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Wheel of Dhamma

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Dhara
Dhamma Dharā, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, United States
Center Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

The Shelburne center, founded in 1982, was the first center in North America. The original facility was merely a roomy, comfortable two-story house and barn on eight acres of meadowland. In 1989, a group of meditators donated an adjoining seventy acres of land. Today the center consists of 108 acres and many new buildings have been added, including a bathhouse, two dining rooms, meditation hall for 200, a 140 cell pagoda, separate residences for men and women and a center manager's house.
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

Vipassana Meditation Center - Dhamma Dharā
386 Colrain-Shelburne Road
Shelburne, Massachusetts 01370-9672 USA

Tel: [1](413) 625-2160
Fax: [1](413) 625-2170
Email: info@dhara.dhamma.org
Website: http://www.dhara.dhamma.org

A student may apply to no more than two 10-day 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 May 03 Teen (ages 14-17) Open Newark, NJ

1-Day Teens' Course for ages 14-17

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

May 30 - May 31 Teen Overnight (ages 13-17) Applications accepted starting Apr 19 Shelburne Falls

Overnight Teens' Course for ages 13-17

Jun 07 Children (ages 8-13) Applications accepted starting Apr 26 Newark, NJ

1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-13

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

Aug 29 Children (ages 8-12) Applications accepted starting Jul 30 New York, NY 1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-12. Limited to 10 students.
Sep 27 Teen (ages 14-17) Applications accepted starting Aug 16 Newark, NJ

1-Day Teens' Course for ages 14-17

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

Oct 04 Children (ages 8-13) Applications accepted starting Aug 23 Newark, NJ Note: New Dates!

1-Day Children's Course for ages 8-13

Course will be held at:

Leaders For Life Center

84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ 07108

 
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
Mar 25 - Apr 05 10-Day In Progress Shelburne Falls

For new students and old students

Course occurs over Easter holiday

Apply Apr 05 - Apr 08 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Apr 08 - Apr 12 3-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apr 11 Open Session -- “Town Hall Meeting” Open New York, NY

NYC Dhamma community will be gathering with our regional teachers for an Open Session "Town Hall Meeting": Details and registration link can be found here

9am-10am Group Sitting (optional)

10:15am-12:15pm Open Session

    Apply* Apr 12 First Large NYC Annual 1-Day Course Open New York, NY For old students

    12:00pm-6:00pm; all participants are asked to attend the full course

    Where: McKinsey  & Company, 55 East 52nd Street – Park Ave Plaza, 21st Floor

    Please see details and registration link here.

    Apply Apr 12 - Apr 15 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Apr 15 - Apr 26 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
    Apply Apr 26 - Apr 29 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Apr 29 - May 10 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
    Apply May 10 - May 20 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students

    The Dhamma Service Period is for old students who have completed at least one 10-day course with Mr. Goenka or one of his assistants.

    Work period projects include gardening, light maintenance, sewing, deep cleaning of the center, and complex skill-intensive projects that can’t be done during courses.

    Apply May 17 Teen Course Group Leader Training Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    1-Day training for old students involved in Children's Courses.
    Apply May 20 - May 29 Burmese/English Satipatthana Sutta Open Shelburne Falls For old students

    meeting these requirements

    Apply May 29 - May 30 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    May 30 - May 31 2-day weekend course CANCELLED Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply May 31 - Jun 03 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Jun 03 - Jun 14 10-day Chinese/English Open Shelburne Falls

    For new students and old students

    This course is conducted in two languages. You do not need to speak the primary language in order to take this course. Registration priority is given to students who do speak the primary language until 8 weeks before the start date. English-speaking students may apply, but there is currently a VERY LONG WAITLIST for WOMEN.  Eight weeks before the start of the course, spaces still available will be allocated to the English-speaking students in the order they have applied.

    Apply Jun 14 - Jun 17 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Jun 17 - Jun 28 10-day Burmese/English Open Shelburne Falls

    For new students and old students

    This course is conducted in two languages. You do not need to speak the primary language in order to take this course. Registration priority is given to students who do speak the primary language until 8 weeks before the start date. English-speaking students may apply and will be waitlisted until 8 weeks before the start of the course, at which time spaces still available will be allocated to the English-speaking students in the order they have applied.

