Wheel of Dhamma

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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: info@pakasa.dhamma.org
Children's courses email: childrens-courses@pakasa.dhamma.org

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.
2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jul 13 1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-12 Applications accepted starting May 13 Pecatonica
Sep 05 - Sep 06 Overnight Teens' Course for GIRLS ages 13-17 Applications accepted starting Jul 05 Pecatonica
Sep 06 - Sep 07 Overnight Teens' Course for BOYS ages 13-17 Applications accepted starting Jul 05 Pecatonica
 
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
Apply Apr 01 - Apr 12 10-Day In Progress Pecatonica
Apply Apr 12 - Apr 14 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Apr 15 - Apr 26 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Apr 27 - May 02 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
May 03 Open House Open Pecatonica
Apply May 03 - May 05 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply May 06 - May 17 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply May 17 - May 19 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply May 20 - May 31 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply May 31 - Jun 02 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Jun 03 - Jun 14 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Jun 14 - Jun 16 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Jun 17 - Jun 21 3-Day Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Jun 21 - Jun 23 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Jun 24 - Jul 05 Special 10-Day Open Pecatonica For old students
Jul 12 - Jul 14 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 13 Pecatonica For old students
Jul 15 - Jul 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 15 Pecatonica
Jul 26 - Jul 28 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 27 Pecatonica For old students
Jul 29 - Aug 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 26 Pecatonica
Aug 09 - Aug 11 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 11 Pecatonica For old students
Aug 12 - Aug 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 12 Pecatonica
Sep 07 - Sep 08 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 09 Pecatonica For old students
Sep 09 - Sep 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 09 Pecatonica
Sep 20 - Sep 22 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 22 Pecatonica For old students
Sep 23 - Oct 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 23 Pecatonica
Oct 04 - Oct 07 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 06 Pecatonica For old students
Oct 07 - Oct 11 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 05 Pecatonica For old students
Oct 18 - Oct 20 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 20 Pecatonica For old students
Oct 21 - Nov 01 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 20 Pecatonica
Nov 04 - Nov 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 04 Pecatonica
Nov 22 - Nov 24 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 24 Pecatonica For old students
Nov 25 - Dec 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 25 Pecatonica
Dec 06 - Dec 08 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 07 Pecatonica For old students
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 09 Pecatonica
Dec 20 - Dec 22 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 21 Pecatonica For old students
December 23, 2015 - January 03, 2016 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 23 Pecatonica
 
 

 


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: info@pakasa.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.

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.

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

Open Houses are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Center.

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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