Vipassana Meditation means "insight" or "to see things as they are". It is a
time honoured technique of self-transformation through self-observation rediscovered more than 25
centuries ago by Gautam Buddha. By direct experience meditators learn to objectively observe body
and mind, resulting in profound insight and mental purification.
Vipasana is unique in its lack of dogma; it is an non-sectarian technique
successfully practiced by people of all religions and cultural backgrounds. The malady of human
suffering is universal; therefore the remedy must be universal.
Assistant teachers of S.N. Goenka teach Vipassana meditation in residential
ten-day silent retreats at established meditation centers and non-center locations around the
Those who practice this meditation, report enhanced self-control, improved
relationships with others and an increase in harmony. Vipassana taught in prisons is proving to be
an effective tool for prisoners wanting to make changes in their way of life.