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.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Nov 18 - Nov 29 10-Day CANCELLED Twentynine Palms
Dec 05 - Dec 16 10-Day Course
for Female Students
Closed Twentynine Palms
Dec 20 Board of Trustees Meeting Open Twentynine Palms For old students
VIRTUAL Board of Trustees Meeting
For more information contact
[email protected]
Apply Dec 21 - Dec 23 Service Period Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms For old students
Apply December 23, 2020 - January 03, 2021 10-Day Course
for Male Students
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Twentynine Palms Because of limited space due to COVID restrictions, course and and waiting list filled immediately. Course is now closed to new applications.

2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 06 - Jan 17 10-Day Course
for Female Students
Applications accepted starting Dec 06 Twentynine Palms 1. Due to space restrictions, we are accepting only female students to this course.
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.

Jan 23 - Feb 03 10-Day Course
For Male Students
Applications accepted starting Dec 22 Twentynine Palms 1. Due to space restrictions, we are accepting only male students for this course.
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
.

Feb 06 - Feb 17 10-Day Course
For Female Students
Applications accepted starting Jan 07 Twentynine Palms 1. Due to space restrictions, we are accepting only female students for this course.
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.

Feb 24 - Mar 07 10-Day Course
For Male Students
Applications accepted starting Jan 24 Twentynine Palms 1. Due to space restrictions, we are accepting only male students for this course.
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
.

Mar 10 - Mar 21 10-Day English/Vietnamese
For Female Students
Applications accepted starting Feb 10 Twentynine Palms 1. Due to space restrictions, we will give priority to Vietnamese female students for this course.
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
.

Mar 26 - Apr 04 Satipatthana Sutta
For Qualified Old Students
Applications accepted starting Feb 26 Twentynine Palms For old students
1. Due to space restrictions, course size will be limited.
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.

 
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.