Vipassana Meditation Centre - Dhamma Surabhi
Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin
Old Students

Serve A Course

Students who have successfully completed a 10-day Vipassana course with Goenkaji or one of his assistant teachers, and who have not practiced any other meditation technique since their last Vipassana course, may give Dhamma service. If you have not sat a 10-day course in some time and have not maintained your practice, then we may ask that you sit a 10-day course to strengthen your own practice before serving others.

A student may serve the full course period (full-time) or part of the course (Part-time), Preference will be given to full-time servers and when server roster is not full, part-time servers will be accepted.

Before you apply to serve a course, please read the Purpose of Dhamma Service and the Code of Conduct for Dhamma Servers in order to clearly understand what is involved in giving Dhamma Service.

We need around eight servers to manage the kitchen and to serve as student managers during every course.

Most of the servers will be involved with running the kitchen and dining hall for the duration of the course. The work includes preparation of the meals, laying out the food, and cleaning the kitchen, dining hall, dishes, cutlery, small appliances, and utensils.

One male and one female server will act as student manager for male and female students respectively. They will act as the only contact for the students other than the teacher for all their needs and assist the teacher in running the course smoothly.

All the tasks are well planned and a detailed instructions manual has been developed. The menus for all the meals are well established and the recipes are kept. Therefore, no prior experience is necessary in order for you to serve.

The kitchen manager will provide overall guidance. Usually some of the servers will be experienced and they will help guide the new servers. The centre manager staff will be available in case of any emergency or problem.

All servers will sit the three daily group sittings and are encouraged to attend the daily evening discourses. When there are enough servers, they may take time off from serving to sit for a whole or part of a day. The Dhamma library kept in the kitchen is available for perusal during the rest periods.

There will be a meeting with the assistant teacher(s) at the end of every day to discuss the work of the day and plan for the next.

The servers are encouraged to observe noble speech during their entire stay and must stay within the course boundaries. No server will be allowed to leave the Centre on Metta day.

If you wish to serve, you can apply from the course schedule webpage. The process is very similar to applying to sit a course.