What is Amutat Tovana?

Amutat Tovana, a non profit organization, is a supportive and organizational body for anyone interested on developing and practicing awareness in their daily lives, through Tovana meditation.

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What is Tovana Meditation?

Tovana meditation, also known as Vipassana, is a Buddhist meditation method taught for the past 2,500 years in East Asia, which has reached the west in the past centaury. Vipassana means 'insight', 'clear vision or 'insight into the nature of reality.

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Why sit in a course?


A course of several days creates an environment which facilitates a deep practice experience in optimal conditions. The prolonged practice enables the development of concentration and inner attention beyond what is usually possible in daily life.

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What is Mindfulness?

'Mindfulness' is a translation of the world 'sati' from the ancient language of Pali, the language of the early Buddhist texts.

This word means 'remembering to be conscious' or 'remembering to pay attention'; it has a quality of presence, and of returning or remembrance. The previous translation to English was 'recollection', a word which also includes the idea of coming back to ourselves

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Why is the course conducted in silence?

The course is conducted in complete silence, apart from group discussions and personal discussions with the teachers during designated times.

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Do I need to speak Hebrew to participate in Tovana courses?


Many Tovana courses are led in English by international teachers. Other courses are led in Hebrew, but in most cases simultaneous translation into English can be arranged.


Who are the teachers teaching at tovana?

Amutat Tovana invites a wide range of experienced teachers from Israel and abroad to teach in its courses. The teaching methods and focus points vary from teacher to teacher and are all based on many years of practice and teaching experience.

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Is it difficult to sit in medication for several days?

The course is intended for people without any previous meditation experience (and of course, also for experienced practitioners). Some people experience difficulties, while others don't – this is a personal issue.

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How can I register to a course?

You may register for courses through the course information pages on this site. Registration will begin approximately a month and a half in advance of each course.

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What is the cost of participating in a course?

Payment for the course is not mandatory and and the course is funded entirely from donations given by the participants of the course. In accordance with the traditional Buddhist tradition, the teachers and team volunteer their time and do not receive a salary.

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How is the practice continued after completing the course?

The course is an opportunity for new practitioners to experience and for veterans to deepen their practice. In order to continue to reap the benefits of the practice in daily life, it is recommended to continue the practice after the course.

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Is it possible to sleep in tents during the course?

It is possible to camp in tents during courses taking place at Ein Dor. Camping in tents is cheaper for Tovana compared to sleeping in rooms.

What is Sangha? (Community)?

Sangha means, together, or in company. The Sangha is a community of people who share the same path. The Buddha spoke of the three precious stones which are necessary for every person following a spiritual path, the Dharma path.

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Are there any other study methods available?


There are many Tovana (Vipassana) meditation courses, based on various traditions, taking place in Israel and abroad. The courses vary in length, teaching methods and the intensity level of the practice and daily schedule.

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What's the difference between Amutat Tovana's courses and the Goenka courses?

There are several "streams" or traditions of studying within the framework of Vipassanā courses. The course according to the tradition of S. N. Goenka is taught mostly based on the originally Burmese tradition, while most courses in Tovana are influenced by a tradition called Thai Forest Tradition.

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האם הפעילויות של תובנה נגישות לאנשים בכסאות גלגלים?

רוב הרטריטים של תובנה נערכים באירוח עין דור אשר ברובו נגיש לכסאות גלגלים ומאפשר השתתפות לאנשים בכסא גלגלים לאחר מעט התארגנות של הצבת רמפות במקומות שונים.

כשאתם נרשמים לרטריט בעין דור אנא ציינו שאתם מגיעים עם כסא גלגלים כדי שנוכל להיערך לכך ולוודא שהקורס המסויים אכן נגיש.

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האם ניתן לעשות רטריט אישי במסגרת תובנה?

לעיתים יש באפשרותינו להציע למתרגלים ותיקים להגיע לריטריט אישי בחדר נפרד בזמן שמתקיימים ריטריטים של תובנה בעין דור.

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