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Vaddhana
Dhamma Vaddhana, Twentynine Palms, California, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

The Center is located just North of Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms, CA. It is a 2-1/2 hr. drive from the Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas. It is possible to reach the Center using public transportation with careful planning in advance, but requires multiple buses that run on a limited schedule and a full day of travel. The ride share board is the recommended option. 
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
Southern California Vipassana Center
P.O. Box 486 Joshua Tree, CA 92252 USA
Email: [email protected]
Phone: [1](760) 362-4615
Children / Teenager's Course Registration
Phone: [1](760) 362-4615
Email: [email protected]
http://www.vaddhana.dhamma.org/children-teens/children-main.html

Courses open for application shortly after 7AM on the date indicated.

In California, a student may apply to sit only one 10day course at a time, even if the other course is in another state or Canada, 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.
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
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.
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 11 - Sep 22 10-Day
English / Burmese
In Progress Twentynine Palms
Sep 22 Board of Trustees Meeting Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Old Students are invited to observe and learn about the operations of SCVC. Group sitting at 9:00 am, followed by meeting and lunch.
Apply Sep 23 - Sep 25 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course
SERVERS NEEDED
Apply Sep 25 - Oct 06 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms
Apply Oct 07 - Oct 09 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course
SERVERS NEEDED FOR OUTDOOR PROJECTS
Apply Oct 09 - Oct 20 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms
Apply Oct 21 - Oct 23 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course
SERVERS NEEDED FOR OUTDOOR PROJECTS
Apply Oct 23 - Nov 03 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Twentynine Palms Course Servers Needed
Apply Nov 04 - Nov 06 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course
SERVERS NEEDED FOR OUTDOOR PROJECTS
Apply Nov 06 - Nov 17 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms
Apply Nov 17 Board of Trustees Meeting Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Old Students are invited to observe and learn about the operations of SCVC. Group sitting at 9:00 am, followed by meeting and lunch.
Apply Nov 18 - Nov 20 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course
SERVERS NEEDED FOR OUTDOOR PROJECTS
Apply Nov 20 - Dec 01 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms
Apply Dec 02 - Dec 04 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course
Apply Dec 04 - Dec 15 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Twentynine Palms
Apply Dec 15 - Dec 16 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course
Note: This is a short service period starting on Sunday and ending on Monday
Apply Dec 16 - Dec 20 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Apply Dec 20 - Dec 21 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Note: This is a short service period starting on Friday and ending on Saturday
Apply December 21, 2019 - January 01, 2020 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms This course in Twentynine Palms starts on Saturday and ends on Wednesday.
*There will also be a 10-day Vipassana course
held at a large rented facility near Occidental, CA from Dec 22, 2019 to Jan 2, 2020.
To apply to that location instead please visit: https://www.dhamma.org/en-US/schedules/schsantosa
Please apply to ONE LOCATION only. Thank you.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 06 - Jan 08 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 05 Twentynine Palms For old students
Jan 08 - Jan 19 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 06 Twentynine Palms
Jan 20 - Jan 22 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 22 Twentynine Palms For old students
Jan 22 - Feb 02 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 24 Twentynine Palms
Feb 03 - Feb 05 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 05 Twentynine Palms For old students
Feb 05 - Feb 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 07 Twentynine Palms
Feb 17 - Feb 19 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 19 Twentynine Palms For old students
Feb 19 - Feb 28 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Nov 21 Twentynine Palms For old students
Mar 02 - Mar 04 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 02 Twentynine Palms For old students
Mar 04 - Mar 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 05 Twentynine Palms
Mar 16 - Mar 18 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 17 Twentynine Palms For old students
Mar 18 - Mar 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 19 Twentynine Palms
Mar 30 - Apr 01 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 02 Twentynine Palms For old students
Apr 01 - Apr 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 02 Twentynine Palms
Apr 13 - Apr 15 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 14 Twentynine Palms For old students
Apr 15 - Apr 26 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting Jan 16 Twentynine Palms This course will be offered in both English and Vietnamese. Priority is given to Vietnamese students. English speaking students may be wait listed.
Apr 27 - Apr 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 28 Twentynine Palms For old students
Apr 29 - May 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 30 Twentynine Palms
May 11 - May 13 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 11 Twentynine Palms For old students
May 13 - May 17 3-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 13 Twentynine Palms For old students
May 18 - May 27 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 18 Twentynine Palms For old students
May 27 - Jun 05 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Feb 27 Twentynine Palms For old students
Jun 06 - Jun 07 Old Student Program Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Board of Trustees Workshop Weekend.
All Old Students are invited to attend and
learn more about Center Operations.
If interested please send an email to [email protected]
Jun 08 - Jun 10 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 10 Twentynine Palms For old students
Jun 10 - Jun 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 12 Twentynine Palms
Jun 22 - Jun 24 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 24 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
Jun 24 - Jul 05 10-Day
English / Khmer
Applications accepted starting Mar 26 Twentynine Palms This course will be offered in both English and Khmer. Priority is given to Khmer students. English speaking students may be wait listed.

Jul 06 - Jul 08 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 07 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Dhamma Vaddhana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Sep 29 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Oct 19 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Oct 19 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Nov 02 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Nov 16 1-Day Open Santa Barbara For old students
Nov 16 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Nov 24 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Dec 21 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
2020 Dhamma Vaddhana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 04 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Jan 18 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Jan 26 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Feb 15 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Mar 07 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Mar 15 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Mar 21 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Apr 18 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
May 02 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
May 16 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
 
 

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

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

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.

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.

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.