Dhamma Bhumi, which means Dhamma soil or Dhamma land, sits on the edge of an escarpment in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.
The centre is just outside the town of Blackheath, a 15 minute walk from the railway station. Connections with Sydney by rail and road are good.
The 40 acres of natural bushland with flowering heath and eucalyptus forest commands magnificant views of the cliffs opposite and valley below. The extensive gardens and ponds attract many birds and animals, including some colourful parrots, ducks and wallabies.
Dhamma Bhumi is the oldest Vipassana centre in Australia, and the second to be founded outside India. Mr SN Goenka conducted the first ten-day course here late in 1983, and a number of courses in subsequent years. There is a continuous program of two or more Vipassana courses held every month.
Facilities comprise: a pagoda with 82 meditation cells, a meditation hall for 200 students, a smaller hall for 40 people, a commercial-size kitchen, two dining rooms, and indoor accommodation for 100, including 48 single rooms with attached bathrooms.
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