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Peace Pagoda to celebrate Vipassana across the world

Global Vipassana Peace Pagoda is a monument built to promote peace and the teachings of Buddha and is being unveiled in Mumbai on January 17th.

Vipassana Peace Pagoda in Gorai Creek, Mumbai will be bult on teh lines of the existing Shwedagon Pagoda in MyanmaVipassana Peace Pagoda in Gorai Creek, Mumbai will be bult on teh lines of the existing Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanma

Vipassana, an ancient meditation technique of India was rediscovered by Buddha 2500 years ago but lost its true form since last 2000 years. It was brought back to India and the world by Pujya Shri Goenkaji. This new inning of Vipassana is completing its 40 years this year.

Global Vipassana Peace Pagoda is a monument built to promote peace and harmony in the world. And also to make millions of visitors, who have started to flock to this Wonder, aware of the renewed availability of the scientific technique of Vipassana in the world.

Date:  17th January, 2010

Venue:  Gorai Creek, Golden Vipassana Pagoda, Mumbai

Time:  9am to 6pm

Focus: Completion of one year of Golden Vipassana Pagoda in India and Gratitude Day Function addressed by Pujya Shri. Satya Narayanji Goenka, Principal Teacher of Vipassana, the practical quintessence of the Buddha's teaching.

Modern life and the competitive pressures, global warming and the insecurity has added considerably to the  misery  caused by the inherent human weaknesses such as greed, fear, anger, desires, stress, etc.. Leading businessmen, professionals, bureaucrats and even the members of the clergy from all orders in more than hundred countries have benefitted from the practice of Vipasssana. The need of mental purification and eradication of suffering is the requirement of the hour and the future. In today’s world, Vipassana provides a universally acceptable answer to it.

Vipassana is the core teaching of the Buddha. Shri Goenka emphasizes that it is not a religion and involves no dogma, rites, rituals and no conversion. “The only conversion involved in Vipassana is from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation.”

Vipassana is a non sectarian technique that aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and suffering and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation.  The technique teaches one to become aware of one’s own body and discover its deep connection with one’s mind and by experiencing its character directly. Thus it emphasizes experience rather than theory. The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgments and sensation become clear. Direct experience helps one become aware of how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non delusion, self control and peace. The beneficial effect of a peaceful mind reflects in all aspects of life, physical, mental and emotional; in personal, social and business spheres.

Vipassana was protected by a slender chain of teachers and pupils in Myanmar and S.N. Goenka who learnt it from the great master Sayagji U Ba Khin brought back Buddha’s teachings in its original form. Over the last 40 years Acharya S. N. Goenka along with teachers trained by him has been teaching this technique and has been able to establish more than 150 centers around the world and students from 140 countries including countries such as Israel, China and Iran and the continent of Africa.

In construction for 11 years, the architectural wonder is expected to stand as a beacon of Purity which will stand tall for the next 1000 years. The total size, grandeur and architectural style of the Peace Monument will strengthen India’s image. The towering 325 feet tall stone structure of the Global Pagoda with a 280-feet diameter is considered to be one of the largest stone monuments in Asia. The centre of Pagoda contains the world’s largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars and seats 8000 meditators. It is more than three times the size of the previously largest masonry structure – the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur. The monument is a judicious combination of ancient Indian architecture and modern methods of construction.  

 

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2 comments

melvyn mendonca Jun 21st, 2010 08:00 PM

kindly assist me to log in my details for submission,as i am sincerely interested in doing my 10 day meditation programme
at your centre in gorai[Mumbai]

Rajkumar Pant Jan 19th, 2010 09:27 AM

The picture of global pagoda shown in this article is wrong. This picture seems to be that of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, on which the Global Pagoda is modeled.
Please replace this picture with a correct one, which can be obtained from http://www.globalpagoda.org

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