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Vipassana Meditation Technique
as taught by S.N. Goenka

Vipassana Teachers

Vipassana Research Institute

His concise, clear and extensive scholarly work served to clarify the experiential aspect of Dhamma.

Vipassana Research Institute

He was born in a poor farming village and in 1915 was appointed as a teacher by Ledi Sayadaw.

Vipassana Research Institute

He was Goenkaji's teacher and also an outstanding civil servant of Burma.

Vipassana Research Institute

As the principal teacher, Goenkaji, as he is known, has been instrumental in the spread of Vipassana in modern times.

"The technique of Vipassana is a simple, practical way to achieve real peace of mind and to lead a happy, useful life. It is not confined to any particular religion or dogma"

Vipassana Newsletter

Monthly English Newsletters published by VRI. The Hindi, Gujarati, Telugu & Tamil editions are also available in Acrobat PDF format. Back issues are also listed.

"Sabbe sañkhãrã aniccãti, yadã paññãya passati,

Atha nibbindati dukkhe, esa maggo visuddhiyã."


“All conditioned things are transitory. When one understands this with
wisdom, then he is disgusted with suffering. This is the path to purity.”

- Dhammapada 277




30th January 1924 - 29th September 2013


Padma Bhushan Global Vipassana Acharya
Shri Satya Narayan Goenka's Demise


Param Pujya Gurudev Shri Satya Narayan Goenka, Global Acharya of Vipassana Meditation, has passed away peacefully at the ripe age of 90 at his residence on Sunday, 29th September, 2013 at 10:40 PM.

Vipassana Research Institute

This website provides information on Vipassana Meditation, as taught by S.N.Goenka and his assistant teachers in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.  


Vipassana is a universal, scientific method towards purifying the mind. It is the practical essence of the teachings of the Buddha, who taught Dhamma - the Universal Law of Nature.


Apply online for 10-day courses at Dhamma Giri and other centers in India.


About VRI:- Based at Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, near Mumbai, India, the Vipassana Research Institute publishes literature & disseminates information related to Vipassana.

Global Vipassana Pagoda

A 325-feet monument of Peace and Harmony built on Gorai Island, Mumbai. It includes a Dhamma Hall for over 8,000 meditators to sit and meditate and being built is an Exhibition gallery for visitors. Adjacent to the Pagoda is a 10 Day course center. The Global Vipassana Pagoda was inaugurated by the President of India on 8th Feb 2009.

GVP project update

A project to beautify and further develop the Global Vipassana Pagoda has been launched.

Questions and Answers

Goenkaji has answered a wide spectrum of questions on Vipassana and other related topics. This includes clarifying points of practice for Vipassana students.


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