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Dhamma Maṇḍa, Kelseyville, California, United States
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** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Maṇḍa, also known as the Northern California Vipassana Center, means "the essence of Dhamma" in Pali. It is one of numerous centers worldwide dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. Dhamma Maṇḍa is located in the Cobb mountain area of Lake County, California, nestled among seventeen acres of mature pine, fir, and oak trees and is approximately a two and a half hour drive from San Francisco.
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

Northern California Vipassana Association - Dhamma Manda
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 265
Cobb, CA 95426, USA

Tel: [1] (707) 928-9981

Email: info@manda.dhamma.org


Children's / Teenagers' Course Registration

Voice Mail: [1] (408) 471-7642

Fax: [1] (800) 734-1558

Email: childrens-courses@mahavana.dhamma.org


 A student may apply to only one course at a time 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.
2017 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apr 22 - Apr 23 Children Applications accepted starting Jan 24 Kelseyville Open to all children ages 8-12, background check are required for all servers.
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.
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2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Dec 07 - Dec 18 10-Day In Progress Kelseyville Female servers are still needed
Dec 18 1-Day Open Kelseyville For old students
The course will begin at 9am and finish at 4pm. Please bring a vegetarian bag lunch.There is no pre-registration for this course, but please send an email to registration@manda.dhamma.org with your full name, so that we know you are coming. We will not respond to these emails.
Apply December 27, 2016 - January 07, 2017 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Kelseyville Servers are needed
2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 11 - Jan 22 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Kelseyville Servers are needed
Apply Jan 25 - Feb 05 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Kelseyville Servers are needed
Apply Feb 09 - Feb 12 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kelseyville For old students
Servers are needed
Apply Feb 15 - Feb 26 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Kelseyville Servers are needed
Apply Mar 01 - Mar 12 10-Day Open Kelseyville Servers are needed
Mar 17 - Mar 19 Old Student Program Applications accepted starting Dec 17 Kelseyville For old students
Annual Trust Planning Weekend is open to all old students. Please send an email with your full name, the dates you would like to attend and let us know if you would like to serve or attend the meetings to registration@manda.dhamma.org 
Mar 22 - Apr 02 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 22 Kelseyville Servers are needed
Apr 05 - Apr 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 05 Kelseyville Servers are needed
Apr 07 - Apr 16 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Jan 07 Kelseyville For old students
Apr 27 - Apr 30 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 27 Kelseyville For old students
Servers are needed
May 03 - May 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 04 Kelseyville Servers are needed
May 31 - Jun 11 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 28 Kelseyville Servers are needed
Jun 14 - Jun 25 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 14 Kelseyville Servers are needed
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
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2016 North California NonCenter Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Dec 20 - Dec 31 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Near Occidental, CA


Non center course. See this link for more details:



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

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

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.

Old Student Programs are similar to Service Periods where there is time to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects, but have a more full and structured program, an opportunity to meet with assistant teachers, and possibly committee and trust meetings. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods and in the evening there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

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.

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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