Wheel of Dhamma

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Oregon Vipassana Association, Portland, Oregon, United States
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** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

The Oregon Vipassana Association organizes Vipassana courses in different locations around Oregon. There are currently four ten-day courses per year, as well as short 1- to 3- day refresher courses for old students (those who have already taken a ten-day course). 

Courses are also held regularly at the Northwest Vipassana Center in Onalaska, WA, located 1.5 hours north of Portland, OR.

For courses in other locations around the country and the world, please see www.dhamma.org

How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information

Oregon Vipassana Association

Address:  6201 NE 13th Ave; Portland, OR 97221 USA
Email: info@or.us.dhamma.org
Phone (voicemail): 541-719-8240

Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.  Child courses are for ages 8-12; Teen courses are for ages 13-17.
No courses are currently scheduled.
Short Courses

1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
For weekly group sitting locations and schedules for returning students around the Northwest, click here.

Portland Vipassana Hall  1-Day courses are offered on the third Saturday of every month. More details here


2017 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Nov 22 - Nov 26 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

All ten-day courses begin on the evening of the first day, and end early morning of the last day.
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day short courses are for those students who have previously completed a ten-day course.
Weekly group sitting locations and schedules for returning students around the Northwest are listed here

2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Nov 18 - Nov 22 Service Period Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Course Setup Service Days, includes 2-3 daily group mediation periods. Help setup Cedar Ridge for the winter courses. For old students. Part time welcome.
Apply Nov 29 - Dec 10 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.
Apply Dec 10 - Dec 11 Old Student service opportunity -- break-down and clean-up at Cedar Ridge Retreat Center after the fall courses. New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Portland For old students
Part time welcome -- come for Sunday, Monday, or both

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.

To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.or.us.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: info@or.us.dhamma.org

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.

10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

Service Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.

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