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.

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.

Grow the Center Day
On Saturday, May 26th we will be having a “Grow the Center Day” at Dhamma Pakasa. This will be an opportunity for old students to provide service on some light work projects that will help improve the center and to also get an update on the plans for center expansion. Plans for center growth continue to move forward: in November of 2017 the Trust selected a design for the new Dhamma Hall, we are in the process of selecting an architect to produce construction drawings for this new building, and there are other development activities in progress. 

Open House
Please join us for our Annual Open House Sunday, May 27th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Illinois Vipassana Center (Dhamma Pakasa) located at 10076 Fish Hatchery Rd in Pecatonica, IL.  As our guest, you will be welcomed with a tour of our indoor facilities and the natural beauty of our property.  We also offer you a question and answer time with meditation teachers, a video screening, informational materials, and an abundance of delicious food, all compliments of our Center. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the meditation courses that take place here year-round. We look forward to seeing you.  All are welcome, including children. Open House flyer 2018

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.