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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 Oct 08 - Oct 09 Children (ages 8-12) Open Shelburne Falls Overnight Children's Course for ages 8-12    
Apply Oct 29 Teens' Course (Boys ages 13-17) Open 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
Sep 28 - Oct 07 Satipatthana Sutta In Progress 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
Women - Course Full Men - Course Full Servers - Open Shelburne Falls Thai speakers are given priority until July 5, 2016.  Non-Thai speakers will be waitlisted until July 5, 2016
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 - Course Full 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 - Course Full Men - Course Full 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 - Course Full Men - Course Full 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 Women - Course Full Men - Course Full Servers - 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.

Apply December 28, 2016 - January 08, 2017 10-Day Women - Course Full Men - Course Full Servers - Open 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
Apply Feb 26 - Mar 01 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 01 - Mar 12 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Shelburne Falls
Apply Mar 12 - Mar 15 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 15 - Mar 26 10-Day Open Shelburne Falls
Apply Mar 26 - Mar 29 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 29 - Apr 02 3-Day Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apr 02 - Apr 05 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 04 Shelburne Falls For old students
Apr 05 - Apr 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 07 Shelburne Falls
Apr 16 - Apr 19 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 18 Shelburne Falls For old students
Apr 19 - Apr 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 21 Shelburne Falls
Apr 30 - May 03 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 01 Shelburne Falls For old students
May 03 - May 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 04 Shelburne Falls
May 14 - May 24 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 15 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 24 - Jun 02 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Nov 25 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jun 02 - Jun 07 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 04 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jun 07 - Jun 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 09 Shelburne Falls
Jun 18 - Jun 21 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 20 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jun 21 - Jul 02 10-Day
Burmese / English
Applications accepted starting Dec 23 Shelburne Falls Burmese speakers are given priority until March 15, 2017. Non-Burmese speakers are waitlisted until March 15, 2017.
Jul 02 - Jul 05 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 03 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jul 05 - Jul 09 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 06 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jul 09 - Jul 12 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 10 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jul 12 - Jul 23 10-Day
Khmer / English
Applications accepted starting Jan 13 Shelburne Falls Khmer speakers are given priority until April 19, 2017. Non-Khmer speakers are waitlisted until April 19, 2017.
Jul 23 - Jul 26 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 24 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jul 26 - Aug 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 26 Shelburne Falls
Aug 06 - Aug 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 07 Shelburne Falls For old students
Aug 09 - Aug 20 10-Day
Chinese / English
Applications accepted starting Feb 10 Shelburne Falls Chinese speakers are given priority until May 17, 2017. Non-Chinese speakers are waitlisted until May 17, 2017.
Aug 20 - Aug 23 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 21 Shelburne Falls For old students
Aug 23 - Sep 03 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 23 Shelburne Falls
Aug 23 - Sep 03 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 23 Shelburne Falls For old students
Sep 03 - Sep 06 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 07 Shelburne Falls For old students
Sep 06 - Sep 17 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 10 Shelburne Falls
Sep 17 - Sep 27 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 21 Shelburne Falls For old students
Sep 27 - Oct 08 10-Day
Thai / English
Applications accepted starting Mar 31 Shelburne Falls Thai speakers will be given priority until July 5, 2017.  Non-Thai speakers will be waitlisted until July 5, 2017.
Oct 11 - Oct 20 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Apr 14 Shelburne Falls For old students
Oct 20 - Oct 25 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 23 Shelburne Falls For old students
Oct 25 - Nov 05 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 28 Shelburne Falls
Nov 15 - Nov 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 19 Shelburne Falls
Nov 26 - Nov 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 30 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 29 - Dec 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 02 Shelburne Falls
Dec 10 - Dec 20 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 13 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.

Dec 20 - Dec 31 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 01 Shelburne Falls
December 31, 2017 - January 03, 2018 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 04 Shelburne Falls For old students
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 03 - Feb 03 30-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 07 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jan 03 - Feb 18 45-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 07 Shelburne Falls For old 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: 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.

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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