Wheel of Dhamma

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Dhara
Dhamma Dharā, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

The Shelburne center, founded in 1982, was the first center in North America. The original facility was merely a roomy, comfortable two-story house and barn on eight acres of meadowland. In 1989, a group of meditators donated an adjoining seventy acres of land. Today the center consists of 108 acres and many new buildings have been added, including a bathhouse, two dining rooms, meditation hall for 200, a 140 cell pagoda, separate residences for men and women and a center manager's house.
How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information

Vipassana Meditation Center - Dhamma Dharā
386 Colrain-Shelburne Road
Shelburne, Massachusetts 01370-9672 USA

Tel: [1](413) 625-2160
Fax: [1](413) 625-2170
Email: info@dhara.dhamma.org
Website: http://www.dhara.dhamma.org

A student may apply to no more than two 10-day courses. Any additional applications will not be processed.
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 30 Children (ages 8-12) Applications accepted starting Jan 05 New York, NY
1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-12
 
Course will be held at:
 
NYC Dhamma House
 
May 03 Teen (ages 13-17) Applications accepted starting Mar 22 Newark, NJ

1-Day Teens' Course for ages 13-17

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

May 30 - May 31 Teen Overnight (ages 13-17) Applications accepted starting Apr 19 Shelburne Falls

Overnight Teens' Course for ages 13-17

Jun 07 Children (ages 8-12) Applications accepted starting Apr 26 Newark, NJ

1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-12

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

Sep 27 Teen (ages 13-17) Applications accepted starting Aug 16 Newark, NJ

1-Day Teens' Course for ages 13-17

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

Oct 11 Children (ages 8-12) Applications accepted starting Aug 30 Newark, NJ

1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-12

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2014 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Dec 17 - Dec 21 3-Day In Progress Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Dec 21 - Dec 26 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply December 26, 2014 - January 06, 2015 10-Day Women - FULL Men - FULL Servers - Wait List Shelburne Falls This course begins on a Friday and ends on a Tuesday. Open only to those who will be attending for the first time and those who have not sat a course in 2014.
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 06 - Jan 08 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jan 08 - Feb 08 30-Day Women - Open Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
meeting these requirements
Apply Jan 08 - Feb 23 45-Day Women - Open Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
meeting these requirements
Apply Feb 23 - Feb 25 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Feb 25 - Mar 08 10-Day Women - FULL Men - FULL Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Mar 08 - Mar 11 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 11 - Mar 22 10-Day Women - FULL Men - FULL Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Mar 22 1-Day Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 25 - Apr 05 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students

Course occurs over Easter holiday

Apply Apr 08 - Apr 12 3-Day Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Apr 15 - Apr 26 10-Day Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Apr 29 - May 10 10-Day Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply May 10 - May 20 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students

The Dhamma Service Period is for old students who have completed at least one 10-day course with Mr. Goenka or one of his assistants.

Work period projects include gardening, light maintenance, sewing, deep cleaning of the center, and complex skill-intensive projects that can’t be done during courses.

Apply May 20 - May 29 Burmese/English Satipatthana Sutta Open Shelburne Falls For old students

meeting these requirements

May 30 - May 31 2-day weekend course CANCELLED Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jun 03 - Jun 14 10-day Chinese/English Open Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students

This course is conducted in two languages. You do not need to speak the primary language in order to take this course. Registration priority is given to students who do speak the primary language until 8 weeks before the start date. English-speaking students may apply and will be waitlisted until 8 weeks before the start of the course, at which time spaces still available will be allocated to the English-speaking students in the order they have applied.

Apply Jun 17 - Jun 28 10-day Burmese/English Open Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students

This course is conducted in two languages. You do not need to speak the primary language in order to take this course. Registration priority is given to students who do speak the primary language until 8 weeks before the start date. English-speaking students may apply and will be waitlisted until 8 weeks before the start of the course, at which time spaces still available will be allocated to the English-speaking students in the order they have applied.

