Vipassana Center

Dhamma Manda : Northern California Vipassana Center

Dhamma Maṇḍa means “the essence of Dhamma” in Pali. The center is also identified as the Northern California Vipassana Center (NCVC) which had its beginnings as the Mendocino Vipassana Association in the 1980s.

Vipassana Courses at Dhamma Manda

To learn Vipassana Meditation, one needs to develop one’s own experience during a residential ten-day course. Dhamma Maṇḍa offers ten-day courses for new and returning students at the center on a regular basis. Three-day and one-day courses are also given for returning students from time to time, as well as programs for children. Please check the course schedule for the current list of courses

Northern California Vipassana Center


According to the tradition of pure Vipassana, courses are run solely on a donation basis. Donations are accepted only from those who have completed at least one ten-day Vipassana course. Someone taking the course for the first time may give a donation on the last day of the course or any time thereafter.


Located in Cobb mountain area of Lake County, Northern California Vipassana Center is situated in the north west of California, nestled among seventeen acres of mature pine, fir, and oak trees. It is one of numerous centers worldwide dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. There are beautiful hiking trails outside of the meditation hall that you could walk on during breaks.

[quote] Dhamma Maṇḍa is nearly about a two and a half hour drive north and east of San Francisco; one and a half hours east of Santa Rosa; and two and a half hours west of Sacramento. [/quote]

Website of Dhamma Manda – Northern California Vipassana Center :

Program Schedule for Vipassana Courses at Dhamma Manda :

To those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation, visit the International Vipassana Website for an introduction :

Northern California Vipassana Center

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