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
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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) 876-8760 ext.1
Fax: [1] (559) 876-8761
[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) 876-8760
[email protected]

 

A first-time 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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Attendance Requirements: Covid Protocol For: 6/2 - 6/18 - 6/30 Courses Only

1. Apply only if you are able to quarantine at home 10-14 days prior the course.
2. A negative PCR test is required even if you are vaccinated.
3. Course size is limited.
4. No rideshare or public transportation to the Center is permitted.
5. Students must arrive at CVC in a private personal vehicle and not travel from home a long distance.
6. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of CVC.
7. The course will be run in compliance with the current Covid-19 guidelines as per the California Department of Health and dependent on prevailing Covid-19 conditions.

Starting 7/14, Updated Attendance Requirements - COVID Protocol:

1. CVC requires evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 for all participants.

2. In the registration process you will be asked to either provide us with a soft copy of proof of full vaccination or bring evidence with you at the start of the course.

3. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that can be accessed with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.

4. There will be no admission to the course without proof of full vaccination.

Registration opens for all courses around 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
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.

Registration opens for all courses around 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time

 

2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jun 18 - Jun 27 Satipatthana Sutta In Progress North Fork For old students

See COVID PROTOCOL attendance requirements at the top of page
Apply Jun 30 - Jul 11 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open North Fork
See COVID PROTOCOL attendance requirements at the top of page
Apply Jul 14 - Jul 25 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open North Fork Servers Needed

Updated Attendance Requirements - COVID Protocol
1. CVC requires evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 for all participants.
2. In the registration process you'll be asked to either provide a soft copy of proof of full vaccination or to bring evidence with you.
3. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that can be accessed with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
Apply Jul 25 - Jul 28 Service Period Servers - Open North Fork For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Updated Attendance Requirements - COVID Protocol
1. CVC requires evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 for all participants.
2. In the registration process you'll be asked to either provide a soft copy of proof of full vaccination or to bring evidence with you.
3. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that can be accessed with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
Apply Jul 25 - Jul 28 Service Period Servers - Open North Fork For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Updated Attendance Requirements - COVID Protocol

1. CVC requires evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 for all participants.
2. In the registration process you'll be asked to either provide a soft copy of proof of full vaccination or to bring evidence with you.
3. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that can be accessed with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
Apply Jul 28 - Aug 08 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open North Fork Updated Attendance Requirements - COVID Protocol
1. CVC requires evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 for all participants.
2. In the registration process you'll be asked to either provide a soft copy of proof of full vaccination or to bring evidence with you.
3. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that can be accessed with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
Apply Aug 08 - Aug 11 Service Period Servers - Open North Fork For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Updated Attendance Requirements - COVID Protocol
1. CVC requires evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 for all participants.
2. In the registration process you'll be asked to either provide a soft copy of proof of full vaccination or to bring evidence with you.
3. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that can be accessed with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
Apply Aug 11 - Aug 22 10-Day
English / Khmer
Women - Long Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork Priority given to Khmer students
1. CVC requires evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 for all participants.
2. In the registration process you'll be asked to either provide a soft copy of proof of full vaccination or to bring evidence with you.
3. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that can be accessed with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
Aug 22 - Aug 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 22 North Fork For old students
Updated Attendance Requirements - COVID Protocol
1. CVC requires evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 for all participants.
2. In the registration process you'll be asked to either provide a soft copy of proof of full vaccination or to bring evidence with you.
3. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that can be accessed with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
Apply Aug 29 - Sep 19 20-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open North Fork For old students

Updated Attendance Requirements - COVID Protocol

1. CVC requires evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 for all participants.
2. In the registration process you'll be asked to either provide a soft copy of proof of full vaccination or to bring evidence with you.
3. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that can be accessed with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
Sep 19 - Sep 22 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 19 North Fork For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Sep 22 - Oct 03 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 22 North Fork
Oct 03 - Oct 05 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 03 North Fork For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Oct 05 - Oct 09 3-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 05 North Fork For old students


Oct 09 - Oct 13 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 09 North Fork For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Oct 13 - Oct 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 13 North Fork
Oct 24 - Nov 05 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 24 North Fork For old students
To help on variety of tasks, maintenance, landscaping, and deep cleaning.

Nov 05 - Nov 14 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Sep 05 North Fork For old students

Nov 14 - Nov 17 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 14 North Fork For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Nov 17 - Nov 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 17 North Fork
Nov 28 - Dec 01 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 28 North Fork For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Dec 01 - Dec 12 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 01 North Fork For old students

Dec 12 - Dec 15 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 12 North Fork For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
Dec 15 - Dec 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 15 North Fork
Dec 26 - Dec 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 26 North Fork For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course.
December 29, 2021 - January 09, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 29 North Fork
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
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://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.

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.

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.