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 Notice

Corona 19 and New Requirements for Courses at Dhammabhanu

Please read before applying. 

These conditions are subject to change.

We ask for your understanding and cooperation.

The maximum number of students in the meditation hall will be about 20-25, and the seats will be placed at a sufficient distance from each other.
(*The previous limit was 75 people in the meditation hall.)
Meditation courses may be cancelled even if their registrations are still open, depending on the status of the COVID-19.


Requirements to attend a course for both students and servers 

  • You do not have any of these medical conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, or underlying diseases that cause immunodeficiency.
  • You have no symptoms that would suggest Covid19 infections at the time of application.
  • You are not pregnant.
  • You are a resident of Japan.
  • You have Japanese health insurance or an insurance certificate, and will present it at the course reception       
  • Someone willing to meet you, in an emergency, or if you feel sick and need to return home.
  • Returnees from abroad must have been in Japan for more than 2 weeks
  • You agree to follow the Centre's Covid19 guidelines     
  • 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 there is a high risk of infection (events and dinners where many people gather, gyms, karaoke, group trips, etc.)

- to a medical institution that poses a risk of infection (including a dentist)



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. 


2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
16 Jul - 27 Jul 10-Day In Progress Mizuho
Apply* 30 Jul - 02 Aug 古い生徒のみ Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Mizuho For old students
Only old student
Apply* 06 Aug - 17 Aug 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List Men - Closed Servers - Short Wait List Mizuho
Apply* 27 Aug - 07 Sep 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Filling Up Mizuho

The application period: from midnight on the 27th to all day until midnight 28th. Please check this link

Apply* 17 Sep - 26 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Women - Short Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Mizuho For old students
15 Oct - 26 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Aug Mizuho
03 Nov - 06 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Sep Mizuho For old students
19 Nov - 30 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Sep Mizuho
08 Dec - 19 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Oct Mizuho

The application period: from midnight on the 27th to all day until midnight 28th. Please check this link


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://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.

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.

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.