Guidance and information for travel to the centre
How Dhamma Nilaya is organized
An hour's drive from Paris, the Maison du Dhamma welcomes former meditators every Sunday.
In this haven of peace and greenery, ASV welcomes you to come and meditate and serve; you are greeted with hands joined in a welcoming gesture. The silence, the soft and peaceful atmosphere of the place, the dedication of the volunteers, all of this invites one to reflect and meditate seriously. At lunchtime, it is always with surprise and admiration that you discover the small dishes, both savory and sweet, carefully prepared and reheated. Everyone can contribute by bringing what they want (respecting the vegetarian rules of Vipassana centers - no meat, fish, eggs, cheese, or alcohol).
On the first and third Sundays of each month*, there are one-day courses that begin at 8:00 am and end around 4:00 pm. Registration takes place on site. Respecting noble silence, you follow the instructions of Anapana, then those of Vipassana, group meditation, the Metta session, and to close the day, a discourse by Goenkaji.
On other Sundays, it may be possible to come to Dhamma Nilaya to serve and meditate: contact one of the numbers on the "Contact Us" page beforehand. The pace of meditation is less intense and speech is open; you have the choice between meditating, serving (gardening, maintenance, cooking, etc.), meeting other meditators, and enjoying the serenity and beauty of the place.
It is always an excellent opportunity to put meditation into practice.
At the end of the day, you leave Dhamma Nilaya refreshed and filled with a sense of gratitude for this charming little place that has secretly offered us a chance to share some of its tranquility.
Anapana courses for young people
At Dhamma Nilaya, one-day Anapana meditation courses (observation of breath) are also organized for children and teenagers. These are aimed at young people who have already practiced as well as those coming for their first initiation.
*On the first Sunday of the month, instructions are given in English-Khmer, and on the third, in English-French.