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Kunja
Dhamma Kuñja, Onalaska, Washington, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

The Northwest Vipassana Center, also known as Dhamma Kuñja, is situated on 50 acres in rural western Washington, conveniently located approximately two hours drive from both Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. It was established in August 1991 to offer training in Vipassana meditation.

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
       

Northwest Vipassana Meditation Center
445 Gore Road, Onalaska, WA 98570
Center Office: 360-978-5434
www.kunja.dhamma.org

General Course Registration
Voice Mail: 360-978-5434, #2
Fax: 360-242-5988
registration@kunja.dhamma.org

Child/Teen Course Registration
Voice Mail: 360-207-1666
childrens-course@kunja.dhamma.org
www.kunja.dhamma.org/children

 

 

 
Child/Teen    Dhamma Kunja Main Short Courses   Oregon       Idaho        Montana       Seattle Vipassana Hall

 

First time students may apply to only one course at a particular location, and if/when accepted must cancel all other applications.  For all students, only one acceptance will be allowed for courses with overlapping dates; other applications will be canceled.  Waiting List Status is updated manually, and may differ from application processing by a few days.
 
If you have any serious food allergies, or medical conditions, or some other special consideration, please be sure to include this information in your application.  If we receive this information after your application has been processed, this may affect your status on the course.
 
Short Courses

No First Time students.  1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for Old Students only.
 

Seattle Vipassana Hall  1-Day courses are offered on the first Saturday of every month at the Seattle Vipassana Hall. See registration details here
 

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

2016 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply May 01 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Closed Olympia For old students
Arrive 9:30am - End 5pm
Apply May 26 - May 30 3-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Dec 14 - Dec 18 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 14 Onalaska For old students
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

First Time and Old Students welcome.  First Time students may sit, but not serve.

All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day on the schedule, and end on the early morning of the last day on the schedule.
 

2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Apr 20 - May 01 English     
Mandarin
In Progress Onalaska

For English speaking students as well as Mandarin speakers. Priority from waiting list will be to Mandarin speakers.

Male Servers Needed.

Allergy Season

Apply May 01 - May 04 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply May 04 - May 15 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska

SERVERS NEEDED!

Allergy Information

Apply May 15 - May 25 House & Garden Days Open Onalaska For old students

House & Garden Days Service Period:  A few times a year we set aside time to work on larger maintenance, construction, household, and gardening projects. The daily program includes three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. Full-time and Part-time are welcome.

Reserved for old students. Teens Course May20-22 means servers need to Apply authorizing a Background Check. 

Apply Jun 01 - Jun 12 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Jun 12 - Jun 15 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jun 15 - Jun 26 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Jun 26 - Jun 29 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jul 01 - Jul 10 Satipatthana Sutta Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Jul 10 - Jul 13 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jul 13 - Jul 24 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Jul 24 - Jul 27 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jul 27 - Aug 07 English
Thai
Open Onalaska

For English speaking students as well as Thai speakers. Priority from waiting list will be to Thai speakers.

Allergy Season

Aug 07 - Aug 17 House & Garden Days Applications accepted starting Jun 01 Onalaska For old students

House & Garden Days Service Period:  A few times a year we set aside time to work on larger maintenance, construction, household, and gardening projects. The daily program includes three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. Full-time and Part-time are welcome.

Reserved for old students. Applications may take up to 3 business days to process - Please apply in advance.

Apply Aug 17 - Aug 28

English


Spanish
Women - Short Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska

For English speaking students as well as Spanish speakers. Priority from waiting list will be to Spanish speakers.

 

Allergy Information

Aug 28 Open House Applications accepted starting Jul 01 Onalaska For old students

Open House for Dhamma Kunja!

An occasion for neighbors, friends, relatives and children to visit Dhamma Kunja.  View the site.  Activities and food for all! 

 

Apply Aug 28 - Aug 31 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Aug 31 - Sep 11 Executive Course Applications accepted starting May 01 Onalaska

Allergy Season

Apply Sep 11 - Sep 14 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Sep 14 - Sep 25 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Sep 25 - Sep 28 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Sep 28 - Oct 09 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Oct 14 - Oct 16 Annual Old Student Weekend Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Onalaska For old students

An occasion for old students in the Pacific NW to spend time with other Vipassana meditators, gain a deeper understanding of how serving strengthens our meditation practice, and explore the many ways to serve. Click here for details  

 

Apply Oct 19 - Oct 30 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Nov 02 - Nov 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 03 Onalaska
Nov 18 - Nov 27 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting May 19 Onalaska For old students
Nov 30 - Dec 11 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 31 Onalaska
December 21, 2016 - January 01, 2017 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 01 Onalaska
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
Note: courses in Oregon are sponsored by the Oregon Vipassana Association (www.or.us.dhamma.org).  Idaho courses are sponsored by the Idaho Vipassana Association (www.id.us.dhamma.org), and the Montana courses are sponsored by the Montana Vipassana Association (www.mt.us.dhamma.org)
2016 Idaho Vipassana Assocation Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jun 01 - Jun 12 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Camp Sawtooth, near Sun Valley, ID

Rustic site with non-insulated, non-heated cabins.

Sep 12 - Sep 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 06 Camp Sawtooth, near Sun Valley, ID

Rustic site with non-insulated, non-heated cabins.

2016 Seattle Vipassana Hall
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply May 01 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Closed Olympia For old students
Arrive 9:30am - End 5pm
2016 Oregon Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jun 11 Children Open Corvallis, OR

Girls and Boys Ages 8-12

Male and Female servers are needed. Apply as soon as possible to complete background check authorization.

Apply Jun 12 Teen Open Corvallis, OR

Girls and Boys Ages 13-17

Male and Female servers are needed. Apply as soon as possible to complete background check authorization.

Nov 21 - Nov 23 Old Student Program Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Course Setup Service Period. Help setup Cedar Ridge for the winter courses. Old students are welcome.
Nov 23 - Dec 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon)

Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.

SERVERS NEEDED

Dec 04 - Dec 07 Old Student Program Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Between Course Service Period. Help setup Cedar Ridge for the next course. Old students are welcome.
Dec 07 - Dec 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon)

Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.

SERVERS NEEDED

Dec 18 - Dec 21 Old Student Program Applications accepted starting Sep 01 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Between Course Service Period. Help setup Cedar Ridge for the next course. Old students are welcome.
December 21, 2016 - January 01, 2017 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 01 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon)

Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.

SERVERS NEEDED

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

Courses for young people.  Child courses are for ages 8-12; Teen courses are for ages 13-17.
 

2016 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply May 20 - May 22 Teen Open Onalaska

Teen Boys 13-17 and Teen Girls 13-17

Male and Female Servers needed, and an Authorization for a Server Background Check is required. 

Apply Jun 11 Children Open Corvallis, OR

Girls and Boys Ages 8-12

Male and Female servers are needed. Apply as soon as possible to complete background check authorization.

Apply Jun 12 Teen Open Corvallis, OR

Girls and Boys Ages 13-17

Male and Female servers are needed. Apply as soon as possible to complete background check authorization.

Apply Aug 12 - Aug 14 Children Open Onalaska

Girls and Boys Ages 8-12     Allergy Season

Male and Female servers are needed. Apply as soon as possible to complete background check authorization.

 
 

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

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

10-day Executive Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation especially for business executives and government officials where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. For more information please visit the Executive course website. 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 7:30am.

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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