Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

Dhamma Jananī, Lumbini, Nepal
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Nepali

Dhamma JananÄ«, meaning 'Mother of Dhamma', is situated in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. Situated near Bhairahawa City in the western region of Nepal, the Centre started operating in the year 2000. The Dhamma hall can seat nearly 200 students but there is accommodation for only about 48 male and 48 female students at this time, all with attached bath. Meditation cells are  also available. One 10-day course is being conducted every month, and two Satipatthana courses every year. The number of students in each course is steady with many visitors to the birthplace of the Buddha taking out time to sit courses here.
How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information
Lumbini Vipassana Centre - Dhamma Janani
Lumbini, Dist. Rupandehi, Nepal

 Tel: [977](71) 580-282 
 Butwal Contact: [977]-071-541549

 Email: [email protected]
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
30 Mar Children Completed Lumbini
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
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2019 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 29 Jun 1-Day Open Lumbini For old students
28 Sep 1-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Jun Lumbini For old students
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day.
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2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
15 Mar - 26 Mar 10-Day Completed Lumbini
03 Apr - 12 Apr Satipatthana Sutta Completed Lumbini For old students
15 Apr - 26 Apr 10-Day In Progress Lumbini
Apply 01 May - 12 May 10-Day New Women - FULL Old Women - Open New Men - FULL Old Men - Open Servers - Open Lumbini
Apply 15 May - 26 May 10-Day Open Lumbini
Apply 01 Jun - 12 Jun 10-Day Open Lumbini
Apply 15 Jun - 26 Jun 10-Day Open Lumbini
Apply 01 Jul - 31 Jul Old Student Program Open Lumbini For old students

Construction skilled Dhamma Servers are welcome.

01 Aug - 10 Aug Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 01 May Lumbini For old students
15 Aug - 25 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 May Lumbini
01 Sep - 12 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Jun Lumbini
15 Sep - 16 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Jun Lumbini
01 Oct - 12 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Jul Lumbini
15 Oct - 26 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Jul Lumbini
01 Nov - 12 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Aug Lumbini
15 Nov - 26 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Aug Lumbini
01 Dec - 12 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Sep Lumbini
15 Dec - 26 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Sep Lumbini

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.

To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.janani.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.

10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.

Old Student Programs are similar to Service Periods where there is time to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects, but have a more full and structured program, an opportunity to meet with assistant teachers, and possibly committee and trust meetings. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods and in the evening there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which the technique of Vipassana is systematically explained. These courses are open to serious old students who have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-day courses, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain their meditation practice and the five precepts in their daily lives, at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.