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.

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Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Courses for young people.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2016 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jul 30 Chidren's Course (ages 8-12) Girls - Open Boys - Open Servers - Open New York, NY 1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-12. Limited to 10 students.   Course will be held at:   NYC Dhamma House
Apply Jul 31 Children's Course (ages 8-12) Girls - Short Wait List Boys - Open Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Sharon, MA New Course!!

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

Held in Sharon, MA

Apply Aug 14 Teens' Course (ages 13 - 17). Open New Haven, CT New Course!!
1-Day Teens' Course for ages 13-17. This course will be held at Yale University, BASS Center, Room 205 and Room 405,
266 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06520
Sep 17 Children's Course (ages 8 - 12). Applications accepted starting Aug 06 Carmel, NY New Course!!

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

The course site is located at a quiet, peaceful 27 acre residential home, just over an hour's car or train ride away from NYC.

Oct 08 - Oct 09 Children (ages 8-12) Applications accepted starting Aug 27 Shelburne Falls Overnight Children's Course for ages 8-12    
Oct 29 Teens' Course (Boys ages 13-17) Applications accepted starting Sep 17 New York, NY 1-Day Teens' Course for boys ages 13-17. Limited to 10 students.   Course will be held at:   NYC Dhamma House
 
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.
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jul 10 - Jul 31 20-Day In Progress Shelburne Falls For old students

meeting these requirements

This course is open to male students who can stay outside in a tent or cabin.

Apply Jul 31 1-Day Open Shelburne Falls New Course!!For old students
Apply Jul 31 - Aug 03 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Aug 03 - Aug 14 10-day Khmer/English
Khmer / English
Women - Course Full Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Short Wait List Male Server - 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 (Khmer) in order to take this course.

Apply Aug 14 - Aug 17 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Aug 17 - Aug 28 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students.

A limited number of spaces in this course are being reserved for students and faculty currently affiliated with New York University.  On your applicatioh please indicate your affiliation to NYU (e.g. "NYU student" or "NYU staff") in the "Anything to Add" field of the application form. You must also provide your NYU email address.

Apply Aug 28 1-Day Open Shelburne Falls New Course!!For old students
Apply Aug 28 - Aug 31 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Aug 29 - Sep 09 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Hackettstown, NJ

For new and old students.

Preference will be given to new students and to those old students who haven't attended a residential course in the last 12 months

Preference will be given to servers who have served at least one 10-day course

Apply Aug 31 - Sep 04 3-Day Women - Wait List Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students

Servers needed

Apply Sep 04 1-Day Open Shelburne Falls New Course!!For old students
Apply Sep 04 - Sep 07 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Sep 07 - Sep 18 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Sep 18 - Sep 28 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 Sep 28 - Oct 07 Satipatthana Sutta Open Shelburne Falls For old students
meeting these requirements
Apply Oct 07 - Oct 12 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Oct 12 - Oct 23

10-Day

 


Thai / 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 (Thai) in order to take this course. Those who do not speak the primary language (Thai) will be placed on a very long waiting list (women) until August 17th, at which time spaces still available will be offered to them in the order they have applied.

Apply Oct 23 1-Day Open Shelburne Falls New Course!!For old students
Apply Oct 23 - Oct 26 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Oct 26 - Nov 06 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Nov 06 1-Day Open Shelburne Falls New Course!!For old students
Apply Nov 06 - Nov 09 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Nov 09 - Nov 20 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Nov 20 - Nov 23 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Nov 23 - Dec 04 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Dec 04 1-Day Open Shelburne Falls New Course!!For old students
Apply Dec 04 - Dec 07 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Dec 07 - Dec 18 10-Day Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Dec 18 - Dec 28 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.

December 28, 2016 - January 08, 2017 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 31 Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students.

Open only to those who will be attending for the first time and those who have not sat a course in 2016

2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 08 1-Day Open Shelburne Falls New Course!!For old students
Apply Jan 08 - Jan 11 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jan 11 - Feb 11 30-Day Open Shelburne Falls For old students
meeting these requirements
Apply Jan 11 - Feb 26 45-Day Open Shelburne Falls For old students
meeting these requirements
 
 

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.

20-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.

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.

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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