Bhikkhus (monks) are given food by Goenkaji and the yatra members.
Myanmar, previously known as Burma, is also called the land of gold. In January 2003 I went on a yatra with my Vipassana meditation teacher S N Goenka and about another 500 of his students. This is a pictorial account of that trip, which was a truly wonderful experience.
Parama, a young monk at a Buddhist University, takes us to his English
class where we must talk about who we are and why we are in Myanmar.
A young girl learns about dana (donation or generosity). For Buddhists
the opportunity to give to the Sangha (monk community) is a blessing for
Bagan is an ancient city which was sacked hundreds of years ago. At the
time it had thousands of pagodas.
Smiles are very common in Myanmar and these young monks show the genuine
happiness of people leading a good life.
Mataji is Goenkaji's wife and has also tirelessly supported the spread
of Dhamma arouind the world.
S N Goenka has played a large part in the spread of Vipassana meditation
around the world in since 1969. He has taught hundreds of thousands of
people the practice and through his hundreds of appointed teachers
millions have come into contact with the pure dhamma.
The International Dhamma website has
information on around 100 centres all around the world. The teaching is
very much non-sectarian. It is the scientific study of mind and matter
to follow the path out of suffering as taught by the Buddha.
Not to do any evil
To cultivate good
To purify one's mind
This is the teaching of all the Buddhas
Watching the asian way of drinking without the lips touching the cup so
that it may be shared. Some westerners got wet feet.
Gold coloured sun block serves also as a fashion statement on typical
smiling Myanmar faces.
At IMC, U Ba Khin's meditation centre, the golden pagoda catches the
U Ba Khin (1899-1971) was S N Goenka's teacher.
S N Goenka, known as Goenkaji to his millions of Vipassana meditation
students, at Shwe Dagon in Yangon (Rangoon).
Each morning in Yangon (Rangoon) begins before sunrise with meditation
at Shwe Dagon. During the meditation the sun rose over this beautiful
Myanmar, previously known as Burma, is also called the land of gold. In January 2003 I went on a yattra with my Vipassana meditation teacher S N Goenka and about another 500 of his students. This is a pictorial account of that trip, which was a truly wonderful experience.