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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: [email protected]
Website: http://www.dhara.dhamma.org

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A student may apply to no more than two 10-day courses. Any additional applications will not be processed.

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Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 19 - Oct 20 Overnight Teens' Course (ages 13 - 17) Open Shelburne Falls 1-Day Overnight Teens' Course for ages 13 - 17.
Nov 30 Teens' Course (ages 13-17). Applications accepted starting Oct 19 NYC Dhamma House 1-Day Teens' Course for boys ages 13-17. Limited to 10 students.
 
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.
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Sep 18 - Sep 29 10-Day
English / Thai
In Progress Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Thai speakers will be given priority until June 18 , 2019.
Non-Thai speakers will be waitlisted until June 18, 2019.
Apply Sep 29 1-Day Open Shelburne Falls New Course!!For old students
Apply Sep 29 - Oct 09 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period

Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Servers needed
Apply Oct 09 - Oct 18 Satipatthana Sutta Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Servers needed
Apply Oct 18 - Oct 23 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Oct 23 - Nov 03 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Servers needed
Apply Nov 03 - Nov 06 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Nov 06 - Nov 10 3-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Nov 10 - Nov 13 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Nov 13 - Nov 24 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Nov 24 - Nov 27 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Nov 27 - Dec 08 10-Day Women - Closed New Men - Wait List Old Men - Closed Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Dec 08 - Dec 11 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Dec 11 - Dec 22 10-Day Women - Closed New Men - Short Wait List Old Men - Closed Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Dec 22 - Dec 26 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply December 26, 2019 - January 05, 2020 9-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Priority will be given to students who have not sat a course in 2019.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 05 - Jan 07 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jan 07 - Mar 08 60-Day Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Short Wait List Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 08 - Mar 11 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 11 - Mar 15 3-Day Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 15 - Mar 18 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 18 - Mar 29 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Vietnamese speakers will be given priority until December 18, 2019. Non-Vietnamese speakers will be waitlisted until December 18, 2019.
Mar 29 - Apr 01 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 01 Shelburne Falls For old students
Apr 01 - Apr 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 04 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apr 12 - Apr 15 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 15 Shelburne Falls For old students
Apr 15 - Apr 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 18 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apr 26 - Apr 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 29 Shelburne Falls For old students
Apr 29 - May 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 01 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students.
Mandarin and Cantonese speakers will be given priority until January 29, 2020. Others will be waitlisted until January 29, 2020.
May 10 - May 20 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period
Applications accepted starting Nov 12 Shelburne Falls For old students
Servers needed
May 20 - May 29 Satipatthana Sutta
English / Burmese
Applications accepted starting Nov 22 Shelburne Falls For old students
Burmese speakers will be given priority until February 20, 2019. Non-Burmese speakers will be waitlisted until February 20, 2019.
May 29 - Jun 03 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 01 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jun 03 - Jun 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 06 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Jun 14 - Jun 17 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 17 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jun 17 - Jun 28 10-Day
English / Burmese
Applications accepted starting Dec 20 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students.
Burmese speakers will be given priority until March 17, 2020. Non-Burmese speakers will be waitlisted until March 17, 2020.
Jun 28 - Jul 01 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 31 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jul 01 - Jul 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 03 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Jul 12 - Jul 15 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 14 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jul 15 - Jul 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 17 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Jul 26 - Jul 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 28 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jul 29 - Aug 09 10-Day
English / Khmer
Applications accepted starting Jan 31 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Khmer speakers will be given priority until April 29, 2020. Non-Khmer speakers will be waitlisted until April 29, 2020.
Aug 09 - Aug 12 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 11 Shelburne Falls For old students
Aug 12 - Aug 23 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 14 Shelburne Falls For old students
Aug 12 - Aug 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 14 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Aug 23 - Aug 26 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 25 Shelburne Falls For old students
Aug 26 - Aug 30 3-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 28 Shelburne Falls For old students
Aug 30 - Sep 02 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 03 Shelburne Falls For old students
Sep 02 - Sep 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 06 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Sep 13 - Sep 16 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 17 Shelburne Falls For old students
Sep 16 - Sep 27 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 20 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Sep 27 - Oct 07 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 31 Shelburne Falls For old students
Oct 07 - Oct 16 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Apr 10 Shelburne Falls For old students
Oct 16 - Oct 21 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 16 Shelburne Falls For old students
Oct 21 - Nov 01 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 24 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Nov 01 - Nov 04 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 05 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 15 - Nov 18 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 19 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 18 - Nov 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 22 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Nov 29 - Dec 02 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 02 Shelburne Falls For old students
Dec 02 - Dec 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 05 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Dec 13 - Dec 16 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 16 Shelburne Falls For old students
Dec 16 - Dec 27 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 01 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Priority will be given to students who have not sat a course in 2020.
Dec 27 - Dec 30 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 30 Shelburne Falls For old students
December 30, 2020 - January 10, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 03 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 10 - Jan 13 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 14 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jan 13 - Feb 13 30-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 17 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jan 13 - Feb 28 45-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 17 Shelburne Falls For old students
 
New York Vipassana Association
New York courses are held in either the New York City Dhamma House or Fishkill, NY, in two different sections of Sharpe Reservation.
2019 New York Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Sep 11 - Sep 22 10-Day
English
Completed Fishkill, NY New Course!!
Sep 22 1-Day
English
In Progress NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Sep 22 Breakdown for September 11th 10-Day Course
English
In Progress New York, NY For old students
Day 11 - Breakdown for course
Apply* Sep 28 Dhamma Service Day Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
Tasks will range from laundering cushion covers and housework to maintenance and other administrative tasks; no experience or long-term commitment is necessary. We will begin and end with one-hour group sittings and break for a group lunch.
Apply Oct 04 - Oct 06 2-Day
English
New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Chappaqua, NY For old students
Oct 05 1-Day
English / Mandarin
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Oct 06 1-Day
Hindi / English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Oct 13 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Oct 19 1-Day
English / Burmese
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Oct 20 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Apply* Oct 26 Dhamma Service Day Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
Tasks will range from laundering cushion covers and housework to maintenance and other administrative tasks; no experience or long-term commitment is necessary. We will begin and end with one-hour group sittings and break for a group lunch.
Oct 27 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Nov 02 1-Day
English / Mandarin
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Nov 03 1-Day
Hindi / English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Nov 10 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Nov 16 1-Day
English / Burmese
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Nov 17 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Apply* Nov 23 Dhamma Service Day Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
Tasks will range from laundering cushion covers and housework to maintenance and other administrative tasks; no experience or long-term commitment is necessary. We will begin and end with one-hour group sittings and break for a group lunch.
Nov 24 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Apply Dec 06 - Dec 08 2-Day
English
New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Chappaqua, NY For old students
 
 

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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: [email protected].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 reserved for: 1. Active ATs who have sat at least two 45-day courses and conduct at least four 10-day courses annually.  2. Those who are enrolled in or about to enter AT Training, have sat two 45-day courses, have served at least four 10-day courses in the past 12 months and/or are deeply involved in daily Dhamma service. 3. In some areas, non-ATs may be accepted as rare exceptions if they have completed at least two 45-day courses, served at least four 10-day courses annually and/or are deeply involved in daily 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.

9-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 9 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 10th day by 7:30 am.

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.