Dhamma Bhumi means Dhamma soil or Dhamma land
The land includes over 40 acres of flowering heath and eucalyptus forest on the edge of an escarpment in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.
Just outside the town of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, within walking distance of the railway station, it has excellent rail and road connections with Sydney.
It also has great natural beauty, commanding magnificent views of the cliffs opposite and valley below. Its extensive gardens and ponds attract many native birds and animals, including some very colourful rosellas, and sometimes ducks and wallabies.
It is the oldest Vipassana centre in Australia, and the second to be founded outside India. Mr S. N. Goenka conducted the first two ten-day courses there in late 1983, and a number of other courses in subsequent years. There is now a continuous program of Vipassana courses, with two or more typically held every month.
Facilities comprise a new meditation hall for 300 students, 36 meditation cells, a smaller hall for 40 people, and indoor accommodation for 110, including 16 single rooms with attached bathrooms.
Since the Centre opened in 1983 much attention has been given to the gardens. Fruit trees and various other trees, shrubs, and flowers have been planted to create a gentle but colourful effect where there was once bare earth or raw bushland.
Lawns have been sown, paths made, and several ponds with goldfish and water lilies have been created to give a peaceful, pleasing effect. It is now proposed to build on this earlier work by developing a landscaping and gardening master plan so as to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the land. The aim is to enhance the area around the buildings mainly with the planting of trees, flowers, shrubs and grasses, to optimise shade, light and colour. Prime areas of native bush will also be conserved.
More photographs of Dhamma Bhumi can be viewed by following this link