Five centuries after the Buddha, the noble heritage of Vipassana had disappeared from India. The purity of the teaching was lost elsewhere as well. In the country of Myanmar, however, it was preserved by a chain of devoted teachers. From generation to generation, over two thousand years, this dedicated lineage transmitted the technique in its pristine purity.
His concise, clear and extensive scholarly work served to clarify the experiential aspect of Dhamma.
He was born in a poor farming village and in 1915 was appointed as a teacher by Ledi Sayadaw.
He was Goenkaji's teacher and also an outstanding civil servant of Burma.
As the principal teacher, Goenkaji has been instrumental in the spread of Vipassana in modern times.
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living. For those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation, a list of Questions & Answers is availablean or watch the video below for a introduction by the principal teacher, Mr. Goenka.
What Vipassana is not:
What Vipassana is:
The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results.
There are no charges for the courses, not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from those who have completed a course, experienced the benefits of Vipassana, and wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.
If you wish to take a course, read the Code of Discipline, choose a centre and check the course schedule, and then follow the instruction for registration. No previous experience of meditation is required.
There are two Vipassana meditation centres in Taiwan: Dhammodaya in Xinshe District, Taichung City and Dhamma Vikasa in Liouguei District, Kaohsiung City. Courses are available throughout the year. Further information can be found on the Courses pages of each centre; For information about courses at many other centres and temporary sites throughout the world, please visit International Vipassana Website.