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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
A student may apply to sit only one 10day course at a time in California regardless of the center location or waiting list status.
 
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.
2014 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Nov 19 - Nov 30 Executive Course In Progress Twentynine Palms Enrollment for this special course, held once per year, is reserved for business executives and government officials. Read more here
Apply Nov 30 - Dec 03 Between Course Service Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help set up for the next course.
Apply Dec 03 - Dec 14 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms
Dec 14 Trust Meeting Open Twentynine Palms The monthly meeting of the Southern California Vipassana Center Trust is the forum where continuing operations and development of the meditation center is discussed.  All Old Students are welcome to attend. For more information please click here.
Apply Dec 14 - Dec 17 Between Course Service Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help set up the next course
Apply Dec 17 - Dec 28 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms  Open only to those who will be attending for the first time and those who have not sat a course in 2014.
Apply Dec 28 - Dec 31 Between Course Service Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Twentynine Palms For old students

To help set up next course.

 

Apply December 31, 2014 - January 11, 2015 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms There is a non-center course being offered at a rental site near Occidental CA Dec. 22 - Jan 2.  To apply click here.
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 11 - Jan 14 Between Course Service Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help set up next course.
Apply Jan 14 - Jan 25 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Twentynine Palms
Jan 25 Trust Meeting Open Twentynine Palms The monthly meeting of the Southern California Vipassana Center Trust is the forum where continuing operations and development of the meditation center is discussed.  All Old Students are welcome to attend. For more information please click here.
Apply Jan 25 - Jan 28 Between Course Service Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help set up next course.
Apply Jan 28 - Feb 08 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Twentynine Palms
Apply Feb 08 - Feb 11 Between Course Service Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help set up next course.
Apply Feb 11 - Feb 22 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Twentynine Palms
Apply Feb 23 - Mar 03 service period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Apply Mar 04 - Mar 08 3-Day Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Mar 08 Trust Meeting Open Twentynine Palms The monthly meeting of the Southern California Vipassana Center Trust is the forum where continuing operations and development of the meditation center is discussed.  All Old Students are welcome to attend. For more information please click here.
Apply Mar 08 - Mar 11 Between Course Service Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help set up next course.
Apply Mar 11 - Mar 22 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Twentynine Palms
Apply Mar 22 - Mar 25 Between Course Service Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help set up next course.
Mar 25 - Apr 05 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 25 Twentynine Palms
Apr 05 - Apr 10 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Dec 06 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help set up next course.
Apr 10 - Apr 19 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Dec 11 Twentynine Palms For old students
Apr 19 Trust Meeting Applications accepted starting Dec 20 Twentynine Palms The monthly meeting of the Southern California Vipassana Center Trust is the forum where continuing operations and development of the meditation center is discussed.  All Old Students are welcome to attend. For more information please click here.
Apr 19 - Apr 22 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Dec 20 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help set up next course.
Apr 22 - May 03 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 23 Twentynine Palms
May 03 - May 06 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Jan 03 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help set up next course.
May 06 - May 17 Spanish/English bilingual course
Spanish / English
Applications accepted starting Jan 06 Twentynine Palms Priority will be given to those whose native language is Spanish.
May 17 - May 20 Between Course Service Applications accepted starting Jan 17 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help set up next course.
May 20 - May 24 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 20 Twentynine Palms For old students
May 30 - May 31 Trust Retreat Applications accepted starting Jan 30 Twentynine Palms
Jun 03 - Jun 14 Khmer/English bilingual course
Khmer / English
Applications accepted starting Feb 03 Twentynine Palms Priority will be given to those whose native language is Khmer.
Jun 17 - Jun 28 Mandarin/English bilingual course
Mandarin / English
Applications accepted starting Feb 17 Twentynine Palms Priority will be given to those whose native language is Mandarin.
Jul 01 - Jul 12 Vietnamese/English bilingual course
Vietnamese / English
Applications accepted starting Mar 03 Twentynine Palms Priority will be given to those whose native language is Vietnamese.
Jul 15 - Jul 26 Burmese/English bilingual course
Burmese / English
Applications accepted starting Mar 17 Twentynine Palms Priority will be given to those whose native language is Burmese.
Jul 29 - Aug 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 31 Twentynine Palms
Aug 12 - Aug 23 10-Day
Persian / English
Applications accepted starting Apr 14 Twentynine Palms
Aug 26 - Sep 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 28 Twentynine Palms
Sep 09 - Sep 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 12 Twentynine Palms
Sep 23 - Oct 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 26 Twentynine Palms
Oct 07 - Oct 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 09 Twentynine Palms
Oct 23 - Nov 01 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Jun 25 Twentynine Palms For old students
Nov 04 - Nov 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 07 Twentynine Palms
Nov 18 - Nov 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 21 Twentynine Palms
Dec 02 - Dec 06 3-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 04 Twentynine Palms For old students
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 11 Twentynine Palms
December 23, 2015 - January 03, 2016 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 23 Twentynine Palms  Open only to those who will be attending for the first time and those who have not sat a course in 2014.
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2014 Dhamma Vaddhana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Nov 30 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Dec 13 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Dec 13 1-Day Open Vista, CA For old students
Dec 20 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
2015 Dhamma Vaddhana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 03 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Jan 17 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Feb 08 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Feb 21 1-Day Open Vista, CA For old students
Feb 21 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Feb 28 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Mar 07 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Mar 21 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Mar 22 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Apr 18 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Apr 25 1-Day Open Vista, CA For old students
Apr 25 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
May 02 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
May 16 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
May 24 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Jun 20 1-Day Open Vista, CA For old students
Jun 20 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Jun 27 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Jul 04 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Jul 18 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Jul 26 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Aug 15 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Aug 22 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Sep 05 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Sep 19 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Sep 27 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Oct 17 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Oct 24 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Nov 07 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Nov 21 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Nov 29 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Dec 19 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Dec 19 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: 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.

10-day Executive Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation especially for business executives and government officials where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. For more information please visit the Executive course website. 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 7:30am.

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.

 
 
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