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Please note that due to the rapidly changing nature of the Coronavirus outbreak, we may still have to cancel some upcoming courses. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will rely on the guidance of the CDC and local health agencies. We will keep our website updated and notify anyone registered to meditate or serve on an upcoming course of any significant changes or cancellations. Please keep checking the SCVC Schedule for course updates.

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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.