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

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. Students currently registered for CLOSED courses will receive further information from registration. 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
May 27 - Jun 05 Satipatthana Sutta CANCELLED Twentynine Palms For old students
COURSE CANCELLED
Jun 06 - Jun 07 Old Student Program Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
The Board of Trustees Workshop Weekend has been postponed. Please check back for updates. Thank you.
Jun 08 - Jun 10 Service Period CANCELLED Twentynine Palms For old students
Jun 10 - Jun 21 10-Day CANCELLED Twentynine Palms COURSE CANCELLED
Jun 22 - Jun 24 Service Period CANCELLED Twentynine Palms For old students
Jun 24 - Jul 05 10-Day
English / Khmer
CANCELLED Twentynine Palms COURSE CANCELLED
Jul 06 - Jul 08 Service Period Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
Jul 08 - Jul 19 10-Day Closed Twentynine Palms CLOSED due to COVID-19
Pending SCVC re-opening

Jul 20 - Jul 22 Service Period Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
Jul 22 - Aug 02 10-Day Closed Twentynine Palms CLOSED due to COVID-19
Pending SCVC re-opening

Aug 03 - Aug 05 Service Period Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
Aug 05 - Aug 16 10-Day Closed Twentynine Palms CLOSED due to COVID-19
Pending SCVC re-opening
Aug 17 - Aug 19 Service Period Closed Twentynine Palms For old students
Aug 19 - Aug 30 10-Day Closed Twentynine Palms CLOSED due to COVID-19
Pending SCVC re-opening
Aug 31 - Sep 02 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 30 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
Sep 02 - Sep 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 02 Twentynine Palms
Sep 14 - Sep 16 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 07 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
Sep 16 - Sep 27 10-Day
English / Burmese
Applications accepted starting Jul 09 Twentynine Palms This course will be offered in both English and Burmese. Priority is given to Burmese students. English speaking students may be wait listed.
Sep 28 - Sep 30 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 14 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
Sep 30 - Oct 11 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 16 Twentynine Palms
Oct 12 - Oct 14 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 21 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
Oct 14 - Oct 25 10-Day
English / Persian (Farsi)
Applications accepted starting Jul 23 Twentynine Palms This course will be offered in both English and Farsi. Priority is given to Farsi students. English speaking students may be wait listed.
Oct 26 - Oct 28 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 28 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
Oct 28 - Nov 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 30 Twentynine Palms
Nov 09 - Nov 11 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 11 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
Nov 11 - Nov 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 13 Twentynine Palms
Nov 23 - Nov 25 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 25 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
Nov 25 - Dec 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 27 Twentynine Palms
Dec 07 - Dec 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 08 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 10 Twentynine Palms
Dec 21 - Dec 23 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 22 Twentynine Palms For old students
To prepare the Center for the next course.
December 23, 2020 - January 03, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 24 Twentynine Palms
 
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
Jun 20 1-Day CANCELLED Orange County VH For old students
Jul 04 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Jul 18 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Aug 15 1-Day Open Orange County VH For old students
Sep 05 1-Day Open Baldwin Park For old students
Sep 19 1-Day Open 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.

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.

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.