Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

Dhamma Ādicca (Dhammadicca), Chiba-ken, Japan
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Japanese

Dhamma Adicca (Sun of Dhamma) meditation centre is located close to Mobara town, Chiba prefecture, and is easily reached from central Tokyo on the JR Sotobou line (90mins).

Covering an area of of more than three acres and protected by hills on three sides, the centre is quietly secluded and offers an ideal environment for meditation.

The centre has completed the first phase of developed with new facilities and offers regular 10-day courses with places for 60 students.


All courses are taught in English with translation in Japanese.

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

Address: Japan Vipassana Center -- Dhammadicca  785-3 Kaminogo, Mutsuzawa-cho, Chosei-gun, Chiba-ken, 299-4413 Japan   Email: [email protected]   Phone: [81](475) 40-3611  Fax: [81](475) 40-3611

Important Notice

Courses may be cancelled at short notice due to changing Covid conditions

In order to reduce the risk of Covid infection on courses, we have put in place the following requirements for all applicants. Further information is available here

Requirements for all students and servers wishing to attend a course

  • Age limit: 65 yrs 
  • No existing medical conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, or underlying diseases that cause immunodeficiency. 
  • No symptoms that suggest Covid19 infection at the time of application.
  • You are not pregnant.
  • Resident in Japan.
  • You have Japanese health insurance or a valid health insurance certificate (required at course reception)
  • Someone willing to meet you, in an emergency, or if you feel sick and need to return home.
  • You have been in Japan for more than 2 weeks.
  • In the past two weeks, you have not been 
    - in contact with a Covid infected person
    - in contact with anyone who has been in Japan for less than two weeks
    - to places where many people gather (theatres, concerts, live house, gyms, karaoke, group trips, etc)
    - to a hospital, clinic, medical facility or dentist.
  • You agree to follow the Centre's Covid19 guidelines   

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. 
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.  

Please note that non-resident travellers may face delay while their application is held on a waiting list for courses during holiday seasons and at other times of the year. As the volume of applications is often very high and exceeds our capacity, priority is given to Japanese nationals and foreign residents living and working in Japan. 
This Vipassana Centre is a place to develop equanimity and loving-kindness towards others. All participants are expected to follow the guidance of the teachers and without causing disturbance to others.
You may not be accepted on a course or for service if you have not abided by these requirements.
You will be asked to leave immediately if you do not agree to follow the guidance of the teachers, behave aggressively towards others through your speech or actions, or in any way cause disharmony to the centre.
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 04 Aug - 15 Aug 10-Day New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Short Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Chiba-ken

Construction work in progress. Moderate noise disturbance expected.

Apply* 15 Aug - 18 Aug Work Period Servers - Open Chiba-ken For old students

Course preparation

Apply* 18 Aug - 29 Aug 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Chiba-ken

Construction work in progress. Moderate noise disturbance expected.

Apply* 29 Aug - 01 Sep Work Period Servers - Open Chiba-ken For old students

Course preparation

Apply* 01 Sep - 12 Sep 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Filling Up Chiba-ken
Apply* 15 Sep - 26 Sep 10-Day New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Closed Servers - Open Chiba-ken
29 Sep - 30 Sep 1-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Aug Chiba-ken For old students
Apply 03 Oct - 24 Oct 20-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Chiba-ken For old students
27 Oct - 07 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Aug Chiba-ken
10 Nov - 21 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Sep Chiba-ken
24 Nov - 05 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Sep Chiba-ken
08 Dec - 19 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Oct Chiba-ken
24 December, 2021 - 04 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Oct Chiba-ken
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
No courses are currently scheduled.

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://adicca.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.

20-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

Work Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

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.