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.
2015 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Sep 05 - Sep 06 Overnight Teens' Course for GIRLS ages 13-17 Open Pecatonica
Apply Sep 06 - Sep 07 Overnight Teens' Course for BOYS ages 13-17 Open Pecatonica
2016 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jul 16 Children Applications accepted starting Apr 16 Pecatonica One-day course for Children ages 8-15
Jul 17 Children Applications accepted starting Apr 17 Pecatonica One-day course for Children ages 8-15
Sep 03 - Sep 04 Teen Applications accepted starting May 03 Pecatonica Overnight Teens' Course for GIRLS ages 13-17
Sep 04 - Sep 05 Teen Applications accepted starting May 03 Pecatonica Overnight Teens' Course for BOYS ages 13-17
 
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.
2015 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Aug 24 - Sep 04 Service Period In Progress Pecatonica For old students
Apply Sep 07 - Sep 08 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Sep 09 - Sep 20 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Sep 20 - Sep 22 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Sep 23 - Oct 04 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Oct 04 - Oct 07 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Oct 07 - Oct 11 3-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Oct 11 - Oct 20 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Oct 21 - Nov 01 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Filling Up Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Nov 01 - Nov 03 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Nov 04 - Nov 15 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica

After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Reconfirm.

1. Confirm by: October 7

2. Reconfirm by: October 26

Apply Nov 16 - Nov 24 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Nov 25 - Dec 06 10-Day Open Pecatonica

After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Reconfirm.

1. Confirm by: October 28

2. Reconfirm by: November 16

Dec 06 - Dec 08 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 07 Pecatonica For old students
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 09 Pecatonica

After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Reconfirm.

1. Confirm by: November 11

2. Reconfirm by: November 30

Dec 20 - Dec 22 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 21 Pecatonica For old students
December 23, 2015 - January 03, 2016 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 23 Pecatonica

After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Reconfirm.

1. Confirm by: November 25

2. Reconfirm by: Deecmber 14

2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 04 - Jan 12 Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 06 Pecatonica For old students
Jan 14 - Jan 17 3-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 14 Pecatonica For old students
Jan 20 - Jan 31 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 20 Pecatonica
Feb 03 - Feb 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 03 Pecatonica
Feb 17 - Feb 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 17 Pecatonica
Feb 29 - Mar 08 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 01 Pecatonica For old students
Mar 09 - Mar 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 09 Pecatonica
Mar 23 - Apr 03 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 23 Pecatonica
Apr 06 - Apr 17 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 07 Pecatonica
Apr 20 - Apr 24 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 20 Pecatonica For old students
Apr 24 - Apr 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 01 Pecatonica For old students
May 01 Open House Applications accepted starting Feb 01 Pecatonica
May 04 - May 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 04 Pecatonica
May 18 - May 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 18 Pecatonica
Jun 01 - Jun 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 01 Pecatonica
Jun 15 - Jun 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 15 Pecatonica
Jun 29 - Jul 10 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 29 Pecatonica
Jul 11 - Jul 15 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 10 Pecatonica For old students
Jul 20 - Jul 31 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 20 Pecatonica
Aug 03 - Aug 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 03 Pecatonica
Aug 17 - Aug 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 17 Pecatonica
Aug 29 - Sep 02 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 29 Pecatonica For old students
Sep 06 - Oct 28 Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 01 Pecatonica For old students
Nov 02 - Nov 06 3-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 02 Pecatonica For old students
Nov 09 - Nov 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 29 Pecatonica
Nov 23 - Dec 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 29 Pecatonica
Dec 07 - Dec 18 Special 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 07 Pecatonica For old students
December 21, 2016 - January 01, 2017 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 21 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.

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.

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

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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