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S. N Goenka (1924 - )
 

Satya Narayan Goenka, though of Indian descent, was born (1924) and raised in Burma.

For many years a high-powered businessman in the Indian community, and headed such organizations as the Burma Marwari Chamber of Commerce and the Rangoon Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

In 1956 he took his first ten-day Vipassana course at the International Meditation Center in Rangoon, under the guidance of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. This also help him to overcome his migraine and gained deep spiritual insight as well. Thereafter the next 14 years he was an energetic student of U Ba Khin. He returned to India (1969) and conducted his own first vipassana course in Bombay and later in many parts of India. Established the Vipassana International Academy at Igatpuri, Maharashtra, India (1976). Since then there are more than 80 centers in 21 countries holding 1,000 courses annually around the world. In 1979 he began traveling abroad to introduce Vipassana in other countries of the world. In response to an ever-growing demand, he started training assistant teachers to conduct these ten-day residential courses on his behalf. To date, he has trained more than 700 assistant teachers who have, held Vipassana courses in more than 90 countries.

A prolific writer and poet, he composes in English, Hindi and Rajasthani, and his works have been translated into many languages. He has been invited to lecture by institutes as diverse as the Dharma Drum Mountain Monastery (of Ven. Sheng Yen) in Taiwan; the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations.

Currently devotes himself to teaching meditation and holds courses every year in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

   

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