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Dhamma Maṇḍa, Kelseyville, California, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Maṇḍa, also known as the Northern California Vipassana Center, means "the essence of Dhamma" in Pali. It is one of numerous centers worldwide dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. Dhamma Maṇḍa is located in the Cobb mountain area of Lake County, California, nestled among seventeen acres of mature pine, fir, and oak trees and is approximately a two and a half hour drive from San Francisco.
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

Northern California Vipassana Association - Dhamma Manda
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 265
Cobb, CA 95426, USA

Tel: [1] (707) 928-9981

Email: [email protected]


Children's / Teenagers' Course Registration

Voice Mail: [1] (408) 471-7642

Fax: [1] (800) 734-1558

Email: [email protected]


 Courses open for applications shortly after 7:00AM on the date indicated.

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

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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.
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2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Sep 16 - Sep 29 Annual Service Period In Progress Kelseyville For old students
Annual work period, open to all Old Students. If you would like to come please send your full name and the dates you would like to attend to [email protected]
Apply Oct 02 - Oct 13 10-Day Open Kelseyville
Oct 13 Trust Meeting Open Kelseyville For old students
This meeting will be held at Dhamma Manda. Open to all Old Students, if you would like to attend please send an email with your full name to [email protected] Group Sitting at 9:00am meeting to follow, lunch will be served at the conclusion of the meeting.
Apply Oct 17 - Oct 20 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kelseyville For old students
Apply Oct 23 - Nov 03 10-Day Open Kelseyville
Apply Nov 06 - Nov 17 10-Day Open Kelseyville
Nov 17 1 Day Course Open Kelseyville For old students
The course will begin at 9am and finish at 4pm. Please bring a vegetarian bag lunch.There is no pre-registration for this course, but please send an email to [email protected] with your full name, so that we know you are coming. We will not respond to these emails.
Apply Nov 20 - Dec 01 10-Day Open Kelseyville
Dec 01 Trust Meeting Open Kelseyville This meeting will be held remotely; if you would like to 'attend' send an email with your full name to [email protected]
Apply Dec 05 - Dec 08 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Kelseyville For old students
Apply Dec 11 - Dec 22 10-Day Open Kelseyville
December 26, 2019 - January 06, 2020 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 26 Kelseyville
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
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2019 North California NonCenter Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply December 22, 2019 - January 02, 2020 10-Day Open Near Occidental, CA

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.manda.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.

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.