Wheel of Dhamma

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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

 

 

Short Courses Ten Day & Other Adult Courses Non-Center Courses Child/Teen Courses

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - In response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus we have cancelled several courses as well as all other activities at Dhamma Kunja through May 17th. Enrollment for future courses and service periods is suspended until further notice. Courses in May, June, and July will be periodically reviewed as more information becomes available.  We will resume normal activities when it is deemed safe to do so.  Please watch this page for updates. 
 
Recently Cancelled:  May 6-17;  May 22-24 Teen
 
There will be No Transfers until further notice.
 
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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.  
 
Part time sitting on 10-day courses is for fairly active old students who have difficulty clearing ten days for a course. For a refresher, a 3-day course is better. There are just two spaces per course per gender, one in the first half (Day 0-5) and the second in the later half (Day 5-11). All students can apply for space in the first half. The space in the second half is only available to old students who have completed at least three 10-day courses. 
 
Allergies - 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.
 

ALL GROUP SITTINGS AND 1DAY COURSES ARE SUSPENDED AS OF MARCH 13, 2020.  Once the coronavirus situation passes you will see a notice here that activities are back to normal.  Until then, please meditate at home. 

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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 odd-numbered month. More details here

 

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

 

2020 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jun 24 - Jun 28 3-Day Closed Onalaska For old students
Not taking any more applications for this course. Monitoring Covid19.

Allergy Information
Aug 26 - Aug 30 3-Day Closed 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.
 

2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apr 19 - Apr 22 Between Course Service Period Closed Onalaska For old students
Cancelled !!
Sorry, Covid-19
Apr 22 - May 03 10-Day Closed Onalaska Cancelled !!
Sorry, Covid-19
May 03 - May 06 Between Course Service Period Closed Onalaska For old students
Cancelled !!
Sorry, Covid-19
May 06 - May 17 10-Day Closed Onalaska Cancelled !!
Sorry, Covid-19

May 17 - May 27 House & Garden Days Closed Onalaska For old students

Not taking any more applications for this course. Monitoring Covid19.


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
May 27 - Jun 07 10-Day Closed Onalaska Not taking any more applications for this course. Monitoring Covid19.
Allergy Information
Jun 10 - Jun 21 Thai and English
English / Thai
Closed Onalaska
Not taking any more applications for this course. Monitoring Covid19.

For English speaking students as well as Thai speakers. Priority from waiting list will be to Thai speakers.
Short Wait List - English/ Females;

Allergy Information
Jul 01 - Jul 12 10-Day Closed Onalaska Not taking any more applications for this course. Monitoring Covid19.

Allergy Information
Jul 17 - Jul 26 Satipatthana Sutta Closed Onalaska For old students
Allergy Information
Jul 29 - Aug 09 10-Day Closed Onalaska Limited Space for PT Sitting Old Students: 1st half course- 1 spot possible for all OS
2nd half- 1 spot possible for OS who has sat 3 TenDay courses
Allergy Information
Aug 12 - Aug 23 10-Day Closed Onalaska Limited Space for PT Sitting Old Students: 1st half course- 1 spot possible for all OS
2nd half- 1 spot possible for OS who has sat 3 TenDay courses
Allergy Information
Sep 02 - Sep 13 10 day Course for Government, Professional, and Business Leaders Closed 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 Closed Onalaska Limited Space for PT Sitting Old Students: 1st half course- 1 spot possible for all OS
2nd half- 1 spot possible for OS who has sat 3 TenDay courses
Allergy Information
Oct 09 - Oct 11 Trust Retreat Closed Onalaska For old students
Annual retreat of the Dhamma Kunja Trust.
Interested Old Students may serve.
Oct 14 - Oct 25 10-Day Closed Onalaska Limited Space for PT Sitting Old Students: 1st half course- 1 spot possible for all OS
2nd half- 1 spot possible for OS who has sat 3 TenDay courses
Allergy Information
Oct 25 - Oct 28 Between Course Service Period Closed Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome!

Allergy Information
Oct 28 - Nov 08 10-Day Closed Onalaska Limited Space for PT Sitting Old Students: 1st half course- 1 spot possible for all OS
2nd half- 1 spot possible for OS who has sat 3 TenDay courses
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 Limited Space for PT Sitting Old Students: 1st half course- 1 spot possible for all OS
2nd half- 1 spot possible for OS who has sat 3 TenDay courses
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 09 Onalaska Limited Space for PT Sitting Old Students: 1st half course- 1 spot possible for all OS
2nd half- 1 spot possible for OS who has sat 3 TenDay courses
December 23, 2020 - January 03, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 23 Onalaska No Part-time sitting or serving.
 
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)
2020 -
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jun 13 Children Open Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for children ages 8 to 12 years old. Male and Female servers are needed. Please apply in advance to allow time for background check.
Oct 10 Teen Applications accepted starting Apr 13 Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for Teens ages 12 to 17 years old. Male and Female Server needed. Please advance to allow time for background check processing.
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

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

2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
May 22 - May 24 Teen CANCELLED Onalaska Cancelled due to COVID-19.
This course is for Teens ages 12 to 17 years old. Male and Female Server needed. Please advance to allow time for background check processing.
Apply Jun 13 Children Open Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for children ages 8 to 12 years old. Male and Female servers are needed. Please apply in advance to allow time for background check.
Apply Sep 18 - Sep 20 Children Open Onalaska This course is for children ages 8 to 12 years old. Male and Female servers are needed. Please apply in advance to allow time for background check.
Oct 10 Teen Applications accepted starting Apr 13 Seattle Vipassana Hall This course is for Teens ages 12 to 17 years old. Male and Female Server needed. Please advance to allow time for background check processing.
 
 

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.

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.

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.

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 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.