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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.
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 10 - Oct 21 10-Day In Progress Twentynine Palms
Apply Oct 23 - Oct 26 Service Period Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Oct 26 - Nov 04 Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms For old students
Nov 04 Trust Meeting Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Apply Nov 05 - Nov 07 Service Period Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Nov 07 - Nov 18 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms
Apply Nov 19 - Nov 21 Service Period Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Nov 21 - Dec 02 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Twentynine Palms
Apply Dec 03 - Dec 05 Service Period Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Dec 05 - Dec 16 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms
Dec 16 Trust Meeting Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Apply Dec 17 - Dec 19 Service Period Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Apply Dec 19 - Dec 30 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Closed Male Server - Wait List Twentynine Palms Alternative Date: There will be a course held at a rental facility in Occidental, CA from 12/23/2018 to 1/3/2019. To apply use this link
Apply December 31, 2018 - January 02, 2019 Service Period Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 02 - Jan 13 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms
Apply Jan 14 - Jan 16 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Apply Jan 16 - Jan 27 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Twentynine Palms
Jan 28 - Jan 30 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 30 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jan 30 - Feb 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 30 Twentynine Palms
Feb 11 - Feb 13 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 11 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Feb 13 - Feb 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 11 Twentynine Palms
Feb 25 - Feb 27 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 20 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Feb 27 - Mar 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 20 Twentynine Palms
Mar 11 - Mar 13 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 11 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Mar 13 - Mar 24 10-Day
English / Thai
Applications accepted starting Dec 13 Twentynine Palms This course is offered in both English and Thai.
Priority is given to Thai speakers.
Mar 25 - Mar 31 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 21 Twentynine Palms For old students
To work on special projects around the Center.
Old Students may attend all or part of the period.
Mar 29 - Mar 31 Trust Retreat Open Twentynine Palms For old students
Mar 31 - Apr 09 Satipatthana Sutta
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting Jan 01 Twentynine Palms For old students
This course will be offered in English and Vietnamese. Note: this course starts on a Sunday and ends on a Tuesday.
Apr 09 - Apr 10 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 09 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Apr 10 - Apr 21 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting Jan 10 Twentynine Palms This course is offered in both English and Vietnamese. Priority is given to Vietnamese speakers.
Apr 22 - Apr 24 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 24 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Apr 24 - May 05 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 24 Twentynine Palms
May 05 - May 06 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 03 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
May 06 - May 10 3-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 03 Twentynine Palms For old students
NOTE: This course starts on Monday
and ends on Friday.
May 13 - Jun 03 20-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 13 Twentynine Palms For old students
Jun 03 - Jun 05 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 03 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jun 05 - Jun 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 05 Twentynine Palms
Jun 17 - Jun 19 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 17 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jun 19 - Jun 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 19 Twentynine Palms
Jul 01 - Jul 03 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 03 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jul 03 - Jul 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 05 Twentynine Palms
Jul 15 - Jul 17 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 17 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jul 17 - Jul 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 19 Twentynine Palms
Jul 29 - Jul 31 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 29 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jul 31 - Aug 11 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 30 Twentynine Palms
Aug 12 - Aug 14 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 12 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Aug 14 - Aug 25 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting May 14 Twentynine Palms This course is offered in both English and Vietnamese. Priority will be given to Vietnamese speakers.
Aug 26 - Aug 28 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 26 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Aug 28 - Sep 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 30 Twentynine Palms
Sep 09 - Sep 11 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 11 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Sep 11 - Sep 22 10-Day
English / Burmese
Applications accepted starting Jun 13 Twentynine Palms This course is offered in both English and Burmese. Priority will be given to Burmese speakers.
Sep 23 - Sep 25 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 25 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Sep 25 - Oct 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 27 Twentynine Palms
Oct 07 - Oct 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 09 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Oct 09 - Oct 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 11 Twentynine Palms
Oct 21 - Oct 23 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 23 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course
Oct 23 - Nov 03 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 25 Twentynine Palms
Nov 04 - Nov 06 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 06 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Nov 06 - Nov 17 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 08 Twentynine Palms
Nov 18 - Nov 20 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 20 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Nov 20 - Dec 01 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 22 Twentynine Palms
Dec 02 - Dec 04 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 03 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Dec 04 - Dec 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 05 Twentynine Palms
Dec 15 - Dec 16 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 16 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course
Dec 16 - Dec 20 3-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 17 Twentynine Palms For old students
Note: This course starts on Monday
and ends on Friday
December 21, 2019 - January 01, 2020 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 21 Twentynine Palms
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2018 Dhamma Vaddhana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Oct 20 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Oct 27 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Nov 03 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Nov 17 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Nov 25 1-Day Open Cerritos For old students
Dec 08 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Dec 15 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
2019 Dhamma Vaddhana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 05 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Jan 19 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Feb 16 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Mar 02 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Mar 02 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Mar 16 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Apr 13 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Apr 20 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
May 04 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
May 18 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Jun 01 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Jun 15 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Jul 06 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Jul 20 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Aug 03 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Aug 17 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Sep 07 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Sep 21 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Oct 05 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 Orange County VH For old students
Dec 07 1-Day Open Santa Monica For old students
Dec 21 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.

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.

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.