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

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

Students and servers are required to be fully vaccinated or if no vaccination, have a negative PCR test for Covid-19 seven days before arriving at the Meditation Center.

Full vaccination means 14 days after the second shot of a two-shot vaccine and 14 days after the single shot of a one-shot vaccine.

Various additional precautions are being taken at the Center to protect against the virus. These include individual rooms, social distancing, assigned seats in the dining hall, and requiring masks at all times except while in your private room.

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A student may apply to no more than two courses. 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.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply May 12 - May 16 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Pecatonica 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. A negative RT-PCR test is required (within seven days before the course begins) if you are not vaccinated
  4. Due to the extra demands on servers at this time, we are unable to accept servers or students who have special dietary requirements.
Apply May 24 - Jun 02 Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica 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. A negative RT-PCR test is required (within seven days before the course begins) if you are not vaccinated
  4. Due to the extra demands on servers at this time, we are unable to accept servers or students who have special dietary requirements.
Apply Jun 02 - Jun 06 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Pecatonica 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. A negative RT-PCR test is required (within seven days before the course begins) if you are not vaccinated
  4. Due to the extra demands on servers at this time, we are unable to accept servers or students who have special dietary requirements
Apply Jun 30 - Jul 07 Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica 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. A negative RT-PCR test is required (within seven days before the course begins) if you are not vaccinated
  4. Due to the extra demands on servers at this time, we are unable to accept servers or students who have special dietary requirements.
Apply Jul 07 - Jul 11 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Servers - Wait List Pecatonica 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. A negative RT-PCR test is required (within seven days before the course begins) if you are not vaccinated
  4. Due to the extra demands on servers at this time, we are unable to accept servers or students who have special dietary requirements
 
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/ 

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://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.


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.