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

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.

About Dhamma Mahavana

One of over 170 international centers where the technique of Vipassana meditation is taught and practiced, Dhamma Mahavana is situated on 109 acres of forested property in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Groves of oak, pine, cedar, and manzanita reinforce the California Vipassana Center's name of Dhamma Mahavana, Great Forest of Dhamma.

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 under the Course Information link above. To apply for a course, please fill out an online application on the Course Schedule page.


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