The Northwest Vipassana Meditation Center – Dhamma Kuñja meaning The Grove of Dhamma, is situated on 50 acres in rural western Washington, conveniently located approximately two hours drive from both Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. Northwest Vipassana Meditation Center, is One of the several international centers where the technique of Vipassana meditation is taught and practiced, in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin and as taught by S.N. Goenka.
The food at Dhamma Kunja is vegetarian, healthy and prepared with care and skill. The semi-private accommodations are simple and comfortable.
The physical surroundings are sublime groves of old stand pines with moss, wandering deer, interesting insects and flowers and fruit trees.
There are proximal views of Mount Rainer, surreal mornings with fog and dew and starry night sky’s.
For 10 days, during their silence meditation retreat, the students undergo a profound inner journey. Their peaceful practice is made possible by the service of other meditators who cook and clean up after the meals and by the service of the assistant teachers, who give guidance on the meditation practice.
There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also.
As Per the tradition of pure Vipassana, Meditation courses are run solely on a donation basis. Donations are accepted only from those who have completed at least one ten-day Vipassana Meditation course. Someone taking the Meditation course for the first time may give a donation on the last day of the course or any time thereafter.
Location – Directions and Transportation
Students should arrive between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on the day the course starts. Visitors other than those dropping off or picking up students must call the manager for an appointment. Drop-in visitors are not permitted.
Dhamma Kunja – The Northwest Vipassana Center Website : www.kunja.dhamma.org
Check the course schedule for the current list of courses
Review by a Old Student..
” I spent 11 days in the beautiful Washington countryside attending a Vipassana meditation training course. The course itself was 10 days, 9 of those were noble silence. Each day, we were awakened at 4am by a beautiful gong, and we gathered in a large meditation hall.
The technique was explained via audio and DVD by the master Vapassi S. N. Goenka. One male and female teacher were available to answer questions on a one-on-one basis during lunch hour.
Every evening we watched a 90 minute DVD discourse explaining the techniques in more detail, answering common questions, and enhancing the learning with teachings of Buddha and humorous stories and folklore. It was a very challenging experience.
The hardest part for me was not being able to express myself creatively – I had a lot of song and script ideas running through my head but we were not allowed to have writing materials, and obviously I couldn’t sing (noble silence), so all these ideas kept building up. Otherwise, I loved the noble silence. I am so grateful that I went but I was glad to come home. Now to make sure I integrate the techniques and insight into my daily life….
I found my camera in my suitcase (thought I’d left it in my car) and I took this footage fairly hastily – trying not to draw attention to myself – so it is not the best camera work ever. But it captures the moment ” … Old Student to Dhamma Kunja
The Featured Video is shared by a old Student to Dhamma Kunja