Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Mahavana
Dhamma Mahāvana, North Fork, California, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

One of over 120 international centers where the technique of Vipassana meditation is taught and practiced, Dhamma Mahavana is situated on 109 acres of forested property in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Groves of oak, pine, cedar, and manzanita reinforce the California Vipassana Center's name of Dhamma Mahavana, Great Forest of Dhamma.
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
       
California Vipassana Meditation Center
P.O. Box 1167, North Fork, CA 93643, USA
http://www.mahavana.dhamma.org
General Course Registration
Voice Mail: [1] (559) 877-4386 ext. 1
Fax: [1] (559) 877-4387
[email protected]
Children / Teenager's Course Registration
Voice Mail: [1] (408) 471-7642
Fax: [1] (800) 734-1558
[email protected]
Children's Course Registration
Dhamma Service Registration
Voice Mail: [1] (559) 877-4386
[email protected]

 

IMPORTANT! A student may apply to sit only one 10 Day course at a time, even if the other course is in another state or is a waitlisted enrollment.

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WARNING! Applications submitted via cell phone may not go through. Follow-up call or email is recommended.

 

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2018 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 20 - Oct 21 Children Open North Fork For Boys & Girls 8-12 yrs.
 
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 14 - Oct 20 Service Period In Progress North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Apply Oct 21 - Oct 24 Service Period Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Apply Oct 24 - Nov 04 10-Day
English / Mandarin
Women - Closed Men - Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - Open North Fork Male servers needed.

This course is offered in both English & Mandarin.
Apply Nov 04 - Nov 14 Service Period Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Nov 10 - Nov 11 Board of Trustee Workshop New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
All old students are invited to attend the Trustee Workshop to learn about the behind-the-scenes functioning of CVC.

Send a message to [email protected] if you wish to register for the Trustee Workshop.

Clearly indicate if you wish to offer Dhamma service or participate in the Trustee Workshop.
Apply Nov 14 - Nov 18 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Apply Nov 18 - Nov 21 Service Period Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Apply Nov 21 - Dec 02 Special 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Apply Dec 02 - Dec 07 Service Period Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Apply Dec 07 - Dec 16 Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Apply Dec 16 - Dec 19 Service Period Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Apply Dec 19 - Dec 30 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Wait List North Fork Servers needed.

Alternative Date: There is course being held at a rental facility in Occidental California from 12/23/2018 to 1/3/2019. Registration opens September 23. To apply use this link

2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 02 - Jan 13 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Jan 13 - Jan 16 Service Period Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Apply Jan 16 - Jan 27 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Jan 27 - Jan 30 Service Period Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Apply Jan 30 - Feb 10 10-Day Open North Fork Servers needed.
Apply Feb 10 - Feb 13 Service Period Servers - Open North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Apply Feb 13 - Feb 24 10-Day Open North Fork Servers needed.
Feb 24 - Feb 27 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 27 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Mar 04 - Mar 06 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 04 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Mar 06 - Mar 10 3-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 06 North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
Mar 10 - Mar 13 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 10 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Mar 13 - Mar 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 13 North Fork Servers Needed.
Mar 24 - Apr 03 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 24 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Mar 30 - Mar 31 Board of Trustee Workshop Applications accepted starting Nov 30 North Fork For old students
All old students are invited to attend the Trustee Workshop to learn about the behind-the-scenes functioning of CVC.

Send a message to
[email protected] if you wish to register for the Trustee Workshop.

Clearly indicate if you wish to offer Dhamma service or participate in the Trustee Workshop.
Apr 03 - May 04 30-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 04 North Fork For old students
Servers needed
Apr 03 - May 19 45-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 04 North Fork For old students
Servers needed.
May 19 - May 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 19 North Fork For old students
This service period is held in conjunction with the annual Assistant Teacher Workshop.
May 29 - Jun 09 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting Jan 29 North Fork
Jun 09 - Jun 12 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 09 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Jun 28 - Jul 07 Satipatthana Sutta
English / Burmese
Applications accepted starting Feb 28 North Fork For old students
Servers needed.

This course is offered in English & Burmese.
Jul 07 - Jul 10 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 09 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Jul 10 - Jul 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 12 North Fork Servers needed.
Jul 21 - Jul 24 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 23 North Fork For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
Jul 24 - Aug 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 26 North Fork Servers needed.
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2018 Dhamma Mahāvana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 20 - Oct 21 Children Open North Fork For Boys & Girls 8-12 yrs.
 
 

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.mahavana.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.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta 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.

45-day Courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed a minimum of seven 10-day courses (one since their first 30-day course), two 30-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least three 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.

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.