Mahasatipatthana sutta, the Great Discourse on establishing awareness, is one of the most important discourses expounded by the Buddha in the town called Kammasadhamma in Kuru kingdom. In this sutta, the Buddha presented a practical method for developing self-knowledge by means of kāyānupassanā (constant observation of the body), vedanānupassanā (constant observation of sensations), cittānupassanā (constant observation of the mind), and dhammānupassanā (constant observation of the contents of the mind).
S.N. Goenka, Principal Teacher of Vipassana meditation, faced some initial hesitation before joining his first Vipassana course due to indoctrination against the Buddha’s teachings during his childhood. After his first course in 1955, numerous misconceptions that he had about the Buddha’s teaching were dispelled, and he was inspired to study the original words of the Buddha in the Pāli language.
The Clock of Vipassana has struck is a tribute to Sayagyi U Ba Khin, teacher of Mr. S. N. Goenka and an outstanding civil servant from Myanmar. His accomplishments, in two usually incompatible fields were singular: He was a shining star of Dhamma (the truth, the teaching) as well as a high level government official of tireless devotion and impeccable conduct. U Ba Khin’s career was that of an ideal householder, combining unwavering dedication to Vipassana meditation with unwearying commitment to the public service.
Manual of Vipassana Meditation is a collection of lectures by Mr. U Ko Lay, student of Sayagyi U Ba Khin and a former Vice Chancellor of Mandalay University. These lectures, which have been much expanded and annotated, were given to the first year students at the International Buddhist Missionary University where U Ko Lay had acted as the Head of Department of Vipassana Meditation in the Faculty of Patipatti.
In a Vipassana course, the participants learn how to free the mind of the tensions and prejudices that disturb the flow of daily life. By doing so, one begins to discover how to live each moment peacefully, productively and happily. At the same time, one starts progressing towards the highest goal to which mankind can aspire: purity of mind, freedom from all suffering, full enlightenment.
The purpose of this book is to give a brief introduction about Vipassana meditation, quintessence of the Buddha’s teaching. It also contains information on life of the Buddha, stories of the people who benefitted from the practice of Vipassana meditation, six historical Councils, chain of teachers after the Buddha and spread of Vipassana through pictorial presentation. This information is embedded in the beautiful high quality pictures from the gallery at the Global Vipassana Pagoda.
Diary of S.N.Goenka s meditation now tour europe and North America April10to august 15,2002
In 2002, at the age of 78, Mr. S. N. Goenka embarked on a remarkable Dhamma tour of the West. He traveled for 128 days through Europe and North America, giving many Dhamma talks, leading meditation sessions, giving media interviews and guiding students in private interviews along the way.