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. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, courses at Dhamma Pakasa have been temporarily suspended. Courses will resume as soon as possible; check this website periodically for updates. In the meantime, we are continuing our work to grow and improve Center capacity to meet the needs of future students.

Open House
Dhamma Every year, Dhamma Pakasa welcomes the public to an Open House 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 with information about the technique, tours of the facilities and grounds, and delicious vegetarian food and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome, including children. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, our May 2020 Open House has been postponed. Please check this website periodically for updates.

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.