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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

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.
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 21 Oct - 01 Nov 10 days
English / German
In Progress 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
Apply* 04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day
English / Dutch
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open 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
Apply* 17 Nov - 28 Nov 10-Day
English / French
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Open 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
Apply* 05 Dec - 08 Dec 3 Day
English / Dutch
Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Long Wait List Male Server - Open 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
Apply* 11 Dec - 20 Dec Sati
English / French
Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Short Wait List 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-Day
English / French
Applications accepted starting 26 Oct Dilsen-Stokkem For now only Belgian residents can apply
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
07 Jan - 08 Jan Work Period Applications accepted starting 07 Nov Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
08 Jan - 11 Jan 3 Day
English / German
Applications accepted starting 08 Nov Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
12 Jan - 13 Jan Work Period Applications accepted starting 12 Nov Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
13 Jan - 24 Jan 10 days
English / French
Applications accepted starting 13 Nov Dilsen-Stokkem
25 Jan - 26 Jan Work Period Applications accepted starting 25 Nov Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
26 Jan - 06 Feb 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 26 Nov 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]
07 Feb - 10 Feb Sit & Serve Applications accepted starting 08 Dec Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
10 Feb - 21 Feb 10 days
English / German
Applications accepted starting 10 Dec Dilsen-Stokkem
22 Feb - 24 Feb Work Period Applications accepted starting 22 Dec Dilsen-Stokkem For old students
24 Feb - 07 Mar 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 24 Dec Dilsen-Stokkem
08 Mar - 10 Mar Work Period Applications accepted starting 08 Jan 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 22 Jan 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 04 Feb 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* 08 Nov 1 day Closed Ghent For old students
Apply* 21 Nov 1-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Closed Laakdal For old students
06 Dec 1-Day CANCELLED Turnhout For old students
Close to the Netherlands
Apply* 13 Dec 1 day Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Filling Up Ghent For old students
Apply* 13 Dec 1 day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Female Server - Closed Male Server - Filling Up Brussels For old students
2020 Courses in The Netherlands
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply* 22 Nov 1-Day
English / Dutch
Closed Zutphen For old students
22 December, 2020 - 02 January, 2021 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 08 Nov De Glind, Amersfoort SUBJECT TO CORONA MEASURES
2021 Courses in The Netherlands
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
03 Jan - 14 Jan 10 days
English / Dutch
Applications accepted starting 16 Nov De Glind, Amersfoort
 
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.
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
 

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.

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.