In Spain there are two centres dedicated exclusively to Vipassana as thought by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin
At this time Spain is the first country in Europe to have two permanent centres.
Twelve years after purchasing Dhamma Neru (with a capacity for 50 students), the need to accommodate the growing student demand was undeniable.
Dhamma Neru is the first Vipassana centre in Spain. The land was acquired on 22 June 1999, near Santa Maria de Palautordera, 56 kilometres northeast of Barcelona.
The building stands on 1.5 hectares of land surrounded by tall trees, with fruit trees and ornamental plants inside.
To the north is the imposing Montseny mountain, 1700 metres high. It is about 400 metres above sea level and only 30 minutes from the Mediterranean, so it enjoys a mild and sometimes rainy climate.
The Centre can accommodate 62 students, although the meditation hall can accommodate up to 80.
On 18 May 2015, the Vipassana Foundation of Spain started the construction of a new meditation centre, which is scheduled to open in August 2016.
The property covers an area of 10 hectares and is part of the municipality of Candeleda, in the province of Avila, about 2 hours from Madrid. In its northern part is the Sierra de Gredos, with stunning views of the Pico Almanzor (2952 m). The land has been replanted with oaks, cork oaks, gall oaks and ashes, trees typical of the area.
Dhamma Sacca means ¨The Truth of Dhamma¨ and will have capacity for 120 students and 30 servers. Its proximity to Portugal makes it possible to share courses with the neighbouring country.