbini – conduct a retreat at Abdijhoeve Betlehem, Doetinchem, Netherlands.
Panditarama Forest Meditation Centre

Forest centre in Myanmar (Burma), established 1993 by Sayadaw U Pandita (1921 – 2016). From December 1 2021 till January 31 2022 the 22st Special Retreat for strangers will be given by senior students of Sayadaw U Pandita.

It is with regret that Panditarama announces that this year’s 60-day retreat will not be conducted due to the restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. No applications are currently being accepted, either for the 60-day retreat or for other times of the year. When conditions permit Panditarama to safely open to meditators, it will be announced on this website. Your understanding and mettā are appreciated.

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.