Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
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

 

LOTTERY PROCEDURE WILL DETERMINE ACCEPTANCES.
Courses open for applications for just 72 hours
Applications received during this period will have a chance of acceptance.

Applications restricted to Washington or Oregon residents

All will need to self-quarantine for 10 days immediately before coming to the Center.

While under quarantine, you can still perform necessary activities, e.g. grocery shopping or medical appointments, as long as you wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

PRE-APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Anyone with any of the following conditions should not apply at this time:

  • Testing positive with Covid-19 virus or direct contact with someone who tested positive.
  • Not consistently wearing a mask and maintaining 6’ physical distance from others while away from home.
  • Close contact with anyone not routinely wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing while outside of their home.
  • Experiencing any of the following Covid-19 symptoms:
    • new or worsening cough
    • mild or moderate difficulty breathing
    • fever, chills, or sore throat
    • vomiting or diarrhea
    • headache or body/muscle aches
    • sustained loss of smell, taste, or appetite
    • fatigue
  • Significant changes that involve higher risk of contracting Covid-19 viruses (traveling, moving residences or others moving into their home, changing jobs, etc.)

Everyone coming to the Center will be screened for the above conditions at the time of their arrival. Anyone with any symptoms of Covid-19, flu, virus, or other serious communicable illnesses will be asked to return home immediately.

Although the Center is taking all precautions, there still remains risk of exposure to COVID-19 while at the Center. Please note certain conditions may increase the risk of serious illness from Coronavirus. These conditions include:

  • Age over 65 years
  • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • Serious heart condition
  • Immuno-compromise (e.g. from cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplant, immune deficiency, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, or prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications)
  • Severely overweight (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • Liver disease
  • Pregnancy

If you have any of the above conditions, it is advised that you not place yourself at risk to Covid-19 by coming to the Center at this time.

Travel:

At this time, to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone at the Center, we are unable to accept anyone who will be flying, car-pooling/ride share, or taking public transportation to the Center.

Diet:

Due to the extra demands on servers at this time, we regret that we are unable to accept servers or students who have special dietary requirements.

Various additional precautions are being taken at the Center to protect against the virus. These include: individual rooms, social distancing, assigned seats in dining hall, and requiring masks while in the Dhamma Hall.

If you fall ill at the Center with flu, a virus, or similar symptoms, you will be quarantined and will be asked to leave the Center as soon as possible. If you fall ill and are unable to independently return home, you will need to ask your emergency contact for assistance. Please advise them of this possibility prior to coming to the Center.

For questions contact Registration

 
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.  

For Old Students, Virtual Sittings are taking place.  Please visit: Virtual Sitting web page

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Hillsboro Site  when safe will re-open   More details here

2021 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jul 07 - Jul 11 3-Day Applications accepted starting May 23 Onalaska For old students
Allergy Information
Oct 06 - Oct 10 3-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 07 Onalaska For old students
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

APPLICATION RESTRICTIONS

  • First-time students may sit, but not serve
  • Applications restricted to Washington or Oregon residents
  • Waitlisted Old Students may apply to sit a second course; two course limit; once accepted for a course, all other applications will be cancelled
  • Multiple serving applications are welcome
  • Please don't apply to sit if you have completed sitting a 10-Day course within the last 6 months

FOR NOW, ACCEPTANCES WILL BE DETERMINED IN A LOTTERY PROCEDURE. ACCEPTANCE WILL NOT BE BASED ON TIME OF APPLICATION. ALL APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED IN THE FIXED PERIOD THE COURSE IS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS WILL HAVE A CHANCE FOR AN ACCEPTANCE.


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

2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply May 05 - May 16 10-Day In Progress Onalaska Allergy Information
Apply May 16 - May 26 House and 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.

Reserved for old students.
Apply May 26 - Jun 06 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Onalaska
Allergy Information
Apply Jun 06 - Jun 09 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome! Masks and Social Distancing
Apply Jun 09 - Jun 20 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Onalaska
Servers Needed!!

Allergy Information
Apply Jun 20 - Jun 23 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Old Students Only. Help setup the next course - Part-Time Welcome! Masks and Social Distancing
Apply Jun 23 - Jul 04 Thai/English
English / Thai
Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Onalaska
  • For English speaking students as well as Thai speakers.
Allergy Information
Jul 11 - Jul 18 House and Garden Days Closed 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.


Apply Jul 18 - Aug 08 20-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open 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 June 18.


Allergy Information
Aug 11 - Aug 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 12 Onalaska Allergy Information
Aug 25 - Sep 05 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 27 Onalaska Allergy Information
Sep 05 - Sep 15 House & Garden Days Closed 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.
Sep 15 - Sep 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 18 Onalaska Allergy Information
Sep 26 - Oct 06 House & Garden Days Closed 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.
Oct 01 - Oct 03 Trust Retreat Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Onalaska For old students
Annual retreat of the Dhamma Kunja Trust.
Interested Old Students may serve.
Oct 13 - Oct 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Onalaska
Oct 27 - Nov 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 29 Onalaska
Nov 10 - Nov 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 11 Onalaska
Nov 24 - Dec 05 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 26 Onalaska
December 01, 2021 - December 01, 2022 Long Term Server Servers - Open Onalaska For old students
Only for those asked by AT to apply
Dec 08 - Dec 19 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 09 Onalaska
December 22, 2021 - January 02, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 24 Onalaska
 
Non-Center Courses

Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.

Note: Idaho courses are sponsored by the Intermountain Vipassana Association, and Montana courses are sponsored by the Montana Vipassana Association
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

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

See more information
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
 

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://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.

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.

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.