A human life is of limited duration, with limited capabilities. It is important to use one's life to the best purpose. And there can be no higher purpose than to establish oneself in Dhamma, in the path which leads one out of defilements, out of the illusion of self, to the final goal of ultimate truth. Therefore no effort is more worthwhile for a human being than the exertion of all one's faculties to take steps on this path. S. N. Goenka & Mataji at Dhamma Siri, 2002

- S. N. Goenka



Group Sittings




Group sittings are valuable opportunities to strengthen your practice of Vipassana. By sitting with fellow students who are following the same technique, you can meditate more seriously and gain support which will help you keep practicing on your own.

The following guidelines have been established to ensure that group sittings will be most beneficial to the students attending them.

  • Group sittings are open only to those who have taken at least one ten-day course with S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers.

  • The five precepts of wholesome conduct are to be observed in the place where group sittings are held. These precepts include abstention from the following: killing any living creature, stealing, wrong speech, sexual misconduct, and the use of intoxicating drugs or alcohol. Observation of wholesome conduct is a necessary foundation for the practice of Vipassana.

  • Participants at group sittings should practice only the meditation technique taught by S. N. Goenka.

  • Refer to the following outline for continued success in meditation: Practice Guidelines*.

May group sittings help your practice of Dhamma.


Host a Group Sitting

To be listed as a contact or group sitting host, please review the following information:

Note: These forms require AcrobatReader*.


Contacts for Southwestern U.S.

If you know of a group sitting in your area please write to the


City, State Contact
Kaufman, TX

Dhamma Siri - Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center. Click here for directions.

Old Students are welcome to join a group sitting between courses at the usual group sitting times: 8-9 am, 2:30-3:30pm, and 6-7 pm.

Please call ahead to ensure that someone is at the center and expecting you; be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the sitting. When you arrive, alert a manager in the office or kitchen before proceeding to the Dhamma Hall.

There are no sittings for local students during 10 day courses - Please check the course schedule.

Austin, TX

2 one hour group sits on Sundays; the first is @ 6:15 pm, followed by a second sit @ 7:30 pm. Meditators are welcome to attend one or both of the group sits.

Contact: Suresh Venhumahanti
Tel: 1-512-478-9003

Dallas, TX

Group sit on Saturday @ 4:00pm or 5:00pm (call first to confirm)

Contact: Rahul & Teresa Vaid
Address: 5565 Brentwood Avenue, Dallas, TX 75248
Tel: 1-972-725-0304 (work), 1-972-569-7399 (home)

Houston, TX

Group sits on Mondays @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Ramesh Bhutada
Tel: 1-281-498-8403

Houston, TX

One Day Course in North Houston area
Every Sunday (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Contact: Karunakar P. Reddy
Address: 2101 S. Loop 336 W, Conroe, TX 77304 (on second floor)
Tel: 1-281-636-0620
Fax: 1-936-760-2532

Irving, TX

Group sit on Sunday @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Rukmani Bhagia
Address: 10306 Lake Breeze Road, Irving, TX 75063
Tel: 1-972-869-4100 (home), 1-972-896-0517 (mobile)

Oklahoma City, OK

Groups sits on Sunday @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Lee Acers
Address: 2340 N.W. 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Tel: 1-405-557-1102

Phoenix, AZ

Group sits on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Vasanti Deshpande
Address: 4707 E.Rockledge Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85044
Tel: 1-480-940-9540 (home), 1-602-616-9781 (mobile)

Phoenix, AZ

Group sits Sundays at @ 1:00 pm

Contact: Purnima Mehta / Meghana Thanki
Address: 7140 east 1st avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Tel: 1-480-229-8047

San Antonio, TX

Group sit on Sundays @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Cheri Gannon
Tel: 1-210-257-0764

Tulsa, OK

Group sit on Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Benelle Reeble
Address: 3519 S. Knoxville, Tulsa, OK 74135
Tel: 1-918-688-6498




Communication Tools




Dhamma Siri is working to develop ongoing participation of old students of Vipassana in center and local activities. Participation is a great way to strengthen your own practice and help others to come in contact with and benefit from Vipassana. It is also an important aspect of the continued growth and vitality of Dhamma Siri.

Use this page to send emails to Dhamma Siri management and committees or sign up to receive emails about Dhamma Siri and local area activities. Activities include local group sittings, the trust meetings, service days at Dhamma Siri, short old student courses and the various committees that run the center and organize courses.

Email postings on all lists are "moderated" before being published to the entire group. This helps prevent unsolicited emails and also ensures the relevance and appropriateness of the content for distribution to all.

