A student may apply to only one course at a time in California regardless of the center location or waiting list status.



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.

Teenagers' and Children's Courses

2012 Course Schedule
Dates Course Type Status Comments Old Student
Servers Needed?
Jan 14 - Jan 15 Children's Course Completed  
Feb 18 - Feb 19 Children's Course Completed  

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.

2011 Course Schedule
Attend
or Serve
Dates Course Type Status Comments
  Oct 10 - Oct 18 Service Period Completed For old studentsTo attend please send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org. Include your full name and the dates you will be attending.
  Oct 22 - Nov 12 20-Day OSC Completed For old students who meet these requirements*** Female Servers are needed ***
  Nov 16 - Nov 27 10-Day Completed *** Servers are needed ***
  Dec  2 - Dec 11 Satipatthana Sutta Completed For old students who meet these requirements*** Servers are needed ***
  Dec 14 - Dec 18 3-Day Completed For old students*** Servers are needed ***
  Dec 21, 2011 - Jan  1, 2012 10-Day Completed Priority is given to students who have not sat a course in 2011. *** Servers are needed ***
         
2012 Course Schedule
Attend
or Serve
Dates Course Type Status Comments
  Jan  4 - Jan  8 3-Day OSC Completed For old students*** Servers are needed ***
  Jan  9 - Jan 13 Service Period Completed For old studentsTo attend please send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org. Include your full name and the dates you will be attending.
  Jan 18 - Jan 29 10-Day Course Completed *** Servers are needed ***
  Feb  1 - Feb 12 10-Day Course Completed *** Servers are needed ***
  Feb 22 - Mar  4 10-Day Course Completed *** Servers are needed ***
  Mar  5 - Mar 14 Service Period Completed For old studentsTo attend please send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org. Include your full name and the dates you will be attending.
  Mar 15 - Apr 15 30-Day Course Completed For old students who meet these requirements*** Servers are needed ***
  Apr 16 - Apr 24 Service Period Completed For old studentsTo attend please send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org. Include your full name and the dates you will be attending.
  Apr 21 - Apr 22 Trust Planning Retreat Completed To attend please send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org. Include your full name and the dates you will be attending.
  Apr 25 - May  6 10-Day Course Bilingual English/Khmer Completed *** Servers are needed *** Priority is given to students whose native language is Khmer
  May  9 - May 20 10-Day Course Completed *** Servers are needed ***
  May 21 - Jun  3 Service Period Completed For old studentsTo attend please send an email to registration@mahavana.dhamma.org. Include your full name and the dates you will be attending.
  Jun  6 - Jun 10 3-Day Course Completed For old students*** Servers are needed ***
  Jun 15 - Jun 24 Satipatthana Sutta Completed For old students who meet these requirements*** Servers are needed ***

One Day Courses

A 1-Day course is a short course for old students.


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 shown below. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.


Additional information about the California Vipassana Center and regional activities may be obtained from the Dhamma Mahavana Website. Nearby courses are also held in Southern California and Northern California.

To access the Old Student Regional Site please click here. A user name and password will be required to access these pages. Questions may be addressed to  Email: dhamma-service@mahavana.dhamma.org

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 above.
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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.
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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 7:30am.
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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.
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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.
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Satipatthana Sutta courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day course. 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 completed 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 the five precepts in their daily lives.
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20-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Student who speak neither English or one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.
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30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Student who speak neither English or one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.
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Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators.
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Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.
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