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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.  Schedule page Waiting List Status is updated manually, and may differ from application processing by a few days.
 
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
 

2015 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Sep 03 - Sep 07 3-Day In Progress Bar L Ranch (Central Oregon) For old students
Accomodation is tenting in your own tent. This course is being held at a residence/ranch.
Apply Sep 20 1-Day Open Red Lodge, MT For old students
This course will be held at Red Lodge, MT, near Billings.
Apply Oct 03 1-Day Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Boise, ID New Course!!For old students
Held at the Boise Vipassana Hall 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Apply Nov 21 1-Day Open Missoula, MT For old students

This course is held at Sussex School in MIssoula, MT

Apply Dec 16 - Dec 20 3-Day Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
This course is being held at a rented camp, about 1 hour west of Portland.
 
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.
 

2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 02 - Sep 13 Executive Course In Progress Onalaska

Allergy Season

Apply Sep 13 - Sep 16 Between course service period Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Sep 16 - Sep 27 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska Allergy Season
Apply Sep 27 - Oct 07 House & Garden Days 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.

Apply Oct 07 - Oct 18 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Oct 21 - Nov 01 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Nov 04 - Nov 15 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Nov 18 - Nov 29 Special 10-Day Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Dec 02 - Dec 13 10-Day Open Onalaska
Apply December 23, 2015 - January 03, 2016 10-Day Open Onalaska
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 06 - Jan 17 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Jan 20 - Jan 31 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Feb 03 - Feb 14 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Feb 17 - Feb 28 10-Day Open Onalaska
Mar 02 - Mar 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 08 Onalaska
Mar 16 - Mar 27 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 22 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)
2015 Idaho Vipassana Assocation Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 14 - Sep 25 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Camp Sawtooth, near Sun Valley, ID
Apply Oct 03 1-Day Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Boise, ID New Course!!For old students
Held at the Boise Vipassana Hall 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
2015 Montana Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 20 1-Day Open Red Lodge, MT For old students
This course will be held at Red Lodge, MT, near Billings.
Apply Nov 21 1-Day Open Missoula, MT For old students

This course is held at Sussex School in MIssoula, MT

Apply Nov 22 Children Open Missoula, MT

For children ages 8-12.  This course is held at Sussex School in MIssoula, MT. Male and Female Servers needed, and a Server background check authorization is required. 

2015 Oregon Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Sep 03 - Sep 07 3-Day In Progress Bar L Ranch (Central Oregon) For old students
Accomodation is tenting in your own tent. This course is being held at a residence/ranch.
Apply Sep 07 Old Student Program Open Bar L Ranch (Central Oregon) For old students
Come help break down the Bar L Ranch after 10-day and 3-day courses. Please arrive in the Morning. All old students are welcome.
Apply Sep 12 Teen Girls 1 Day Course Open Corvallis, OR New Course!!
Girls only ages 13-17. Servers must also complete a background check authorization form
Apply Sep 13 Teen Boys 1 Day Course Open Corvallis, OR New Course!!
Boys only ages 13-17. Servers must also complete a background check authorization form
Apply Nov 23 - Nov 25 Old Student Program Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Come help setup Cedar Ridge for the 3 winter courses. Please arrive in the Morning. All old students are welcome.
Apply Nov 25 - Dec 06 10-Day Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) This course is being held at a rented camp, about 1 hour west of Portland.
Apply Dec 16 - Dec 20 3-Day Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
This course is being held at a rented camp, about 1 hour west of Portland.
Apply December 23, 2015 - January 03, 2016 10-Day Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) This course is being held at a rented camp, about 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.
 

2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 12 Teen Girls 1 Day Course Open Corvallis, OR New Course!!
Girls only ages 13-17. Servers must also complete a background check authorization form
Apply Sep 13 Teen Boys 1 Day Course Open Corvallis, OR New Course!!
Boys only ages 13-17. Servers must also complete a background check authorization form
Apply Oct 02 - Oct 04 Children Open Onalaska

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

Apply Nov 22 Children Open Missoula, MT

For children ages 8-12.  This course is held at Sussex School in MIssoula, MT. Male and Female Servers needed, and a Server background check authorization is required. 

 
 

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.

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.

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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