Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2600 years ago as a Art of Living.

The technique of Vipassana uses mindfulness to note every detail of our mental and physical experience from moment-to-moment, with an unbiased attitude.

By practicing Vipassana Meditation one learns to watch what arises within, without judgment or reaction, Neither by Fighting them, nor by Craving them, just by watching them without any judgment.

Vipassana Meditation was discovered 2600 years back by Gotama the Buddha, Vipassana Meditation is the essence of his teaching. The technique of Vipassana is a simple, practical way to achieve real peace of mind and to lead a happy, useful life.

Vipassana purifies the mind, freeing psyche from suffering and the deep-seated causes of suffering. The practice leads step-by-step to the highest spiritual goal of full liberation from all mental defilement’s.

Dhamma Punna, meaning the Land to Accrue Merits, was established in the year 2000.The Pune Vipassana Meditation Centre spreads over 3 acres of land and can accommodate 50 males and 40 females students.

Every month there is 10 day course, 3 day course, 1 day course for old students and children 1 day, children residential courses are conducted at Dhamma Punna Vipassana Meditation Centre.

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After benefiting millions throughout the country for centuries, Vipassana Meditation technique was however lost in India.

For 2200 years it was preserved, practice and taught by a chain of teachers in Burma in the monastic tradition. There the late Venerable Ledi Sayadaw learned Vipassana, and reintroduced the technique to the lay people. He taught Saya Thetgyi, a layman, who in turn taught Sayagyi U Ba Khin. It was Sayagyi U Ba Khin’s wish that the technique, long lost to India, could again return to its country of origin and from there spread around the world.

He authorised his student, S. N. Goenka, to teach Vipassana meditation, and in 1969, Mr. Goenka came to India and began conducting Vipassana courses in India and abroad.

Thus after centuries of being lost to many places, the teaching of the Buddha has once again become available to people around the world.

Vipassana meditation technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results.

Vipassana Meditation courses are offered all over the world by Dhamma. These 10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day, as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

Mr. S N Goenka is a teacher of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of the late Sayagyi U Ba Khin of Burma (Myanmar).

Mr. Goenka has taught tens of thousands of people in more than 300 courses in India and in other countries, East and West.

In 1982 he began to appoint assistant teachers to help him to meet the growing demand for courses. Meditation centres have been established under his guidance in India, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Nepal and other countries.

Dhamma Punna is located in Pune city opp. Nehru stadium, 7 kms from Pune railway station. It can be reached by the public transport bus (PMT- Pune Municipal Transport) which goes to Swargate. The Vipassana centre is one kilometer walk from the Swargate.

Website: www.punna.dhamma.org/

Course Schedule : http://courses.dhamma.org/en/schedules/schpunna

In The Following Video, Nikki Chau Shares her Experience of 10 day Vipassana Meditation.

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Vipassana courses are held regularly at permanent centres and rented sites in different countries. In addition to frequent ten-day courses, special courses and long courses of 20, 30, and 45 days are periodically offered for advanced students. Short children’s courses in Anapana, the introductory part of the Vipassana techniques, are regularly offered in India. The courses last for one to three days and serve children in two age groups; eight to eleven and twelve to fifteen.

Old Students are provided the facility of meditating daily from 6.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

The inquiry of 3 days course for the old students can be done in the 1st week of the month.

The inquiry of one day course can be done on 1st Sunday of the month.

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Courses are run solely on a donation basis. No charges are made, not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from those who have already completed courses, experienced the benefits of Vipassana and wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and others who serve on the courses volunteer their time and efforts. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialization.

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