Sri Satyanarayanji Goenka was born in Mandalay, Myanmar in1924. Although he topped the list of all successful candidates in thewhole of Myanmar in the tenth class he could not continue hisstudies further because of financial constraints of his family. At avery early age he set up many commercial and industrial institutionsand earned fabulous wealth. He also established many social andcultural centres. Because of tension he became a victim of migraine,which could not be cured by doctors of Myanmar and of othercountries in the world. Then some one suggested him to take acourse of Vipassana. Vipassana has done well not only to him but ithas also been benefiting many others.
He learned Vipassana from Sayagyi U Ba Khin in 1955. Sitting atthe feet of his teacher he practices it for fourteen years He alsostudied the words of the Buddha during this period. He came to Indiain 1969 and conducted the first vipassana course in Mumbai. Afterthat a series of courses were held. In 1976 the first residentialcourse of vipassana was held in Igatpuri and the first centre ofvipassana was established here. Up till now 167 centres have beenestablished all over the world. New centres also are coming up. Atthese centres 1200 trained teachers teach vipassana in 59languages of the world. Not only ten- day courses are conducted atthese centres but also at some centres 20-day, 30-day, 45-day and60-day courses are conducted. All courses are free of charge. Theexpenses on food and accommodation etc. are met by the self-willedDana given by those who benefited from the course. Seeing itsbenevolent nature vipassana courses are held not only for theinmates of jails and school children in the world but also for policepersonnels, judges, government officers etc.