Wheel of Dhamma

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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.
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2014 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jun 28 Children Applications accepted starting Apr 28 South Bay - Santa Clara 1- Day Children's Course for ages 8-12
Jul 26 - Jul 27 Children Applications accepted starting May 26 Dhamma Manda/Kelseyville 2- Day Children's Course for ages 8-12
Aug 02 - Aug 03 Teen Applications accepted starting Jun 01 North Fork, California Boys & Girls ages 13-17
Oct 25 - Oct 26 Children Applications accepted starting Aug 25 North Fork, California 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.
2014 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apr 17 - May 18 30-Day In Progress North Fork, California For old students

Servers needed.

Courses are being offered in Hawaii during the months of May, June, July & Aug. To view the course schedule click here

May 18 - May 21 Registration Review Workshop Open North Fork, California

Servers needed.

To register as a server, please send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org. Part time service welcomed.

May 21 - May 26 Annual Assistant Teacher Workshop Open North Fork, California

Servers needed.

To register as a server, please send email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org. Part time service welcomed.

Apply May 28 - Jun 08 10-Day
Chinese / English
Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open North Fork, California

Servers needed.  

Courses are being offered in Hawaii during the months of May, June, July & Aug. To view the course schedule click here

Jun 09 - Jun 18 Service Period Open North Fork, California For old students
Part time welcome. To register, send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org
Apply Jun 20 - Jun 29 Satipatthana Sutta
Khmer / English
Open North Fork, California For old students

Servers needed. This course is offered in both Khmer and English. Speakers of either language may participate.

Courses are being offered in Hawaii during the months of May, June, July & Aug. To view the course schedule click here

Apply Jul 02 - Jul 13 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork, California Servers needed.
Apply Jul 16 - Jul 27 10-Day
Burmese / English
Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork, California

Servers needed.

This course is now in Wait List status for Female, English speaking students. Priority is given to students whose native language is Burmese. 

Courses are being offered in Hawaii during the months of May, June, July & Aug. To view the course schedule click here

Apply Aug 06 - Aug 10 3-Day
Persian / English
Open North Fork, California For old students

Servers needed. 

This course is offered in both Farsi and English. Speakers of either languages may participate.

Apply Aug 13 - Aug 24 10-Day
Persian / English
Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork, California

Servers needed.

This course is now in waitlist status for Enlgish speaking female students. Priority is given to students whose native language is Farsi. 

Apply Sep 14 - Oct 05 20-Day Open North Fork, California For old students
Servers needed.
Apply Oct 08 - Oct 19 10-Day Open North Fork, California Servers needed.
Oct 20 - Oct 28 Service Period Open North Fork, California For old students
 Part time welcome. To register, send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org
Oct 29 - Nov 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 02 North Fork, California Servers needed.
Nov 12 - Nov 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 16 North Fork, California Servers needed.
Nov 28 - Dec 07 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Jun 01 North Fork, California For old students
Servers needed.
Dec 10 - Dec 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 13 North Fork, California Servers needed.
December 24, 2014 - January 04, 2015 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 15 North Fork, California Servers needed.
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2014 Dhamma Mahāvana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jun 28 Children Applications accepted starting Apr 28 South Bay - Santa Clara 1- Day Children's Course for ages 8-12
Jul 26 - Jul 27 Children Applications accepted starting May 26 Dhamma Manda/Kelseyville 2- Day Children's Course for ages 8-12
 
 

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.

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.

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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