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Dhamma Joti Vipassana Meditation Center
Dhamma Joti Vipassana Meditation Center was opened in October 1993 with Goenkaji and Mataji present for the first three courses. Goenkaji expressed his happiness at being able to repay the debt of gratitude to Myanmar for maintaining Dhamma in all its purity. On an opening day, the elder monks of the State Monks' Organization called the "State Sangha Mahanayaka Organization" were present and gave Ovada Katha (blessing and advising talk) to the audience.
Dhamma Joti Vipassana Meditation Center is built on an area of about 12 acres of land donated by Venerable Bhaddanta Sobhita, chief monk of the Wingabar Yele Monastery. The 12 acres of land has a pond covering about one-third of it, bordering the center on three sides. A dreaming wooden bridge called Eka Maggo (the only way to Nibbanic Peace) over the pond links a gatehouse to the office where all management work is done for the centre.
The attractive Dhamma hall seats about 150-200 students. There are two double-story dormitories, one for males and another for females with common bathrooms and toilets. Now the center has 19 double rooms with attached baths for males and 20 single and 10 double rooms with attached bath for females. A new kitchen and two new dining rooms can cater for over 400 students. The Centre now has a Pagoda with 48 cells underneath.
Dhamma Joti Vipassana Meditation Center is the very first of the five Vipassana centers in Myanmar, three of which have been running 10-day Vipassana courses throughout the year, and the fifth center, Dhamma Mandala in Mandalay, has completed construction and now holding regular 10-day courses.
Due to the special nature of Myanmar being the birthplace of S. N. Goenka and Sayagyi U Ba Khin, many foreign students and (teachers alike) have a desire to participate on a course in one of the centers in Myanmar. For this reason, places are always reserved for overseas students of Goenkaji to come and attend the courses, and ATs to come and conduct the courses. Please contact the centre if you wish to come to attend or serve on a course.
Myanmar is also the only country where dedicated courses are held for Bhikkus and Samaneras, led by a Bhikku Teacher. We welcome Bhikkus from other countries to participate on these courses, which normally occur around May and November-December of each year.
Dhamma Manohara Vipassana Meditation Center
Dhamma Manohara, meaning Beautiful and Captivating in Dhamma (pleasing to the mind and inducing mental tranquility), is situated in Thanbyu-zayet, a town by the bank of Sanlween River, Mon State. It is 40 miles from Moulmein town and 15 miles from Kyaikhami Pagoda. Established in the year 2000, the Centre conducts yearly 10-day Vipassana courses and Anapana courses for children. The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. There are no charges for the courses - not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.