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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.  
 
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

2017 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply May 25 - May 29 3-Day In Progress Onalaska For old students
Apply Jun 25 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Jun 25 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Eugene New Course!!For old students
Eugene Garden Club Arrive 9am; course runs 9:30-4:30pm; Part time welcome.
Apply Aug 20 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Aug 23 - Aug 27 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Bar L Ranch (Central Oregon) New Course!!For old students
3-day course held at a private ranch in Camp Sherman, OR. Requires tenting in your own tent.
Apply Oct 29 1-Day Open Onalaska For old students
Nov 22 - Nov 26 3-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.
Dec 13 - Dec 17 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 16 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.
 

2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply May 29 - May 31 Between course service period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply May 31 - Jun 11 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Onalaska

 

FEMALE SERVERS NEEDED!

Allergy Information

Apply Jun 11 - Jun 14 Between course service period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jun 14 - Jun 25 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska

 

SERVERS NEEDED, especially FEMALES!

Allergy Information

Apply Jun 25 - Jun 28 Between course service period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jun 28 - Jul 09 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Jul 09 - Jul 12 Between course service period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jul 12 - Jul 23 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Jul 23 - Jul 26 Between course service period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jul 26 - Aug 06 10-Day
Thai / English
Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska

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

Allergy Information

Apply Aug 06 - Aug 09 Between course service period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Aug 09 - Aug 20 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska
Allergy Information
Apply Aug 20 - Aug 30 House & Garden Days Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - 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. Applications may take up to 3 business days to process - Please apply in advance.

Apply Aug 30 - Sep 10 10 day Course for Business, Professional, and Community Leaders Open Onalaska
This introductory 10 day Course in Vipassana meditation is specifically for business executives, professional leaders, and government officials.  After registration from 2-4 pm, and an evening meal and orientation on opening day, the course itself begins. It consists of 10 days of meditation, with daily instructions and evening discourses by the teacher, and concludes on day 11 morning by 7:30 am. 
 
Apply Sep 10 - Sep 13 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Sep 13 - Sep 24 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska

 

Allergy Information

Apply Sep 24 - Sep 27 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Sep 27 - Oct 08 10-Day Open Onalaska

 

Allergy Information

Apply Oct 08 - Oct 18

House & Garden Days

Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - 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. Applications may take up to 3 business days to process - Please apply in advance.

Oct 13 - Oct 15 Annual Old Student Weekend Applications accepted starting Jul 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.
Apply Oct 18 - Oct 29 10-Day Open Onalaska

 

Allergy Information

Apply Oct 29 - Nov 03 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Nov 03 - Nov 12 Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students

Must Have Sat Minimum  3 10-Day courses

Servers NEEDED  

Apply Nov 12 - Nov 15 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Nov 15 - Nov 26 10-Day Open Onalaska
Nov 26 - Nov 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 30 Onalaska For old students
Nov 29 - Dec 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 02 Onalaska
Dec 10 - Dec 13 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 13 Onalaska For old students
Dec 17 - Dec 20 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 20 Onalaska For old students
Dec 20 - Dec 31 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)
2017 Idaho/Utah - Intermountain Vipassana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply May 31 - Jun 11 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Camp Sawtooth, near Sun Valley, ID

SERVERS NEEDED!!!

2017 Oregon Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jun 10 Children Open Corvallis, OR Male and female servers are needed. Servers must be old students. Please apply to serve well in advance to allow enough time to authorize and process criminal background checks for servers.
Apply Jun 11 Teen Open Corvallis, OR Male and female servers are needed. Servers must be old students. Please apply to serve well in advance to allow enough time to authorize and process criminal background checks for servers.
Apply Jun 25 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Eugene New Course!!For old students
Eugene Garden Club Arrive 9am; course runs 9:30-4:30pm; Part time welcome.
Apply Aug 12 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Bar L Ranch (Central Oregon) New Course!!For old students
Help us set up the lovely Bar L ranch for the upcoming 3-day course. Group sits at 8-9am and 5-6pm. Please bring your own lunch. Part time welcome. There are camping options nearby (ask for advice if needed), though not onsite.
Apply Aug 22 - Aug 23 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Bar L Ranch (Central Oregon) For old students
Help us set up for the 3-day course. Part time welcome.
Apply Aug 23 - Aug 27 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Bar L Ranch (Central Oregon) New Course!!For old students
3-day course held at a private ranch in Camp Sherman, OR. Requires tenting in your own tent.
Nov 18 - Nov 22 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 01 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.
Nov 22 - Nov 26 3-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.
Nov 29 - Dec 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

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

2017 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jun 10 Children Open Corvallis, OR Male and female servers are needed. Servers must be old students. Please apply to serve well in advance to allow enough time to authorize and process criminal background checks for servers.
Apply Jun 11 Teen Open Corvallis, OR Male and female servers are needed. Servers must be old students. Please apply to serve well in advance to allow enough time to authorize and process criminal background checks for servers.
Apply Aug 26 - Aug 27 Children Open Onalaska Male and female servers are needed. Servers must be old students. Please apply to serve well in advance to allow enough time to authorize and process criminal background checks for servers.
 
 

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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