Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

Dhamma Bhānu, Mizuho, Kyoto, Japan
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English / Japanese

The first Vipassana meditation centre established in Japan (1989), Dhamma Bhanu lies in the northwestern part of Kyoto prefecture, near to Mizuho town.

The centre is easily reached by public transport from Kyoto JR station (90min) which has rail and bus services to all major cities and airports.

Dhamma Bhanu is located in rural countryside, in a peaceful location surrounded by forest and farm land.


Courses are held at the centre throughout the year and are conducted in both English and Japanese with participants attending from all over Japan.

Dhamma Bhanu currently has the capacity to accommodate 65 students plus teachers and management and is administrated by the Japan Vipassana Association, a non-profit organization.

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: 2-1 Iwakamioku Hatta, Kyotanba-cho, Funai-gun, Kyoto 622-0324  Japan
Tel: +81(771)86-0765 - Email: [email protected] , [email protected]

IMPORTANT! A student may apply to only one course at a time in Japan regardless of the center location or waiting list status.
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.
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. 


2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
21 Nov - 02 Dec 10-Day In Progress Mizuho
02 Dec Trust Meeting Open Mizuho

For old students

This is a meeting for the management and administration of the center by trustees. All the old students can participate. Please contact us beforehand. Tel: 0771-86-0765

e-mail: [email protected]

Apply* 04 Dec - 15 Dec 10-Day Short Wait List Mizuho
Apply* 22 December, 2018 - 02 January, 2019 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Mizuho Preference given to Japanese students and to foreign nationals living and working in Japan.
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 04 Jan - 07 Jan 3-Day Women - Filling Up Men - Open Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Filling Up Mizuho For old students
Apply* 09 Jan - 20 Jan 10-Day New Women - Short Wait List Old Women - Filling Up New Men - Filling Up Old Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Open Mizuho
22 Jan - 02 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Nov Mizuho
08 Feb - 11 Feb 3-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Dec Mizuho For old students
13 Feb - 24 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Dec Mizuho
05 Mar - 16 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Jan Mizuho
Apply 21 Mar - 21 Apr 30-Day Open Mizuho For old students
Preference given to Japanese students and to foreign nationals living and working in Japan.
25 Apr - 06 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Feb Mizuho
08 May - 19 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Mar Mizuho
21 May - 01 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Mar Mizuho
04 Jun - 15 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Apr Mizuho
18 Jun - 29 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Apr Mizuho
02 Jul - 13 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 May Mizuho
16 Jul - 27 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 May Mizuho
03 Aug - 14 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Jun Mizuho
17 Aug - 28 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Jun Mizuho
31 Aug - 11 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Jul Mizuho
14 Sep - 23 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 16 Jul Mizuho For old students
01 Oct - 12 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Aug Mizuho
15 Oct - 26 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Aug Mizuho
01 Nov - 04 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Sep Mizuho For old students
06 Nov - 17 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Sep Mizuho
19 Nov - 30 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Sep Mizuho
03 Dec - 14 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Oct Mizuho
20 Dec - 23 Dec 3-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Oct Mizuho For old students
25 December, 2019 - 05 January, 2020 10-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Oct Mizuho

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.bhanu.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.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta 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.

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.