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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.

For courses held in Oregon, click here


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

General Course Registration
Voice Mail: 360-978-5434, #2
Fax: 360-242-5988

Child/Teen Course Registration
Voice Mail: 360-207-1666



Students may apply to one course only, regardless of waiting list status. Multiple applications will not be processed.
Waiting list status is updated manually, and may be delayed by a day or two.
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

Courses for young people.  Child courses are for ages 8-12; Teen courses are for ages 13-17.
For courses in Oregon, click here

2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apr 24 - Apr 26 Teen Applications accepted starting Jan 26 Onalaska

For teen boys and girls ages 13-17  Allergy Season
Background checks required for all servers

Short Courses

1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
Seattle 1-Day courses are offered on the first Saturday of every month at the Seattle Vipassana Hall. See registration details here
For courses in Oregon, click here

No courses are currently scheduled.
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.
For courses in Oregon, click here
2014 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Nov 12 - Nov 23 10-Day Completed Onalaska
Apply Nov 23 - Nov 28 Between course service period In Progress Onalaska For old students
Servers are welcome to help wtih a variety of projects during this 5 day work period.  Part-time welcome.
Apply Nov 28 - Dec 07 Satipatthana Sutta Open Onalaska For old students
Male and female servers needed
Apply Dec 07 - Dec 10 Between course service period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Dec 10 - Dec 21 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Course Full Servers - Wait List Onalaska Allergy Season
Apply Dec 21 - Dec 24 Between course service period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply December 24, 2014 - January 04, 2015 10-Day Women - Course Full Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska Allergy Season
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 07 - Jan 18 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Jan 21 - Feb 01 10-Day Open Onalaska
Apply Feb 04 - Feb 15 10-Day Open Onalaska
Apply Feb 18 - Mar 01 10-Day Open Onalaska
Apply Mar 11 - Mar 22 10-Day Open Onalaska
Apply Mar 25 - Apr 05 10-Day Open Onalaska
Apply Apr 08 - Apr 19 Bilingual Mandarin Open Onalaska
Apply Apr 29 - May 10 10-Day Open Onalaska
May 27 - Jun 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 28 Camp Sawtooth, near Sun Valley, ID
Jun 03 - Jun 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 02 Onalaska
Jun 17 - Jun 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 16 Onalaska
Sep 14 - Sep 25 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 15 Camp Sawtooth, near Sun Valley, ID

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.

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.

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