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.

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.

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The Passing of Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita

April 16, 2016 - With much sadness we announce today (April 16, 2016) the passing away of Sayadawgyi.

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Important Information for Retreatants

The entire Lumbini sangha is facing a major Nepal visa issue that has been going on for six months. Should the visa issue not be resolved any time soon we will have no choice but to suspend operations.

Owing to this situation all new retreat applications that do not receive our response for further process are on hold.

Once the visa issue has been positively resolved we will inform you. Hoping for your understanding.