    Apply Jun 28 - Jul 01 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Jul 01 - Jul 05 3-day Burmese/English Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Jul 05 - Jul 08 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Jul 08 - Jul 19 10-Day Women - FULL Men - FULL Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
    Apply Jul 19 - Jul 22 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Jul 22 - Aug 02 10-day Khmer/English Open Shelburne Falls

    For new students and old students

    This course is conducted in two languages. You do not need to speak the primary language in order to take this course. Registration priority is given to students who do speak the primary language until 8 weeks before the start date. English-speaking students may apply and will be waitlisted until 8 weeks before the start of the course, at which time spaces still available will be allocated to the English-speaking students in the order they have applied.

    Apply Aug 02 - Aug 05 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Aug 05 - Aug 09 3-day Khmer/English Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Aug 09 - Aug 12 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Aug 12 - Aug 23 10-Day Women - FULL Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
    Apply Aug 23 - Aug 26 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Aug 24 - Aug 28 3-Day (in Hackettstown, NJ) Applications accepted starting May 01 Hackettstown, NJ For old students

    Preference will be given to servers who have served at least one 10-day course

    Apply Aug 26 - Sep 06 Special 10-Day Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Closed Shelburne Falls For old students

    meeting these requirements

    Course occurs over Labor Day holiday

    Apply Aug 26 - Sep 06 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Open Servers - Open Shelburne Falls

    For new students and old students

    Course occurs over Labor Day holiday

    Aug 28 - Sep 07 9-Day (in Hackettstown, NJ) Applications accepted starting May 01 Hackettstown, NJ

    For new students and old students

    Preference will be given to new students and to those old students who haven't attended a residential course in the last 12 months

    Preference will be given to servers who have served at least one 10-day course

    Apply Sep 06 - Sep 09 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply Sep 09 - Sep 20 10-Day Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
    Apply Sep 20 - Sep 30 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students

    The Dhamma Service Period is for old students who have completed at least one 10-day course with Mr. Goenka or one of his assistants.

    Work period projects include gardening, light maintenance, sewing, deep cleaning of the center, and complex skill-intensive projects that can’t be done during courses.

    Sep 30 - Oct 09 Khmer/English Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Apr 03 Shelburne Falls For old students

    meeting these requirements

     

    Oct 14 - Oct 25 10-day Thai/English Applications accepted starting Apr 17 Shelburne Falls

    For new students and old students

    This course is conducted in two languages. You do not need to speak the primary language in order to take this course. Registration priority is given to students who do speak the primary language until 8 weeks before the start date. English-speaking students may apply and will be waitlisted until 8 weeks before the start of the course, at which time spaces still available will be allocated to the English-speaking students in the order they have applied.

    Oct 25 - Oct 28 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 28 Shelburne Falls For old students
    Oct 28 - Nov 01 3-Day Applications accepted starting May 01 Shelburne Falls For old students
    Nov 01 - Nov 04 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 05 Shelburne Falls For old students
    Nov 04 - Nov 15 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 08 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
    Nov 15 - Nov 18 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 19 Shelburne Falls For old students
    Nov 18 - Nov 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 22 Shelburne Falls

    For new students and old students

    Course occurs over Thanksgiving holiday

    Nov 29 - Dec 02 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 02 Shelburne Falls For old students
    Dec 02 - Dec 13 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 05 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
    Dec 13 - Dec 16 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 16 Shelburne Falls For old students
    Dec 16 - Dec 27 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 19 Shelburne Falls

    Open only to those who will be attending for the first time and those who have not sat a course in 2015.

    Course occurs over Christmas holiday

    Dec 27 - Dec 30 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 30 Shelburne Falls For old students
    December 30, 2015 - January 03, 2016 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 03 Shelburne Falls For old students
    2016 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
    Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
    Jan 03 - Jan 06 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 07 Shelburne Falls For old students
    Apply to Attend* Apply to Serve* Jan 06 - Mar 07 60-Day Open Shelburne Falls For Teachers and Assistant Teachers

    Registration will close on June 1.
    Acceptance approval will be communicated by June 15.
    All servers must meet the following criteria:
    1) Sitting 2hrs/day and maintaining 5 precepts
    2) Have served at least one long course and ideally have also sat a long course
    3) Recommendation from their area teacher

     
     

    The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.


    To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.dhara.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

    Questions may be addressed to Email: info@dhara.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.

    60-day Courses are open only to active Teachers and Assistant teachers who have completed two 45 Day courses and conduct at least 4 courses annually.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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