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.
2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Aug 29 Children (ages 8-12) Completed New York, NY 1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-12. Limited to 10 students.
Oct 11 - Oct 12 Children (ages 8-12) Applications accepted starting Sep 06 Shelburne Falls
Overnight Children's Course for ages 8-12
 
 
Oct 24

Children (ages 8-12)

Applications accepted starting Sep 12 Boston, MA

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

Course will be held at Open Spirit Center, 39 Edwards St, Framingham, MA 01701.

 

 
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.
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Aug 26 - Sep 06 10-Day In Progress Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students

Servers needed for this course.

Course occurs over Labor Day holiday

Aug 26 - Sep 06 Special 10-Day In Progress Shelburne Falls For old students

meeting these requirements

Course occurs over Labor Day holiday

Servers: please apply to serve the regular 10-Day concurrent course.

Aug 28 - Sep 07 9-Day (in Hackettstown, NJ) In Progress Hackettstown, NJ

For new students 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 Sep 06 - Sep 09 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Sep 09 - Sep 20 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Sep 20 - Sep 30 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.

Please apply here to receive overnight accommodation before or after the Large One Day Course.

Sep 26  Trustees' Day Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Please apply to the Dhamma Service Period to attend this event.
Apply Sep 27 Large One Day Course Open Shelburne Falls For old students

Please apply here to attend the One Day Course only.

Apply Sep 30 - Oct 09 Khmer/English Satipatthana Sutta Open Shelburne Falls For old students

meeting these requirements

 

Apply Oct 09 - Oct 13 Old Student Program Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Training period for CCTs and RCCMs.
Apply Oct 09 - Oct 14 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Oct 14 - Oct 25 10-day Thai/English Women - FULL Men - Short Wait List Servers - 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. Those who do not speak the primary language will be placed on the waiting list until August 19th, at which time spaces still available will be offered to them in the order they have applied.

Apply Oct 25 - Oct 28 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Oct 28 - Nov 01 3-Day Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Nov 01 - Nov 04 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Nov 04 - Nov 15 10-Day Women - FULL Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Nov 15 - Nov 18 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Nov 18 - Nov 29 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students

Course occurs over Thanksgiving holiday

Apply Nov 29 - Dec 02 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Dec 02 - Dec 13 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Dec 13 - Dec 16 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Dec 16 - Dec 27 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Shelburne Falls

Open only to those who will be attending for the first time and those who have not sat a course in 2015.

Course occurs over Christmas holiday

Apply December 27, 2015 - January 06, 2016 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 light maintenance, sewing, deep cleaning of the center, occasional painting, and complex skill-intensive projects that can’t be done during courses.
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* Jan 06 - Mar 07 60-Day Open Shelburne Falls For old students

All servers must meet the following criteria:
1) Sitting 2hrs/day and maintaining 5 precepts
2) Have served at least one long course and ideally have also sat a long course
3) Recommendation from their area teacher

Mar 07 - May 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 09 Shelburne Falls For old students
Mar 09 - Mar 13 3-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 11 Shelburne Falls For old students
Mar 13 - Mar 16 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 15 Shelburne Falls For old students
Mar 16 - Mar 27 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 18 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Mar 27 - Mar 30 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 29 Shelburne Falls For old students
Mar 30 - Apr 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 02 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apr 10 - Apr 13 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 13 Shelburne Falls For old students
Apr 13 - Apr 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 16 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apr 24 - Apr 27 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 27 Shelburne Falls For old students
Apr 27 - May 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 30 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
May 08 - May 18 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 10 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.

May 18 - May 27 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Nov 20 Shelburne Falls For old students
meeting these requirements
May 27 - Jun 01 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 29 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jun 12 - Jun 15 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 15 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jun 28 - Jul 08 9-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 31 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Jul 08 - Jul 10 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 10 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jul 10 - Jul 31 20-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 12 Shelburne Falls For old students
meeting these requirements
Jul 31 - Aug 03 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 02 Shelburne Falls For old students
Aug 17 - Aug 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 19 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Aug 28 - Aug 31 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 01 Shelburne Falls For old students
Aug 31 - Sep 04 3-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 04 Shelburne Falls For old students
Sep 04 - Sep 07 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 08 Shelburne Falls For old students
Sep 07 - Sep 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 11 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Sep 18 - Sep 28 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 22 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.

Please apply here to receive overnight accommodation before or after the Large One Day Course.

Sep 28 - Oct 07 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Apr 01 Shelburne Falls For old students
meeting these requirements
Oct 07 - Oct 12 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 10 Shelburne Falls For old students
Oct 12 - Oct 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 15 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Oct 23 - Oct 26 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 26 Shelburne Falls For old students
Oct 26 - Nov 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 29 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Nov 06 - Nov 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 10 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 09 - Nov 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 13 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Nov 20 - Nov 23 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 24 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 23 - Dec 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 27 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Dec 04 - Dec 07 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 07 Shelburne Falls For old students
Dec 07 - Dec 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 10 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Dec 18 - Dec 28 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 21 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 Jul 01 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 08 - Jan 11 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 12 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jan 11 - Feb 11 30-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 15 Shelburne Falls For old students
meeting these requirements
Jan 11 - Feb 26 45-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 15 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.

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.

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.

60-day Courses are open only to active Teachers and Assistant teachers who have completed two 45 Day courses and conduct at least 4 courses annually.

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.

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 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.

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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