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In 2004, Mr. Goenka visited his motherland, the golden land of Myanmar. Some 400 Vipassana meditators had the good fortune to join Mr. Goenka on the pilgrimage to this sacred land, which preserved the priceless teachings of the Buddha in its pristine purity, after it was lost in India, the country of its origin. The pilgrims were from 33 countries and from diverse religious backgrounds: Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Parsi and Jain.
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.
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 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.
As the Pali Text Society began issuing editons and translations of the Pali Canon and Commentaries in quick succession, Rhys Davids conceived the idea of the compilation of an exhaustive dictionary of Pali, based on the voluminous basic material that was being brought to light.
Anapana is the first step in the practice of Vipassana meditation. Anapana means observation of natural, normal respiration, as it comes in and as it goes out. It is an easy to learn, objective and scientific technique that helps develop concentration of the mind.
A life story of Meditation Teacher S.N.Goenka
Born in a religious Hindu business family, Mr. S. N. Goenka’s mind was ingrained with high spiritual ideals from an early age. On the other hand his achievement of worldly success at a very young age made him very egoistic. A mental conflict resulted, leading to great stress and tension within him. It also led to him learning Vipassana meditation, which changed the course of his life.