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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.

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
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

 

 

 
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
Apply Mar 08 For children ages 8-12 Open Copperton, Utah
Background checks are required for all servers.
NOTE: Daylight Savings Time begins March 8 
Apply Apr 24 - Apr 26 Teen Open Onalaska

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

May 30 Children Applications accepted starting Feb 27 Seattle Vipassana Hall

For Boys and Girls ages 8-12
 

Oct 02 - Oct 04 Children Applications accepted starting Jul 06 Onalaska

For boys and girls ages 8-12  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

2015 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Feb 07 1-Day Open Seattle Vipassana Hall For old students
Click here for Information about Attending this course
Apply Feb 14 1-Day Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Ketchum, ID For old students
Held in Ketchum, ID
Mar 07 1-Day Open Seattle Vipassana Hall For old students
Click here for Information about Attending this course
Apply Mar 07 1-Day Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Copperton, Utah For old students
Held in Copperton, Utah, approximaltey 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City
Apr 04 1-Day Open Seattle Vipassana Hall For old students
Click here for Information about Attending this course
Apply Jul 01 - Jul 05 3-Day Open Onalaska For old students
 
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
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 21 - Feb 01 10-Day In Progress Onalaska
Apply Feb 01 - Feb 04 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Feb 04 - Feb 15 10-Day Women - Filling Up Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Onalaska 1 or 2 more Female Servers would be welcome
Apply Feb 15 - Feb 18 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Feb 18 - Mar 01 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska Full-time Female servers are needed for this course.  Part-time female servers are also welcome.
Apply Mar 01 - Mar 11 Service Period Open Onalaska For old students

House & Garden Days:  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.

Part-time servers may arrive after 12 noon on Sunday 3/1

Apply Mar 11 - Mar 22 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Short Wait List Onalaska

Female servers are needed for this course. Three  more full-time female servers would be very helpful. Male servers are on WL due to limited accomodations.

Allergy Season

Apply Mar 22 - Mar 25 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Mar 25 - Apr 05 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska Allergy Season
Apply Apr 05 - Apr 08 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Apr 08 - Apr 19 Bilingual Mandarin Open Onalaska Allergy Season
Apply Apr 19 - Apr 29 Service Period Open Onalaska For old students

House & Garden Days:  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.

Part-time servers may arrive after 12 noon on Sunday 3/1

Apply Apr 29 - May 10 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Season
Apply May 10 - May 22 Service Period Open Onalaska For old students

House & Garden Days:  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.

Part-time servers may arrive after 12 noon on Sunday 3/1

Apply May 22 - May 31 Satipatthana Sutta Open Onalaska For old students
Apply May 27 - Jun 07 10-Day Open Camp Sawtooth, near Sun Valley, ID
Apply Jun 03 - Jun 14 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Season
Apply Jun 17 - Jun 28 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Season
Apply Jul 08 - Jul 19 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Season
Apply Jul 22 - Aug 02 Bilingual Thai Open Onalaska Allergy Season
Aug 05 - Aug 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 03 Onalaska Allergy Season
Aug 19 - Aug 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 17 Onalaska Allergy Season
Sep 02 - Sep 13 Executive Course Applications accepted starting Mar 03 Onalaska

Allergy Season

Sep 14 - Sep 25 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 15 Camp Sawtooth, near Sun Valley, ID
Sep 16 - Sep 27 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 17 Onalaska Allergy Season
Oct 07 - Oct 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 07 Onalaska
Oct 21 - Nov 01 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 21 Onalaska
Nov 04 - Nov 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 05 Onalaska
Nov 18 - Nov 29 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 19 Onalaska For old students
Dec 02 - Dec 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 02 Onalaska
December 23, 2015 - January 03, 2016 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Onalaska
 
 

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.

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.

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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