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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: info@vaddhana.dhamma.org
Phone: [1](760) 362-4615
Children / Teenager's Course Registration
Phone: [1](760) 362-4615
Email: childrens-courses@vaddhana.dhamma.org
http://www.vaddhana.dhamma.org/children-teens/children-main.html

Courses open for application shortly after 6 AM 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 is a waitlisted enrollment.

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WARNING!   Applications submitted via phone may not go through. Follow-up call or email is recommended.

 
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 Oct 08 Children Open Temecula CA Boys and Girls Ages 8-12
 
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2017 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Sep 24 1-Day Completed Cerritos For old students
Oct 14 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Oct 21 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Nov 04 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Nov 11 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Nov 18 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Nov 26 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Dec 09 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Dec 16 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
2018 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 28 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Aug 22 - Aug 26 3-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 22 Twentynine Palms For old students
 
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
Sep 13 - Sep 24 10-Day
Burmese / English
Completed Twentynine Palms This course is offered in both English and Burmese. Priority is given to Burmese speakers, who should contact registration@vaddhana.dhamma.org to find out how to apply if the course is closed for males or females.
Apply Sep 26 - Sep 29 Service Period Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Sep 29 - Oct 08 Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Twentynine Palms For old students

Needs male servers

Oct 08 Trust Meeting Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Apply Oct 09 - Oct 11 Service Period Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Oct 11 - Oct 22 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms
Apply Oct 23 - Oct 25 Service Period Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Oct 25 - Nov 05 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms
Apply Nov 06 - Nov 08 Service Period Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Nov 08 - Nov 19 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Twentynine Palms
Apply Nov 20 - Nov 22 Service Period Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Nov 22 - Dec 03 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms
Dec 03 Trust Meeting Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Apply Dec 04 - Dec 06 Service Period Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Dec 06 - Dec 17 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Twentynine Palms
Apply Dec 14 - Dec 16 Service Period Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Joshua Tree Noncenter Site For old students
This non-Center site will require a lot of preparation to make it suitable to hold a course. Many hands are needed! Any old student is invited to help.
Apply Dec 16 - Dec 27 10-Day Open Joshua Tree Noncenter Site

This will be a regular 10 day course held at a rented site in Joshua Tree, CA, 12 miles west of SCVC. English only, no language translations. See here for more info.

Needs lots of servers!

Apply Dec 18 - Dec 20 Service Period Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Dec 20 - Dec 31 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms Due to the extremely high number of applications for this course, they will be accepted on a lottery basis. The waitist acceptance letter will have details.
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 01 - Jan 03 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 03 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Jan 03 - Jan 14 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Twentynine Palms
Jan 15 - Jan 17 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 17 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Jan 17 - Jan 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 03 Twentynine Palms
Jan 29 - Jan 31 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 31 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Jan 31 - Feb 11 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 11 Twentynine Palms
Feb 12 - Feb 14 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 14 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Feb 14 - Feb 25 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 17 Twentynine Palms
Feb 26 - Feb 28 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 28 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Feb 28 - Mar 11 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 31 Twentynine Palms
Mar 24 - Mar 25 Trust Retreat Applications accepted starting Feb 01 Twentynine Palms A series of meetings to discuss, plan and invite participation in Center operations. All old students are welcome.
Mar 26 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 26 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Mar 28 - Apr 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 28 Twentynine Palms
Apr 09 - Apr 11 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 09 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apr 11 - Apr 22 10-Day
Vietnamese / English
Applications accepted starting Jan 11 Twentynine Palms This course is offered in both English and Vietnamese. Priority is given to Vietnamese speakers. Others will go on the waitlist initially, to be accepted if there is enough space as the course approaches.
Apr 23 - Apr 25 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 23 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apr 25 - May 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 26 Twentynine Palms
May 07 - May 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 06 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
May 09 - May 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 09 Twentynine Palms
May 21 - May 25 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 20 Twentynine Palms For old students
To work on projects around the Center.
May 29 - Jun 01 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 28 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course and work on projects around the Center.
Jun 01 - Jun 10 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Feb 01 Twentynine Palms For old students
Jun 11 - Jun 13 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 13 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Jun 13 - Jun 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 13 Twentynine Palms
Jun 25 - Jun 27 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 27 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Jun 27 - Jul 08 10-Day
Khmer / English
Applications accepted starting Mar 29 Twentynine Palms This course is offered in both English and Khmer. Priority is given to Khmer speakers. Others will go on the waitlist initially, to be accepted if there is enough space as the course approaches.
Jul 11 - Jul 22 10-Day
Persian (Farsi) / English
Applications accepted starting Apr 12 Twentynine Palms This course is offered in both English and Farsi. Priority is given to Farsi speakers. Others will go on the waitlist initially, to be accepted if there is enough space as the course approaches.
Jul 25 - Aug 05 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 26 Twentynine Palms
Aug 08 - Aug 19 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 10 Twentynine Palms
Aug 29 - Sep 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 31 Twentynine Palms
Sep 12 - Sep 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 14 Twentynine Palms
Sep 26 - Oct 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 28 Twentynine Palms
Oct 10 - Oct 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 12 Twentynine Palms
Oct 26 - Nov 04 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Jul 28 Twentynine Palms For old students
Nov 07 - Nov 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 09 Twentynine Palms
Nov 21 - Dec 02 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 23 Twentynine Palms
Dec 05 - Dec 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 06 Twentynine Palms
Dec 19 - Dec 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 20 Twentynine Palms
 
 

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: info@vaddhana.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.

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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