Introduction to Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It is a non-sectarian technique that involves eradication of mental impurities by direct self-observation. For further details visit the International Vipassana Website or see the videos made in Malaysia "Vipassana At Work".


Ten-day residential courses provide the basics of the method, and enough time to practice and experience its beneficial results. There are no charges - expenses are met by donations from past participants and the teachers and helpers are volunteers. To apply for a course and to understand the requirements, please read the Code of Discipline and find a convenient date in the  Course Schedule. Confirmed applicants will be sent details of when to arrive and what to bring.

Course Locations

Dhamma Malaya is one of about 150 permanent Vipassana centres around the world. It is near the east coast of Malaysia, surrounded by a plantation. There are single rooms with attached bathrooms for 108 students and 30 helpers. Multi-language facilities are provided.

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Johor Saleng Eco Village

A hired lodge surrounded by fields.

The above site has shared dorms for about 30 - 50 students and provides basic facilities in local languages - English and either Mandarin or Tamil.

There are many other course locations in SE Asia, East Asia, other parts of Asia, Australia/NZ and Worldwide.

Child and Teen Courses

Specially adapted courses give children (aged 8-12) and teenagers (aged 13-18) the opportunity to learn Anapana meditation (the first stage in Vipassana) during a one-day course.

Special Sites

For more local information, please see the Vipassana Malaysia Facebook and the Malaysia Old Student Site. Information about Vipassana elsewhere is also available on our International Website, (including in Chinese and Tamil), Child/Teen Courses, Resources for Old Students and the Vipassana Research Institute.

Virtual Group Sitting for Old Students

At a time when courses and group sessions have been cancelled and isolation is the order of the day, daily practice for Vipassana meditators becomes all the more important.
Old students who would like to meditate with others who practice the same technique at the same time, may join the Virtual Group Sitting for Old Students.

Information about Vipassana is available in other languages by clicking the symbol on the top right of our International Website .