In 2002, at the age of 78, Goenkaji embarked on a
remarkable Dhamma tour of the West. He traveled for
128 days through Europe and North America, giving
many Dhamma talks, leading meditation sessions, giving
media interviews and guiding students in private
interviews along the way. The United Kingdom was the
first stop of Goenkaji’s tour. He arrived in London on
April 10 and left on April 18 for New York.
There, he began the second leg of the journey of over
13,000 miles of road through the United States and
Canada to spread the gift of Dhamma with compassion
He returned to Europe in August, this time to Belgium
from where he traveled to Holland and Germany for
This diary does not give all the details of this remarkable
tour. It merely gives glimpses of Goenkaji’s daily life on
The author is a Vipassana Teacher and Secretary to
Goenkaji. This chronicle was the result of informal notes
compiled during the author’s travels with Goenkaji
during this marathon Dhamma tour.
Goenkaji has not had time to read this diary completely.
Any errors in it are solely the responsibility of the
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