Diversity at Dhamma Vaddhana means embracing people of all races, genders, cultures, sects, religions, and languages. We imbibe the culturally progressive spirit of our neighbors, Los Angeles and San Diego, and welcome all. Despite our diverse beginnings and our unique lives, when we come to a Vipassana course we are united by a common cause, a common purpose: to solve the mystery of human suffering.
Although this teaching comes from Gotama the Buddha, it is presented in a non-sectarian format. The Buddha was not interested in converting people. He had found a path to end suffering, and his only interest was to share this with others. It is the same today. The cause of suffering lies within each of us and we only need to look inside to find its solution. This works for anyone regardless of how they identify themselves ie. origins, traditions, gender, etc.. And that is what you will learn here.
When we count up the native languages of the people on our courses, the number reaches a half a dozen or more. We offer instructions and discourses in up to 50 languages. When you first open the course schedule page you will be asked if you are comfortable speaking English. If not, you will be invited to take our English Skills Assessment. This test allows you to determine your English language level and lets us provide you with the materials you will need on the course.
Please take the test and enter your result in the application where we ask, "Anything you wish to add to the above information?"
People of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome to our courses. The campuses at all the meditation centers in this tradition are divided into male and female sides. This extends to the residential accommodations, the walking areas, the dining rooms, and the meditation hall. This structure is designed to reduce the tension that derives from the mixing of genders.
We recognize this doesn't work for everyone and that sometimes members of the LGBTQ community may not feel comfortable on either side of the compound or having to identify as male or female. With that in mind, you may choose to let us know your sexual orientation or gender identity beforehand. You can let us know your concerns by writing something on the application where we ask, "Anything you wish to add to the above information?" We will contact you and together we will make a plan that works for you. Your private information shall only be used for accommodation arrangement and be kept confidential.
Physical Health Needs
Some applicants may have a special requirement due to a health issue, a physical limitation, pregnancy or a dietary restriction. Any medical diet requirement should be noted, so we can determine in advance if it can be met. Quite often someone may ask for back support or a chair to meditate in. We are happy to provide whatever you need to meditate comfortably. Sometimes people ask for a private space because of personal needs. If you feel you need privacy for any reason, please tell us on the application where we ask, "Anything you wish to add to the above information?" We will contact you to work out a plan.