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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: 360-726-2708
www.kunja.dhamma.org

General Course Registration
Voice Mail: 360-726-2708, #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

 

2019 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 13 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Closed Eugene For old students
Registration at 9:00 am
Course 9:30 am -- 4:30 pm
Dec 07 1-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 07 Onalaska For old students
2020 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Feb 12 - Feb 16 3-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 13 Onalaska For old students
Jun 24 - Jun 28 3-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 23 Onalaska For old students
Allergy Information
Aug 26 - Aug 30 3-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 26 Onalaska For old students
Allergy Information
 
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.
 

2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 18 - Sep 29 10-Day In Progress Onalaska SERVERS STILL NEEDED! Part-Time OK!
Allergy Information
Apply Sep 29 - Oct 02 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Oct 02 - Oct 13 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska PT Sitting Slot1-Open Slot2-Open
SERVERS NEEDED!!
Allergy Information
Apply Oct 13 - Oct 16 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Oct 16 - Oct 27 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska PT Sitting Slot1-Open Slot2-Open

Allergy Information
Apply Oct 27 - Oct 30 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Oct 30 - Nov 10 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Nov 10 - Nov 13 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Nov 13 - Dec 04 20-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Must have completed Five 10day, One Sati, and One 10Day Service

Unfortunately, for this course, individual cells will not yet be completed.
Apply Dec 04 - Dec 11 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Dec 11 - Dec 22 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Dec 22 - Dec 25 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply December 25, 2019 - January 05, 2020 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Short Wait List Onalaska In Theory, Applications Open at 7am PDT
No Part-Time sitting or serving.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 05 - Jan 08 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Apply Jan 08 - Jan 19 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Onalaska
Apply Jan 19 - Jan 22 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Jan 22 - Feb 02 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 22 Onalaska
Feb 02 - Feb 12 House & Garden Days Applications accepted starting Oct 03 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.
Allergy Information
Feb 16 - Feb 19 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 17 Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!
Feb 19 - Mar 01 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 20 Onalaska
Mar 04 - Mar 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 03 Onalaska Allergy Information
Mar 18 - Mar 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 17 Onalaska Allergy Information
Mar 29 - Apr 08 House & Garden Days Applications accepted starting Nov 28 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.
Allergy Information
Apr 03 - Apr 05 Trust Retreat Applications accepted starting Dec 03 Onalaska For old students
Annual retreat of the Dhamma Kunja Trust.
Interested Old Students may serve.
Apr 08 - Apr 19 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 08 Onalaska Allergy Information
Apr 22 - May 03 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 22 Onalaska Allergy Information
May 06 - May 17 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 05 Onalaska Allergy Information
May 27 - Jun 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 26 Onalaska Allergy Information
Jun 10 - Jun 21 Thai and English
English / Thai
Applications accepted starting Feb 09 Onalaska For English speaking students as well as Thai speakers. Priority from waiting list will be to Thai speakers.

Allergy Information
Jul 01 - Jul 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 01 Onalaska Allergy Information
Jul 17 - Jul 26 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Mar 17 Onalaska For old students
Allergy Information
Jul 29 - Aug 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 29 Onalaska Allergy Information
Aug 12 - Aug 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 12 Onalaska Allergy Information
Sep 02 - Sep 13 10 day Course for Government, Professional, and Business Leaders Applications accepted starting Apr 02 Onalaska This introductory 10 day Course is specifically for government, professional, and business leaders. Priority for the course is given to management/leaders working in mid-size to large organizations. Leaders in smaller organizations are welcome to apply and acceptance to the course will be offered as space permits.
Sep 23 - Oct 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 24 Onalaska Allergy Information
Oct 09 - Oct 11 Trust Retreat Applications accepted starting Jun 09 Onalaska For old students
Annual retreat of the Dhamma Kunja Trust.
Interested Old Students may serve.
Oct 14 - Oct 25 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 14 Onalaska Allergy Information
Oct 25 - Oct 28 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 25 Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!

Allergy Information
Oct 28 - Nov 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 28 Onalaska
Nov 11 - Nov 22 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 12 Onalaska For old students
Minimum of five 10-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and regular practice at least 2 years. Long Course Application: Submit by October10.
Nov 25 - Dec 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 26 Onalaska
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 09 Onalaska
December 23, 2020 - January 03, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 23 Onalaska
 
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)
2019 Seattle Vipassana Hall
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 12 Teen Open Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for 12 to 17 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply as soon as possible to allow enough time to process server background checks.
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

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

2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 22 Children and teens ages 8-15 Open Hillsboro, OR This course is for children and teens ages 8-15. Male and female servers are needed. Please apply in advance to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Apply Oct 12 Teen Open Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for 12 to 17 year olds. Male and female servers will be needed. Please apply as soon as possible 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.