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): Japanese / English

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: info@bhanu.dhamma.org , registration@bhanu.dhamma.org

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.

For Foreign students: Due to busy applications these days, we have above priority. If you live in out of Japan and foreign, although the status is still open or filling up, you might be a waiting list at first.

2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 24 Jan - 04 Feb 10-Day New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Short Wait List Mizuho This course date has been changed from 1/23-2/3 to 1/24-2/4.
Apply* 09 Feb - 12 Feb 3-Day Women - Filling Up Men - Open Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Mizuho For old students
Apply* 14 Feb - 25 Feb 10-Day New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Mizuho
Apply 28 Feb - 31 Mar 30-Day Women - Filling Up Men - Short Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Mizuho For old students
Preference given to Japanese students and to foreign nationals living and working in Japan.
10 Apr - 21 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Feb Mizuho
25 Apr - 06 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Feb Mizuho
08 May - 19 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Mar Mizuho
22 May - 02 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Mar Mizuho
05 Jun - 16 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Apr Mizuho
19 Jun - 30 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Apr Mizuho
03 Jul - 14 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 May Mizuho
17 Jul - 28 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 May Mizuho
04 Aug - 15 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Jun Mizuho
19 Aug - 30 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Jun Mizuho
01 Sep - 12 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Jul Mizuho
15 Sep - 24 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 17 Jul Mizuho For old students
27 Sep - 30 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Jul Mizuho For old students
09 Oct - 20 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Aug Mizuho
23 Oct - 03 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Aug Mizuho
07 Nov - 18 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Sep Mizuho
21 Nov - 02 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Sep Mizuho
04 Dec - 15 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Oct Mizuho
22 December, 2018 - 02 January, 2019 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 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: info@bhanu.dhamma.org

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.

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