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.
2017 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apr 01 Children Applications accepted starting Feb 28 Pecatonica
Jun 23 - Jun 24 Teen Applications accepted starting May 10 Pecatonica
Jun 24 - Jun 25 Teen Applications accepted starting May 10 Pecatonica
Aug 26 Children Applications accepted starting Jul 05 Pecatonica
Aug 27 Children 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.
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Nov 23 - Dec 03 10-Day Completed Pecatonica
Apply Dec 03 - Dec 04 Trust and Old students Retreat In Progress Pecatonica For old students
All students completing the 10 day course are welcome to join
Apply Dec 04 - Dec 07 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Dec 08 - Dec 17 Satipatthana Sutta Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Dec 17 - Dec 21 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply December 21, 2016 - January 01, 2017 10-Day Closed Pecatonica Open only to those who will be attending a course for the first time and to those old students who have not sat a 10-day course since December 2015.
2017 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 08 - Jan 11 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Jan 11 - Jan 22 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Jan 22 - Jan 25 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Jan 25 - Jan 29 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Jan 29 - Feb 01 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Feb 01 - Feb 12 10-Day Open Pecatonica
Apply Feb 12 - Feb 15 Service Period New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Feb 15 - Feb 26 10-Day Open Pecatonica
Mar 01 - Mar 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 23 Pecatonica
Mar 15 - Mar 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 04 Pecatonica
Apr 05 - Apr 16 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 05 Pecatonica
Apr 19 - Apr 30 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 12 Pecatonica
May 10 - May 21 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 01 Pecatonica
May 24 - Jun 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 15 Pecatonica
Jun 07 - Jun 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 01 Pecatonica
Jun 28 - Jul 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 15 Pecatonica
Jul 12 - Jul 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 01 Pecatonica
Jul 28 - Aug 06 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Apr 28 Pecatonica For old students
Aug 09 - Aug 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 01 Pecatonica
Aug 30 - Sep 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 15 Pecatonica
Sep 13 - Sep 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 05 Pecatonica
Sep 27 - Oct 08 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 15 Pecatonica
Oct 11 - Oct 15 3-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Pecatonica For old students
Nov 22 - Dec 03 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 09 Pecatonica
Dec 06 - Dec 17 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 01 Pecatonica
Dec 20 - Dec 31 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 15 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.

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.

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.

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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