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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://pajjota.dhamma.org

COVID-19: All courses are cancelled until at least June 1st. This also applies to service periods. After that date you can apply for courses and/or service but please keep in mind that new restrictions may result in the cancellation of activities at any time. Because of possible travel restrictions, Belgian residents get priority.

 

Information regarding COVID-19

  • Courses and other activities are now held with a smaller number of participants, observing strict safety and hygiene protocols.

  • You will not be admitted if you belong to a high risk group for COVID-19. 

  • You must have an emergency contact person who can pick you up on the same day in the event that you show any symptoms of coronavirus, even if you expect to be able to drive yourself. 

  • You must follow the COVID-19 travel advice from your country of residence and from Belgium.

  • Due to circumstances beyond our control, e.a COVID-19 measures and travel restrictions, scheduled courses and/or confirmed participation may be cancelled at any time.

  • If places become available due to cancellations, the course may again open for registration at any time.

General information

  • Registration will open 2 months before the course starts at 8 pm winter time or 9 pm summer time. 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 auto refresh.

  • For a 10-day course you can apply until midnight to attend (sit) the course. If the course is not full you can also apply later. Places for attending the 10-day course are allocated by electronic random selection. Anyone whose application has not been selected will be notified within 4 days. For serving the course (only possible as an old student) it is possible to apply as long as the course is open for servers.

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.
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
18 Apr - 23 Apr Sit & Serve CANCELLED Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
01 May - 11 May 10-Day
English / French
Closed Dilsen-Stokkem Note: New Dates!
Open only for old students. Priority will be given to Belgian residents.
10 May - 12 May Work Period CANCELLED Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
13 May - 24 May 10-Day
English / Dutch
Closed Dilsen-Stokkem Note: New Dates!
Priority will be given to Belgian residents
23 May - 28 May Sit & Serve Closed Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
30 May - 08 Jun Sit & Serve Closed Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
06 Jun Open Day CANCELLED Dilsen-Stokkem
Apply* 08 Jun - 19 Jun 10-Day
English / French
Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Short Wait List Dilsen-Stokkem Priority will be given to Belgian residents.
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 20 Apr Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
23 Jun - 04 Jul 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 23 Apr Dilsen-Stokkem
05 Jul - 07 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 05 May Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
07 Jul - 18 Jul 10-Day
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 07 May Dilsen-Stokkem
19 Jul - 21 Jul Work Period Applications accepted starting 19 May Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
21 Jul - 01 Aug 10 days
English / French
Applications accepted starting 21 May Dilsen-Stokkem
02 Aug - 03 Aug Work Period Applications accepted starting 02 Jun Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
Apply* 03 Aug - 14 Aug 10 days
English / German
Closed 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 15 Jun Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
18 Aug - 29 Aug 10-Day
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 18 Jun Dilsen-Stokkem
30 Aug - 01 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 30 Jun Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
01 Sep - 12 Sep 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 02 Jul Dilsen-Stokkem
12 Sep - 24 Sep Sit & Serve Applications accepted starting 12 Jul Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
24 Sep - 27 Sep 3 Day
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 24 Jul Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
28 Sep - 30 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 28 Jul Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
30 Sep - 09 Oct Sati
English / French
Applications accepted starting 30 Jul 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 10 Aug Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
13 Oct - 24 Oct 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 13 Aug Dilsen-Stokkem
25 Oct - 27 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 25 Aug Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
27 Oct - 07 Nov 10-Day
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 27 Aug Dilsen-Stokkem
08 Nov - 10 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 08 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
10 Nov - 21 Nov 10-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 10 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem
22 Nov - 24 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 22 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
24 Nov - 05 Dec 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 24 Sep Dilsen-Stokkem
06 Dec - 07 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 06 Oct Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
07 Dec - 18 Dec 10-Day
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 07 Oct 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 19 Oct Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
26 December, 2021 - 06 January, 2022 10-Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 26 Oct Dilsen-Stokkem
 
Non-Centre Courses

General information for the 10-day courses in the Glind-Netherlands

  • Registration will open 6 weeks before the course starts at 20.00 hrs. 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 auto refresh.
  • Places will be allocated in order of receipt.
  • Places are only available for those who live in the Netherlands and haven’t attended a course in the last 12 months.

Information regarding COVID19 for the 10-day courses in the Glind-Netherlands

  • The courses are held with a smaller number of participants, observing strict safety and hygiene protocols.
  • You will not be admitted if you belong to a high risk group for COVID-19. 
  • You must have an emergency contact person who can pick you up on the same day in the event that you show any symptoms of coronavirus, even if you expect to be able to drive yourself. 
  • Due to circumstances beyond our control, e.a COVID-19 measures and travel restrictions, scheduled courses and/or confirmed participation may be cancelled at any time.
  • If places become available due to cancellations, the course may again open for registration at any time.
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
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.
2021 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
28 May - 30 May Children`s course / Course for Boys & Girls (8-12 yr)
German / French / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 30 Apr Dilsen-Stokkem Boys & Girls (8-12 yr)
 
 

As a privacy measure, the online application form encrypts the information you provide us with before it is sent from your device to our application server.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://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.

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.

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.

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.