Wheel of Dhamma

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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
Apr 19 - Apr 21 Service Period In Progress Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Apply Apr 21 - May 02 10-Day Course
For Female 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.
Apply May 03 - May 05 Service Period Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Apply May 05 - May 16 10 Day Course
For Male Students
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List 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.
May 16 Board of Trustees Meeting Open Twentynine Palms For old students
VIRTUAL Board of Trustees Meeting
For more information contact
registra[email protected]
Apply May 17 - May 19 Service Period Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Apply May 19 - May 23 3 Day Course
For Old Students
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms For old students
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.
Apply May 25 - May 30 Service Period Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help on variety of tasks, maintenance, landscaping, and deep cleaning
Apply May 31 - Jun 02 Service Period Open Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jun 02 - Jun 13 10 Day Course
For Female Students
Applications accepted starting Apr 21 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 14 - Jun 16 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 03 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jun 16 - Jun 27 10 Day Course
For Male Students
Applications accepted starting May 05 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]
Jun 28 - Jun 30 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 17 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jun 30 - Jul 11 10 Day Course
For Female Students
Applications accepted starting May 19 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.
Jul 12 - Jul 14 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 23 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jul 14 - Jul 25 10 Day Course
For Male Students
Applications accepted starting May 26 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.
Jul 26 - Jul 28 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 30 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Jul 28 - Aug 08 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting Jun 01 Twentynine Palms Course size is limited. Priority given to Vietnamese students.
Aug 09 - Aug 11 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 07 Twentynine Palms For old students
To help prepare the Center for the next course
Aug 11 - Aug 22 10 Day Course Applications accepted starting Jun 11 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.
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
Aug 25 - Sep 05 10-Day
English / Khmer
Applications accepted starting Jun 25 Twentynine Palms Course size is limited. Priority given to Cambodian students.
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
 
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.

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.