Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

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.
No courses are currently scheduled.
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
Apply Dec 15 - Dec 21 Service Period In Progress Pecatonica For old students
Apply Dec 21 - Dec 23 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply December 24, 2014 - January 04, 2015 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Pecatonica

Open to New Students and those Old Students who have not attended a 10-day course since November 2013.

2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 07 - Jan 18 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Jan 21 - Feb 01 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Feb 11 - Feb 15 3-Day Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Feb 18 - Mar 01 10-Day Open Pecatonica
Apply Mar 06 - Mar 15 Satipatthana Sutta Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Mar 18 - Mar 29 10-Day Open Pecatonica
Apr 01 - Apr 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 04 Pecatonica
Apr 15 - Apr 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 15 Pecatonica
May 03 Open House Open Pecatonica
May 06 - May 17 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 06 Pecatonica
May 20 - May 31 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 15 Pecatonica
Jun 03 - Jun 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 03 Pecatonica
Jun 17 - Jun 21 3-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 15 Pecatonica For old students
Jun 24 - Jul 05 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 01 Pecatonica For old students
Jul 15 - Jul 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 15 Pecatonica
Jul 29 - Aug 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 26 Pecatonica
Aug 12 - Aug 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 12 Pecatonica
Sep 09 - Sep 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 09 Pecatonica
Sep 23 - Oct 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 23 Pecatonica
Oct 07 - Oct 11 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 05 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 25 - Dec 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 25 Pecatonica
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 09 Pecatonica
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.

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

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.

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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