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Oregon Vipassana Association, Portland, Oregon, United States
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** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

The Oregon Vipassana Association organizes Vipassana courses in different locations around Oregon. There are currently four ten-day courses per year, as well as short 1- to 3- day refresher courses for old students (those who have already taken a ten-day course). 

Courses are also held regularly at the Northwest Vipassana Center in Onalaska, WA, located 1.5 hours north of Portland, OR.

For courses in other locations around the country and the world, please see www.dhamma.org

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

Oregon Vipassana Association

Address:  6201 NE 13th Ave; Portland, OR 97221 USA
Email: [email protected]
Phone (voicemail): 541-719-8240

Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.  Child courses are for ages 8-12; Teen courses are for ages 13-17.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 22 Children and teens ages 8-15 Open Hillsboro, OR This course is for children and teens ages 8-15. Male and female servers are needed. Please apply in advance to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Short Courses

1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
For weekly group sitting locations and schedules for returning students around the Northwest, click here.

Portland Vipassana Hall  1-Day courses are offered on the third Saturday of every month. More details here

Hillsboro Site 1-Day courses are offered on the first Sunday of every month. More details here

No courses are currently scheduled.
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

All ten-day courses begin on the evening of the first day, and end early morning of the last day.
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day short courses are for those students who have previously completed a ten-day course.
Weekly group sitting locations and schedules for returning students around the Northwest are listed here

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://www.or.us.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.

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.

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.