The Intermountain Vipassana Meditation Center, Dhamma Pasava, welcomes everyone to our courses. We embrace and respect people of all races, genders, cultures, sects, religions, abilities, and languages. Despite our unique lives, when we come to a Vipassana course we are united by a common purpose: to discover the way to self-transformation through self-observation.
While it is the goal of Vipassana meditation centers to make this technique and practice as accessible as possible, we are aware that the population of students and volunteer servers does not accurately reflect the population at large. We are actively pursuing understanding, communication, and outreach that will lead to a more representative center, and we continuously prioritize the creation and maintenance of a safe, supportive space for people of all backgrounds to pursue individual spiritual development. We invite input and feedback regarding the progress of these efforts at any time.
Although this teaching comes from Gotama the Buddha, it is presented in a non-sectarian format. The Buddha was not interested in converting people. He had found the Path to the end of suffering and his only interest was to share this with others. It is the same today. The cause of suffering lies within each of us and we only need to look inside to find its solution. This works for anyone regardless of their origins or traditions. And that is what you will learn here.
On every course we have many students whose native language is not English. Course materials are available in almost 50 languages and some courses are even bi-lingual. When you first open the course schedule page, you will be asked if you are comfortable speaking English. If not, you will be invited to take our English Skills Assessment. This test allows you to determine your English language level and lets us provide you with the materials you will need on the course. Please take the test and enter your result in the application where we ask, "Anything you wish to add to the above information?"
Gender & Sexual Orientation
People of all gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome to our courses.
The campuses at all the meditation centers in this tradition are separated into two sides, one for women and one for men. This extends to the residential accommodations, the walking areas, the dining rooms and the meditation hall. This structure is designed to reduce the tension that derives from the mixing of genders.
We recognize this doesn't work for everyone and that sometimes members of the LGBTQ+ community may not feel comfortable on either side of the campus, or having to identify as male or female. If conforming to binary gender separation is a concern for you, please let us know when you apply to the course so that we can try to arrange a space for you where you can feel safe and not distracted while you meditate. You can let us know about your concerns by writing something on the application where we ask, "Anything you wish to add to the above information?" We will contact you and together we will make a plan that works for you. Your private information shall only be used for accommodation arrangement and be kept confidential.
Physical Health Needs
Some applicants may have a special requirement because of a health issue, physical limitation, pregnancy or a dietary restriction. We are prepared to accept most people with limitations, but we need to know the extent of someone's requirements well in advance of their arrival. If you have a special need, please describe in the section "Anything to you wish to add to the above information?" on the application form. We will contact you to discuss your needs.
We can supply back supports or chairs for meditation for those who need it.
Those who have completed at least one 10-day course can participate in 1-day courses, weekly group sittings, and serving on courses.