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.

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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 Sep 12 Children Open South Bay - Santa Clara Boys & Girls ages 8-15
Apply Oct 24 - Oct 25 Children Open 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.
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Aug 26 - Sep 06 10-Day In Progress North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Sep 06 - Sep 13 Service Period Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed. Service Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Center 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.
Apply Sep 13 - Oct 04 20-Day Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Apply Oct 04 - Oct 07 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course.
Apply Oct 07 - Oct 18 10-Day
Mandarin / Cantonese / English
Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open North Fork

Servers needed.

This course is offered in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Speakers of all three languages may participate. The course is now in waitlist status for ALL students.

Apply Oct 18 - Oct 24 Service Period Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed. Service Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Center 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.
Apply Oct 28 - Nov 08 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Nov 08 - Nov 11 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course.
Apply Nov 11 - Nov 22 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Nov 22 - Nov 25 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course.
Apply Nov 25 - Dec 06 10-Day Open North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Dec 06 - Dec 11 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course.
Apply Dec 11 - Dec 20 Satipatthana Sutta Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Apply Dec 20 - Dec 23 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course.
December 23, 2015 - January 03, 2016 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 15 North Fork Servers needed.
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 03 - Jan 06

Between Course Service

Open North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course
Apply Jan 06 - Jan 17 10-Day Open North Fork
Apply Jan 17 - Jan 20

Between Course Service

Open North Fork For old students

To help set up for next course

Apply Jan 20 - Jan 31 10-Day Open North Fork
Jan 31 - Feb 03

Between Course Service

Open North Fork

To help set up for next course

Apply Feb 03 - Feb 07 3-Day Open North Fork For old students
Apply Feb 07 - Feb 10 Between Course Service Open North Fork For old students

To help set up for next course

Apply Feb 10 - Feb 21 10-Day Open North Fork
Apply Feb 21 - Mar 02 Service Period Open North Fork For old students
Mar 02 - Mar 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 04 North Fork
Mar 13 - Mar 18 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Sep 15 North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course
Mar 18 - Mar 27 Satipatthana Sutta
Vietnamese / English
Applications accepted starting Sep 20 North Fork For old students
This course is presented in Vietnamese and English. 
Mar 27 - Mar 30 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Sep 29 North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course
Mar 30 - Apr 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 02 North Fork
Apr 10 - Apr 19 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 13 North Fork For old students
Apr 19 - May 20 30-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 22 North Fork For old students
May 20 - Jun 01 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 22 North Fork For old students

This service period is held in conjunction with the annual Assistant Teacher conference.

Jun 01 - Jun 12 10-Day
Vietnamese / English
Applications accepted starting Dec 04 North Fork This course is offered in both Vietnamese and English. Speakers of either language may participate.
Jun 12 - Jun 15 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Dec 15 North Fork For old students

To help set up for next course

Jun 15 - Jun 19 3-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 18 North Fork For old students
Jun 19 - Jun 22 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Dec 22 North Fork For old students

To help set up for next course

Jun 22 - Jul 03 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 25 North Fork
Jul 03 - Jul 06 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Jan 05 North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course
Jul 17 - Jul 20  Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Jan 19 North Fork For old students
To help set up for next course
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Dhamma Mahāvana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 12 Children Open South Bay - Santa Clara Boys & 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.

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.

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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