Wheel of Dhamma Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center
Dhamma Pakãsa
Pecatonica, Illinois

Offering courses in Vipassana Meditation as taught by
S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin

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Introduction to Vipassana Meditation
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, an Art of Living. To those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation we recommend visiting the International Vipassana website for an introduction. Also, check out our Upcoming Outreach Events.

About Dhamma Pakasa
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.

Open House
The 2016 Open House will be hosted on Sunday, May 1st. The annual Open House is a wonderful time to introduce yourself and others to the campus and learn more about Vipassana Meditation. Question and answer sessions will be available. Please join us for tours, videos, food, and fun!!

To Apply for a Course
Vipassana meditation is taught over the course of a 10-Day retreat. Courses are available free of charge to all individuals with a genuine interest in learning Vipassana meditation and giving the technique a fair trial. If you would like to participate in a course, please read the Code of Discipline. You may then find a convenient date in the Course Schedule and submit an application. Please visit our Commonly Asked Questions page for answers to frequently asked questions.

Attending a Course?
Review the course checklist for items and instructions for your upcoming course. The Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center is located 20 minutes west of Rockford, IL, and is within 1 to 2 hours drive from a number of major Midwestern cities like Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, DuBuque, and the Quad Cities. Please click the following link for Directions to the Center.

Center Expansion
Dhamma Pakasa provides a sanctuary for students seeking to enter onto a path of Dhamma or in deepening their personal practice. Virtually every course has a waiting list of applicants indicating that the priceless teachings of the Buddha continue to serve as a beacon of hope for masses of people. In order meet the growing demand of students wanting to attend courses; plans for expansion of Dhamma Pakasa are underway. Click here for more details.

The Ponds at Dhamma Pakasa

 Quick Links
Open House
Outreach Events
Children's / Teens' Courses
Ride Share Website
 Reference Links
International Vipassana Newsletter
International Vipassana
Vipassana Research Institute
 Other Vipassana Meditation Centers in North America
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Washington, USA
Dhamma Visuddhi
Minnesota/Wisconsin, USA
Dhamma Mahavana
Central California, USA
Dhamma Vaddhana
Southern California, USA
Dhamma Manda
Northern California, USA
Dhamma Siri
Texas, USA
Dhamma Dhara
Massachusetts, USA
Dhamma Patãpa
Southeast, USA
Dhamma Surabhi
British Columbia, Canada
Dhamma Suttama
Quebec, Canada
Dhamma Torana
Ontario, Canada
Dhamma Makaranda
 List of Worldwide Centers
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 Midwest Non-Center Courses

Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center, Dhamma Pakasa
Street Address: 10076 Fish Hatchery Road, Pecatonica, IL 61063
Tel. [1] 815 489-0420
Fax [1] (360) 283-7068
E-mail: info@pakasa.dhamma.org
Website: www.pakasa.dhamma.org
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