Vipassana Meditation Centre, Cheriyanad, Kerala, India
About the Centre Dhamma Ketana
The Centre is situated on
a tranquil 5.2 acre land in Cheriyanad,
a village near Chengannur
town, in the south
History: Courses in Kerala started in 1993. Until September 2006 65 ten-days courses were conducted in rented sites. Over the years the demand for a proper centre grew. But only in May 2006 the land for the centre was identified after several years of search by Kerala Vipassana Samiti.
The existence of this abandoned home on the site made it possible for at least one-day courses to be started without delay. On August 15 , 2006 the first-ever 1-day course was conducted.
Before December 21st when the first 10-day course starts the centre must be ready to accommodate males and females in segregated parts. For which the following has to be constructed:
Bathrooms, a kitchen, dining hall, a separate house for the teacher, room for servers and a meditation hall.
The above mentioned facilities will enable the centre to accommodate approx. 17 males and 7 females so that regular courses can start without delay.
Over the next couple of years the following permanent buildings will be constructed:
Ø Dhamma Hall for 100 meditators
Ø Segregated residential accommodation
Ø Dining hall
Ø Office block
Ø The master plan also includes a Pagoda for construction in future
The compound consists of a flat ground of 3.1 acres and a low lying portion of 2.1 acres. The lowland has a coconut plantation and faces a vast expanse of rice paddy field. The 3.1 acres flatland has trees and coconut plantation.
The low-lying back portion of the compound. The 3.1 acres flatland has abundant freshwater in a well and 2 ponds. (The coconut trees are within the compound.)
Monsoon: from June to October
Hottest months: March to May
Other months are temperate 21-35 degrees.
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