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.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Oct 31 Teen Course (Boys ages 13 - 17)
English
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House Teen 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.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Oct 21 - Nov 01 10-Day In Progress 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 Nov 01 - Nov 04 Service Period Servers - Wait List Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Nov 04 - Nov 15 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 Nov 15 - Nov 18 Service Period Servers - Wait List Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Nov 18 - Nov 29 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 Nov 29 - Dec 02 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Dec 02 - Dec 13 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 Dec 13 - Dec 16 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Dec 16 - Dec 27 10-Day Women - Course Full Men - Course Full Female Server - Course Full Male Server - 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 Dec 27 - Dec 30 Service Period Servers - Wait List Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply December 30, 2020 - January 10, 2021 10-Day Course Full 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
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 10 - Jan 13 Service Period Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Apply Jan 13 - Feb 13 30-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Shelburne Falls For old students
Feb 13 - Feb 17 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 15 Shelburne Falls For old students
Feb 17 - Feb 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 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

Feb 28 - Mar 03 Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 30 Shelburne Falls For old students
Mar 03 - Mar 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 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

Mar 14 - Mar 17 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 14 Shelburne Falls For old students
Mar 17 - Mar 28 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 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

Mar 28 - Mar 31 Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 28 Shelburne Falls For old students
Mar 31 - Apr 11 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 31 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

Apr 11 - Apr 14 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 11 Shelburne Falls For old students
Apr 14 - Apr 25 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 14 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

Apr 25 Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 25 Shelburne Falls For old students
Apr 28 - May 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 28 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

May 12 - May 21 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting Feb 11 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
May 21 - May 26 Seasonal Dhamma Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 20 Shelburne Falls For old students
May 26 - Jun 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 25 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 Applications accepted starting Mar 25 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
 
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.
2020 New York Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Nov 01 1-Day
Hindi / English
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Nov 07 1-Day
English / Mandarin
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Nov 08 1-Day
English
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Nov 15 1-Day
English
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Nov 21 1-Day
English / Burmese
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Nov 22 1-Day
English
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Nov 28 Dhamma Service Day CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
Tasks will range from laundering cushion covers and housework to maintenance and other administrative tasks; no experience or long-term commitment is necessary. We will begin and end with one-hour group sittings and break for a group lunch.
Dec 05 1-Day
English / Mandarin
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Dec 06 1-Day
Hindi / English
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Dec 13 1-Day
English
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Dec 19 1-Day
English / Burmese
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Dec 20 1-Day
English
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
Dec 26 Dhamma Service Day CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
Tasks will range from laundering cushion covers and housework to maintenance and other administrative tasks; no experience or long-term commitment is necessary. We will begin and end with one-hour group sittings and break for a group lunch.
Dec 27 1-Day
English
CANCELLED NYC Dhamma House For old students
No registration necessary. For details, click here.
 
 

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.

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.

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.