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.
2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Feb 14 - Feb 15 Teen Open North Fork
 
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
Dec 10 - Dec 21 10-Day In Progress North Fork
Apply December 24, 2014 - January 04, 2015 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List North Fork

 

 

 

2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 07 - Jan 11 3-Day Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Apply Jan 14 - Jan 25 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Jan 28 - Feb 08 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork

Servers needed.

 

Apply Feb 08 - Feb 14 Service Period Open North Fork For old students
Apply Feb 18 - Mar 01 10-Day Open North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Mar 04 - Mar 15 10-Day Open North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Mar 18 - Mar 22 3-Day Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Mar 28 - Mar 29 Board of Trustees Retreat Open North Fork All old students are invited to attend this meeting/workshop. To register, send email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org
Apply Apr 01 - Apr 12 10-Day Open North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Apr 15 - May 16 30-Day Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Apply May 16 - May 27 Service Period Open North Fork For old students
Apply May 27 - Jun 07 10-Day
Vietnamese / English
Open North Fork

Servers needed. 

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

Apply Jun 12 - Jun 21 Satipatthana Sutta Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Jun 24 - Jul 05 10-Day
Khmer / English
Applications accepted starting Dec 26 North Fork

Servers needed. 

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

Jul 08 - Jul 19 10-Day
Thai / English
Applications accepted starting Jan 09 North Fork

Servers needed. 

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

Jul 22 - Aug 02 10-Day
Persian / English
Applications accepted starting Jan 23 North Fork

Servers needed.

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

Aug 05 - Aug 08 3-Day
Persian / English
Applications accepted starting Feb 06 North Fork For old students

Servers needed.

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

Aug 12 - Aug 23 10-Day
Burmese / English
Applications accepted starting Feb 13 North Fork

Servers needed.

This course is offered in both Burmese and English. Speakers of either language may participate.

Aug 26 - Sep 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 27 North Fork Servers needed.
Sep 13 - Oct 04 20-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 17 North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Oct 07 - Oct 18 10-Day
Mandarin / English
Applications accepted starting Apr 10 North Fork

Servers needed.

This course is offered in both Mandarin and English. Speakers of either language may participate.

Oct 28 - Nov 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 01 North Fork Servers needed.
Nov 11 - Nov 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 15 North Fork Servers needed.
Nov 25 - Dec 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 29 North Fork Servers needed.
Dec 11 - Dec 20 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Jun 14 North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
December 23, 2015 - January 03, 2016 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 15 North Fork Servers needed.
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
 

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.

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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