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Kunja
Dhamma Kuñja, Onalaska, Washington, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

The Northwest Vipassana Center, also known as Dhamma Kuñja, is situated on 50 acres in rural western Washington, conveniently located approximately two hours drive from both Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. It was established in August 1991 to offer training in Vipassana meditation.

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
       

Northwest Vipassana Meditation Center
445 Gore Road, Onalaska, WA 98570
Center Office: 360-978-5434
www.kunja.dhamma.org

General Course Registration
Voice Mail: 360-978-5434, #2
Fax: 360-242-5988
[email protected]

Child/Teen Course Registration
Voice Mail: 360-207-1666
[email protected]
www.kunja.dhamma.org/children

 

 

 
Child/Teen    Dhamma Kunja Main Short Courses   Oregon         Montana       Seattle Vipassana Hall

 

First time students may apply to only one course at a particular location.  If a first time student is accepted anywhere in the US or Canada, that student must cancel all other applications.  For all students, only one acceptance will be allowed for courses with overlapping dates; other applications will be canceled.  
 
If you have any serious food allergies, or medical conditions, or some other special consideration, please be sure to include this information in your application.  If we receive this information after your application has been processed, this may affect your status on the course.
 
Short Courses

No First Time students.  1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for Old Students only.
 

Seattle Vipassana Hall  1-Day courses are offered on the first Saturday of every month at the Seattle Vipassana Hall. See registration details here
 

Portland Vipassana Hall  1-Day courses are offered on the third Saturday of every month. More details here

 

Hillsboro Site 1-Day courses are offered on the first Sunday of every month. More details here

 

2018 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 07 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Oct 21 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Closed Eugene For old students
Registration at 9:00
Course 9:30 am - 4:30pm
Apply Dec 02 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Closed Corvallis, OR For old students
Registration 9:00 am
Course 9:30am - 4:30pm
Apply Dec 12 - Dec 16 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

First Time and Old Students welcome.  First Time students may sit, but not serve.

All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day on the schedule, and end on the early morning of the last day on the schedule.
 

2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Sep 12 - Sep 23 10-Day In Progress Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Sep 23 - Sep 26 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Sep 26 - Oct 07 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Oct 07 - Oct 17 House & Garden Days Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
House & Garden Days Service Period: A few times a year we set aside time to work on larger maintenance, construction, household, and gardening projects. The daily program includes three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. Full-time and Part-time are welcome.

Applications may take up to 3 business days to process - Please apply in advance.
Apply Oct 17 - Oct 28 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Open Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply Oct 28 - Oct 31 Between Course
Service Period
Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Oct 31 - Nov 11 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Nov 11 - Nov 14 Between Course
Service Period
Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Nov 14 - Nov 25 Special 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Apply Nov 25 - Nov 28 Between Course
Service Period
Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Nov 28 - Dec 09 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Open Onalaska
Apply Dec 09 - Dec 12 Between Course
Service Period
Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Dec 16 - Dec 21 Between Course
Service Period
Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply December 21, 2018 - January 01, 2019 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Wait List Onalaska
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 01 - Jan 04 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jan 04 - Jan 13 Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Must Have Sat Minimum Three 10-Day courses
Apply Jan 13 - Jan 16 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jan 16 - Jan 27 10-Day Women - Open Men - Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska
Jan 27 - Jan 30 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 27 Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Jan 30 - Feb 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 30 Onalaska
Feb 10 - Feb 13 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 11 Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Feb 13 - Feb 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 14 Onalaska
Feb 24 - Feb 27 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 25 Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Feb 27 - Mar 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 28 Onalaska
Mar 10 - Mar 13 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 08 Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Mar 13 - Mar 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 11 Onalaska
Mar 24 - Mar 27 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 22 Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Mar 27 - Apr 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 25 Onalaska Allergy Information
Apr 07 - Apr 17 House & Garden Days Applications accepted starting Dec 06 Onalaska For old students
House & Garden Days Service Period: A few times a year we set aside time to work on larger maintenance, construction, household, and gardening projects. The daily program includes three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. Full-time and Part-time are welcome.

Applications may take up to 3 business days to process - Please apply in advance.
Apr 12 - Apr 14 Annual Trust Retreat Applications accepted starting Dec 11 Onalaska For old students
Contribute service and if want, observe the Trust Meeting on Sunday
Apr 17 - Apr 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 16 Onalaska Allergy Information
May 01 - May 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 30 Onalaska Allergy Information
May 12 - May 22 House & Garden Days Applications accepted starting Jan 10 Onalaska For old students
House & Garden Days Service Period: A few times a year we set aside time to work on larger maintenance, construction, household, and gardening projects. The daily program includes three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. Full-time and Part-time are welcome.

Applications may take up to 3 business days to process - Please apply in advance.
May 22 - Jun 02 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 20 Onalaska Allergy Information
Jun 05 - Jun 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 03 Onalaska Allergy Information
Jun 19 - Jun 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 17 Onalaska Allergy Information
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
Note: courses in Oregon are sponsored by the Oregon Vipassana Association (www.or.us.dhamma.org).  Idaho courses are sponsored by the Idaho Vipassana Association (www.id.us.dhamma.org), and the Montana courses are sponsored by the Montana Vipassana Association (www.mt.us.dhamma.org)
2018 Seattle Vipassana Hall
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 06 Teen Girls - Open Boys - Open Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Seattle Vipassana Hall This 1-day course is for 12-17 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed, and please apply to serve in advance, so that we may complete background checks.
2018 Oregon Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 23 Children / Teens Open Hillsboro, OR This course is for 8-15 year olds. Male and female servers are needed. Please apply in advance to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Apply Oct 21 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Closed Eugene For old students
Registration at 9:00
Course 9:30 am - 4:30pm
Apply Dec 02 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Closed Corvallis, OR For old students
Registration 9:00 am
Course 9:30am - 4:30pm
Apply Dec 08 - Dec 09 Service Period Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Course setup service weekend: 2-3 daily group mediation periods, otherwise work together to set up the rented Cedar Ridge Retreat Center for a 10-day course. For old students only, part time welcome. Arrival on or after Saturday 10 am
Apply Dec 12 - Dec 23 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Portland Rented site, 1 hour west of Portland.
Apply Dec 28 - Dec 31 Service Period Open Cedar Ridge (Vernonia, Oregon) For old students
Course clean-up service weekend: 2-3 daily group mediation periods, otherwise work together to clean up the rented Cedar Ridge Retreat Center after a 10-day course. For old students only, part time welcome.
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

Courses for young people.  Child courses are for ages 8-12; Teen courses are for ages 13-17.
 

2018 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 23 Children / Teens Open Hillsboro, OR This course is for 8-15 year olds. Male and female servers are needed. Please apply in advance to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Apply Oct 06 Teen Girls - Open Boys - Open Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Seattle Vipassana Hall This 1-day course is for 12-17 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed, and please apply to serve in advance, so that we may complete background checks.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
May 17 - May 19 This course is teen boys and girls between the ages of 12-17. Applications accepted starting Nov 18 Onalaska This course is for 12-17 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply to serve well in advance to allow enough time to process background checks.
Sep 13 - Sep 15 This course is for children ages 8 to 12 years old. Applications accepted starting Mar 17 Onalaska This course is for children ages 8 to 12 years old. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply to serve well in advance to allow enough time to process server background checks.
 
 

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.kunja.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.

Special 10-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.

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.

Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana 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.

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.