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Wheel of Dhamma

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Mahavana
Dhamma Mahāvana, North Fork, California, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

One of over 120 international centers where the technique of Vipassana meditation is taught and practiced, Dhamma Mahavana is situated on 109 acres of forested property in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Groves of oak, pine, cedar, and manzanita reinforce the California Vipassana Center's name of Dhamma Mahavana, Great Forest of Dhamma.
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
       
California Vipassana Meditation Center
P.O. Box 1167, North Fork, CA 93643, USA
http://www.mahavana.dhamma.org
General Course Registration
Voice Mail: [1] (559) 877-4386 ext. 1
Fax: [1] (559) 877-4387
registration@mahavana.dhamma.org
Children / Teenager's Course Registration
Voice Mail: [1] (408) 471-7642
Fax: [1] (800) 734-1558
childrens-courses@mahavana.dhamma.org
Children's Course Registration
Dhamma Service Registration
Voice Mail: [1] (559) 877-4386
dhamma-service@mahavana.dhamma.org

 

In California, a student may apply to sit only one 10 Day course at a time, even if the other course is in another state or is a waitlisted enrollment.

 

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Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2017 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 21 - Oct 22 Children Open North Fork Boys & Girls Ages 8-12 years
2018 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Mar 03 - Mar 04 Teen Applications accepted starting Nov 03 North Fork Boys & Girls ages 13-17 years
Oct 20 - Oct 21 Children Applications accepted starting Jun 22 North Fork Boys & Girls ages 8 - 12 years
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Sep 10 - Oct 01 20-Day CANCELLED North Fork For old students

meeting these requirements

 

Apply Sep 11 - Oct 01 Service Period In Progress North Fork For old students
Servers needed
Apply Oct 01 - Oct 04 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed
Apply Oct 04 - Oct 15 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open North Fork Servers needed
Apply Oct 15 - Oct 20 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Apply Oct 22 - Oct 25 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Apply Oct 25 - Nov 05 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open North Fork Servers needed
Apply Nov 05 - Nov 15 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Part time service welcomed
Nov 11 - Nov 12 Board of Trustees Retreat New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students

To apply, send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org

All old students are invited to attend the Trustee Retreat to learn about the behind-the-scene functioning of the Center.

 

Apply Nov 15 - Nov 19 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed
Apply Nov 19 - Nov 22 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Apply Nov 22 - Dec 03 Special 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed
Apply Dec 03 - Dec 06 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Apply Dec 08 - Dec 17 Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Apply Dec 17 - Dec 20 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Apply Dec 20 - Dec 31 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open North Fork Alternative Course Option:
December 24, 2017 to January 4, 2018
There is a non-center course being held at a rental site in Occidental, CA. near Santa Rosa, CA. To apply, click on this
link
Apply December 31, 2017 - January 03, 2018 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 03 - Jan 14 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork Servers needed
Apply Jan 14 - Jan 17 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Apply Jan 17 - Jan 28 10-Day Open North Fork Servers needed
Jan 28 - Jan 31 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 30 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Jan 31 - Feb 11 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 03 North Fork Servers needed
Feb 11 - Feb 14 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 14 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Feb 14 - Feb 25 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 17 North Fork Servers needed
Feb 25 - Mar 02 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 28 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Mar 04 - Mar 07 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 04 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Mar 07 - Mar 11 3-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 07 North Fork For old students
Servers needed
Mar 11 - Mar 14 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 11 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Mar 14 - Mar 25 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 14 North Fork Servers needed
Mar 25 - Apr 04 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 25 North Fork For old students


Mar 31 - Apr 01 Board of Trustees Retreat Applications accepted starting Dec 01 North Fork For old students
To apply, send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org.

All old student are invited to attend the Trustee Retreat to learn about the behind-the-scene functioning of CVC.
Apr 04 - May 05 30-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 05 North Fork For old students
Apr 04 - May 20 45-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 05 North Fork For old students
May 20 - May 30 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 20 North Fork For old students
Servers Needed

This service period is held in conjunction with the annual Assistant Teacher workshop.
May 30 - Jun 10 10-Day
Vietnamese / English
Applications accepted starting Jan 30 North Fork Servers needed

This course is offered in English & Vietnamese. Priority is given to Vietnamese students until 3/30. All other students will be wait listed until 3/30.
Jun 10 - Jun 13 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 10 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Jun 13 - Jun 24 10-Day
Thai / English
Applications accepted starting Feb 13 North Fork Servers needed.

This course is offered in English & Thai. Priority is given to Thai students until 4/13. All other students will be wait listed until 4/13.
Jun 24 - Jun 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 24 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Jun 29 - Jul 08 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Mar 01 North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Jul 08 - Jul 11 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 10 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-time welcome.
Jul 11 - Jul 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 13 North Fork Servers needed.
Jul 22 - Jul 25 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 24 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Jul 25 - Aug 05 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 27 North Fork Servers needed.
Aug 05 - Aug 08 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 07 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Aug 08 - Aug 19 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 10 North Fork Servers needed.
Aug 19 - Aug 22 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 21 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Aug 22 - Sep 02 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 24 North Fork Servers needed.
Sep 02 - Sep 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 05 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Sep 09 - Sep 30 20-Day Applications accepted starting May 12 North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Sep 30 - Oct 03 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 02 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Oct 03 - Oct 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 05 North Fork Servers needed.
Oct 14 - Oct 20 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 16 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Oct 21 - Oct 24 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 23 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Oct 24 - Nov 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 26 North Fork Servers needed.
Nov 04 - Nov 14 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 07 North Fork For old students
Nov 10 - Nov 11 Board of Trustees Retreat Applications accepted starting Jul 13 North Fork For old students
All old student are invited to attend the Trustee Retreat to learn about the behind-the-scene functioning of CVC.
Nov 14 - Nov 18 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 17 North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Nov 18 - Nov 21 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 21 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Nov 21 - Dec 02 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 24 North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Dec 02 - Dec 07 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 04 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Dec 07 - Dec 16 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Aug 09 North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Dec 16 - Dec 19 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 18 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Dec 19 - Dec 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 21 North Fork Servers needed.
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2017 Dhamma Mahāvana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 21 - Oct 22 Children Open North Fork Boys & Girls Ages 8-12 years
December 24, 2017 - January 04, 2018 10-Day Open Occidental, CA. Alternative Course: This non-center course is being held at a rental site near Occidental, CA. To apply, click on this link
 
 

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.mahavana.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: info@mahavana.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.

Special 10-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

20-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

45-day Courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed a minimum of seven 10-day courses (one since their first 30-day course), two 30-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least three years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.

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.

Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which the technique of Vipassana is systematically explained. These courses are open to serious old students who have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-day courses, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain their meditation practice and the five precepts in their daily lives, at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course.

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.

Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators.

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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