Jul 08 - Jul 19 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 09 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Jul 22 - Aug 02 10-day Khmer/English Applications accepted starting Jan 23 Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students

This course is conducted in two languages. You do not need to speak the primary language in order to take this course. Registration priority is given to students who do speak the primary language until 8 weeks before the start date. English-speaking students may apply and will be waitlisted until 8 weeks before the start of the course, at which time spaces still available will be allocated to the English-speaking students in the order they have applied.

Aug 05 - Aug 09 3-day Khmer/English Applications accepted starting Feb 06 Shelburne Falls For old students
Aug 12 - Aug 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 13 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Aug 26 - Sep 06 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 27 Shelburne Falls For old students

meeting these requirements

Course occurs over Labor Day holiday

Aug 26 - Sep 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 27 Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students

Course occurs over Labor Day holiday

Sep 09 - Sep 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 13 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Sep 20 - Sep 30 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 24 Shelburne Falls For old students

The Dhamma Service Period is for old students who have completed at least one 10-day course with Mr. Goenka or one of his assistants.

Work period projects include gardening, light maintenance, sewing, deep cleaning of the center, and complex skill-intensive projects that can’t be done during courses.

Sep 30 - Oct 09 Khmer/English Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Apr 03 Shelburne Falls For old students

meeting these requirements

 

Oct 14 - Oct 25 10-day Thai/English Applications accepted starting Apr 17 Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students

This course is conducted in two languages. You do not need to speak the primary language in order to take this course. Registration priority is given to students who do speak the primary language until 8 weeks before the start date. English-speaking students may apply and will be waitlisted until 8 weeks before the start of the course, at which time spaces still available will be allocated to the English-speaking students in the order they have applied.

Oct 28 - Nov 01 3-Day Applications accepted starting May 01 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 04 - Nov 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 08 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Nov 18 - Nov 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 22 Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students

Course occurs over Thanksgiving holiday

Dec 02 - Dec 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 05 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Dec 16 - Dec 27 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 19 Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students

Course occurs over Christmas holiday

December 30, 2015 - February 29, 2016 60-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 03 Shelburne Falls For old students
meeting these requirements
 
Non-Center Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2015 Dhamma Dharā Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 30 Children (ages 8-12) Applications accepted starting Jan 05 New York, NY
1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-12
 
Course will be held at:
 
NYC Dhamma House
 
May 03 Teen (ages 13-17) Applications accepted starting Mar 22 Newark, NJ

1-Day Teens' Course for ages 13-17

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

Jun 07 Children (ages 8-12) Applications accepted starting Apr 26 Newark, NJ

1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-12

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

Sep 27 Teen (ages 13-17) Applications accepted starting Aug 16 Newark, NJ

1-Day Teens' Course for ages 13-17

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

Oct 11 Children (ages 8-12) Applications accepted starting Aug 30 Newark, NJ

1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-12

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

 
 

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.dhara.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: info@dhara.dhamma.org

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.


10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

Special 10-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

45-day Courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed a minimum of seven 10-day courses (one since their first 30-day course), two 30-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least three years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

60-day Courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed at least two 45-day courses, practising this technique for at least five years, maintenance of daily practice (two hours per day) for at least two years, abstaining from killing, sexual misconduct, intoxicants and keeping other precepts to the best of one's ability for one year minimum and at least six months gap since last sat a long course; 10 day interval between long course and any other course; course restricted to ATs and those deeply involved with Dhamma Service.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.

Old Student Programs are similar to Service Periods where there is time to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects, but have a more full and structured program, an opportunity to meet with assistant teachers, and possibly committee and trust meetings. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods and in the evening there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which the technique of Vipassana is systematically explained. These courses are open to serious old students who have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-day courses, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain their meditation practice and the five precepts in their daily lives, at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course.

Service Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.

 
 
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