VIPASSANA COURSES IN MYANMAR PRISONS

 

Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka,(Pramukh Āeārya) in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

 

There are now 3 permanent vipassana centres for the prisoners in Myanmar.

 

1.      Dhamma Hita Sukkha Gayha (House of Dhamma for the benefit and bliss) The first prison Dhamma Centre was established in 16 July 2008 in Insein Central Prison, Yangon, and named “ Dhamma Hita Sukha Gayha”( House of Dhamma for the benefit and bliss for all). There have been (15) courses of 10 day vipassana for men and 4 such courses for the women; and (3) courses of 7 day vipassana for the youth.   Total number of students is now 1429 (see table below)

A separate area is allotted for old Yogi to sit for 1 hour every morning and evening group sitting once or twice a week.

2.      Dhamma Rakkhita (Guardian of Dhamma)

The second vipassana centre is at Thayawaddi Prison in Bago division. The centre was opened on 15 March 2009 with (420) male students. (see table). The centre name as Dhamma Rakkhita (Guardian of Dhamma).

Arrangement were made for group sitting once or twice a week.

3.      Dhamma Vimutti (Liberation by Dhamma)

The third vipassana centre is in Mandalay, was opened on 19 Feb 2010.        Two 10day vipassana courses for men and one such course for women- a total of (207) students attended. (see table)

The total number of students from the three vippasana centres for the prisoners  are (2056) in number.(see table) .

Arrangement for group sitting for 1 hour once or twice a week are made in all three centres for the prisoners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATIPATHANNA COURSES

 

There are plans for Satipathanna courses in these prisons where there is adequate number of old students qualified to attend the course.

 

Number of old Yogi from the prison staff is now (96) in number. They include Assistant Director; Head of various sections; In charge and Assistant In charge of the prisons, Sergeants and Assistant sergeants; and other staff as well.

 

Budget

 

The budget for prison vipassana courses are supported by Trusts of International Dhamma Giri Vipassana by separate budget heading.

Up to 2009, old Yogi from Dhamma Giri have sponsored to the courses.

If there are inadequate budget, International Dhamma Giri Yogi contributed for prison courses in Myanmar.

 

 

Vipassana Courses in Myanmar Prisons (Up to Feb 2010)

 

No

Centre

Place

Date

Course

Frequency

Students

 

 

 

 

 

 

M

F

Youth M

Total

1

Dhamma

Hita Sukkha

Insein

Yangon

16-7- 08

10 Day

15

988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10  Day

4

 

259

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth

3

 

 

182

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1429

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Dhamma

Rakkhita

Tharyawaddi

Bago

15-3-09

10 Day

6

420

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

420

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Dhamma

Vimutti

Mandalay

19-2-10

10 Day

2

137

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Day

1

 

70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

207

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

2056