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Serving a Course

All old students (i.e. those who have completed at least one 10-day course as taught by S.N. Goenka) are welcome to volunteer to help run our courses.

As an old student you know that we need around 8 servers to manage the kitchen and to serve as student managers during every course. We invite both full time (for the entire course) and part-time (for part of a course or in between courses) servers.

If you wish to serve, please read the Purpose of Dhamma Service, and the Code of Conduct for Dhamma Service. Please note: You will need a username and password to access these webpages. If you are an old student and are unable to login please contact webmaster@surabhi.dhamma.org.

At Dhamma Surabhi, in order to serve, we have an additional requirement that you must have taken a 10-day course within the last 12 months. If you have taken a course within 12 to 24 months, you may be able to serve with the approval of the Assistant Teacher conducting the course.

You can apply via the schedule. The process is very similar to applying to sit a course.

Serving Multiple Courses

With the agreement of an assistant teacher and the management, serious students may stay at the centre for longer periods in order to become more established in the theory and practice of Dhamma. During this time, they will be able to meditate on some courses and serve on others, as decided in consultation with the teachers and management.

Between Courses

We are always in need of servers between courses, to clean up after the end of a course and prepare for the upcoming course. Therefore we request servers to come a day or two early or leave a day or two late to help with the chores. In such cases, we are able to provide a ride from the Merritt bus station to the Centre.

If you are serving more than one course or alternating between serving and sitting courses, you can stay at the Centre between courses and help the staff maintain the Centre.