Myanmar is known as a very spiritual country. The majority of Myanmar’s population (almost 90%) is Buddhist. Theravada “teaching of the elders” Buddhism is the main form practiced in Myanmar. Visitors to Myanmar (Burma) from any faith cannot help but appreciate Myanmar’s beautiful temples, pagodas, statues and monasteries, the reminders of Buddhism’s influence throughout the country since ancient times.

Situated in Wingabar Yele Monastery Compound , about fifteen minutes walk away from the eastern entrance of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda is Dhamma Joti.

Dhamma Joti meaning (Light of Dhamma) is built on a 12 acres of property, started in October 1993, offering residential 10 day courses in Vipassana Meditation, This Vipassana Center’s main Dhamma Meditation Hall can accommodate 200 students. Dhamma Joti has 19 double rooms with attached bath for males and 20 single, 10 double rooms with attached bath for females.

A Modern kitchen with two new dining rooms can easily cater over 400 students. This Vipassana Centre also have Pagoda with 48 cells underneath.

Dhamma Joti Vipassana Meditation centre is developed on 12 acres of land donated by Venerable Bhaddanta Sobhita, chief monk of the Wingabar Yele Monastery. The beauitful pond covering about one third of land, bordering the centre 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. There are also Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda (with a 50 feet high sitting Buddha statute) and Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda (a large reclining Buddha statue) near Dhamma Joti Vipassana Center.

Dhamma Joti is the one of the first of the five Vipassana Meditation centres in Myanmar, three of which have been running 10-day Vipassana courses throughout the year, and the fifth centre, Dhamma Mandala in Mandalay, has completed construction and is now holding regular 10-day Vipassana Meditation courses.

These 10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day, as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

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According to the tradition of pure Vipassana, courses are run solely on a donation basis. Donations are accepted only from those who have completed at least one ten-day Vipassana course. Someone taking the course for the first time may give a donation on the last day of the course or any time thereafter.

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