Dhamma Maṇḍa Gate

Welcome to Dhamma Maṇḍa

Dhamma Manda is now holding small courses for new and old students. However 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.

Updated on November 22, 2020

Dhamma Maṇḍa, also known as the Northern California Vipassana Center, means "the essence of Dhamma" in Pali. 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. Dhamma Maṇḍa is located in the Cobb mountain area of Lake County, California, nestled among seventeen acres of mature pine, fir, and oak trees and is approximately a two and a half hour drive from San Francisco; one and a half hours from Santa Rosa; and two and a half hours from Sacramento.

Dhamma Hall Building

What is Vipassana?

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 non-sectarian remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living. Vipassana is the process of self-purification by self-observation. The technique has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism. It can be freely practiced by anyone without conflict due to race, community or religion, and will prove equally beneficial to one and all. Additionally you may be interested in our answers to commonly asked questions.

Vipassana Courses

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.