The ashes of Satya Narayan Goenka, master instructor of Vipassana meditation, arrived in Yangon on Monday to be scattered in the Yangon River and the Ayeyawady River.
S.N. Goenka was a Myanmar citizen of Indian descent who introduced Vipassana meditation in India and trained more than 800 assistant teachers. Each year, more than 100,000 people attend Goenka-inspired Vipassana courses.
Goenka passed away in India on September 29 at the age of 90. His funeral was held two days later. His ashes, flown to Yangon from Mumbai on Monday, were placed at Dhammazawti Vipassana Meditation Centre. Some of the ashes were scattered in the Yangon River from the Botahtaung jetty yesterday morning, while the rest were reserved for worship at the Park Royal Hotel from 3-5 p.m. yesterday.
Some of the ashes have been flown to Kachin State’s capital Myitkyina today and scattered in the Ayeyawady River. Goenka’s burial urn will be then be carried to Yaytaguntaung Meditation Centre in Mandalay, where the remaining ashes will be scattered in the Ayeyawady River on Thursday according to arrangements by the Thidagu Sayadaw Ashin Nanissara.
During a visit to Myanmar in December last year, Goenka held a Dhamma talk attended by both local and foreign Yogis.
“Doing Vipassana meditation is not conversing from one religion to another,” Goenka said during the talk. “This is why people from different societies have been able to do Vipassana meditation without difficulty. The purpose of Vipassana meditation is to achieve good morals and train oneself to control and purify the mind.”