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Vipassana Meditation

S.N. Goenka

February 28, 2015

Ten days of meditation, just sitting, in silence and observing what is. That is what a vipassana course as taught by S.N. Goenka asks your body and mind to do. A task which may sound daunting at first. But once experienced it can give great understanding of and insight into the nature of life. Not on the conceptual level only, but on the experiential level. Something you can take with you where ever you go.

S.N. Goenka was a beautiful teacher in Vipassana meditation, remembering us of this ancient technique and reintroducing this to a bigger audience. Goenka was a successful business man, when at the age of 31 he started having heavy migraine. After normal medical treatment failed to relieve the headaches, he attended a Vipassana course, which dissolved the migraine. He then trained with this technique and started teaching it to others. He trained more than 1300 assistant teachers who conduct courses using recordings of Goenka, and today more than 120,000 people attend Goenka-led Vipassana courses each year.

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living.

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 people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.

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