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 Applications accepted starting Apr 25 Pecatonica This course is for children and teens ages 8-15. Male and female servers are needed. Parents who are Old-Students and wish to stay on-site and serve should apply along with their children's application to allow enough time to process server background checks.
Jun 28 Children Applications accepted starting Apr 25 Pecatonica This course is for children and teens ages 8-15. Male and female servers are needed. Parents who are Old-Students and wish to stay on-site and serve should apply along with their children's application to allow enough time to process server background checks.
 
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.
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Oct 13 - Oct 16 Between Course Service Period In Progress Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Oct 16 - Oct 27 10-Day In Progress Pecatonica
Apply Oct 26 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Apply Oct 28 - Nov 28 Construction Period. Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Construction (service) period.
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required.
Apply Nov 10 Old Student Program New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Nov 23 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Apply Nov 23 - Nov 29 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Apply Nov 29 - Dec 08 Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Dec 08 - Dec 11 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Dec 11 - Dec 15 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Apply Dec 15 - Dec 18 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome!Registration Required
Apply Dec 18 - Dec 29 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica Priority will be given to students who have not sat a course in 2019.
Dec 28 1-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 10 Ravenswood - Chicago Vipassana Hall For old students
Apply December 29, 2019 - January 01, 2020 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply Jan 01 - Jan 12 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Pecatonica
Apply Jan 12 - Jan 15 Between Course Service Period Servers - Open Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Apply Jan 15 - Jan 26 10-Day Open Pecatonica
Jan 26 - Jan 29 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Oct 26 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Jan 29 - Feb 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Oct 29 Pecatonica
Feb 09 - Feb 12 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 11 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Feb 12 - Feb 23 10-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 12 Pecatonica
Feb 23 - Feb 26 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Nov 23 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Feb 26 - Mar 01 3-Day Applications accepted starting Nov 26 Pecatonica For old students
Mar 01 - Mar 08 Work Period Applications accepted starting Dec 02 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Mar 08 - Mar 11 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 08 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Mar 11 - Mar 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 11 Pecatonica
Mar 22 - Mar 25 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Dec 22 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Mar 25 - Apr 05 10-Day Applications accepted starting Dec 25 Pecatonica
Apr 05 - Apr 08 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 05 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Apr 08 - Apr 19 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 08 Pecatonica
Apr 19 - Apr 22 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Jan 20 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Apr 22 - Apr 26 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jan 22 Pecatonica For old students
Apr 26 - May 01 Work Period Applications accepted starting Jan 26 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
May 01 - May 03 Old Student Spring Weekend Applications accepted starting Feb 01 Pecatonica For old students
May 03 OPEN HOUSE Applications accepted starting Feb 03 Pecatonica
May 04 - May 06 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 04 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
May 06 - May 17 10-Day Applications accepted starting Feb 06 Pecatonica
May 17 - May 20 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 17 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
May 20 - May 31 10-Day
English / Thai
Applications accepted starting Feb 20 Pecatonica For new and old students.
Thai speakers will be given priority until April 1th, 2020.
Non-Thai speakers will be waitlisted until April 1th, 2020.

Servers of any language welcome to apply.
May 31 - Jun 03 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Feb 29 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Jun 03 - Jun 14 10-Day Applications accepted starting Mar 03 Pecatonica
Jun 14 - Jun 26 Work Period Applications accepted starting Mar 16 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Jun 28 - Jul 01 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Mar 28 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Jul 01 - Jul 12 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 01 Pecatonica
Jul 12 - Jul 15 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 12 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Jul 15 - Jul 26 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 15 Pecatonica
Jul 26 - Jul 29 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Apr 26 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Jul 29 - Aug 09 10-Day Applications accepted starting Apr 29 Pecatonica
Aug 09 - Aug 14 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting May 09 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Aug 14 - Aug 23 Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting May 14 Pecatonica For old students
Aug 23 - Aug 26 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting May 23 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Aug 26 - Aug 30 3-Day Applications accepted starting May 26 Pecatonica For old students
Aug 30 - Sep 07 Work Period Applications accepted starting May 30 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required.
Sep 06 - Sep 09 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 06 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Sep 09 - Sep 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 09 Pecatonica
Sep 20 - Sep 23 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Jun 20 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Sep 23 - Oct 04 10-Day Applications accepted starting Jun 23 Pecatonica
Oct 04 - Nov 08 Long Construction Period Applications accepted starting Jul 04 Pecatonica For old students
Construction (service) period.
Oct 25 - Oct 28 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Jul 25 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Oct 28 - Nov 01 3-Day Applications accepted starting Jul 28 Pecatonica For old students
Nov 07 - Nov 08 Old Student Program Applications accepted starting Sep 09 Pecatonica For old students
Nov 08 - Nov 11 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 08 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Nov 11 - Nov 22 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 11 Pecatonica
Nov 22 - Nov 25 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Aug 22 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Nov 25 - Dec 06 10-Day Applications accepted starting Aug 25 Pecatonica
Dec 06 - Dec 09 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 07 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
Dec 09 - Dec 20 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 09 Pecatonica
Dec 20 - Dec 23 Between Course Service Period Applications accepted starting Sep 20 Pecatonica For old students
Part Time Welcome! Registration Required
December 23, 2020 - January 03, 2021 10-Day Applications accepted starting Sep 23 Pecatonica Priority will be given to students who have not sat a course in 2020.
 
 

 


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.

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.

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.