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 observation of breath and one’s own body as the basis for developing concentration and insight. The courses provide a unique opportunity to turn one’s attention inward, and enter 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.

Open House (New)
Dhamma Pakasa will hold its annual Open House on Sunday, May 3rd from 12 pm to 4 pm at the Illinois Vipassana Center located at 10076 Fish Hatchery Rd in Pecatonica, IL. This event is a wonderful time to introduce Vipassana and Dhamma Pakasa. The Open House includes information about the technique, tours of the facilities and grounds, vegetarian food and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you. All are welcome, including children. Here is the link to register.

Open House Flyer

Center Expansion
Dhamma Pakasa provides a sanctuary for students seeking to enter onto a path of Dhamma or to deepen 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 to meet the growing demand of students wanting to attend courses, plans for expansion of Dhamma Pakasa are underway. Click here for more details.