Course Guidelines

Students undertaking a meditation course should come prepared to abide by the course guidelines. One should come with the understanding and intention to enter a retreat and remain at the Center for the duration of the retreat.

The training, if followed diligently, will result in a calmer mind through the gradual eradication of impurities and, ultimately, in the realization of the ‘Nibbanic Peace within’.

It is essential to start with a stable and sound base of conduct. For the duration of the training, each student is asked to observe the following five precepts:

  1. To refrain from killing
  2. To refrain from stealing
  3. To refrain from sexual misconduct (here total celibacy)
  4. To refrain from lying
  5. To refrain from the use of intoxicants and drugs

In order to experience the benefits of the technique, Students are expected to follow the instructions given by the Teacher. During the period of training students will have to give up their previous practices and all spiritual activities. Students should not wear or bring with them spiritual objects or reading material of any kind.

Throughout the course, the emphasis is on investigating the truth for oneself by practicing the technique. Observance of noble silence throughout the training period will be very beneficial and conducive to a better appreciation of the teaching. This means that the students should not talk amongst themselves, but they may of course speak to the Teacher and staff at any time.

There are daily interviews with the Teacher where each student is given personal guidance. Students should give a true and accurate account of their experience.

Course Dates


Month Dates Teacher
August 9 – 19, 2024 Mr. Roger Bischoff
October 4 – 14, 2024 Mr. Craig Storti
December 20– 30, 2024 Mr. Michael Kosman

For Worldwide Course Dates

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Course Timetable

Time Activity
4:00 am Wake up
4:30 Meditation in hall
5:30 Morning discourse
6:30 – 8:00 Breakfast and rest
8:00 – 9:00 Group meditation in hall (for all)
9:30 Individual instruction (for all)
11:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch and rest
1:00 – 1:45 Meditation
2:00 – 3:00 Group meditation in hall (for all)
3:30 – 5:00 Meditation, and interviews for new students
5:00 – 6:00 Light meal and rest
6:00 Evening discourse
7:30 – 8:30 Group meditation in hall (for all)
9:00 Retire

Apply Now

If you would like to attend a ten-day Vipassana meditation course in the Tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin please first read our course guidelines and choose a course date. Then please complete the online application form. If you prefer not to submit a form over the Internet, please print out the paper application form and mail it to:

4920 Rose Drive
Westminster MD 21158

If you submit an application and do not hear from IMC USA in three days, please call us at 410-346-7889 and leave a call back number and an email contact address. Thank you.

Please note that the online application form is for courses at IMC-USA only. If you are applying for a course at another of our centers, please use the paper form and mail it to the relevant address given in the worldwide contacts section.

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