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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

The recent COVID-19 outbreak has raised concerns about the health and safety of students and servers coming to the Center and those in the local community.  Consistent with the guidance of the California Department of Health, all courses at SCVC have been suspended until further notice.  New applications are not being accepted at this time. The Center will reopen in compliance with the Department of Health. Please keep checking this page for updates.

In California, a student may apply to sit only one 10day course at a time, even if the other course is in another state or Canada, or is a waitlisted enrollment.

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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
Aug 05 - Aug 16 10-Day CANCELLED Twentynine Palms
Aug 16 Board of Trustees Meeting Open Twentynine Palms For old students
VIRTUAL Board of Trustees Meeting
For more information contact
[email protected]
Aug 17 - Aug 19 Service Period CANCELLED Twentynine Palms For old students
Aug 19 - Aug 30 10-Day CANCELLED Twentynine Palms
Aug 31 - Sep 02 Service Period CANCELLED Twentynine Palms For old students
Sep 02 - Sep 13 10-Day CANCELLED Twentynine Palms
Sep 14 - Sep 16 Service Period Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
Sep 16 - Sep 27 10-Day
English / Burmese
Closed Twentynine Palms Closed Pending SCVC re-opening
Sep 28 - Sep 30 Service Period Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
Sep 30 - Oct 11 10-Day Closed Twentynine Palms Closed Pending SCVC re-opening
Oct 04 Board of Trustees Meeting Open Twentynine Palms For old students
VIRTUAL Board of Trustees Meeting
For more information contact
[email protected]
Oct 12 - Oct 14 Service Period Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
Pending SCVC re-opening
Oct 14 - Oct 25 10-Day
English / Persian (Farsi)
Closed Twentynine Palms Closed Pending SCVC re-opening
Oct 26 - Oct 28 Service Period Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
Pending SCVC re-opening
Oct 28 - Nov 08 10-Day Closed Twentynine Palms Pending SCVC re-opening
Nov 09 - Nov 11 Service Period Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
Pending SCVC re-opening
Nov 11 - Nov 22 10-Day Closed Twentynine Palms Pending SCVC re-opening
Nov 23 - Nov 25 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 23 Twentynine Palms For old students
Pending SCVC re-opening
Nov 25 - Dec 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 25 Twentynine Palms Pending SCVC re-opening
Dec 07 - Dec 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 07 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
Pending SCVC re-opening
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 09 Twentynine Palms Pending SCVC re-opening
Dec 21 - Dec 23 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 21 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
Pending SCVC re-opening
December 23, 2020 - January 03, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 23 Twentynine Palms Pending SCVC re-opening
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Dhamma Vaddhana Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Aug 15 1-Day CANCELLED Orange County VH For old students
Sep 05 1-Day CANCELLED Baldwin Park For old students
Sep 19 1-Day CANCELLED Orange County VH For old students
Oct 17 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Nov 07 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Nov 21 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Dec 19 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
 
 

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.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.