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Dhamma-Vipassana Meditation Center

“ All conditioned things are transitory. That which is created will be destroyed. (Practicing Vipassana meditation) Experience this truth yourself (within yourself) by being mindful.''


About us:

Vipassana is an organization which offer courses in Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin Vipassana, which means "to see things as they really are." It is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was re-discovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Vipassana Meditation Centers has helped to establish throughout the world 10-day courses that provide a thorough and guided introduction to the practice of Vipassana meditation.It enables us to experience peace and harmony by purifying the mind, freeing it from suffering and the deep-seated causes of suffering.  There are 130 permanent centers around the world and thousand of home centers in all continents. Its biggest meditation hall is known as global vipassana pagoda is situated in Mumbai, India.  

Founder:

Satya Narayan Goenka (1924-2013), was a leading lay teacher of Vipassanā meditation and a student of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. He has trained more than 800 assistant teachers and each year more than 100,000 people attend Goenka led Vipassana courses. Goenka emphasizes that, The Buddha never taught a sectarian religion; he taught Dhamma - the way to liberation - which is universal. and presents his teachings as non-sectarian and open to people of all faiths or no faith.

‘Liberation’ in this context means freedom from impurities of mind and, as a result of the process of cultivating a pure mind, freedom from suffering. Goenka calls Vipassana meditation an experiential scientific practice, through which one can observe the constantly changing nature of the mind and body at the deepest level, a profound understanding that leads to a truly happy and peaceful life. Goenka Ji has also been conferred the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour in India for social work on the occasion of India's 63rd republic day. His renowned books Art of Living, Meditation Now and Dhamma Verses embody the essence of the teaching of the Buddha.


Aims and Mission:
  • To  spread meditation as experiential scientific practice with aim to benefit people from all faiths and to help them lead a happy peaceful life.
  • To prevent Vipassana from becoming a sectarian religion or cult. Focus is on expansion with intention that more people benefit from meditation technique, accepting its scientific rationale.


Philosophy:

The technique of Vipassana is a simple, practical way to achieve real peace of mind and to lead a happy, useful life. Vipassana means "to see things as they really are"; it is a logical process of mental purification through self-observation, invariably resulting happiness of full liberation.

Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose which can be obtained by observing breath in practice called “annapanna”.  Moreover,this practice leads step-by-step to the highest spiritual goal of full liberation.

 

Key Points:

  • Vipassana meditation is a rational method for purifying the mind of the mental factors that cause distress and pain. This simple technique does not invoke the help of a god or any other external power, but relies on our own efforts and faith in self.
 

The ten day course includes-

  • To abstain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and intoxicants. This simple code of moral conduct serves to calm the mind, which otherwise would be too agitated to perform the task of self-observation.

  • To develop some mastery over the mind by learning to fix one's attention on the natural reality of the ever changing flow of breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. By the fourth day the mind is calmer and more focused, better able to undertake the practice of Vipassana itself: observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity by learning not to react to them.

  • Finally, on the last full day participants learn the meditation of loving kindness or goodwill towards all, in which the purity developed during the course is shared with all beings.

In 2009, Global Vipassana Pagoda, a meditation hall to accommodate 8000 meditators together, was inaugurated in north (borivali) west of Mumbai, India.