Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
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: [email protected]
Children's courses email: [email protected]

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.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jun 27 Children CANCELLED Pecatonica Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Jun 28 Children CANCELLED Pecatonica Cancelled due to COVID-19.
 
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
May 20 - May 31 10-Day
English / Thai
CANCELLED Pecatonica Cancelled due to COVID-19.
May 31 - Jun 03 Between Course Service Period CANCELLED Pecatonica For old students
Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Jun 03 - Jun 14 10-Day CANCELLED Pecatonica Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Jun 14 - Jun 26 Work Period CANCELLED Pecatonica For old students
Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Jun 28 - Jul 01 Between Course Service Period CANCELLED Pecatonica For old students
Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Jul 01 - Jul 12 10-Day CANCELLED Pecatonica Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Jul 12 - Jul 15 Between Course Service Period CANCELLED Pecatonica For old students
Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Jul 15 - Jul 26 10-Day CANCELLED Pecatonica Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Jul 26 - Jul 29 Between Course Service Period CANCELLED Pecatonica For old students
Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Jul 29 - Aug 09 10-Day CANCELLED Pecatonica Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Aug 09 - Aug 14 Between Course Service Period CANCELLED Pecatonica For old students
Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Aug 14 - Aug 23 Satipatthana Sutta CANCELLED Pecatonica For old students
Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Aug 23 - Aug 26 Between Course Service Period CANCELLED Pecatonica For old students
Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Aug 26 - Aug 30 3-Day CANCELLED Pecatonica For old students
Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Aug 30 - Sep 07 Work Period Applications accepted starting Jul 20 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required.
Sep 06 - Sep 09 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 20 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Sep 09 - Sep 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 20 Pecatonica
Sep 20 - Sep 23 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Sep 23 - Oct 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 01 Pecatonica
Oct 04 - Nov 08 Long Construction Period Applications accepted starting Aug 15 Pecatonica For old students
Construction (service) period.
Oct 16 - Oct 18 Fall Weekend Trust/OS Retreat Applications accepted starting Sep 01 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Oct 25 - Oct 28 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 19 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Oct 28 - Nov 01 3-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 14 Pecatonica For old students
Nov 07 - Nov 08 Old Student Program Applications accepted starting Sep 20 Pecatonica For old students
Nov 08 - Nov 11 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 23 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Nov 11 - Nov 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 23 Pecatonica
Nov 22 - Nov 25 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 01 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Nov 25 - Dec 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 03 Pecatonica
Dec 06 - Dec 09 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 21 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 21 Pecatonica
Dec 20 - Dec 23 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 01 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
December 23, 2020 - January 03, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 01 Pecatonica Priority will be given to students who have not sat a course in 2020.
 
Non-Center Courses

All old students must register online to attend one day courses in Ravenswood - Chicago.

Information about additional one-day courses is (or may be) listed on the following Dhamma Pakasa website: http://www.pakasa.dhamma.org/os/osportal/roscoe-il-one-day-sittings/ 

2020 Dhamma Pakasa Non Centre Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
May 30 1-Day CANCELLED Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Jun 27 1-Day CANCELLED Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Jul 25 1-Day CANCELLED Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Aug 29 1-Day CANCELLED Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Sep 26 1-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 10 Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Oct 31 1-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 10 Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Nov 28 1-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 10 Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Dec 26 1-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 10 Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
2020 Ohio Vipassana Association Courses    Website | Map
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Jul 12 1-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 12 Cleveland, OH For old students
Sep 13 1-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 14 Cleveland, OH For old students
Oct 18 1-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 18 Cleveland, OH For old students
Dec 13 1-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 13 Cleveland, OH For old students
 
 

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.pakasa.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.

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.

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.