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Important Message

Dear Meditators,
Ven. Ledi Sayadaw firmly believed that at the beginning of the Second Dispensation of the Buddha, Vipassana will return to India from Myanmar and will benefit people for a long time. Sayagyi U Ba Khin was also of the opinion that Vipassana will continue in its pure form during the Second Buddha Sasana, that is, for the next 2500 years. He sent our Principal Teacher Acharya Goenkaji to India for this express purpose. Goenkaji too is confident that the teaching of the Buddha will remain in its pristine purity for the entire duration of the Second Dispensation of the Buddha.

Pariyatti (the words of the Buddha and related Pali literature): Under Goenkaji’s guidance the text of the Sixth Council containing the Tipitaka and commentarial literature was published in Devanagari script in book form. The entire literature has been transliterated in several scripts of the world and is available freely on internet. Therefore, there is no doubt that this literature will remain in its pure form for centuries to come.

Patipatti (Vipassana): Goenkaji started this noble work immediately on arrival in India in 1969. In the past forty-one years, Vipassana has spread (and continues to spread) around the world. It is accepted by people of different religious backgrounds because it is universal and non-sectarian; it involves no blind faith or blind belief; it is scientific and gives results here-and-now.

To spread Vipassana in its authentic form, Goenkaji has so far trained and appointed about 1200 assistant teachers. Many more will be appointed in future. Till now, 162 centres have been established all over the world. Many more will be established in future. This will ensure the spread of Patipatti for the next 2500years.
To protect the teachings of the Buddha from any corrupting influence, the following rules have been framed for assistant teachers, teachers and the trustees of centres & Global Vipassana Pagoda.

  1. To keep the purity of Vipassana as it has come to us from the time of the Buddha. There should be no admixture in it.
  2. Not to condemn other forms of meditation but to stay away from them; that is, to practice Vipassana exclusively.
  3. Even if they are inclined towards a particular political party, they should never take part in active politics.
  4. All teachers and trustees should have their own means of livelihood. They should not be dependent on the centres or the Pagoda. They should never keep even a penny for themselves; but should hand over all dana to relevant trust immediately.
  5. There should be no discrimination between people coming to Vipassana centres or between those coming to Global Pagoda. Human being is human being. Vipassana doesn’t discriminate between people.
  6. There should be no entry-fee for those who wish to visit Global Pagoda. Those coming to Vipassana centres should not be charged any fee; neither for the teaching nor for the board and lodge; neither now nor in future. If a meditator donates voluntarily with a joyful mind, then the donation should be accepted.

Global Vipassana Pagoda: The third important task that Goenkaji has accomplished for the benefit of meditators from India and abroad is the building of this great Pagoda.

The Pagoda is built to express gratitude towards Sayagyi U Ba Khin who sent this benevolent technique to India and towards Myanmar, the country that preserved for 2000 years the teaching of the Buddha received through the efforts of Emperor Asoka. We should never forget the debt of gratitude we owe to Myanmar. Not only in Pagoda but in the whole premises, Burmese architecture, culture and paintings are seen. There should be no admixture or change in this either now or in future.

One more objective of the Pagoda is to spread information about Vipassana. Goenkaji has not allowed buying space in print media or time on television. In future too, this will not happen. Of course, all media is free to give proper information about Vipassana on their own. Given this situation, the Pagoda becomes an important source of information about Vipassana. Those who visit Pagoda will get to know about Vipassana. Some of them will certainly join our courses. The rest will, at the minimum, take home the message of Vipassana.

Financial Needs: At the existing centres and also at future centres, people will join courses of various durations including ten days and longer ones. Such devoted grateful meditators give donations. This will allow proper management of the existing and future centres.
However, in Pagoda, there is no entry fee now and there will be no entry fee in future. No residential Vipassana courses are held here and hence no donations will come from grateful students. This may lead to financial crisis at Pagoda leading to loss of purity.

The grandeur of Pagoda along with the huge pillar-less dome seating ten thousand people will surely attract people. They will want to use it for their personal, familial, social, political, sectarian and other gatherings. They will offer large sum for such usage. Present and future trustees have to be careful to avoid falling prey to this evil temptation that may lead to loss of purity of the Pagoda. Then, where will the hundreds of thousands of rupees required for repair, maintenance, electricity, water etc come from? In view of this, it has been decided to create a Corpus Fund the interest on which will take care of the present and future management of the Pagoda.

Just as thousands of meditators from India and the rest of the world contributed to the completion of the Pagoda, all will participate in the creation of this Corpus Fund.

We have a large number of teachers and trustees of our centres and of the Pagoda and even larger number of meditators all over India and the rest of the world. If any of them agree with the suggestion of Goenkaji to form a Corpus Fund, he or she can contribute as per his or her capacity with devotion and gratitude. Instead of sending the contribution directly to the Pagoda, meditator may give money to local centres requesting them to pass on the same to the Pagoda.

