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Re: Goenka died today

Postby dagon » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:01 am

Ben wrote:
David N. Snyder wrote:I remember in a talk I went to in Los Angeles that he gave many years ago, when someone asked if he was a guru. His response was something like, "avoid the clutches of a guru at all costs."

Greatly admired and famous, yet very humble.


Indeed. I had the opportunity to meet and serve Goenkaji during the 1980s-1990 on a number of times both here in Australia and India. Despite his gregarious personality, he was self-effacing and incredibly humble.
During my first long-course he impressed upon us all the need to develop our own self-reliance on the path, to become independent.
He was a great guy.
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Speaking on my own behalf (but I suspect many hold the same view) the qualities that you speak of are the same ones that we see in you from your conduct on DW. My interest in what he had taught comes from your conduct on the forum. If you will excuse the term – you have served your master very well.

Metta and Karuna to you and the rest of his very large family

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Re: Goenka died today

Postby Ben » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:04 pm

dagon wrote:
Ben wrote:
David N. Snyder wrote:I remember in a talk I went to in Los Angeles that he gave many years ago, when someone asked if he was a guru. His response was something like, "avoid the clutches of a guru at all costs."

Greatly admired and famous, yet very humble.


Indeed. I had the opportunity to meet and serve Goenkaji during the 1980s-1990 on a number of times both here in Australia and India. Despite his gregarious personality, he was self-effacing and incredibly humble.
During my first long-course he impressed upon us all the need to develop our own self-reliance on the path, to become independent.
He was a great guy.
kind regards,

Ben


Speaking on my own behalf (but I suspect many hold the same view) the qualities that you speak of are the same ones that we see in you from your conduct on DW. My interest in what he had taught comes from your conduct on the forum. If you will excuse the term – you have served your master very well.

Metta and Karuna to you and the rest of his very large family

paul


Thank you, Paul, for your kind words.
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Re: Goenka died today

Postby Ben » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:05 pm

Please read below this heartening account written by US acariyas, just arrived in Mumbai. You may pass it on to anyone you feel would like to read it.

With all my metta,

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> On Sep 30, 2013, at 10:03 AM, William Crecelius wrote:
>
>> Dear Dhamma Brothers and Sisters,
>>
>> We arrived in Bombay last night and when we woke up this morning we heard of Goenkaji's passing. We thought we would share with you our experience here.
>>
>> Neha, her mom, Anne and I went over to the house this morning as soon as we finished sitting. They had commandeered a large part of the parking lot for people to leave their shoes and then we were ushered into a large room where they had set out chairs and dhurries for people to sit on. We were fortunate to be one of the first groups ushered up the the 13th floor where they had Goenkaji laid out in a stainless steel coffin with a glass top so you could see him inside. It was not the same one as in the picture that is making its way around and it was in a different room. I think that they probably had to shift some things around because so many people were coming. Originally he was in the shrine room which was too small for many people to pay their last respects.
>>
>> We paid our last respects to Goenkaji and moved into the room that you see in the picture I mentioned above. Mattaji, Elaichi Ben, and later Sila Devi were sitting there together and we went up to pay our respects. It was very nice and she recognized Anne and I and gave us a big smile.
>>
>> It felt very nice there and we stayed for a short while. I had a chance to talk to Sham and he told me that Goenkaji had taken dinner and was in a very jovial mood afterwards. Sometime after dinner he took rest and didn't feel well and the doctor taking his blood pressure said it started dropping. It went down, down, down right to zero. Then it popped back up a couple of times and then nothing. Mataji, Sham and some other brothers and family members were there and it was all very peaceful he said. It was about 10:40 or 10:45 pm Bombay time.
>>
>> This morning the phone was ringing off the hook for a short while here, but after that it has all been very quiet. At the house all those that came were very peaceful and quiet. There were no emotional acts apart from a few who were crying. As one looked around the waiting hall many people were meditating. It was very nice.
>>
>> For many of us he was so much a part of our lives, from when we were very young, and this is the end of an era. A new one is beginning and I think he left us with the tools to take over and move forward.
>>
>> Metta, Bill and Anne
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Re: Goenka died today

Postby bodom » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:09 pm

:candle:

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Goenka died today

Postby pegembara » Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:09 am

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Re: Goenka died today

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:02 am

One of SN Goenka's students has shared some photos of the funeral procession yesterday.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wobblyturk ... 091871045/

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Re: Goenka died today

Postby Weakfocus » Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:08 am

A youtube user 'Harshal Modi' has uploaded certain videos of the funeral procession.

