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.
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.
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 23 - Oct 01 Between Course Service Period In Progress Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Apply Oct 02 - Oct 04 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Oct 04 - Oct 08 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Oct 08 - Oct 10 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Oct 10 - Oct 21 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Oct 21 - Oct 24 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Oct 24 - Nov 04 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Nov 04 One Day Course for Old Students New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Downtown Chicago For old students
Apply Nov 04 - Nov 18 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Nov 07 - Nov 18 10-Day CANCELLED Pecatonica
Apply Nov 16 - Nov 18 TRUST RETREAT New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Old Students are Welcome
Students staying Overnight should register on line.Registration will begin the evening of November 16th
Apply Nov 18 - Nov 21 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Nov 21 - Dec 02 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Dec 02 - Dec 05 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Dec 05 - Dec 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 01 Pecatonica
Apply Dec 16 - Dec 19 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Dec 19 - Dec 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 10 Pecatonica Students who have attended 10 day course in last 13 months will be wait listed and enrolled close to the course date depending upon space being available.
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 02 - Jan 06 3-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 14 Pecatonica For old students
Apply Jan 06 - Jan 09 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Jan 09 - Jan 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 16 Pecatonica
Apply Jan 20 - Jan 23 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Jan 23 - Feb 03 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 23 Pecatonica
Apply Feb 04 - Feb 11 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Feb 11 - Feb 13 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Feb 13 - Feb 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 13 Pecatonica
Apply Feb 24 - Feb 27 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Feb 27 - Mar 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 27 Pecatonica
Apply Mar 10 - Mar 13 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Mar 13 - Mar 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 13 Pecatonica
Apply Mar 24 - Mar 27 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Mar 27 - Apr 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 27 Pecatonica
Apply Apr 07 - Apr 10 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apr 10 - Apr 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 10 Pecatonica
Apply Apr 21 - Apr 24 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apr 24 - Apr 28 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 24 Pecatonica For old students
Apply Apr 29 - May 04 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
May 04 - May 05 Old Student Program Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
May 05 Open House Applications accepted starting Feb 05 Pecatonica
Apply May 06 - May 08 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
May 08 - May 19 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 09 Pecatonica
Apply May 19 - May 22 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
May 22 - Jun 02 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 22 Pecatonica
Apply Jun 02 - Jun 05 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Jun 05 - Jun 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 05 Pecatonica
Apply Jun 17 - Jun 21 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Apply Jun 24 - Jun 26 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Jun 26 - Jul 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 26 Pecatonica
Apply Jul 07 - Jul 10 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Jul 10 - Jul 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 10 Pecatonica
Apply Jul 21 - Jul 24 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Jul 24 - Aug 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 24 Pecatonica
Apply Aug 04 - Aug 07 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Aug 07 - Aug 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 07 Pecatonica
Apply Aug 18 - Aug 21 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Aug 21 - Aug 25 3-Day Applications accepted starting May 21 Pecatonica For old students
Apply Aug 26 - Aug 30 Between Course Service 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
Sep 04 - Sep 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 04 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 Jun 18 Pecatonica
Apply Sep 29 - Oct 02 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Oct 02 - Oct 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 02 Pecatonica
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
Apply Oct 28 - Nov 10 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Nov 09 - Nov 10 Old Student Program Applications accepted starting Aug 09 Pecatonica For old students
Apply Nov 11 - Nov 15 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Nov 15 - Nov 24 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Pecatonica For old students
Apply Nov 24 - Nov 27 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Nov 27 - Dec 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 27 Pecatonica
Apply Dec 08 - Dec 11 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Dec 11 - Dec 15 3-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 11 Pecatonica For old students
Apply Dec 15 - Dec 18 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Dec 18 - Dec 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 18 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: [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.

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.