FAQ

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?

No.

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.


At the end of the course, participants may provide a donation to the teacher and for covering the costs of the course.

The donations are given separately for each of these purposes and therefore participants should plan in advance if they would like to donate to both. Many teachers who teach in the Tovana courses dedicate their lives to spreading the dharma, out of a desire to help others on their journey. The donations enable the teachers to continue with their teachings and allow other people to experience the practice and benefit from the experience. Please refer to dhana – generosity of the heart.

There are a small number of courses each year which require a down payment or full payment in advance because of their relative high cost. The payment is always for the basic expenses (rent and food) and not for the teaching. The basic principal is preserved in these courses too and no-one would be turned down because of a lack of funds. If you have any difficulties with the payment please consult with the registrar of the course.

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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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Are Tovana's Activities Accessible for People in Wheelchairs?

Most of Tovana's retreats take place in Ein Dor's accommodation, which is mostly wheelchair-accessible and enables people in wheelchairs to participate, after some adjustments of placing ramps in different areas.

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Is It Possible to Have a Personal Retreat in Tovana?

We can sometimes offer experienced practitioners to come and receive a separate room for a personal retreat, while other Tovana retreats are taking place in Ein Dor.

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