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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.  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

 

2017 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Nov 22 - Nov 26 3-Day In Progress Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.
Apply Dec 02 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Lava Hot Springs For old students
Trust Meeting Dec 3
Apply Dec 13 - Dec 17 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
2018 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Feb 21 - Feb 25 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
May 24 - May 28 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 22 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.
 

2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Nov 15 - Nov 26 10-Day In Progress Onalaska
Apply Nov 26 - Nov 29 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Nov 29 - Dec 10 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Onalaska Female Servers Needed
Apply Dec 10 - Dec 13 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Dec 17 - Dec 20 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Dec 20 - Dec 31 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Onalaska
Apply December 31, 2017 - January 03, 2018 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 03 - Jan 14 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Jan 14 - Jan 17 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jan 17 - Jan 28 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Jan 28 - Jan 31 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jan 31 - Feb 11 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Feb 11 - Feb 21 House & Garden Days New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open 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.

Reserved for old students. Applications may take up to 3 business days to process - Please apply in advance.

Apply Feb 16 - Feb 19 AT Workshop New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Feb 25 - Feb 28 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Feb 28 - Mar 11 10-Day Open Onalaska
Apply Mar 11 - Mar 14 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Mar 14 - Mar 25 10-Day Open Onalaska
Apply Mar 25 - Mar 28 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Mar 28 - Apr 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 28 Onalaska
Apr 08 - Apr 18 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 07 Onalaska For old students
Apr 13 - Apr 15 Old Student Weekend Applications accepted starting Dec 12 Onalaska For old students

An occasion for old students in the Pacific NW to spend time with other Vipassana meditators, gain a deeper understanding of how serving strengthens our meditation practice, and explore the many ways to serve. Click here for details  

Apr 13 - Apr 15 Trust Retreat Applications accepted starting Dec 12 Onalaska For old students

Annual retreat of the Dhamma Kunja Trust.

Allergy Information

 

Apr 18 - Apr 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 18 Onalaska

Allergy Information

May 02 - May 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 31 Onalaska Allergy Information
May 30 - Jun 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 28 Onalaska Allergy Information
Jun 13 - Jun 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 11 Onalaska Allergy Information
Jun 29 - Jul 08 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Feb 27 Onalaska For old students
Allergy Information
Jul 11 - Jul 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 11 Onalaska Allergy Information
Jul 25 - Aug 05 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 25 Onalaska
Aug 15 - Aug 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 15 Onalaska Allergy Information
Aug 29 - Sep 09 Executive Course Applications accepted starting Apr 29 Onalaska
Sep 12 - Sep 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 13 Onalaska Allergy Information
Sep 26 - Oct 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 27 Onalaska Allergy Information
Oct 12 - Oct 14 Old Student Weekend Applications accepted starting Jun 12 Onalaska For old students

An occasion for old students in the Pacific NW to spend time with other Vipassana meditators, gain a deeper understanding of how serving strengthens our meditation practice, and explore the many ways to serve. Click here for details  

Oct 17 - Oct 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 17 Onalaska Allergy Information
Oct 31 - Nov 11 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 01 Onalaska
Nov 14 - Nov 25 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 15 Onalaska For old students
Minimum of five 10-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and regular practice at least 2 years.  Apply by October14.
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)
2017 Idaho/Utah - Intermountain Vipassana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Dec 01 - Dec 03 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Lava Hot Springs For old students
Trust Meeting  Dec 3
Apply Dec 02 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Lava Hot Springs For old students
Trust Meeting Dec 3
2018 Seattle Vipassana Hall
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Mar 18 Children / Teens Open Hillsboro, OR This course is for 8-15 year olds. Arrive at 9:30 a.m. and leave at 4:30 p.m. Male and female servers needed. Please apply in advance to allow enough time for server background checks.
Jun 23 Children / Teens Applications accepted starting Dec 25 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.
2017 Oregon Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Nov 22 - Nov 26 3-Day In Progress Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.
Apply Nov 26 - Nov 29 Between course service period Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Between course service at Cedar Ridge Retreat Center for old students. Your service would be appreciated for a day or more as the 3-day course ends (Sunday morning, November 26) through day 0 of the 10-day course (5pm Wednesday November 29). We will prepare the site for the 10-day course. Tasks can include various set up tasks, serving in the kitchen, errands, etc. Three group-sits per day.
Apply Nov 29 - Dec 10 10-Day Wait List Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.
SERVERS NEEDED
Apply Dec 10 - Dec 11 Service Period Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Old Student service opportunity -- break-down and clean-up at Cedar Ridge Retreat Center after the fall courses. Part time welcome -- come for Sunday, Monday, or both.
 
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 Mar 18 Children / Teens Open Hillsboro, OR This course is for 8-15 year olds. Arrive at 9:30 a.m. and leave at 4:30 p.m. Male and female servers needed. Please apply in advance to allow enough time for server background checks.
Apply May 18 - May 20 Teen Open Onalaska This course is open to ages 12-17. Male and Female servers are needed. Please apply as soon as possible to allow enough time to process background checks required for all servers.
Jun 23 Children / Teens Applications accepted starting Dec 25 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.
Aug 10 - Aug 12 Children Applications accepted starting Feb 11 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: 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.

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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