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Dhamma Kañcana (Gold of Dhamma) is one of the many centers around the world, dedicated to the practice of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.


Dhamma Kañcana Center is located in the village of Wang Kayai on 8.8 hectares (55 Rai) of land in Sangkhlaburi district, Kanchanaburi bordering to Myanmar. The distance from the center to Bangkok is about 330 km and 180 km to Muang Kanchanaburi. The center is located on a hill near Mount SamYod in the Ta Now Sri Mountain Range, with an altitude of 193.5 meters above sea level surrounded by nature such as Kreng Kra Wia waterfalls in Kao Laem National Park, Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, and Vajiralongkorn Dam. The name “Dhamma Kañcana” means “Gold of Dhamma”. The center is the 5th Vipassana meditation center of the country by receiving a land donation from a couple of alumni. The first 10-day course was conducted in November 2006. The center atmosphere is surrounded by tropical rain forest and decorative gardens. The main meditation hall and accommodations were built on a hill. Some of the accommodations have a cottage look built on the hillside.



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Courses are run solely on a donation basis. There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and others who help on the courses volunteer their time freely.

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Vipassana, which means “to see things as they really are”, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation.  It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living.  The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. There are courses all over the world. 

To learn Vipassana Meditation, one needs to develop one’s own experience during a residential ten-day course.  To apply for a course and to understand the requirements, find a convenient date in the Course Schedule, click on the course dates, carefully read the Code of Discipline and complete the application fully and completely.

Today, Dhamma Kañcana opens the 10-day, 3-day and Anapanasati for children courses. The center can accommodate participants up to 104 people in 35 of male and 69 of female. Within the center area, there are three male – female teacher rooms, 216 sq.m. of main meditation hall, mini hall, multi-purpose hall (dining hall) separated male and female, monks dining hall, kitchen, office, bookshop and walk way. The accommodations in the center consist of 12 male en suite bedrooms, 16 male en suite cabins, 7 male cottages, 46 female en suite bedrooms and 23 female en suite cabins. The area in the center is completely segregated between male and female.

May you all experience this ultimate truth. May all people be free from misery. May they enjoy real peace, real harmony, real happiness.


Thailand Vipassana Center – Dhamma Kañcana
20/6 Moo 2, Ban Wang Kayai, Tambon Prang-Pley, Sangklaburi district, Kanchanaburi, 71240

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