Vipassana Meditation Centre, Cheriyanad, Kerala, India
Old students having completed at least one 10-days course may apply to give service. To serve is not only a great contribution to offer Vipassana courses in this unique way but it is very beneficial in helping strengthen and developing one's own practice.
Since the Centre is still in its initial stage of development, we need not only service during courses and for maintenance of the centre but also for construction and developmental activities.
Old students may apply to serve a course full- or part-time. Servers are always needed on courses and you may even apply to serve on a course which is already in progress. Please read the Code of Conduct for Dhamma Workers* and then contact: email@example.com
Long term Service:
Caretaker: There always has to be at least one person staying as a long term server in the centre:
His responsibility broadly covers : - storekeeping
- maintenance of office
- point of contact
- general administration related to the centre
Other responsibilities like attending helping in construction, helping in the garden, setting up a database, keeping the accounts ... will be according to skills and likings
Dhamma Service for construction and developmental activities:
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 later future
Any old student who would like to participate in the process of building the centre is welcome for any length of time.
In case you are a carpenter, mason, plumber…etc you could give valuable service. Also many works can be done without having any special skills.
Dhamma Service working periods
Every 2 months there is a working period for a weekend (Friday evening to Sunday evening) where servers come together and carry out projects that are not possible during courses.
If you have completed at least one 10-day course and wish to get information about activities in the centre you can subscribe in this newsgroup. Send any email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
* To access these links, that have information for those who have completed at least one 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers, a password will be required, which is the same as that for the dhamma.org Old Student website. If you need assistance, please email the webmaster and kindly supply a few details such as when and where you sat your last course.