Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Manda
Dhamma Maṇḍa, Kelseyville, California, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Maṇḍa, also known as the Northern California Vipassana Center, means "the essence of Dhamma" in Pali. It is one of numerous centers worldwide dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. Dhamma Maṇḍa is located in the Cobb mountain area of Lake County, California, nestled among seventeen acres of mature pine, fir, and oak trees and is approximately a two and a half hour drive from San Francisco.
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

Northern California Vipassana Association - Dhamma Manda
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 265
Cobb, CA 95426, USA

Tel: [1] (707) 928-9981

Email: [email protected]a.dhamma.org

               

Children's / Teenagers' Course Registration

Voice Mail: [1] (408) 471-7642

Fax: [1] (800) 734-1558

Email: [email protected]

 

 Courses open for applications shortly after 7:00AM on the date indicated.

A student may apply to only one course at a time regardless of the center location or waiting list status.

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Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Mar 15 Children & Teen Open EBVH - Berkeley Boys & Girls Ages 8-15 yrs.
Apply Mar 15 Children & Teen Open EBVH - Berkeley Boys & Girls Ages 8-15 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.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 29 - Feb 09 10-Day In Progress Kelseyville
Apply Feb 12 - Feb 23 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Kelseyville Servers are needed
Feb 23 1-Day Open Kelseyville Note: New Dates!For old students
The course will begin at 9am and finish at 4pm. Please bring a vegetarian bag lunch.There is no pre-registration for this course, but please send an email to [email protected] with your full name, so that we know you are coming. We will not respond to these emails.
Apply Feb 26 - Mar 08 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Kelseyville Servers are needed. There are 2 alturnate courses in Hawaii March 5-16 and March 19-30 which only have very short waiting lists. If you would like to register for either of those courses please go to their website; www.hi.us.dhamma.org.
Apply Mar 13 - Mar 22 Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Closed Kelseyville For old students

Servers are needed. All Old Students may serve this course.

 

There are 2 alturnate courses in Hawaii March 5-16 and March 19-30 which only have very short waiting lists. If you would like to register for either of those courses please go to their website; www.hi.us.dhamma.org.

Mar 27 - Mar 29 Annual Trust Retreat New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kelseyville For old students
This is the annual meeting of the board of trustees for Dhamma Manda. It is open to all Old Students if you would like to attend, please send an email to; [email protected] with your full name, the dates you would like to attend and if you would like to serve the retreat or take part in the meetings.
Apply Apr 01 - Apr 12 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Kelseyville

Servers are needed.

 

There are 2 alturnate courses in Hawaii March 5-16 and March 19-30 which only have very short waiting lists. If you would like to register for either of those courses please go to their website; www.hi.us.dhamma.org.

Apply Apr 15 - Apr 26 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Apr 26 1-Day Open Kelseyville For old students
The course will begin at 9am and finish at 4pm. Please bring a vegetarian bag lunch.There is no pre-registration for this course, but please send an email to [email protected] with your full name, so that we know you are coming. We will not respond to these emails.
Apr 29 - May 03 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 30 Kelseyville Note: New Dates!For old students
Servers are needed. This course will end at approximately 6:30am Sunday May 3 followed by breakfast and cleanup.
May 06 - May 17 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 06 Kelseyville Servers are needed.
May 27 - Jun 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 27 Kelseyville Servers are needed
Jun 10 - Jun 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 10 Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Jun 21 1-Day Open Kelseyville For old students
The course will begin at 9am and finish at 4pm. Please bring a vegetarian bag lunch.There is no pre-registration for this course, but please send an email to [email protected] with your full name, so that we know you are coming. We will not respond to these emails.
Jul 01 - Jul 12 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting Apr 01 Kelseyville

Servers are needed.

 

This course is offered in both English and Vietnamese. Priority is given to Vietnamese students. All English speaking students may be wait listed.

Jul 15 - Jul 19 3-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 15 Kelseyville For old students
Servers are needed.
Jul 22 - Aug 02 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 22 Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Aug 05 - Aug 16 10-Day
English / Thai
Applications accepted starting May 05 Kelseyville

Servers are needed.

 

This course is offered in both English and Thai. Priority is given to Thai students. All English speaking students may be wait listed.

Aug 19 - Aug 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 19 Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Aug 30 1-Day Open Kelseyville For old students
The course will begin at 9am and finish at 4pm. Please bring a vegetarian bag lunch.There is no pre-registration for this course, but please send an email to [email protected] with your full name, so that we know you are coming. We will not respond to these emails.
Sep 03 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 03 Kelseyville For old students
Servers are needed.
Sep 09 - Sep 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 09 Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Sep 21 - Oct 04 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 25 Kelseyville For old students
Servers are needed.
Oct 07 - Oct 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 07 Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Oct 18 1-Day Open Kelseyville For old students
The course will begin at 9am and finish at 4pm. Please bring a vegetarian bag lunch.There is no pre-registration for this course, but please send an email to [email protected] with your full name, so that we know you are coming. We will not respond to these emails.
Oct 21 - Nov 01 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 21 Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Nov 04 - Nov 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 04 Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Nov 18 - Nov 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 18 Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Dec 02 - Dec 06 3-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 02 Kelseyville For old students
Servers are needed.
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 09 Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Dec 20 1-Day Open Kelseyville For old students
The course will begin at 9am and finish at 4pm. Please bring a vegetarian bag lunch.There is no pre-registration for this course, but please send an email to [email protected] with your full name, so that we know you are coming. We will not respond to these emails.
December 26, 2020 - January 06, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 26 Kelseyville Servers are needed.
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Dhamma Maṇḍa Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Mar 15 Children & Teen Open EBVH - Berkeley Boys & Girls Ages 8-15 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.manda.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.

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.