Vipassana first came to the Netherlands in 1988. Ten-day courses have been organised at rented sites since that time.
In the year 2000, the Dutch Vipassana Trust joined forces with old students in Belgium and Germany to establish the meditation centre Dhamma Pajjota, just across the border from the Netherlands, in the Belgian province of Limburg. Dhamma Pajjota continues to serve us well as the centre for the Netherlands, Belgium and North Western Germany. Waiting lists for courses are long, and Dhamma Pajjota has plans to continue growing.
At the same time, many Dutch old students have expressed a wish for a second centre in our area, in a central and easily reached location in the Netherlands.
A centre in the Netherlands dedicated exclusively to Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, is expected to become a new and powerful wellspring for the growth of Dhamma.
After searching intensively for nearly 3 years, we have finally found a suitable location for a Vipassana center in the Netherlands! In Almere. Located in one of the most densely populated regions in the world, this surprisingly peaceful and green location offers excellent long-term potential and the opportunity to allow this extraordinary technique to reach many more people.
We anticipate holding the first courses in early 2022