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Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center is located in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha and one of the four main places of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Lumbini is an international project including re-developing the ancient sites and constructing countless new monasteries. It is located in southern Nepal, near the Indian border.
Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center was set up by Ven. Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa of Myanmar in cooperation with the Venerable Sayadaw U Asabhacara and inaugurated on February 7, 1999.
From 1999 to 2020, 2611 individual yogis from 76 different countries sat 3536 retreats at Panditarama Lumbini. 432 repeating yogis were among the individuals, which amounts to 16.5 % of all yogis. Altogether 95,489 days were spent in retreat during this time period.
From 2020 to 2022, 102 individual yogis from 24 different countries attended Panditarama Lumbini Online and sat 169 retreats. 43 repeating yogis were among the individuals, which amounts to 42.2 % of all yogis. Altogether 6823 days were spent in retreat during this time period.
Panditarama Lumbini offers a supportive, comfortable and peaceful setting for dhamma-students seeking practice. The meditation method is Intensive Vipassana in the tradition of the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw of Myanmar, which consists of sitting meditation and formal walking meditation throughout the day. Almost daily interviews and regular Dhamma-talks in English are offered. Meditators observe Noble Silence and keep eight precepts.
Panditarama Lumbini offers an ongoing retreat year-round. Meditators may schedule their individual retreat from a minimum of seven days up to several months starting at any time of the year.
The resident teacher, Venerable Vivekananda, has trained with the Venerable Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa of Myanmar since 1988. Venerable Vivekananda teaches meditation in English, Burmese, German and French.
The resident teacher, Venerable Sayalay Daw Bhaddamanika, has trained under the Venerable Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa of Burma for many years. Since the winter season of 2000, Sayalay Daw Bhaddamanika has joined interviewing meditators on six days a week and gives regular Dhamma-talks in English.
Panditarama Lumbini is keeping the old tradition of Dana and has operated from its very beginning entirely on the principle of generosity. There are no set daily fees and monetary donations are used to maintain and further develop the meditation center for the benefit of present and future meditators.
If you plan a retreat at the center please read carefully the guidelines for meditators and contact Panditarama to schedule your arrival and duration of stay.
Almost 25 years ago, on February 07, 1999, the Most Ven. Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa inaugurated Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center.
Important Information for Retreatants
The 2022-23 Panditarama Lumbini Online retreat will end on March 31, 2023.
Thereafter, online retreats for meditation centers in Europe and Australia are scheduled.
Some words about the future?
The details of the meditation program for the end of 2023 and early 2024 will be announced in August 2023.
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Further information is accessible here.
Visa extensions at the immigration office in Belahiya are no longer possible.
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