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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, and is one of over 120 international centers where the technique of Vipassana is taught and practiced.

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 Center - Dhamma Kuñja
445 Gore Road, Onalaska, WA 98570
http://www.kunja.dhamma.org
Website Comments:
webmaster@kunja.dhamma.org
Center: 360-978-5434
 

General Course Registration
Course Registrar: 360-350-1985
Fax: 360-242-5988
registration@kunja.dhamma.org
Child / Teen Course Registration
Voice Mail: [1] (408) 471-7642
Fax: [1] (800) 734-1558
childrens-course@kunja.dhamma.org
Children's Course Registration
 
Please apply to only one course, regardless of waiting list status.
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
Note: courses in Oregon are sponsored by the Oregon Vipassana Association (www.or.us.dhamma.org)
2014 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Apr 25 - Apr 27 Teen Open Onalaska, Washington

For Teen boys and girls ages 13-17 Allergy season
Background checks required for all servers

Apply May 04 Teens 1 Day Course Open Corvallis, OR Boys and girls ages 12-15. Servers must also complete a background check authorization form
Apply May 31 Children Open Seattle Vipassana Hall

For boys and girls ages 8-12
Background checks are required for all servers

Sep 27 - Sep 28 Children Applications accepted starting Jun 26 Onalaska, Washington

For boys and girls ages 8-12  Allergy Season
Background checks required for all servers

Oct 25 Teen Applications accepted starting Jul 26 Seattle Vipassana Hall

For Teen Boys ages 13-17
Background checks are required for all servers

Oct 26 Teen Applications accepted starting Jul 26 Seattle Vipassana Hall

For Teen Girls ages 13-17
Background checks are required for all servers

 

 
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
Note: courses in Oregon are sponsored by the Oregon Vipassana Association (www.or.us.dhamma.org)
2014 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply May 03 1-Day Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Seattle Vipassana Hall For old students

Apply Jul 16 - Jul 20 3-Day Open Bar L Ranch (Central Oregon) For old students
Accomodation is tenting in your own tent. This course is being held at a residence/ranch.
Dec 17 - Dec 21 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 20 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
This course is being held at a rented camp, about 45 minutes west of Portland.
 
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.
Note: courses in Oregon are sponsored by the Oregon Vipassana Association (www.or.us.dhamma.org)
2014 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apr 02 - Apr 23 20-Day Completed Onalaska, Washington For old students



Allergy Season

Apply Apr 23 - Apr 30 Between Course Service Period In Progress Onalaska, Washington For old students

Part-time welcome.  Service Period participants onsite during the teen's course 4/25-4/27 must complete a Background Check.  

Apply Apr 30 - May 11 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska, Washington

Bilingual course, will be conducted in Mandarin and English.  Mandarin speakers are given priority once a waiting list is begun.

Allergy Season

Apply May 11 - May 21 Service Period Open Onalaska, Washington For old students
Allergy Season
Apply May 16 - May 18 Old Student Program Open Onalaska, Washington For old students
Allergy Season
Apply May 21 - Jun 01 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
Apply May 28 - Jun 08 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Camp Sawtooth, near Sun Valley, ID Short Wait List Female Servers
Apply Jun 04 - Jun 15 10-Day Women - Filling Up Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
Apply Jun 04 - Jun 15 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon)

Servers Needed for this course.

This course is being held at a rented camp, about 45 minutes west of Portland.

Apply Jun 18 - Jun 29 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
Apply Jun 18 - Jun 29 10-Day Open Bar L Ranch (Central Oregon)

Male Servers Needed for this course.

Accomodation is tenting in your own tent. This course is being held at a residence/ranch.
Apply Jul 02 - Jul 13 10-Day Open Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
Apply Jul 16 - Jul 27 10-Day Open Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
Apply Jul 30 - Aug 10 10-Day Open Onalaska, Washington

Bilingual course, will be conducted in Thai and English.  Thai speakers are given priority once a waiting list is begun.

Allergy Season

Apply Aug 13 - Aug 24 10-Day Open Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
Apply Aug 27 - Sep 07 Executive Course Open Onalaska, Washington

Enrollment for this special course, held once per year, is reserved for business executives and government officials.  Read more here

Allergy Season

Apply Sep 10 - Sep 21 10-Day Open Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
Apply Sep 21 - Oct 01 Old Student Program Open Onalaska, Washington For old students

All servers on-site from 9/27-9/28 must have a background check on file with NVC
House & Garden Days:  These service periods are set aside a few times a year to work on larger maintenance, construction, household, and gardening projects. The daily program includes three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. Enrollment is reserved for old students.

 

Apply Sep 22 - Oct 03 10-Day Open Camp Sawtooth, near Sun Valley, ID
Apply Oct 01 - Oct 12 10-Day Open Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
Apply Oct 15 - Oct 26 10-Day Open Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
Oct 29 - Nov 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 29 Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
Nov 12 - Nov 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 12 Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
Nov 26 - Dec 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 30 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) This course is being held at a rented camp, about 45 minutes west of Portland.
Nov 28 - Dec 07 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting May 28 Onalaska, Washington For old students

Dec 10 - Dec 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 10 Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
December 24, 2014 - January 04, 2015 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 27 Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) This course is being held at a rented camp, about 45 minutes west of Portland.
December 24, 2014 - January 04, 2015 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 24 Onalaska, Washington Allergy Season
 
 

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.

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.

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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