Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

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

The Center is located just North of Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms, CA. It is a 2-1/2 hr. drive from the Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas. It is possible to reach the Center using public transportation with careful planning in advance, but requires multiple buses that run on a limited schedule and a full day of travel. The ride share board is the recommended option. 
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
Southern California Vipassana Center
P.O. Box 486 Joshua Tree, CA 92252 USA
Email: [email protected]
Phone: [1](760) 362-4615
Children / Teenager's Course Registration
Phone: [1](760) 362-4615
Email: [email protected]
http://www.vaddhana.dhamma.org/children-teens/children-main.html

 

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 Canada, 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 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.
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jun 14 - Jun 16 Service Period In Progress Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jun 16 - Jun 27 10 Day Course
For Male Students
Closed Twentynine Palms 1. Due to limited space, most applicants will be put on a waiting list.
2. No ride share or public transportation to the Center is permitted.
3. Students must arrive at SCVC 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 SCVC.

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.
Jun 27 Board of Trustees Meeting Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
VIRTUAL Board of Trustees Meeting
For more information contact
[email protected]
Apply Jun 28 - Jun 30 Service Period Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Apply Jun 30 - Jul 11 10 Day Course
Now both Male & Female students can apply
Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Twentynine Palms 1. For this course, SCVC requires evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, servers when arriving at the center for the start of the course.
2. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that they can access with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
3. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of SCVC
Apply Jul 12 - Jul 14 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
1. For this service period, SCVC requires evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, servers when arriving at the center.
2. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that they can access with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
3. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of SCVC
Apply Jul 14 - Jul 25 10 Day Course
Now both Male & Female students can apply
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Twentynine Palms 1. For this course, SCVC requires evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, servers when arriving at the center for the start of the course.
2. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that they can access with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
3. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of SCVC
Apply Jul 26 - Jul 28 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
1. For this service period, SCVC requires evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, servers when arriving at the center.
2. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that they can access with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
3. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of SCVC
Apply Jul 28 - Aug 08 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Women - Closed Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Twentynine Palms Priority given to Vietnamese students.
1. For this course, SCVC requires evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, servers when arriving at the center for the start of the course.
2. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that they can access with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
3. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of SCVC
Apply Aug 09 - Aug 11 Service Period Servers - Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
1. For this service period, SCVC requires evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, servers when arriving at the center.
2. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that they can access with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
3. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of SCVC
Apply Aug 11 - Aug 22 10 Day Course Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Twentynine Palms 1. For this course, SCVC requires evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, servers when arriving at the center for the start of the course.
2. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that they can access with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
3. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of SCVC
Aug 23 - Aug 25 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 23 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
1. For this service period, SCVC requires evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, servers when arriving at the center.
2. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that they can access with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
3. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of SCVC
Aug 25 - Sep 05 10-Day
English / Khmer
Applications accepted starting Jun 27 Twentynine Palms Priority given to Cambodian students.
1. For this course, SCVC requires evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, servers when arriving at the center for the start of the course.
2. It is suggested that persons with vaccination certificates make a digital backup that they can access with a device in case the original certificate is lost or forgotten.
3. The emergency contact person must be within driving distance of SCVC
Sep 06 - Sep 08 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 06 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course

Sep 08 - Sep 19 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 10 Twentynine Palms
Sep 20 - Sep 24 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 19 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help on variety of tasks, maintenance, landscaping, and deep cleaning.

Sep 24 - Oct 03 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Jul 24 Twentynine Palms For old students

Oct 04 - Oct 06 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 04 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Oct 06 - Oct 17 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 06 Twentynine Palms
Oct 18 - Oct 20 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 18 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Oct 20 - Oct 31 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 20 Twentynine Palms
Nov 01 - Nov 03 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 01 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Nov 03 - Nov 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 03 Twentynine Palms
Nov 15 - Nov 17 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 15 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
 
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://vaddhana.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.

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.