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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
[email protected]

Child/Teen Course Registration
Voice Mail: 360-207-1666
[email protected]
www.kunja.dhamma.org/children

 

 

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

 

First time students may apply to only one course at a particular location.  If a first time student is accepted anywhere in the US or Canada, that student 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

 

Hillsboro Site 1-Day courses are offered on the first Sunday of every month. More details here

 

2018 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jun 24 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Aug 15 - Aug 19 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Onalaska For old students
Dec 12 - Dec 16 3-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 12 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.
 

2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jun 13 - Jun 24 10-Day In Progress Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Jun 24 - Jun 29 Between Course
Service Period
Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jun 29 - Jul 08 Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Short Wait List Onalaska For old students
Allergy Information
Apply Jul 08 - Jul 11 Between Course
Service Period
Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jul 11 - Jul 22 10-Day Short Wait List Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Jul 22 - Jul 25 Between Course
Service Period
Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jul 25 - Aug 05 Bilingual Course
Thai and English

English / Thai
Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Open Onalaska For English speaking students as well as Thai speakers. Priority from waiting list will be to Thai speakers.
Apply Aug 05 - Aug 15 House & Garden Days 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.

Applications may take up to 3 business days to process - Please apply in advance.
Aug 23 - Aug 26 AT Trainers Workshop Applications accepted starting Jul 22 Onalaska For old students
Old Students May Serve Only
Apply Aug 29 - Sep 09 10 day Course for Business, Professional, and Community Leaders Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List 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. Executive course website
Apply Sep 12 - Sep 23 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Closed Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Sep 26 - Oct 07 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Oct 17 - Oct 28 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Oct 31 - Nov 11 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 01 Onalaska
Apply Nov 14 - Nov 25 Special 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Nov 28 - Dec 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 29 Onalaska
December 21, 2018 - January 01, 2019 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 21 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)
2018 Seattle Vipassana Hall
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jun 24 Children Girls - Wait List Boys - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Seattle Vipassana Hall New Course!!
This course is for 8-12 year olds. Male and female servers are needed. Please apply in advance to give us enough time to process server background checks.
2018 Oregon Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jun 23 Children / Teens Girls - Open Boys - Open Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Hillsboro, OR This course is for 8-15 year olds. Arrive at 9:30 a.m. and course ends at 4:30 p.m. Male and female servers are needed. Please apply to server in advance to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Dec 08 - Dec 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Course setup service weekend: 2-3 daily group mediation periods, otherwise work together to set up the rented Cedar Ridge Retreat Center for a 10-day course. For old students only, part time welcome. Arrival on or after Saturday 10 am
Dec 12 - Dec 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.
Dec 28 - Dec 31 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Course clean-up service weekend: 2-3 daily group mediation periods, otherwise work together to clean up the rented Cedar Ridge Retreat Center after a 10-day course. For old students only, part time welcome.
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

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

2018 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jun 23 Children / Teens Girls - Open Boys - Open Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Hillsboro, OR This course is for 8-15 year olds. Arrive at 9:30 a.m. and course ends at 4:30 p.m. Male and female servers are needed. Please apply to server in advance to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Apply Jun 24 Children Girls - Wait List Boys - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Seattle Vipassana Hall New Course!!
This course is for 8-12 year olds. Male and female servers are needed. Please apply in advance to give us enough time to process server background checks.
Apply Aug 10 - Aug 12 Children Girls - Open Boys - Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska This course is open to 8-12 year olds. Male and female servers are needed. Please apply as soon as possible to allow enough time to process background checks required of all 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: [email protected]

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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