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S. N. Goenka (1924-2013) and his legacy

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:14 am

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The purpose of this thread is to have a venue for posting about the great legacy this Dhamma master left us with and his great achievements with the Dhamma and spreading of the Dhamma. Feel free to post photos, stories, information about his success with propagating Dhamma, prison outreach, etc. Since this is in the Shrine sub-forum, all posts must be completely Respectful toward this great teacher and legend of the Dhamma. Any questions or critiques of his Vipassana techniques must be in other threads in other sub-forums, not here. Thanks for your cooperation.

Goenka-ji's main website:
http://www.dhamma.org/

Info about his passing from the dhamma.org website:
http://www.dhamma.org/en/passing.shtml

Dhamma Wheel thread about his passing on Sept. 29, 2013:
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=18744
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Re: S. N. Goenka (1924-2013) and his legacy

Postby Bodhisurfer » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:10 am

I just heard of his death yesterday. A truly great man and a sad loss. I have been so impressed and inspired by his almost 'secular' approach to vipassana. His organisations dana based approach to funding its courses
I took this from the Huffington Post this morning
'Indeed, the very notion that meditation may be practiced in a non-religious, non-sectarian way owes much to Goenka himself. Basically a rationalist and a pragmatist, Goenka emphasized that meditation was not spirituality and not religion, but more like a technology - a set of tools for upgrading and optimizing the mind....You don't have to believe anything, wear special clothes, or chant special words in order to calm the mind, improve memory, and attain the various other benefits of meditation.'

I'm thankful for his life
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Postby Ben » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:08 am

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Postby Sanjay PS » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:12 am

The Path of Dhamma

The path of Dhamma is no picnic . It is a strenuous march steeply up the hill . If all the comrades desert you , Walk alone ! Walk alone ! with all the Thrill !!

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Postby Ben » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:58 am

Thanks Sanjay.
Your story reminds me of when I was residing at VMC Dhammagiri in 1989/90.
Goenkaji - despite his gregarious personality, was incredibly humble and self effacing. I could tell he really didn't like his students dropping to and touching his feet. If one of his western students were to do it - he wouldn't hesitate to admonish them.

I also remember sitting on ten-day courses with him in Australia. Back then, he would invite students to come to the front of the Dhamma Hall after 9PM and ask questions - in turn. Sometimes the questions were silly, or he would find something humorous about the question and laugh. But it was a laughter that was full of metta. Sitting in front of him and his wife and asking questions, I remember being suffused by a great river of metta.
He was an incredible teacher and I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to meet him, but also to sit with him and serve him.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Postby Ben » Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:27 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Postby Ben » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:18 am

Shinzen Young on the influence of SN Goenka and Sayagi U Ba Khin on his teaching style:

http://shinzenyoung.blogspot.com.au/201 ... asses.html
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Postby Sanjay PS » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:35 am

The link below opens into an inspirational speech given by Goenkaji in the year 2000 at the UN Peace Summit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwV9wnBrZps
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Postby Sanjay PS » Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:48 pm

A beautiful video titled " Pilgrimage to the Sacred Land".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=albRE0Gme94

Takes one through what Goenkaji cherished most , and shared with so many innumerable beings across the world tirelessly . As the video footage starts , the chant of homage paid to Lord Buddha by Goenkaji , is so powerful and deep , the heart vibrates in reverence.

An ever inspiring footage , in the galaxy of the shinning stars of Dhamma.

sanjay
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Postby Ben » Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:34 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Postby Ben » Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:40 pm

To express gratitude to Pujya Guruji Shri Satya Narayan Goenkaji, there will be live webcasting on Sunday Oct 6th from 10 am to 2 pm. We will be uploading videos periodically every 20-30 mins.

Our youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/VipassanaOrg

To express gratitude to Pujya Guruji Shri S N Goenkaji, a group sitting is being held at the Global Vipassana Pagoda on Sunday 6th, October 2013 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Guruji's relics will be kept at the Pagoda for this group sit. Registration is compulsory, call on 02233747501, 33747543, 33747544 or visit http://oneday.globalpagoda.org/ or sms on 9930399301. For Live Telecast, visit www.globalpagoda.org/gratitude
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Postby greenthumb » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:27 pm

I was able to sit and serve with SN Goenka back in the late 90s at a Vipassana California retreat. As a server in the kitchen we had a cozy little group that would meditate with our teacher and have questions answered as well. My eyes leaked every time I sat with him and I felt very shy, I could hardly introduce myself my voice decided to hide as well. It was kind of an overwhelming experience, even though I had many retreats under my belt by that time. I was glad I could hide in the soap bubbles whilst washing dishes most of the day. My first Dhamma teacher and my meditation teachers helped me save my life and I will always be grateful. That's what I told Mr Goenka, I think that's why my eyes leaked, tears of gratitude.
Form is like a glob of foam; feeling, a bubble; perception, a mirage; fabrications, a banana tree; consciousness, a magic trick this has been taught by the Kinsman of the Sun. Phena Sutta: Foam

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Postby Sanjay PS » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:00 pm

A full account of Goenakjis passing away , and the days there after is given below .




http://www.vridhamma.org/UploadNewslett ... 013-10.pdf


The Buddha said


Licchavis, the manifestation of five gems is rare in the world. What five? (1) The manifestation of a Tathāgata, an Arahant, a Perfectly Enlightened One is rare in the world. (2) A person who can teach the Dhamma and discipline proclaimed by a Tathāgata is rare in the world. (3) When the Dhamma and discipline proclaimed by a Tathāgata has been taught, a person who can understand it is rare in the world. (4) When the Dhamma and discipline proclaimed by a Tathāgata has been taught, a person who can understand it and practice in accordance with the Dhamma is rare in the world. (5) A grateful and thankful person is rare in the world. Licchavis, the manifestation of these five gems is rare in the world. ~~ AN 5.195 ~~
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Postby Ben » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:04 pm

This is an excellent memorial piece published in Tricycle by one of SN Goenka's early western students.

http://www.tricycle.com/travel/8000-miles-india
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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