S.N. Goenka

Born in Mandalay, Burma to Indian parents, Goenka was raised a Hindu and, as an adult, became an industrialist and leader of the Burmese Indian community. Goenka is married to Ilaichidevi Goenka who sits as co-teacher with him.   After developing an interest in meditation in an effort to overcome chronic migraines, he began studying with Ba Khin, a senior civil servant in the newly independent Burmese government.  Goenka became Ba Khin's most prominent student and went on to found an international network of teaching centers, starting with Dhammagiri based in Igatpuri, a small hill station near Mumbai,India.   He writes in English, Hindi and Rajasthani languages. He has traveled widely and lectured to audiences worldwide including at the World Economic Forum, Davos, in the year 2000 and at the “Millennium World Peace Summit” at the United Nations in August, 2000. For four months in 2002, he undertook the Meditation Now Tour of North America.  Goenka has built a nearly 100-meter-tall Global Pagoda to serve as an inspiration for spreading vipassana meditation around the world. Construction of the dome was recently finished and a one day course for old students in the tradition was held there on 21 December 2008.
     
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