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: 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.
2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 15 - Oct 18 Service Period In Progress Pecatonica For old students
Apply Oct 18 - Oct 29 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Oct 29 - Nov 01 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Nov 01 - Nov 12 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Nov 05 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Downtown Chicago For old students
Apply Nov 12 - Nov 17 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Nov 18 - Nov 19 Servers for Lecture and Trust Retreat Weekend Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
If you wish to serve during Dr. Paul Fleischman's lecture and Trust Retreat weekend, please submit an application using "Apply" link on left.

Apply Nov 18 - Nov 19 Application for Lecture Attendees New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Closed Pecatonica New Course!!For old students
If you are attending Dr. Paul Fleischman's lecture and need overnight accommodation on Saturday, please submit an application using "Apply" link on left.

Apply Nov 20 - Nov 22 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Nov 22 - Dec 03 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Dec 03 - Dec 06 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Dec 06 - Dec 17 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Dec 17 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Dec 17 - Dec 20 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Dec 20 - Dec 31 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 20 Pecatonica Old Students who have attended a 10 day course in last 14 months will be initially wait listed and will be accepted based on availability of space before the course starts.
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 03 - Jan 14 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Jan 14 - Jan 17 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Jan 17 - Jan 21 3-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 22 Pecatonica For old students
Apply Jan 21 - Jan 24 Service Period Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Jan 24 - Feb 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 01 Pecatonica
Feb 04 - Feb 07 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 08 Pecatonica For old students
Feb 07 - Feb 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 11 Pecatonica
Feb 18 - Feb 21 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 20 Pecatonica For old students
Feb 21 - Mar 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 20 Pecatonica
Apply Mar 04 - Mar 07 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Mar 07 - Mar 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 01 Pecatonica
Mar 18 - Mar 24 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 01 Pecatonica For old students
Mar 26 - Mar 28 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 17 Pecatonica For old students
Mar 28 - Apr 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 21 Pecatonica
Apr 08 - Apr 11 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 10 Pecatonica For old students
Apr 11 - Apr 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 05 Pecatonica
Apr 25 - Apr 29 3-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 15 Pecatonica For old students
May 09 - May 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 04 Pecatonica
May 23 - Jun 03 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 16 Pecatonica
Jun 06 - Jun 17 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 01 Pecatonica
Jun 27 - Jul 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 22 Pecatonica
Jul 11 - Jul 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 05 Pecatonica
Jul 25 - Aug 05 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 20 Pecatonica
Aug 08 - Aug 19 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 01 Pecatonica
Aug 22 - Aug 26 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 14 Pecatonica For old students
Aug 29 - Sep 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 20 Pecatonica
Sep 14 - Sep 23 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Jul 07 Pecatonica For old students
Oct 04 - Oct 08 3-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Pecatonica For old students
Oct 10 - Oct 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Pecatonica
Oct 24 - Nov 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Pecatonica
Nov 07 - Nov 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 01 Pecatonica
Dec 05 - Dec 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 01 Pecatonica
Dec 19 - Dec 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 10 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.

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.

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.

 
 
Updated on 2017-10-18 03:47:14 UTC | Privacy Policy