Wheel of Dhamma

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Janani
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]

Please note that a good understanding and fluency in Hindi or English or Nepali or Newari language is essential.

"In view of the ongoing Corona-19 pandemic situation, only those centers where strict compliance of social distancing and other requisite precautionery measures could be practised, are running the courses with limited number of students. It is mandatory for those coming from across the border to show recent health certificate confirming Corona negative. Or they should present documents validating their arrival in Lumbini at least 14 days earlier than the course start date. This rule applies to all students regardless of their citizenship."

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Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2021 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
27 Feb Children Applications accepted starting 29 Nov Lumbini
27 Mar Children Applications accepted starting 27 Dec Lumbini
29 May Children Applications accepted starting 28 Feb Lumbini
31 Jul Children Applications accepted starting 02 May Lumbini
28 Oct Children Applications accepted starting 30 Jul Lumbini
 
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2021 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
13 Feb 1-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Nov Lumbini For old students
13 Mar 1-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Dec Lumbini For old students
14 Apr 1-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Jan Lumbini For old students
12 Jun 1-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Mar Lumbini For old students
14 Aug 1-Day Applications accepted starting 16 May Lumbini For old students
09 Oct 1-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Jul Lumbini For old students
26 Oct - 30 Oct 3-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Jul 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.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
15 Oct - 26 Oct 10-Day Completed Lumbini DASHAIN COURSE
Apply 01 Nov - 12 Nov 10-Day Open Lumbini
Apply 18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day Open Lumbini
Apply 01 Dec - 12 Dec 10-Day Open Lumbini
Apply 14 December, 2020 - 14 January, 2021 30-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Lumbini For old students
Apply 14 December, 2020 - 29 January, 2021 45-Day Women - Open Men - Open Female Server - FULL Male Server - Open Lumbini For old students
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
01 Feb - 12 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Nov Lumbini
15 Feb - 26 Feb Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Nov Lumbini For old students
01 Mar - 12 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Dec Lumbini
15 Mar - 26 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Dec Lumbini ONLY FOR BHIKKHUS AND BHIKKUNIS
03 Apr - 12 Apr Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 03 Jan Lumbini For old students
15 Apr - 26 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Jan Lumbini
02 May - 13 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Feb Lumbini
15 May - 26 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Feb Lumbini
01 Jun - 12 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Mar Lumbini
15 Jun - 26 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Mar Lumbini
01 Jul - 12 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Apr Lumbini
15 Jul - 26 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Apr Lumbini
03 Aug - 12 Aug Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 05 May Lumbini For old students
15 Aug - 26 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 May Lumbini
01 Sep - 12 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Jun Lumbini
17 Sep - 08 Oct 20-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Jun Lumbini For old students
12 Oct - 23 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Jul Lumbini
14 Nov - 25 Nov Executive Course Applications accepted starting 16 Aug Lumbini
29 Nov - 10 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 31 Aug Lumbini
14 December, 2021 - 14 January, 2022 30-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Sep Lumbini For old students
14 December, 2021 - 29 January, 2022 45-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Sep Lumbini For old students
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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://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.

10-day Executive Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation especially for business executives and government officials where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. For more information please visit the Executive course website. 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 7:30am.

Special 10-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.

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.

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.

45-day Courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed a minimum of seven 10-day courses (one since their first 30-day course), two 30-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least three 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.

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.

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.