We welcome the opportunity to help meditators stay in contact with the Center and with the Dhamma. We hope that all old students will take advantage of these.

May all of us continue to grow in Dhamma.

Email Distribution Lists


  1. Enter your email address in the box for to the email(s) you would like to receive
  2. Select ‘Subscribe’
  3. Press ‘Go’

You will receive an automatic response sent to your e-mail address confirming your subscription. Reply to the message and you will be subscribed. The confirmation provides easy instructions on how to change or unsubscribe your email address from the list.

If you are having trouble signing up please direct all questions to

Distribution List Description

announce: Find out about newsletters, upcoming events and activities and opportunities for Dhamma service.

announce-austin: Used by local meditators in the Austin area for information on weekly group sittings, courses and other topics of interest to the Vipassana community.

announce-dallas: Used by local meditators in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area for information on weekly group sittings, courses and other topics of interest to the Vipassana community.

announce-houston: Used by local meditators in the Houston area for information on weekly group sittings, courses and other topics of interest to the Vipassana community.

announce-ok: Used by local meditators in the state of Oklahoma for information on weekly group sittings, courses and other topics of interest to the Vipassana community.

trust-minutes: This email list is used for publishing the meeting minutes of the open Trust meetings. All old students are welcome to attend the open trust meetings to understand how the center operates. The Trust meets on those Sundays on which courses conclude. The meeting starts after a one-hour group sitting from 9:00am - 10:00am.


General Email Addresses

Use these email addresses to send an email to the functions indicated:

Email Address Function Service coordinator General questions and information Center manager Inreach and outreach programs and activities Course registration and related information Southwest Vipassana Association finacial matters Dhamma Siri webmaster





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SVA Trust



Trust Meetings

The Southwest Vipassana Association (SVA) Trust meetings are held each month at Dhamma Siri on each Sunday on which a 10-day course ends, from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 12:00 noon. They are preceded by a group sitting from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m, and it is recommended that those attending the meeting sit prior. All old students are welcome to attend.

Perhaps you'd like to listen to committee reports, find out who's who for various projects, give suggestions, or volunteer for an activity. Attending a trust meeting is an excellent way to find out how Dhamma Siri really runs.

The minutes of many of the past trust meetings are available below:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2006 Jan 29, 2006 Feb 19, 2006 Mar 12, 2006 Apr 09, 2006 May 07, 2006 Jun 24, 2006   Aug 19, 2006 Sep 10, 2006 Oct 01, 2006    
2005 Jan 30, 2005 Feb 20, 2005 Mar 13, 2005 Apr 24, 2005
Apr 03, 2005
May 15, 2005 Jun 05, 2005     Sep 11, 2005 Oct 30, 2005 Nov 20, 2005 Dec 11, 2005
2004   Feb 15, 2004 Mar 13, 2004 Apr 25, 2004
Apr 03, 2004
May 09, 2004   Jul 18, 2004 Aug 22, 2004 Sep 12, 2004 Oct 24, 2004   Dec 19, 2004
2003 Jan 26, 2003 Feb 16, 2003 Mar 09, 2003
Mar 30, 2003
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2002   Feb 17, 2002 Mar 03, 2002
Mar 25, 2002
Apr 14, 2002
Apr 21, 2002
May 05, 2002 Jun 02, 2002
Jun 16, 2002
Jun 30, 2002
Jul 28, 2002 Aug 25, 2002 Sep 08, 2002 Oct 05, 2002    

Trust and Committee Email Addresses

Used by the Trust and committees to communicate about center operations and activities.

Email Address Function

Used to send email among the members of the Dhamma Siri Service Committee.

Used to send email among the members of the Dhammas Siri Technology Committee of the Center overseeing operations of electronic equipment.

Used by the Trust and committee members to send emails among the Trust or one of the committees.




The Center

In June 2006 the Center completed construction of the new pagoda. This 2 story pagoda has 94 individual meditation cells, with an initial array of 3 concentric rings containing 63 cells on the ground floor and 2 concentric rings with 31 cells on the upper floor. More rings of cells can be added according to future needs. The pagoda enables the Centre to offer long courses of 30 and 45 days and allows old student to grow more deeply in their experience of Dhamma.

Dhamma Siri continues to develop in accordance with its master plan toward the goal of being an ideal meditation center. The next major development project will be to expand the men’s residence to provide additional private rooms equal in number to the women’s residence. Dhamma Siri Master Plan

Dhamma Siri Master Plan

For information, including facilities and directions, visit The Center Page on Dhamma Siri public website.