Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Pakasa
Dhamma Pakāsa, Pecatonica, Illinois, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Surrounded by trees, grass and spring fed ponds, the center provides a supportive atmosphere where one can learn the practice of Vipassana meditation. This technique, discovered by Buddha twenty-five centuries ago, uses the breath and one's own body as the basis for developing concentration and insight. The courses provide a unique opportunity to direct one's attention inward, and set about a process of inner discovery through direct experience.
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

Address: Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center -- Dhamma Pakasa
10076 Fish Hatchery Road Pecatonica, IL 61063

General email: [email protected]
Children's courses email: [email protected]

Phone: [1] (815) 489-0420

Fax: [1] (360) 283-7068

A student may apply to no more than two courses. Any additional applications will not be processed.
 
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
Aug 31 - Sep 02 Teen Applications accepted starting Jun 30 Pecatonica Girls & Boys Ages 13-17 yrs.
 
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 Jun 24 - Jun 26 Between Course Service Period In Progress Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Jun 26 - Jul 07 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Jun 29 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Apply Jul 07 - Jul 10 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Jul 10 - Jul 21 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Jul 21 - Jul 24 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Jul 24 - Aug 04 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Jul 27 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Apply Aug 04 - Aug 07 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Aug 07 - Aug 18 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Aug 18 - Aug 21 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Aug 21 - Aug 25 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Aug 24 1-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 10 Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Apply Aug 25 - Sep 01 Work Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Sep 03 - Sep 04 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Sep 04 - Sep 15 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Sep 15 - Sep 18 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Sep 18 - Sep 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 01 Pecatonica
Sep 28 1-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 10 Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Apply Sep 29 - Oct 13 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Oct 13 - Oct 16 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Oct 16 - Oct 27 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 16 Pecatonica
Oct 26 1-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 10 Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Oct 27 - Oct 30 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 27 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Oct 30 - Nov 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 30 Pecatonica
Nov 10 Old Student Program Applications accepted starting Aug 10 Pecatonica For old students
Nov 11 - Nov 15 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 11 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Nov 15 - Nov 24 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Pecatonica For old students
Nov 23 1-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 10 Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Nov 24 - Nov 27 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 24 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Nov 27 - Dec 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 27 Pecatonica
Dec 08 - Dec 11 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 08 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Dec 11 - Dec 15 3-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 11 Pecatonica For old students
Dec 15 - Dec 18 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Dec 18 - Dec 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 18 Pecatonica
Dec 28 1-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 10 Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
 
 

 


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.pakasa.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.

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.

Please see our Children's and Teens' webpage for more information.

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.