There have been a few outstanding teachers in the modern era who have helped to bring Dhamma to the people (one may think of Ven Nyanatiloka, Mahasi Sayadaw and Ajahn Chah and their disciples), and S N Goenka (1924-2013) is certainly one of the main lights in the upsurge of interest in Dhamma.
Born into an Indian family in Myanmar, he learned Dhamma at the feet of his master U Ba Khin, and managed to successfully take the teaching back to India, where it has been so successful vipassanā is now synonymous with Goenkaji’s teaching in that land; and many thousands of people throughout the world have been trained in his school of meditation teaching.
Beyond this he managed to inspire a generation of Dhamma propagators not only in India but throughout the world and has also been very influential in the fields of Dhamma study as well, with nearly all available editions of the Tipiṭaka on the internet being based on his transcription of the Myanmar Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana edition in the 90s.
This film was made in 2019, 50 years after Goenkaji started his missionary work, and includes interviews with some of his main assistant teachers, who talk about the difficulties they faced and Goenkaji’s confidence that Dhamma would prevail. It also includes clips with Goenkaji himself of course.
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