Israel Vipassana Meditation Center

The Israel Vipassana Meditation Center, “Dhamma Pamoda,” is located next to Kibbutz Deganya Bet in the Jordan River Valley. It is about two kilometers south of the Sea of Galilee, and is next to a nature reserve and groves of date palms. This is one of dozens of centers around the world that offer courses in Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka, in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. The center was established after many years during which the Israel Vipassana Trust organized hundreds of courses in rented sites throughout the country.


The center stands on an area of about 40 dunams (10 acres), in a quiet and peaceful setting. Walking paths and outdoor sitting areas give views of the fields of the Jordan Valley. Construction was completed in June 2014, and the center can accommodate around 75 meditators and servers, in single rooms as well as rooms for three people.

The spacious meditation hall is used for teaching and practicing the technique of Vipassana. Meals are served in the dining hall, with views of the surrounding gardens.Funding for the establishment of the center and its ongoing operation has been provided by old students from Israel and around the world who have completed at least one 10-day course with S.N. Goenka or an assistant teacher appointed by him. Courses are conducted in Hebrew and English. Some courses are also organized for Russian-speakers.


  • S.N Goenka about the meaning of Pamoda