Mini Anapana Meditation

Mini Anapana Meditation

An Introductory Session by Mr. S.N. Goenka Anapana is the first step in the practice of Vipassana meditation

What is a “Mini Anapana Meditation Session”?

What is a Mini Anapana meditation session?

At the ten-day residential meditation courses run by the Japan Vipassana Association (JVA), the first three-and-a-half days are spent observing the breath. This is called Anapana meditation. 

Mini Anapana is a short summary of this technique which is taught in about 30 minutes. It was developed by Mr. S.N. Goenka for those who are interested in meditation and wonder what it involves, as well as those who are currently unable to take the time to attend a 10-day course but still wish to gain some experience of meditation. Sessions are taught using a recording of instructions given by Mr. S.N. Goenka.

At JVA Dhamma Bhanu, Mini Anapana meditation sessions are held on occasions such as Open House days at the center.

JVA Dhammadicca holds Mini Anapana sessions three times a year which are open to anyone to attend.

There are no charges for the session.

Those who have attended Mini Anapana meditation sessions in the past have commented that "After experiencing a small part of meditation, I feel that it is something I would be capable of doing," and "I hope to make time as soon as possible to take a course." Many have gone on to join ten-day courses.

Registration for Mini Anapana sessions run by JVA Dhammadicca opens approximately two-and-a-half months prior to each session.



January 2020 Mini Anapana Session in Tokyo
Date: January 13, 2020 (Mon.)
*Registration opens Des 1 and closes Jan 5.
Venue: IKE Biz Toshima Sangyo Plaza 
*Attendance is limited to 18 participants.
9:30  Doors open and registration begins / Brief presentation about the meditation centre
10:00 Orientation
10:10 Mini Anapana meditation 
10:50 Session ends
Due to the limited capacity of the venue, if you would like to attend please fill in the application form below, and email it to the Mini Anapana Meditation Session Team.

~~~~~~Application Form~~~~~~
Send to: [email protected]
Email subject: Mini Anapana meditation session application

I am applying to attend the Mini Anapana meditation session.


Gender: □ Male □ Female 

Have you ever attended a Vipassana meditation course?
□ Yes □ No

Phone number:

Email address:

~~~~Form ends here~~~~

JVA Dhammadicca Communications Committee


Anapana Meditation for All


  • This is to be played in a quiet hall or room suitable for meditation.
  • Participants must agree to stay for the entire time of the session, observing noble silence and should maintain segregation of males and females with no physical contact.
  • Participants can be anyone above the age of 10 years.
  • The only instructions should be Goenkaji’s Mini Anapana recording. Neither the person hosting the session nor anyone else should give any other instructions, either live or recorded
  • There should be no charge whatsoever for attending a Mini Anapana session.

Note: Please note that someone who has learnt Anapana from any of the above sources, will not be considered as an "Old Student" in this tradition. They can't participate in any program designated "Only for Old Students".


• Part 1: Introduction by Mr. S.N. Goenka (15 mins - video)

• Part 2:

  (10 mins - audio only)

• Part 1 & Part 2 combined:

 (25 mins - audio only)

Note: It is recommended to sit for Parts 1 and 2 in one 25 min sequence the first time. Thereafter, Part 2 audio (PRACTICE SESSION) can be used for regular practice.