Wheel of Dhamma

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Oregon Vipassana Association, Sisters, 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.
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

2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Nov 23 - Nov 25 Old Student Program Completed Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Come help setup Cedar Ridge for the 3 winter courses. Please arrive 1-2pm on the 23rd. All old students are welcome.
Apply Nov 25 - Dec 06 10-Day In Progress Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon)

Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.

SERVERS NEEDED, now to end of course 

Apply Dec 16 - Dec 20 3-Day Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students

Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.


Apply December 23, 2015 - January 03, 2016 10-Day Women - Wait List New Men - Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon)

Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.


2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 01 1-Day Open PVH (Portland) For old students

3 Hour Group Sitting




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.

Old Student Programs are similar to Service Periods where there is time to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects, but have a more full and structured program, an opportunity to meet with assistant teachers, and possibly committee and trust meetings. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods and in the evening 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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