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Pajjota
Dhamma Pajjota, Dilsen-Stokkem, Belgium
Centre Location: Website | Map
** All courses are bilingual: English plus one other language, Dutch, German or French.

Vipassana Meditation Centre Dhamma Pajjota (Torch of Dhamma) is situated in a rural area near the Belgian town of Dilsen-Stokkem, close to the borders of the Netherlands and Germany. The 11-acre site is surrounded by forest and farmland, and has spacious walking areas with numerous trees. At present comfortable accommodation is offered for up to 90 students.
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 Centre - Dhamma Pajjota
Driepaal 3
B-3650 Dilsen-Stokkem

Tel. [32] (0) 89 51 82 30
Fax [32] (0) 89 51 82 39
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.pajjota.dhamma.org

Important message regarding Covid-19: our courses take place with less participants and with strict safety and hygiene standards due to Coronavirus.

Due to the high number of applicants and the limited number of places, the course will be limited to those students who have NOT sat a 10-day, Satipatthana or long course in the last 12 months.

Registration will open two months before the course starts.

Applications for all courses will open at 8 p.m. winter time or 9 p.m summer time on the day courses open for registration.

Note: the 'apply' link will not be visible until then. The actual opening time may be some time later, due to the automated nature of the system. You will need to refresh this page to see the link as this page does not autorefresh.

Dhamma Pajjota The Netherlands Belgium Teenagers’ and Children’s Courses
 
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
01 Aug - 22 Aug 20-Day
English / German
In Progress Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Apply* 23 Aug - 26 Aug Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Help prepare the next course or do garden jobs. For old students who served at least one 10-day course
Apply* 26 Aug - 06 Sep 10 days
English / German
Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Open Male Server - Short Wait List Dilsen-Stokkem
Apply* 07 Sep - 08 Sep Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Help prepare the next course or do garden jobs. For old students who served at least one 10-day course
Apply* 08 Sep - 19 Sep 10 days
English / Dutch
Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Short Wait List Dilsen-Stokkem
Apply* 19 Sep - 20 Sep TRUST MEETING Open Dilsen-Stokkem Saturday: committee meetings Sunday morning: trust meeting Old students are welcome. Contact [email protected]
Apply* 20 Sep - 25 Sep Sit & Serve Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Apply* 28 Sep - 02 Oct Sit & Serve Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Apply* 03 Oct - 07 Oct Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Help prepare the next course or do garden jobs. For old students who served at least one 10-day course
Apply* 07 Oct - 18 Oct 10 days
English / French
Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Long Wait List Male Server - Short Wait List Dilsen-Stokkem
Apply* 19 Oct - 21 Oct Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Help prepare the next course or do garden jobs. For old students who served at least one 10-day course
21 Oct - 01 Nov 10 days
English / German
Applications accepted starting 21 Aug Dilsen-Stokkem
Apply* 02 Nov - 04 Nov Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Help prepare the next course or do garden jobs. For old students who served at least one 10-day course
04 Nov - 15 Nov 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 04 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem
Apply* 16 Nov - 17 Nov Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Help prepare the next course or do garden jobs. For old students who served at least one 10-day course
17 Nov - 28 Nov 10 days
English / French
Applications accepted starting 17 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem
Apply* 28 Nov - 29 Nov TRUST MEETING Open Dilsen-Stokkem Saturday: committee meetings Sunday morning: trust meeting Old students are welcome. Contact [email protected]
Apply* 29 Nov - 05 Dec Sit & Serve Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
05 Dec - 08 Dec 3 Day
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 05 Oct Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
The course ends at 4 PM on Tuesday
Apply* 09 Dec - 11 Dec Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Help prepare the next course or do garden jobs. For old students who served at least one 10-day course
11 Dec - 20 Dec Sati
English / French
Applications accepted starting 11 Oct Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Apply* 21 Dec - 26 Dec Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Help prepare the next course or do garden jobs. For old students who served at least one 10-day course
26 December, 2020 - 06 January, 2021 10 days
English / German
Applications accepted starting 26 Oct Dilsen-Stokkem
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 07 Jan - 08 Jan Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
08 Jan - 11 Jan 3 Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 10 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Apply* 12 Jan - 13 Jan Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
13 Jan - 24 Jan 10 days
English / French
Applications accepted starting 15 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem
Apply* 25 Jan - 26 Jan Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
26 Jan - 06 Feb 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 28 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem
06 Feb - 07 Feb TRUST MEETING Open Dilsen-Stokkem Saturday: committee meetings Sunday morning: trust meeting Old students are welcome. Contact [email protected]
Apply* 07 Feb - 10 Feb Work Period Open Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
10 Feb - 21 Feb 10 days
English / German
Applications accepted starting 13 Oct Dilsen-Stokkem
22 Feb - 24 Feb Work Period Applications accepted starting 26 Aug Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
24 Feb - 07 Mar 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 27 Oct Dilsen-Stokkem
08 Mar - 10 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 09 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
10 Mar - 21 Mar 10 days
English / French
Applications accepted starting 10 Nov Dilsen-Stokkem
22 Mar - 23 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 23 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
23 Mar - 03 Apr 10 days
English / German
Applications accepted starting 23 Nov Dilsen-Stokkem
03 Apr - 04 Apr TRUST MEETING Open Dilsen-Stokkem Saturday: committee meetings Sunday morning: trust meeting Old students are welcome. Contact [email protected]
04 Apr - 09 Apr Work Period Applications accepted starting 06 Oct Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
09 Apr - 18 Apr Sati
English / German
Applications accepted starting 10 Dec Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
18 Apr - 23 Apr Sit & Serve Applications accepted starting 19 Dec Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
25 Apr - 05 May Sit & Serve Applications accepted starting 26 Dec Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
05 May - 08 May 3 Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 05 Jan Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
10 May - 12 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 11 Nov Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
12 May - 23 May 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 12 Jan Dilsen-Stokkem
23 May - 28 May Sit & Serve Applications accepted starting 23 Jan Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
30 May - 08 Jun Sit & Serve Applications accepted starting 30 Jan Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
06 Jun Open Day Applications accepted starting 03 Jun Dilsen-Stokkem
08 Jun - 19 Jun 10 days
English / French
Applications accepted starting 08 Feb Dilsen-Stokkem
19 Jun - 20 Jun TRUST MEETING Open Dilsen-Stokkem Saturday: committee meetings Sunday morning: trust meeting Old students are welcome. Contact [email protected]
20 Jun - 23 Jun Work Period Applications accepted starting 22 Dec Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
23 Jun - 04 Jul 10 days
English / German
Applications accepted starting 23 Feb Dilsen-Stokkem
05 Jul - 07 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 06 Jan Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
07 Jul - 18 Jul 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 09 Mar Dilsen-Stokkem
19 Jul - 21 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 20 Jan Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
21 Jul - 01 Aug 10 days
English / French
Applications accepted starting 23 Mar Dilsen-Stokkem
02 Aug - 03 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 03 Feb Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
03 Aug - 14 Aug 10 days
English / German
Applications accepted starting 05 Apr Dilsen-Stokkem
14 Aug - 15 Aug TRUST MEETING Open Dilsen-Stokkem Saturday: committee meetings Sunday morning: trust meeting Old students are welcome. Contact [email protected]
15 Aug - 18 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 16 Feb Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
18 Aug - 29 Aug 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 20 Apr Dilsen-Stokkem
30 Aug - 01 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 03 Mar Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
01 Sep - 12 Sep 10 days
English / French
Applications accepted starting 04 May Dilsen-Stokkem
12 Sep - 24 Sep Sit & Serve Applications accepted starting 15 May Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
24 Sep - 27 Sep 3 Day
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 27 May Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
28 Sep - 30 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 01 Apr Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
30 Sep - 09 Oct Sati
English / French
Applications accepted starting 02 Jun Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
09 Oct - 10 Oct TRUST MEETING Open Dilsen-Stokkem Saturday: committee meetings Sunday morning: trust meeting Old students are welcome. Contact [email protected]
10 Oct - 13 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 13 Apr Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
13 Oct - 24 Oct 10 days
English / German
Applications accepted starting 15 Jun Dilsen-Stokkem
25 Oct - 27 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 28 Apr Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
27 Oct - 07 Nov 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 29 Jun Dilsen-Stokkem
08 Nov - 10 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 12 May Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
10 Nov - 21 Nov 10 days
English / French
Applications accepted starting 13 Jul Dilsen-Stokkem
22 Nov - 24 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 26 May Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
24 Nov - 05 Dec 10 days
English / German
Applications accepted starting 27 Jul Dilsen-Stokkem
06 Dec - 07 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 09 Jun Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
07 Dec - 18 Dec 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 09 Aug Dilsen-Stokkem
18 Dec - 19 Dec TRUST MEETING Open Dilsen-Stokkem Saturday: committee meetings Sunday morning: trust meeting Old students are welcome. Contact [email protected]
19 Dec - 25 Dec Sit & Serve Applications accepted starting 21 Aug Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
26 December, 2021 - 06 January, 2022 10 days
English / German
Applications accepted starting 28 Aug Dilsen-Stokkem
 