Generous donors will certainly ensure that the Corpus Fund target is met. One may give the donation in monthly installments. Any noble contribution to this noble cause will benefit many for a long time in future.
Just as in our tradition at Vipassana centres, only the requirement is made known and the names of the donors are never published; here too the names of the donors will not be published.

The donors should understand one more thing—the Corpus Fund will remain untouched and only the interest earned out of the fund will be used; and that too only for the management and maintenance of the Pagoda. Goenkaji is making a credible, reliable and legal arrangement for this.

The Sacred Relics donated to the Pagoda by late Ven. Vipulasara Mahathera of the Maha Bodhi Society, by the late Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Sirimao Bandarnayake and the relics given by the arahat Webu Sayadaw have been enshrined in the Pagoda. Goenkaji is confident that the Pagoda thus sanctified by the Sacred Relics will endure for 2500 years to protect the Sacred Relics continuously and, being a glorious symbol of the teaching of the Buddha, will spread its message for the benefit of many. This is the sole aim of the Corpus Fund.

Goenkaji sends metta to all.

Donating for the Global Vipassana Pagoda Beautification Projects

Global Vipassana Pagoda is a monument in memory of Sayagyi U Ba Khin for whom all of us have feelings of great respect and gratitude. Therefore it is appropriate that this monument should be of world class and last for centuries.

The construction of the Global Vipassana Pagoda is now complete. It has taken over 11 years to build. Apart from the cost of land, about . 800 million (US $16.8 million) have been spent in the construction of the Pagoda.

Many Vipassana meditato from India and around the world have peonally contributed to it and gained boundless merits. The Global Vipassana Pagoda is unique among the historical monuments of the world. It is therefore essential that the Pagoda awesome size should be matched by an elegant exterior and surroundings.

A major portion of beautification projects of the Pagoda are pending. Therefore, all connected with the worldwide Vipassana mission in their individual capacity as well as all Vipassana centres may avail themselves of the opportunity to earn merits by participating in the remaining beautification projects of the Pagoda.

Donations are also being accepted from non meditators too.

Important Pending projects USD INR
Beautification of the Global Vipassana Pagoda
Much work remains in putting up ornamental designs on the Pagoda, decorating the canopy, canopy pilla, and the vees (dohas) on the Pagoda walls. The Parikrama path will be laid with marble (to ease walking barefoot even on hot days). Estimated cost of completion of these projects is.
$260,000 1,25,00,000
Landscaping around the Global Vipassana Pagoda
Landscaping the outer areas of the Pagoda, building parks and roads, laying water lines etc. will require about.
$530,000 2,50,00,000
Gong Tower: $25,000 12,50,000
Cell Pagoda Dome: $80,000 40,00,000
2 Auditoriums: $180,000 90,00,000
Library: $60,000 30,00,000
Security and Information Centre: $445,000 2,22,50,000
Maintenance: Estimated cost is $900 (Per day) $324,000 1,62,00,000
Boundary Wall: $335,000 1,67,50,000
Pagoda Parikrama Flooring: $670,000 3,35,00,000
Landscaping: $670,000 3,35,00,000
Estimated Total Funds needed $3,579,000 17,89,50,000

How to donate to the Global Vipassana Pagoda

  1. Donation through Cheque/Draft
    Donation Cheque/Draft favoring “Global Vipassana Foundation” payable at Mumbai can be sent to the following address:
    Kamlesh Vikamsey
    Khimji Kunverji & Co.
    Sunshine Tower, Level 19,
    Senapati Bapat Marg,
    Elphinstone Road,
    Mumbai 400013,
    Tel: +91 22 2439 1111
    Website: www.kkc.in

  2. Donations through Core Banking (within India )
    Donations to “Global Vipassana Foundation” can now be remitted from anywhere in India through any branch of the AXIS BANK LTD. under core banking system.

    Global Vipassana Foundation
    A/C NO: ‐ 911010032397802
    IFSC CODE:‐ UTIB0000062,
    MICR CODE:‐ 400211011
    MUMBAI‐ 400064

  3. Donations from Outside India can be remitted through SWIFT transfer to Bank of India
    SWIFT Transfer details are as follows:

    Name of the Bank : J P Morgan Chase Bank
    A/c. No. : 0011407376
    Swift: CHASUS33
    Address :
    New York, US

    Global Vipassana Foundation
    Bank Of India
    Stock Exchange Branch.
    A/C No008610100011250
    Swift Code BKIDINBBBLD
    FORT, Mumbai 400001

Copy of communication may please be enclosed to kamlesh@kkc.in.

For donation made through option 3 & 4 Please Inform
Kamlesh Vikamsey
Global Vipassana Foundation
Khimji Kunverji & Co.
Sunshine Tower, Level 19,
Senapati Bapat Marg,
Elphinstone Road,
Mumbai 400013,
Tel: +91 22 2439 1111OR
Email to: Kamlesh@kkc.in
Please inform all relevant details such as Name, Address & Contact Number, so that the receipt of your donation can be sent to you.

Please find the Cancel and Refund policy of Global Vipassana Foundation here.