There are also some images and updates on twitter.


An article: ‘Vipassana was like coming home’

Zarina Mehta Screwvala wrote:On September 29, Vipassana acharya S.N. Goenkaji passed away. He died as he lived, aware and smiling. It is impossible for any student to express the sense of gratitude one feels towards their teacher. I wrote this as his funeral procession was taking place, spending this time practising Vipassana and co-ordinating some details for the Vipassana PR committee I'm on. I know he will approve.
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Re: Goenka died today

Postby rohana » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:31 pm

Truly a sad day indeed. He did so much for the promulgation of Vipassanā.

Aniccā vata Saṅkhārā!

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Re: Goenka died today

Postby Ben » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:01 am

The ashes of the late S.N Goenka will be scattered in three places in the Irrawaddy River in Burma (Myanmar). The ashes are scheduled to arrive at Yangon International Airport, on Monday October 7 at 2:00pm by air from India.

The ashes will be taken to Dhamma Joti Meditation Centre in Yangon, in a special vehicle decorated with flowers. People will be allowed to pay respects overnight.

The next morning the ashes will be taken to Myit Kyi Nar (Capital City of Kachin State, Northern Myanmar) by air. The first scattering site will be at the Myit Sone (beginning point) of the Irrawaddy River. On Wednesday October 9, the remaining ashes will be taken to Mandalay, Goenkaji’s birthplace, and scattered into the Irrawaddy River there.

On the evening of the same day, the remaining ashes will be brought back to Yangon for an overnight public tribute in Dhamma Joti Meditation Centre.

The final scattering will be by boat in the morning on Thursday October 10 at the entrance of the Yangon River.


Sitagu Sayadaw will take care of S.N. Goenka final journey toward Ayeyarwaddy river, over 500 monks and ten of thousands of followers with 10 big ships will follow final spread of Ashes in the river on 10th October, the place where he was born.
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Re: Goenka died today

Postby Ben » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:39 am

The ashes of SN Goenka at the Global Pagoda, Mumbai, yesterday.

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Re: Goenka died today

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Re: Goenka died today

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:11 am

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The scattering of Goenkaji's ashes in the Yangon River, covered by Myanmar media, today.
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Re: Goenka died today

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:35 pm

Vipassana meditation master’s ashes scattered in Yangon, Ayeyawady rivers

English text and photos:
http://elevenmyanmar.com/national/3675- ... ady-rivers

Burmese tv coverage:

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Re: Goenka died today

Postby Sanjay PS » Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:45 am

...and it was on the 29th . morning while dropping them to school , when our little girl , exclaimed to her little brother ; look, look , the skies and clouds above are appearing so different . i glanced up through the car window , and indeed so , the vastness of the blue and the etching of the clouds were rarified in its purity .

i am so glad that i was not the one who noticed the difference , probably then making me biased on this observation.

Also on the 25th. of May this year , there was this deep quake in the womb of Mother Earth , which left sesimologists and scientists all across the word astonished , scrambling to find an explanation. The earth quaked deep under ( at about 380 miles inwards ), making the plates tremble and slide over the other at a speed of 14 times of that super sonic . (http://phys.org/news/2013-09-seismologi ... quake.html)

One can well imagine with that much pressure and weight bearing down , the speeds measured go beyond comprehension .

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Re: Goenka died today

Postby appicchato » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:39 am

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-micha ... r,buddhism

Thinking (some of) the comments here may help some to get an idea of the benefits this great man helped to propagate... :candle:
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Re: Goenka died today

Postby Ben » Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:04 am

appicchato wrote:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-michaelson/sn-goenka-dead_b_4016374.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular,buddhism

Thinking (some of) the comments here may help some to get an idea of the benefits this great man helped to propagate... :candle:


That is an excellent article, Bhante.
I am waiting on a memorial issue of the Vipassana research institute's newsletter which will have an obit by William Hart (author of The Art of Living), and contributions from senior teachers and meditators. There will also be a memorial edition of the Australian newsletter that will contain contributions from local teachers and practitioners.
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