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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
[email protected]

Child/Teen Course Registration
Voice Mail: 360-207-1666
[email protected]
www.kunja.dhamma.org/children

 

 

 
Child/Teen    Dhamma Kunja Main Short Courses   Oregon         Montana       Seattle Vipassana Hall

 

First time students may apply to only one course at a particular location.  If a first time student is accepted anywhere in the US or Canada, that student 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

 

2018 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Dec 12 - Dec 16 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Short Wait List Onalaska For old students
SERVERS NEEDED
2019 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 27 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Closed Eugene For old students
Registration at 9:00 am
Course 9:30am - 4:30pm
Jul 03 - Jul 07 3-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 03 Onalaska For old students
Allergy Information
Dec 05 - Dec 09 3-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 05 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.
 

2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Dec 09 - Dec 12 Between Course
Service Period
In Progress Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Dec 16 - Dec 21 Between Course
Service Period
Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply December 21, 2018 - January 01, 2019 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Long Wait List Onalaska
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 01 - Jan 04 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jan 04 - Jan 13 Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Must Have Sat Minimum Three 10-Day courses
Apply Jan 13 - Jan 16 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jan 16 - Jan 27 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Onalaska
Apply Jan 27 - Jan 30 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jan 30 - Feb 10 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Feb 10 - Feb 13 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Feb 13 - Feb 24 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Feb 24 - Feb 27 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Feb 27 - Mar 10 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Mar 10 - Mar 13 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Mar 13 - Mar 24 10-Day Open Onalaska
Apply Mar 24 - Mar 27 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Mar 27 - Apr 07 10-Day Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Apr 07 - Apr 17 House & Garden Days 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.

Applications may take up to 3 business days to process - Please apply in advance.
Apr 12 - Apr 14 Annual Trust Retreat and Service

Applications accepted starting Dec 11 Onalaska For old students
Contribute service and if want, observe the Trust Meeting on Sunday
Apr 17 - Apr 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 16 Onalaska Allergy Information
May 01 - May 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 30 Onalaska Allergy Information
May 12 - May 22 House & Garden Days Applications accepted starting Jan 10 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.
May 22 - Jun 02 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 20 Onalaska Allergy Information
Jun 05 - Jun 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 03 Onalaska Allergy Information
Jun 19 - Jun 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 17 Onalaska Allergy Information
Jul 10 - Jul 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 10 Onalaska Allergy Information
Jul 24 - Aug 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 24 Onalaska Allergy Information
Aug 07 - Aug 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 07 Onalaska Allergy Information
Aug 18 - Aug 28 House & Garden Days Applications accepted starting Apr 18 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.
Allergy Information
Aug 22 - Aug 25 AT Trainer's Workshop Applications accepted starting Apr 22 Onalaska For old students
Allergy Information
Aug 22 - Aug 25 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 22 Onalaska For old students
Serve the AT Workshop.
Aug 28 - Sep 08 10 day Course for Community, Professional, and Business Leaders Applications accepted starting Apr 28 Onalaska This introductory 10 day Course in Vipassana meditation is specifically for community leaders, professional leaders, government officials, and business executives. After registration from 3-5 pm, and an evening meal and orientation on opening day, the course itself begins. It consists of 10 days of meditation, with daily instructions and evening discourses by the teacher, and concludes on day 11 morning by 7:30 am.
Allergy Information




Sep 08 - Sep 18 House & Garden Days Applications accepted starting May 09 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.
Allergy Information
Sep 18 - Sep 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 19 Onalaska Allergy Information
Oct 02 - Oct 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 02 Onalaska Allergy Information
Oct 16 - Oct 27 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 16 Onalaska Allergy Information
Oct 30 - Nov 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 30 Onalaska
Nov 13 - Dec 04 20-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 14 Onalaska For old students
Must have completed Five 10day, One Sati, and One 10Day Service
Dec 11 - Dec 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 11 Onalaska
December 25, 2019 - January 05, 2020 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 25 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)
2019 Seattle Vipassana Hall
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Mar 30 Children Open Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for 8 to 12 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply to serve as soon as possible to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Jun 22 Children Applications accepted starting Dec 24 Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for 8 to 12 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply to serve as soon as possible to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Oct 12 Teen Applications accepted starting Apr 15 Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for 12 to 17 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply as soon as possible to allow enough time to process server background checks.
2018 Oregon Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Dec 12 - Dec 23 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Portland Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.
Apply Dec 23 Service Period Open Portland Note: New Dates!For old students
Work together to clean up the rented Cedar Ridge Retreat Center after a 10-day course. For old students only.
2019 Oregon Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 27 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Closed Eugene For old students
Registration at 9:00 am
Course 9:30am - 4:30pm
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

Courses for young people.  Child courses are for ages 8-12; Teen courses are for ages 13-17.
 

2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Mar 30 Children Open Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for 8 to 12 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply to serve as soon as possible to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Apply May 17 - May 19 Teens (ages 12-17) Open Onalaska This course is for 12-17 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply to serve well in advance to allow enough time to process background checks.
Jun 22 Children Applications accepted starting Dec 24 Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for 8 to 12 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply to serve as soon as possible to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Sep 13 - Sep 15 Children (ages 8-12) Applications accepted starting Mar 17 Onalaska This course is for children ages 8 to 12 years old. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply to serve well in advance to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Oct 12 Teen Applications accepted starting Apr 15 Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for 12 to 17 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply as soon as possible to allow enough time to process server background checks.
 
 

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: [email protected]

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.