Welcome to Dhamma Medini — Aotearoa / New Zealand

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The Vipassanā Meditation Centre is located in a valley in the Makarau area, north of Kaukapakapa, about an hour by road from Auckland, Aotearoa / New Zealand. It is one of the many centres around the world, dedicated to the practice of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

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What is Vipassanā?

Vipassanā, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of self-observation. It was taught more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills i.e., an Art of Living.
This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose.

Vipassanā is a practical technique which enables one to lead a more positive, balanced and happy life.  It is a practical method of self-knowledge and awareness that is universal and not connected with any religious organisation.

How is it learnt?

The technique of Vipassanā is taught at ten-day residential seminars during which participants learn the basics of the method and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. No previous experience is required. After reviewing the Code of Discipline for Vipassanā courses and checking the course schedule, you may apply for a course.


Dhamma Medini is a meditation centre dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana meditation. It is situated about an hour by road north of Auckland. Occasionally courses are held in other parts of Aotearoa/New Zealand at temporary sites. You can see the location of each course within the country on the schedule of planned courses.

There are also numerous Vipassana centres in other parts of the world. Check the international website for one located near you.

Course finances

Courses are run solely on a donation basis. There are no charges for the course, not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from those who have completed a 10 day course, experienced the benefits of Vipassana, and wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who organize the course volunteer their time.