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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting Vipassana research Institute’s (hereinafter referred as VRI) Website. Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, this page contains notice describing our privacy policy. By visiting VRI and as a condition of usage, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy policy.

Collecting Personal Information:

VRI may collect the following information from the users:

  • Voluntary information provided by the user including information provided during registration, purchase or donation. Such information may include user’s name, address, contact details and email address.
  • Information provided by the user during communication with VRI by any means including email or call. 
  • Information about user’s use of VRI’s web site including details of user’s visits- such as pages viewed and the resources accessed. Such information may include traffic data, location data and other communication data.

Storage and Use of Information:

VRI may use the information collected by it in one of the following ways:

  • VRI may store and use users’ name, postal address and/or email address to send the information about Vipassana related activities, facilities and newsletters if users have not opted-out of such contact.
  • VRI may use the information that user provide about others while sharing the information or pages or media content to enable VRI to send them user’s greeting and VRI’s website address. 
  • VRI may use the non-personally identifiable information that it collect to improve the design and content of our website and to enable us to understand location of the user and which files users are accessing within the site, i.e., to use this information in the aggregate to analyze site usage. 
  • VRI may use information provided by users during purchase or donation for responding to users’ requests, customizing future shopping for the users, improving our stores, and communicating with the users.

Disclosing Users’ Information:

VRI will not disclose users’ personal information to any other party other than in accordance with this Privacy Policy and in the circumstances detailed below:

  • Where VRI is legally required by the law to disclose user’s personal information.
  • To further fraud protection and to reduce the risk of fraud.

Collection of Information by Third-Party Sites:

This Privacy Policy only addresses the use and dissemination of information that VRI collects from its users. This website may contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different than VRI’s. Providing such links does not mean that VRI endorse or approve that site's policy towards users’ privacy. Users are requested to consult other sites’ privacy policies as VRI have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties and VRI shall not be responsible for the use or dissemination of user’s personal information by that third party. Users are requested to go through the privacy policy of the third party website before submitting their information.


A "cookie" is a text file containing a small amount of information which our server downloads to user's personal computer when user visit our website. The file contains a unique number so that our server knows which PC it is talking to. We use a session cookie to know whether user have logged in as an old student or not. Some cookies are allocated to user's PC only for the duration of user's visit to a website, and these are called session based cookies. These are automatically deleted when user close down his/her browser. 

Users can adjust the settings on their computer to decline any cookies if they wish. This can be done by activating the reject cookies setting on user’s computer.
Third party links in this website may also use cookies, over which VRI has no control. 


When a user provides VRI his/her personal information to complete a transaction, use authorized payment services provider(s), place an order, or make a donation, VRI implies user’s consent to our collecting the information and using it for the purpose stated in accordance with this privacy policy.

Withdrawing the Consent: 

If after opt-in, user changes his/her mind, a user may withdraw his/her consent by clicking the unsubscribe link within any informative emails sent to user’s registered email address.

This privacy policy forms part of the terms of use of VRI and VRI reserves the right to modify this privacy policy at any time without any prior notice.