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.
2014 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jul 13 Children Open Pecatonica, Illinois
Aug 30 - Sep 01 Teen Applications accepted starting Jun 01 Pecatonica, Illinois
 
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.
2014 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apr 09 - Apr 20 10-Day In Progress Pecatonica, Illinois
Apply Apr 20 - Apr 22 Service Period Open Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
Apply Apr 23 - May 04 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica, Illinois
Apply May 04 - May 06 Service Period Open Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
Apply May 07 - May 11 3-Day Women - Wait List Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
Apply May 12 - May 17 Service Period Open Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
May 18 Open House Open Pecatonica, Illinois
Apply May 21 - Jun 01 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica, Illinois
Apply Jun 01 - Jun 03 Service Period Open Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
Apply Jun 04 - Jun 15 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica, Illinois
Apply Jun 15 - Jun 17 Service Period Open Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
Apply Jun 18 - Jul 09 20-Day Open Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
Jul 16 - Jul 27 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 16 Pecatonica, Illinois
Jul 27 - Jul 29 Old Student Program Applications accepted starting Apr 28 Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
Jul 30 - Aug 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 01 Pecatonica, Illinois
Aug 10 - Aug 12 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 12 Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
Aug 13 - Aug 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 13 Pecatonica, Illinois
Sep 03 - Sep 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 03 Pecatonica, Illinois
Sep 17 - Sep 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 17 Pecatonica, Illinois
Sep 29 - Oct 03 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 01 Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
Oct 08 - Oct 12 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 08 Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
Oct 15 - Oct 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Pecatonica, Illinois
Oct 29 - Nov 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 29 Pecatonica, Illinois
Nov 12 - Nov 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 12 Pecatonica, Illinois
Nov 26 - Dec 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 29 Pecatonica, Illinois
Dec 10 - Dec 14 3-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 10 Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
Dec 15 - Dec 21 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 15 Pecatonica, Illinois For old students
December 24, 2014 - January 04, 2015 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 01 Pecatonica, Illinois
 
 

 


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

 
 
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