"Discover real peace and harmony within yourself, and naturally this will overflow to benefit others."
- SN Goenka
About the centre
Dhamma Rasmi (‘Rasmi’ means ray of light or sunshine) is in Pomona, a town located nearly 140km north of Brisbane and 30km inland from Noosa, a popular tourist destination.
Pomona sits in a network of small towns, farms and subtropical bushland that make up the Noosa hinterland.
Set on fifty acres of gently sloping land, Dhamma Rasmi is approximately one kilometre from shops and public transport and yet protected by corridors of trees and pockets of bushland. Mount Cooroora provides a striking backdrop to its extensive gardens, and the peaceful atmosphere of the centre encourages visiting native wildlife, including families of kangaroos.
The meditation hall is at the highest, and most secluded, part of the site and the land slopes downward from here towards a lily-covered dam, which welcomes students at the centre’s entrance.
Dhamma Rasmi can accommodate around seventy meditators and is divided into male and female compounds. There is an octagonal, timber meditation hall, including meditation cells in which experienced students can work more seriously. A commercial kitchen, staffed by volunteers, provides simple and delicious vegetarian food.
There is a mixture of accommodation at the centre: single rooms, including a number with ensuite bathrooms, and some shared rooms with partitions, with sealed pathways connecting all rooms and facilities. There is separate accommodation for those who volunteer to help run the courses.
Wheelchair facilities are available.
The Vipassana Centre Queensland is a non-profit charity and is managed by a board (known as the Trust), the members of which are experienced students appointed for a term of up to two years by the centre teacher. All who serve at the centre are volunteers who have experienced the benefits of practising Vipassana meditation and wish to help others to do so.