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Dhamma Ganga, is the first Vipassana Meditation Center in West Bengal, Kolkata. The center is located in North of Kolkata, Sodepur & was started in 1989 and since then it has been conducting regular Vipassana courses. It is constructed in approximately 120 cottahs with accommodation for about 80 meditators (male & female) in a single course. Simple Vegetarian food is served during the course. The center is located on the banks of river Ganga and thus the name.
The Centre is easily approachable from Kolkata by local train, bus, and taxi and from Howrah by bus and taxi. Local trains are available from Sealdah station upto Sodepur station and buses upto Panihati Municipality. From there, one can walk to the Centre or take a rickshaw. From airport hire a pre paid taxi for Baro Mandir Ghat Sodepur.
Apply online: http://schedule.vridhamma.org/courses/ganga
All courses offered at the Vipassana Meditation Centre, Dhamma Ganga, are conducted by assistant teachers of Sri.S.N. Goenkausing audio and video recordings of Goenka ji’s instructions and discourses. All ten day courses begin the evening of the arrival day and end early morning of the departure day.
There are no charges for the courses - not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. Expenses are largely met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.
The technique of Vipassana meditation is a practical way to achieve peace of mind and live a happy, productive life. It is learned by attending a ten-days residential course with a qualified teacher where the student is free from distractions so that the reality within can be observed. This technique helps practitioners come out of suffering; it is non-sectarian and is suitable to all people regardless of religion, gender, race or nationality.
Before applying for a course you should read and accept the code of discipline which explains what Vipassana is and is not, and what is expected of you when attending a course, which is a serious undertaking.
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