What is Vipassana
How to get There
MR. & MRS.
Mr. Goenka is a teacher of Vipassana
meditation in the tradition of the late Sayagyi U Ba Khin of Burma (Myanmar).
Although Indian by descent, Mr. Goenka was born and
raised in Burma.
While living in Burma
he had the good fortune to come into contact with U Ba
Khin, and to learn the Vipassana
Technique from him. After receiving training from his teacher for fourteen
years, Mr. Goenka settled in India and
began teaching Vipassana in 1969. In a country
still sharply divided by differences of caste and religion, the courses
offered by Mr. Goenka have attracted thousands of
people from every part of society. In addition, many people from countries
around the world have come to join courses in Vipassana
Mr. Goenka has taught tens of thousands of people
in more than 300 courses in India
and in other countries, East and West. In 1982 he began to appoint assistant
teachers to help him to meet the growing demand for courses. Meditation centers have been established under his guidance in India, the United
New Zealand, France, the United
Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma,
and other countries.
The technique which S.N. Goenka teaches represents
a tradition that is traced back to the Buddha. The Buddha never taught a
sectarian religion; he taught Dhamma - the way to
liberation - which is universal. In the same tradition, Mr. Goenka's approach is totally non-sectarian. For this
reason, his teaching has a profound appeal to people of all backgrounds, of
every religion and no religion, of every part of the world.