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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.
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.
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.