Shri Satyanarayanji Goenka was born in Mandalay, Myanmar in 1924. Although he
topped the list of all successful candidates in the whole of Myanmar in the tenth class, he
could not continue his studies further. At a very early age he set up many commercial and
industrial institutions and earned fabulous wealth. He also established many social and
cultural centres. Because of tension he became a victim of migraine, which could not be
cured by doctors of Myanmar and of other countries in the world. Then some one suggested
him to take a course of Vipassana. Vipassana has done well not only to him but it has also
been benefiting many others.
He learned Vipassana from Sayagyi U Ba Khin in 1955. Sitting at the feet of his teacher he
practiced it for fourteen years He also studied the words of the Buddha during this period.
He came to India in 1969 and conducted the first vipassana course in Mumbai. After that a
series of courses were held. In 1976 the first residential course of vipassana was held in
Igatpuri and the first centre of vipassana was established here. Up till now 170 centres have
been established all over the world. New centres also are coming up. At these centres 1500
trained teachers teach vipassana in 55 languages of the world. Not only ten- day courses are
conducted at these centres but also at some centres 20-day, 30-day, 45-day and 60-day
courses are conducted. All courses are free of charge. The expenses on food and
accommodation etc are met by the self-willed Dana given by those who benefited from the
course. Seeing its benevolent nature vipassana courses is held not only for the inmates of
jails and school children in the world but also for police personnels, judges, government
Dhamma Treasures series is a compilation of primarily Goenkaji’s articles/discourses
on various aspects of Vipassana coupled with questions & answers and inspirational
examples of senior meditators.
"Applying Vipassana in Daily Life" is a first book in this seies. Mr. S. N. Goenka has
always emphasised that just attending a Vipassana course is not enough. Vipassana is an art
of living and students need to apply Vipassana in day to day life to live at peace with
ourselves, and at peace with others.
Goenkaji’s wisdom and guidance remains with us as an inspiring reminder on how to
apply Vipassana in daily life, with utmost clarity. His own life was an example of how to live
a life of Dhamma. He has delievered various discourses on subtle aspects of Dhamma and
how to use Vipassana while facing Vicissitudes of life with Equanimity. Along with
discourses, many students have requested his guidance on this matter. These discourses and
questions & answers have been published in VRI newsletters and international Vipassana
Newsletters from time to time.
This book provides a compilation of discourses, questions & answers and other
inspirational material that was published in these newsletters and other books published by
VRI in the following five sections:
Khuddakapajha 5.12 Maigalasuttam
This verse contains the great legacy that the Buddha has left for houscholders: to
maintain equanimity with wisdom in all situations.
Life of the Buddha and Vipassana practitioners in ancient times as well as today isa
living example of this teaching. This book aims to motivate old students to continue their
practice seriously to walk the same path as the exemplary practitioners of Vipassana
We hope these Dhamma Treasures will help you walk firmly on the path of Dhamma
and to further establish yourself in the practice.
May your practice deepen with your understanding of Dhamma! May you be happy!
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