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

 

In California, a student may apply to sit only one 10 Day course at a time, even if the other course is in another state or is a waitlisted enrollment.

 

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Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2017 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Mar 04 - Mar 05 Teen Open North Fork Boys and Girls ages 13 - 17 
Oct 21 - Oct 22 Children Applications accepted starting Aug 20 North Fork Boys & Girls ages 8-12 years
 
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.
2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Feb 15 - Feb 26 10-Day In Progress North Fork
Apply Feb 26 - Mar 03 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Apply Mar 05 - Mar 08 Between Course Service New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for the coming course.
Apply Mar 08 - Mar 12 3-Day Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed
Apply Mar 12 - Mar 15 Between Course Service New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for the coming course
Apply Mar 15 - Mar 26 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Mar 26 - Apr 05 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Apply Apr 01 - Apr 02 Annual Board of Trustees Workshop Open North Fork For old students

All Old Students are welcome to attend. 

Servers needed.

 

Apply Apr 05 - May 06 30-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open North Fork For old students

meeting these requirements

Servers needed.

 

Apply Apr 05 - May 21 45-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open North Fork For old students

meeting these requirements

Servers needed.

Apply May 21 - May 31 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students

This service period is held in conjunction with the Annual Assistant Teacher Workshop from May 24 to May 29. Part time service is welcomed.

Servers needed.

Apply May 31 - Jun 11 10-Day
Spanish / English
Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork

Servers needed.

This course is offered in both English and Spanish. 

Apply Jun 11 - Jun 14 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Apply Jun 14 - Jun 25 10-Day
Vietnamese / English
Open North Fork

Servers needed. 

This course is offered in both English and Vietnamese

Apply Jun 25 - Jun 28 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Jun 28 - Jul 09 10-Day
Mandarin / English
Applications accepted starting Feb 28 North Fork

Servers needed.

This course is offered in both English and Mandarin.

Jul 09 - Jul 14 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 09 North Fork For old students
Jul 14 - Jul 23 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Apr 15 North Fork For old students

meeting these requirements

Servers needed.

Jul 23 - Jul 26 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 23 North Fork For old students
Jul 26 - Aug 06 10-Day
Persian / English
Applications accepted starting Apr 27 North Fork

This course is offered in both English & Persian (Farsi)

Servers needed

Aug 06 - Aug 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 06 North Fork For old students
Aug 09 - Aug 20 10-Day
Khmer / English
Applications accepted starting May 09 North Fork

This course is offered in both English and Khmer

Servers needed

Aug 20 - Aug 23 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 21 North Fork For old students
Aug 23 - Sep 03 10-Day
Burmese / English
Applications accepted starting May 23 North Fork

This course is offered in both English and Burmese

Servers needed

Sep 03 - Sep 10 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 03 North Fork For old students
Sep 10 - Oct 01 20-Day Applications accepted starting May 10 North Fork For old students

meeting these requirements

Servers needed

Oct 01 - Oct 04 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 01 North Fork For old students
Oct 04 - Oct 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 04 North Fork Servers needed
Oct 15 - Oct 20 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 15 North Fork For old students
Oct 22 - Oct 25 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 22 North Fork For old students
Oct 25 - Nov 05 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 25 North Fork Servers needed
Nov 05 - Nov 08 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 05 North Fork For old students
Nov 08 - Nov 19 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 07 North Fork Servers needed
Nov 19 - Nov 22 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 19 North Fork For old students
Nov 22 - Dec 03 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 26 North Fork For old students

meeting these requirements

Servers needed

Dec 03 - Dec 06 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 03 North Fork For old students
Dec 08 - Dec 17 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Aug 08 North Fork For old students

meeting these requirements

Servers needed

Dec 17 - Dec 20 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 17 North Fork For old students
Dec 20 - Dec 31 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.

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.

45-day Courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed a minimum of seven 10-day courses (one since their first 30-day course), two 30-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least three 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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