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: [email protected]
Website: http://www.dhara.dhamma.org

As a part of our Coronavirus screening process, all student applications will be initially waitlisted.

Students may be required to be tested for Covid-19 before arriving at the Meditation Center.

  Course registration will start at 6 AM on the the listed opening dates.  Students may apply to sit no more than one 10-day course.  Any additional applications will not be processed.  

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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.
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2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Feb 28 - Mar 03 Service Period In Progress Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 03 - Mar 14 10-Day Women - Course Full Men - Course Full Servers - Wait List Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines

Apply Mar 14 - Mar 17 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 17 - Mar 28 10-Day Women - Course Full Men - Course Full Servers - Wait List Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines

Apply Mar 28 - Mar 31 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Mar 31 - Apr 11 10-Day Women - Course Full Men - Course Full Servers - Wait List Shelburne Falls
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Apply Apr 11 - Apr 14 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Apr 14 - Apr 25 10-Day Women - Course Full Men - Course Full Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines

Apply Apr 25 - Apr 28 Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Apr 28 - May 09 10-Day Women - Course Full Men - Course Full Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines

Apply May 12 - May 21 Satipatthana Sutta Women - Closed Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Apply May 21 - May 26 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply May 26 - Jun 06 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Jun 06 - Jun 09 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 08 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jun 09 - Jun 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 11 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Jun 20 - Jun 23 Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 22 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jun 23 - Jul 04 10-Day
Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting Mar 25 Shelburne Falls Priority will be given to Vietnamese-speaking students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Jul 04 - Jul 07 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 05 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jul 07 - Jul 18 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 08 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Jul 18 - Jul 21 Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 19 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jul 21 - Aug 01 10-Day
Burmese
Applications accepted starting Apr 22 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
Priority will be given to Burmese-speaking students.
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Aug 01 - Aug 04 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 03 Shelburne Falls For old students
Aug 04 - Aug 15 10-Day
Khmer
Applications accepted starting May 06 Shelburne Falls Priority will be given to Khmer-speaking students
For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Aug 15 - Aug 18 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 17 Shelburne Falls For old students
Aug 18 - Aug 29 10-Day Applications accepted starting May 20 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Aug 29 - Sep 01 Service Period Applications accepted starting May 31 Shelburne Falls For old students
Sep 01 - Sep 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 03 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Sep 12 - Sep 15 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 14 Shelburne Falls For old students
Sep 15 - Sep 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 17 Shelburne Falls
For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines

Sep 26 - Sep 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 28 Shelburne Falls For old students
Sep 29 - Oct 08 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Jul 01 Shelburne Falls For old students
Oct 08 - Oct 13 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 10 Shelburne Falls For old students
Oct 13 - Oct 24 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 15 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Oct 24 - Oct 27 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 26 Shelburne Falls For old students
Oct 27 - Nov 07 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 29 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Nov 07 - Nov 10 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 09 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 10 - Nov 14 3-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 12 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 14 - Nov 17 Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 16 Shelburne Falls For old students
Nov 17 - Nov 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 19 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Dec 01 - Dec 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 02 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Dec 12 - Dec 15 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 13 Shelburne Falls For old students
Dec 15 - Dec 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 16 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
Dec 26 - Dec 29 Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 27 Shelburne Falls For old students
December 29, 2021 - January 09, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 30 Shelburne Falls For new students and old students
  1. Due to our Coronavirus screening process all applicants will be initially waitlisted
  2. No public transportation to the Center is permitted
  3. Please click HERE for current Massachusetts travel guidelines
2022 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jan 12 - Feb 12 30-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 14 Shelburne Falls For old students
Jan 12 - Feb 27 45-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 14 Shelburne Falls For old students
 
New York Vipassana Association
New York courses are held in either the New York City Dhamma House or Fishkill, NY, in two different sections of Sharpe Reservation.
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
 

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: [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.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta 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.

45-day Courses are open only to persons involved in Dhamma Service and Assistant Teachers who have completed a minimum of seven 10-day courses (one since their first 30-day course), two 30-day courses, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least three 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.

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.

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.