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]

               

Children's / Teenagers' Course Registration

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

Fax: [1] (800) 734-1558

Email: [email protected]

 

 Please note that due to the rapidly changing nature of the Coronavirus outbreak, we may still have to cancel some upcoming courses. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will rely on the guidance of the CDC and local health agencies. We will keep our website updated and notify anyone registered to meditate or serve on an upcoming course of any significant changes or cancellations.

 

Registration opens for all courses at 7:00am Pacific Time.

Students 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.

CHECK SPAM/JUNK MAIL or you may miss important email communications.

Applications submitted via cell phone may not go through. A 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.
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.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 21 - Nov 01 10-Day In Progress Kelseyville

1. Course size is limited.
2. No rideshare or public transportation to the Center is permitted.
3. Students must arrive at NCV in a private personal vehicle and travel from home within a one-day drive and are coming from within California.
4. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of NCV.
5. 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.

SERVERS ARE NEEDED

Nov 04 - Nov 15 10-Day CANCELLED Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Apply Nov 07 - Nov 28 20-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Kelseyville New Course!!For old students

1. Course size is limited.
2. No rideshare or public transportation to the Center is permitted.
3. Students must arrive at NCV in a private personal vehicle and travel from home within a one-day drive.
4. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of NCV.
5. 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.

SERVERS ARE NEEDED

Nov 15 Board of Trustees Meeting Open Kelseyville Regular meeting of the board of Trustees, all Old Students as welcome to attend. Please send an email to [email protected] with your full name if you wish to attend.
Nov 18 - Nov 29 10-Day CANCELLED Kelseyville Servers are needed.
Dec 02 - Dec 06 3-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 02 Kelseyville For old students
Servers are needed.
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 09 Kelseyville

This course is open to men only.

1. Course size is limited.
2. No rideshare or public transportation to the Center is permitted.
3. Students must arrive at NCV in a private personal vehicle and travel from home within a one-day drive.
4. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of NCV.
5. 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.

SERVERS ARE NEEDED

Dec 20 1-Day Open Kelseyville For old students
COURSE CANCELLED
December 26, 2020 - January 06, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 26 Kelseyville

1. Course size is limited.
2. No rideshare or public transportation to the Center is permitted.
3. Students must arrive at NCV in a private personal vehicle and travel from home within a one-day drive.
4. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of NCV.
5. 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.

SERVERS ARE NEEDED

2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 13 - Jan 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 13 Kelseyville

1. Course size is limited.
2. No rideshare or public transportation to the Center is permitted.
3. Students must arrive at NCV in a private personal vehicle and travel from home within a one-day drive.
4. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of NCV.
5. 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.

SERVERS ARE NEEDED

Jan 27 - Feb 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 27 Kelseyville

1. Course size is limited.
2. No rideshare or public transportation to the Center is permitted.
3. Students must arrive at NCV in a private personal vehicle and travel from home within a one-day drive.
4. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of NCV.
5. 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.

SERVERS ARE NEEDED

Feb 10 - Feb 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 10 Kelseyville

1. Course size is limited.
2. No rideshare or public transportation to the Center is permitted.
3. Students must arrive at NCV in a private personal vehicle and travel from home within a one-day drive.
4. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of NCV.
5. 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.

SERVERS ARE NEEDED

Feb 26 - Mar 07 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Jan 26 Kelseyville For old students

1. Course size is limited.
2. No rideshare or public transportation to the Center is permitted.
3. Students must arrive at NCV in a private personal vehicle and travel from home within a one-day drive.
4. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of NCV.
5. 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.

SERVERS ARE NEEDED all old students may serve this course (Old Students are those that have previously completed a 10 day course in this tradition)

 
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://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.

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.

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.