Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Mahavana
Dhamma Mahāvana, North Fork, California, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

One of over 120 international centers where the technique of Vipassana meditation is taught and practiced, Dhamma Mahavana is situated on 109 acres of forested property in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Groves of oak, pine, cedar, and manzanita reinforce the California Vipassana Center's name of Dhamma Mahavana, Great Forest of Dhamma.
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
       
California Vipassana Meditation Center
P.O. Box 1167, North Fork, CA 93643, USA
http://www.mahavana.dhamma.org
General Course Registration
Voice Mail: [1] (559) 877-4386 ext. 1
Fax: [1] (559) 877-4387
registration@mahavana.dhamma.org
Children / Teenager's Course Registration
Voice Mail: [1] (408) 471-7642
Fax: [1] (800) 734-1558
childrens-courses@mahavana.dhamma.org
Children's Course Registration
Dhamma Service Registration
Voice Mail: [1] (559) 877-4386
dhamma-service@mahavana.dhamma.org

 

A student may apply to only one course at a time in California regardless of the center location or waiting list status.

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Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2016 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Feb 27 - Feb 28 Teen Open North Fork Boys and Girls ages 13-17
Apply Mar 12 Children / Teens Open South Bay - Santa Clara Boys and Girls ages 8-15
Oct 22 - Oct 23 Children Applications accepted starting Aug 20 North Fork Boys & Girls ages 8-12
 
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.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Feb 10 - Feb 21 10-Day In Progress North Fork SERVERS NEEDED
Apply Feb 21 - Feb 26 Service Period Open North Fork For old students
Apply Feb 28 - Mar 02 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students
Apply Mar 02 - Mar 13 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open North Fork SERVERS NEEDED
Apply Mar 13 - Mar 18 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course
Apply Mar 18 - Mar 27 Satipatthana Sutta
Vietnamese / English
Open North Fork For old students

This course is presented in Vietnamese and English. Students who speak either language may apply.

SERVERS NEEDED

Apply Mar 27 - Mar 30 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course
Apply Mar 30 - Apr 10 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open North Fork SERVERS NEEDED
Apply Apr 10 - Apr 19 Service Period Open North Fork For old students
Apr 16 - Apr 17

Board of Trustees Annual Workshop

 

Open North Fork For old students

Board of Trustees annual planning workshop open to all old students. If you would like to attend, please send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org. Include your full name and date attending.  

 

Apply Apr 19 - May 20 30-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open North Fork For old students
SERVERS NEEDED
Apply May 20 - Jun 01 Service Period Open North Fork For old students

SERVERS NEEDED 

This service period is held in conjunction with the Children's Course Teacher Conference and the annual Assistant Teacher Conference.

Apply Jun 01 - Jun 12 10-Day
Vietnamese / English
Open North Fork This course is offered in both Vietnamese and English. The course is now in Waitlist status for English speaking female students. 
Apply Jun 12 - Jun 15 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students

To help set up for next course

Apply Jun 15 - Jun 19 3-Day Open North Fork For old students
This course is offered in both English and Vietnamese. Speakers of either language may apply.
Apply Jun 19 - Jun 22 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students

To help set up for next course

Apply Jun 22 - Jul 03 10-Day
Khmer / English
Open North Fork This course is offered in both English and Khmer. Students who speak either language may apply.
Apply Jul 03 - Jul 06 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course
Apply Jul 06 - Jul 17 10-Day Open North Fork
Apply Jul 17 - Jul 20  Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course
Apply Jul 20 - Jul 31 10-Day
Persian / English
Open North Fork This course is offered in both English and Persian (Farsi). Students who speak either language may apply. 
Apply Jul 31 - Aug 03 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course
Apply Aug 03 - Aug 14 10-Day
Burmese / English
Open North Fork This course is offered in both English and Burmese. Students who speak either language may apply.
Aug 14 - Aug 17

Between Course Service

Applications accepted starting Feb 16 North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course
Aug 17 - Aug 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 19 North Fork
Aug 28 - Sep 11 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 01 North Fork For old students
Sep 11 - Oct 02 20-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 15 North Fork For old students
Oct 02 - Oct 05 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Apr 05 North Fork For old students
Oct 05 - Oct 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 08 North Fork
Oct 16 - Oct 21 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Apr 19 North Fork For old students
Oct 24 - Oct 26 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Apr 27 North Fork For old students
Oct 26 - Nov 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 29 North Fork
Nov 06 - Nov 09 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting May 10 North Fork For old students
Nov 09 - Nov 20 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 13 North Fork For 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.

 

Nov 20 - Nov 23 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting May 24 North Fork For old students
Nov 23 - Dec 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 27 North Fork
Dec 04 - Dec 09 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Jun 07 North Fork For old students
Dec 09 - Dec 18 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Jun 12 North Fork For old students
Dec 18 - Dec 21 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Jun 21 North Fork For old students
December 21, 2016 - January 01, 2017 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 15 North Fork
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2016 Dhamma Mahāvana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Mar 12 Children / Teens Open South Bay - Santa Clara Boys and Girls ages 8-15
 
 

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.mahavana.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: info@mahavana.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.

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.

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.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta 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.

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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