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.
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.
2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Feb 03 - Feb 14 10-Day In Progress Pecatonica After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Reconfirm.
Confirm by: January 6
Re-confirm by: January 25
Apply Feb 14 - Feb 17 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Feb 17 - Feb 28 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Reconfirm.
Confirm by: January 20
Reconfirm by: February 8
Apply Feb 29 - Mar 08 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Mar 09 - Mar 20 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Reconfirm.
Confirm by: February 10
Reconfirm by: February 29
Apply Mar 20 - Mar 23 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Mar 23 - Apr 03 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Reconfirm.
Confirm by: February 24
Re-confirm by: March 14
Apply Apr 03 - Apr 06 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Apr 06 - Apr 17 10-Day Open Pecatonica  After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Re-confirm.
Confirm by: March 9
Re-confirm by: March 28
Apply Apr 17 - Apr 20 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Apr 20 - Apr 24 3-Day Open Pecatonica For old students
After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Re-confirm.
Confirm by: March 23
Re-confirm by: April 11
Apply Apr 24 - May 01 Service Period Open Pecatonica For old students
May 01 Open House Open Pecatonica
Apply May 04 - May 15 10-Day Open Pecatonica After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Re-confirm.
Confirm by: April 6
Re-confirm by: April 25
May 18 - May 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 23 Pecatonica After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Re-confirm.
Confirm by: April 20
Re-confirm by: May 9
Jun 01 - Jun 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 12 Pecatonica After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Reconfirm.
Confirm by: May 4
Re-confirm by: May 23
Jun 15 - Jun 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 15 Pecatonica After receiving acceptance letter, please Confirm and Reconfirm.
Confirm by: May 18
Re-confirm by: June 6
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
Apply Sep 06 - Oct 28 Service Period Open 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 09 - Dec 18 Satipatthana Sutta 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.

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.

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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