California Vipassana Center

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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.

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.

The California Vipassana Center, in North Fork, CA, is dedicated to the practice of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. This technique gradually eradicates all inner suffering.

Stands of oak, pine, cedar, and manzanita occupy the bulk of the 109-acre site, and are complemented by a tranquil pond and a broad meadow. Wildlife abounds.

A newly constructed meditation hall accommodates up to 120 students; other recent additions include a teachers’ residence and accommodations for meditators working long-term at the center. Plans are moving forward to build a complex of individual meditation cells known as a pagoda.

The Center is in the Sierra foothills south of Yosemite. The Center is a four hour drive from San Francisco and a five hour drive from Los Angeles, with bus, rail, and air connections an hour away in Fresno. You will receive directions to the Center, as well as a complete list of physical requirements and suggestions, once your course application has been approved. If you can offer a ride or need a ride, check out the voluntary ride share information.

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