November 2023

One who has love and compassion,
with a pure heart experiences the Kingdom of Heaven within.
This is the Law of Nature, or if one would rather, God’s will
– S.N.Goenka

10-Year Dhamma Pubbananda Anniversary &
Centennial of S.N. Goenka,
October 20-22, 2023


We are delighted to report the successful commemoration of two significant milestones: the 10th anniversary of Dhamma Pubbananda and the centennial of the birth of our respected teacher, S.N. Goenka.. The event began with a “Gratitude Gathering” on October 21st, attended by esteemed members of our community, including Trustees and Assistant Teachers. The gathering was a poignant tribute to S.N. Goenka’s enduring legacy in the spread of Vipassana meditation worldwide.

The following day, we engaged in a one-day meditation course, reinforcing our commitment to Dhamma practice. Key highlights included a detailed presentation by Center Teachers Barry and Kate Lapping, which meticulously traced Goenkaji’s journey from his formative years in Burma to his pivotal role in making Vipassana available across continents. Their narrative encompassed significant events such as Goenkaji’s address at the United Nations and his instrumental role in the North American Meditation Tour.

In addition, we presented a comprehensive overview of the development and growth of the Vipassana community in the Mid-Atlantic region, culminating in the acquisition and subsequent development of Dhamma Pubbananda. The center, once a Catholic orphanage, has been carefully renovated and stands today as a testament to the dedication and service of our community.

Another highlight was the Dhamma Service Period that started prior to the gathering, an initiative that resulted in extensive cleaning and reorganization across the center, enhancing its functionality and ability to support courses. This initiative has significantly improved our capacity to serve our students and maintain the center as a haven for meditation.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all participants for their invaluable contribution to this landmark event. Your involvement is pivotal to the continued success of Dhamma Pubbananda.

Server Needs for Upcoming Courses
at Dhamma Pubbananda

Dhamma Pubbananda is currently looking for Old Students to help serve on the following courses:

20-Day course starting November 24: In need of 2 male servers. Females can apply for the waitlist. Must meet Long Course service requirements.

New Group Sitting Next to the Center

We are pleased to extend an invitation to our community for a new weekly group meditation session. These sessions will be held every Tuesday at 6 PM in a row house conveniently located just across the street from our center. The address is 2904 Green Street, Claymont, DE.

This new initiative offers a wonderful opportunity for both individual practice and community building among our Old Students. It’s a chance to deepen your meditation practice while also connecting with fellow practitioners in a supportive environment.

For your convenience, there is typically street parking available in front of the house. Alternatively, you are welcome to use the parking lot in front of the center’s gate. We have ensured that there are ample cushions and chairs available for your comfort.

We encourage you to arrive a bit early, between 5:30 PM and 6 PM, to enjoy some tea and settle in before the meditation session begins. Should you require further details or have any queries, please feel free to reach out to Jason at (503) 935-9777.

We look forward to seeing you there and strengthening our meditation community.