Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Centre

Source: Ursula Lechel and Flyer


Panditarama Lumbini International Nepal Vipassana Centre
Lumbini Garden, Nepal.
Tel: 00977-71-580118 | E-mail: | Internet:


Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Centre was set up by the Venerable Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa of Myanmar in co-operation with the Venerable Sayadaw U Asabhacara, the meditation centre was inaugurated on February 7th, 1999. The centre operates under the guidance of the Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita. The centre offers a supportive, comfortable and peaceful setting for Dhamma students seeking practice.

Meditation Method

Intensive Vipassana meditation in the tradition of the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Myanmar. Alternating sitting meditation and formal walking meditation. Daily interviews and regular Dhamma talks in English, Burmese and German.

Resident Teacher

Venerable Vivekananda, a German bhikkhu (monk), has trained with the Ven Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa of Myanmar for nine years. Ven. Vivekananda teaches meditation in English, Burmese and German. The centre is run by volunteers. All long-term dhamma practioners, these volunteers do everything from building the monastery to planting the vegetables to cooking the food for the meditators.


Lay meditators observe eight precepts and monks and nuns observe their respective monastic vows.


Dormitory-style accommodation. Individual meditation huts are planned.


The Burmese/Nepalese food is rich, tasty and vegetarian. For breakfast muesli with yoghurt, fruit and bread are offered; for lunch you can choose from rice or noodles with several vegetables and tofu. For drinking coffee, tea, milk, Ovomaltine and germfree water are available.

Duration of Retreats

Meditators may schedule their individual retreat from a few days up to three months.

Formal Retreats

Two formal retreats are conducted per year in December and in February.

Daily Schedule and Co-Operation

The day starts at 4 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Formal meditation alternates between of one hour sitting meditation and one hour walking meditation, respectively. Breakfast is served between 6 and 7 a.m., lunch break is from 11 to 12.30 a.m. In the evening there is a dhamma lecture and tea break. Nearly all the work which comes up in the meditation centre is done by volunteers. Meditators only have to contribute a small amount of help with cleaning the sanitary facilities.

What to Bring

Insect repellent, water disinfectant and medicaments should be brought from home in sufficient quantitiy. A sleeping bag and a warm (fleece) jacket are very useful. During the winter months night temperatures can go down to 5 degrees centigrade; and on misty days the temperature may not exceed 15 degrees. As there is no heating system in the centre, you should bring enough warm and easy drying clothes. Furthermore an electric kettle and a small hot water bottle can be of great use. Mattresses, bed linen, mosquito nets and sitting mats are available, but a floor cushion and a lightweight woollen blanket should be brought.

Climate and Best Time to Go

Subtropical climate with hot summers and cool dry winters. The most favourable months are November/December and February/March. January is with lowest temperatures of about 5 degrees the coldest month and from March the thermometer rises again to over 35 degrees.


For over 2500 years Buddhist monasteries and meditation centres have functioned on the principle of generosity (dana). While there are no set fees, your donation will be warmly accepted for the purpose of mantaining and further developing this meditation centre.

Lumbini is located 22 km west of Bhairahawa in the south of Nepal, near the Indian frontier. The place is easily accessible by air or by bus via Bhairahawa; by air from Varanasi (India); by train and/or bus via Sonauli and Bhairahawa.

In Bhairahawa there is a domestic airport; flying time from Kathmandu is 45 minutes. There are several flights daily (at approx. US$ 81), but delays or cancellations because of bad visibility are frequent. Especially during the winter season several days’ thick mist is not exceptional.

Travelling to Lumbini by bus from Kathmandu takes about 10 hours and is very arduous. More comfortable is a taxi from Kathmandu to Lumbini. It costs about US$65 and takes six to seven hours.

From India you can reach Lumbini by train to Gorakhpur, from there by bus via Sonauli.