Non-Centre Courses
Courses and Activities conducted at other locations.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2020 Courses in Belgium
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 06 Sep 1 day Women - Filling Up Men - Open Female Server - Filling Up Male Server - Wait List Ghent For old students
Apply* 12 Sep 1-Day Women - Filling Up Men - Open Servers - Wait List Laakdal For old students
11 Oct 1-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Sep Turnhout For old students
Close to the Netherlands
08 Nov 1 day Applications accepted starting 08 Sep Ghent For old students
Apply* 21 Nov 1-Day Open Laakdal For old students
06 Dec 1-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Nov Turnhout For old students
Close to the Netherlands
13 Dec 1 day Applications accepted starting 13 Oct Ghent For old students
2020 Courses in The Netherlands
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
20 Sep 1-Day
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 16 Aug Zutphen For old students
22 Nov 1-Day
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 20 Sep Zutphen For old students
22 December, 2020 - 02 January, 2021 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 22 Oct De Glind, Amersfoort SUBJECT TO CORONA MEASURES
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses
All Teenagers' and Children's courses are given in Dutch, French and German only. Please visit our teenager's and children's course page for more information and application forms for these courses.
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
25 Sep - 27 Sep Children`s course / Course for Girls (8-18 yr)
Dutch / French / German
Applications accepted starting 25 Aug Dilsen-Stokkem
02 Oct - 04 Oct Children`s course / Course for Boys (8-18 yr)
Dutch / French / German
Applications accepted starting 02 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem
 
 

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.pajjota.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.

20-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day 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.

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.

Open Days are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Centre.

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.

Work 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.