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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
Jun 08 - Jun 09 Overnight Children's Course (ages 8 - 12). Applications accepted starting Apr 27 Shelburne Falls Overnight Children's Course for ages 8 - 12.
Jun 29 Children’s Course (ages 8 - 12) Applications accepted starting May 18 NYC Dhamma House 1-Day Children's course for ages 8 - 12.
Aug 31 Teens' Course (ages 13-17). Applications accepted starting Jul 20 NYC Dhamma House 1-Day Teens' Course for girls ages 13-17. Limited to 10 students.
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
Apply Apr 21 - May 01 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period In Progress Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply May 01 - May 12 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Wait List Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply May 12 - May 15 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply May 15 - May 26 10-Day
English / Chinese
Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Chinese speakers will be given priority until February 15, 2019.
Non-Chinese speakers will be waitlisted until February 15, 2019.
Apply May 26 - May 29 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply May 29 - Jun 07 Satipatthana Sutta Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jun 07 - Jun 12 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jun 12 - Jun 23 10-Day
English / Burmese
Women - Closed Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Burmese speakers will be given priority until March 12, 2018.
Non-Burmese speakers will be waitlisted until March 12, 2018.
Apply Jun 23 1-Day Open Shelburne Falls New Course!!For old students
Apply Jun 23 - Jun 25 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jun 25 - Jun 28 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jun 28 - Jun 30 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jun 30 - Jul 21 20-Day Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jul 21 - Jul 24 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jul 24 - Aug 04 10-Day
English / Khmer
Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Khmer speakers will be given priority until April 24, 2019.
Non-Khmer speakers will be waitlisted until April 24, 2019.
Apply Aug 04 - Aug 07 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Aug 07 - Aug 18 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
A limited number of spaces will be reserved for the Five Colleges community in Western Massachusetts.
Apply Aug 18 - Aug 21 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Aug 21 - Sep 01 10-Day
Hindi / English
Women - Long Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Hindi speakers will be given priority until May 21, 2019.
Non-Hindi speakers will be waitlisted until May 21, 2019.
Apply Sep 01 - Sep 04 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Sep 04 - Sep 15 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Apply Sep 15 - Sep 18 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Sep 18 - Sep 29 10-Day
English / Thai
Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open 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 - Oct 09 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Oct 09 - Oct 18 Satipatthana Sutta Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Oct 18 - Oct 23 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Oct 23 - Nov 03 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 26 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Nov 03 - Nov 06 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 07 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 06 - Nov 10 3-Day Applications accepted starting May 10 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 10 - Nov 13 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 14 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 13 - Nov 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 17 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Nov 24 - Nov 27 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 28 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 27 - Dec 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 31 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Dec 08 - Dec 11 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 11 Shelburne Falls For old students
Dec 11 - Dec 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 14 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Dec 22 - Dec 26 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 25 Shelburne Falls For old students
December 26, 2019 - January 05, 2020 9-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 01 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 05 - Jan 07 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 09 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jan 07 - Mar 08 60-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 11 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
Apply* Apr 27 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.
Apr 28 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
May 04 1-Day
English / Mandarin
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
May 05 1-Day
Hindi / English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
May 12 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
May 18 1-Day
English / Burmese
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Apply* May 18 - May 19 Service Period
English
Servers - Open Fishkill, NY For old students
Set-up weekend for 3-Day and 10-Day courses.
May 19 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Apply* May 24 - May 28 3-Day
English
New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Fishkill, NY For old students
Apply* May 25 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.
May 26 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Apply* May 29 - Jun 09 10-Day
English
New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Fishkill, NY Experienced servers requested for this course
Jun 01 1-Day
English / Mandarin
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Jun 02 1-Day
Hindi / English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Jun 09 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Jun 15 1-Day
English / Burmese
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Jun 16 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Apply* Jun 22 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.
Jun 23 1-Day
English
Open NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Jun 29 Children’s Course (ages 8 - 12) Applications accepted starting May 18 NYC Dhamma House 1-Day Children's course for ages 8 - 12.
Aug 31 Teens' Course (ages 13-17). Applications accepted starting Jul 20 NYC Dhamma House 1-Day Teens' Course for girls ages 13-17. Limited to 10 students.
Apply Sep 07 - Sep 08 Set-up weekend for the September 10-Day course.
English
Servers - Open Fishkill, NY For old students
Set-up weekend for the September 10-Day course.
Apply Sep 11 - Sep 22 10-Day
English
New Women - Wait List Old Women - Open New Men - Wait List Old Men - Open Servers - Open Fishkill, NY New Course!!
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.
 
 

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: [email protected]

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.

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.

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.

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.