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English Publications


Gotama the Buddha: His Life and His Teaching A brief sketch of the life and teaching of the      Buddha, with a brief description of the Six historical Councils.


The Discourse Summaries Summary of the eleven discourses during the ten day course


Discourses on Satipatthana sutta Explanation of the Maha Satipatthana sutta in depth by Goenkaji during the Satipatthana course.


The Gracious Flow of Dharma This three-day series of public talks by Goenkaji contains a detailed explanation of what is pure Dhamma and how to practise it and lead a better life.


For the benefit of many Inspiring Question/Answers and talks of Goenkaji.


Was the Buddha a pessimist  When Buddha's teachings were lost to India there was a misunderstanding that he was a pessimist. However this is note true - read this to understand with examples.


Come People of the World  A collection of hindi couplets (dohas) chanted by Goenkaji during the 10-day Vipassana course (with english translations.)


S. N. Goenka at the United Nations  

        1. Inner Peace for World Peace
        2. Buddha: The Super-Scientist of Peace


Why was the Sakyan Republic destroyed? The Sakyans did not follow the teaching of Buddha and were intoxicated with caste-pride which lead to their destruction.


Pali Primer A guide to learn the Pali language


Research related publications


Tipitaka related publications 

        The Essence of Tipitaka
        The Maha Satipatthana Sutta



English pamphlets:-  in PDF. To read these files, you will need Acrobat reader


What Senior Administrators Say About Vipassana-I


What Senior Administrators Say About Vipassana -II


What Senior Administrators Say About Vipassana -III


Vipassana In Prisons


Vipassana — An Art of Corporate Management


Vipassana & Health


Vipassana in Government


Drug Addiction And Therapy: A Vipassana Perspective


Guidelines for the Practice of Vipassana meditation



Hindi publications:-  in PDF. To read these files, you will need Acrobat reader


Dhammageet Pali chantings with hindi translations (including those played in ten day course)


Kya Buddh dukhvadi the?  Buddha was not a pessimist. This is explained in detail with examples.


Mangal jage grihi jeevan mein  This book is concerning how a good householder should live to generate harmony in household life.


Vipashyana ka pratham jail shivir - kendriya karagraha - Jaipur The Vipassana course at Jaipur jail was very inspiring to the inmates and associated people. The book describes their experiences in short.


Tipitaka related publications
        Suttasaar - 1, 2, 3
        Anguttara Nikaya - 1
        Dhammavani sangraha



Hindi pamphlets


Sampraday Na Dharma Hai


Dharam Darshan


Chale Dharma Ke Panth


Apana Antar Dekh


Shashantantra Mein Vipassana


Citta Samta Na Khoy (Rajasthani dohas)


Dharma Sada Mangal Karai (Rajasthani dohas)


Apano Karam Sudhar (Rajasthani dohas)


Dhup Chaw Ri Jindagi (Rajasthani dohas)


Man Ra Mail Utar (Rajasthani dohas)


Dharma Kya Hai


Dharma Ka Sar


Dharma Ka Sahi Mulyankan


Samata Dharma


Dharma Ka Sarvahitkari Swaroop


Samyak Dharma


Satya Hi Dharma Hai



Morning chanting in Pali (played during the 10- day courses)


Pali-Hindi translation

Pali-English translation






The following tanslations in Farsi are available for free download as a pdf :


The Art of Living - by William Hart


Come People of the World


The Gracious Flow of Dhamma


The Discourse Summaries


Meditation Now - Inner peace through inner wisdom


Healing the Healer & The Experience of Impermanence by Dr Paul Fleischman


Vipassana Addictions & Health (Seminar 1989)

Mahasatipatthana Sutta - Farsi Pali



Links to non-VRI publications


Text associated with Dhamma in prison in German available at


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