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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. Please keep checking the SCVC Schedule for course updates. We hope to reopen the Center in compliance with the Department of Health and send metta to all.

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Introduction to Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, an Art of Living. To those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation we recommend visiting the International Vipassana Website for an introduction.

Course Information

To learn Vipassana Meditation one needs to develop one's own experience during a residential ten day course. A description and timetable of a typical ten day course may be found in the Code of Discipline. For more information please see the Course Schedule page and online Course Application.

For Children's Courses, please see the Children's Course Main Page.

About Dhamma Vaddhana

The Southern California Vipassana Center (SCVC) 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 with bus, rail and airline access nearby.

The Center currently accommodates 70 students. As soon as funds become available, construction of a center for 140 students is planned.

For more information, please see our About the Center page.