In a joint effort to promote mindfulness and self-discovery, the Thabarwa Dhamma Gaya Meditation Centre, in collaboration with esteemed organizations such as the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Calcutta, the Maha Bodhi Society of India, and the Angarika Dhammapala International Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Sarnath, is set to host a life-changing seven-day Vipassana course. Taking place from June 30th to July 6th, this immersive experience will unfold at the sacred Mahabodhi Mahavihara, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned as the site where the Buddha achieved enlightenment over 2,500 years ago.
Derived from the Pali language, Vipassana translates to “insight” and represents an ancient meditation technique designed to cultivate self-awareness and mental clarity. Rooted in the teachings of the historical Buddha, this course will provide participants with a unique opportunity to embark on a transformative journey under the guidance of the revered Venerable Dr. Virakari from Thabarwa Dhamma Gaya Meditation Centre in Yangon, Myanmar.
The Mahabodhi Mahavihara’s serene and spiritually charged ambiance makes it the perfect setting for individuals seeking solace and introspection. Nestled within its grounds is the sacred Bodhi tree, believed to be a direct descendant of the very tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. Participants will have the privilege of meditating in this auspicious environment, amplifying their connection to the profound teachings of the Buddha.
Over the course of seven days, attendees will engage in intensive meditation sessions, focusing on developing mindfulness, concentration, and deep insight. Encouraged to observe their thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations, participants will gain a profound understanding of their own mental and physical processes. The course offers a supportive and conducive environment, allowing participants to disconnect from the distractions of everyday life and fully immerse themselves in their practice.
This collaborative effort between Thabarwa Dhamma Gaya Meditation Centre, the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Calcutta, the Maha Bodhi Society of India, and the Angarika Dhammapala International Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies signifies a shared commitment to preserving and promoting the teachings of the Buddha. By bringing together experts from diverse fields, this course promises a comprehensive and enriching experience for all participants.
Ven. Dr. Virakari, the esteemed meditation master from Thabarwa Dhamma Gaya Meditation Centre in Myanmar, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming course, stating, “The seven-day Vipassana course at Mahabodhi Mahavihara presents a rare opportunity to delve deep into the practice of mindfulness and experience personal transformation. We hope that participants will find solace and gain invaluable insights that will positively impact their lives.”
Dr. Ujjwal Kumar, head of the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Calcutta, anticipates the participation of 150 Burmese and other Buddhist Vipassana practitioners, all dedicated to the path of insight meditation. This diverse gathering of like-minded individuals will undoubtedly foster an atmosphere of shared growth and understanding.
If you’re seeking a transformative experience that combines ancient wisdom with contemporary mindfulness techniques, the seven-day Vipassana course at Mahabodhi Mahavihara is an opportunity not to be missed. Prepare to embark on a profound journey of self-discovery in the sacred land where the Buddha himself found enlightenment.