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Jan 6, 2012

Global Vipassana Pagoda Photographs

Global Vipassana Pagoda, Mumbai, India, at night 
 from Maharashtra Tourism website (Mumbai is capital city of Maharashtra state)
View of the main marble stairway 
Visitors thronging the main stairway
 Global Pagoda at night

Global Pagoda dome (pix from Wikimedia)
View of Global Pagoda from Gorai Ferry Jetty
A ferry passes by the Global Vipassana Pagoda

Adjacent Burmese style structures - as gratitude to Burma for preserving Vipassana in purity, for millennia

The Asoka Pillar in Global Vipassana Pagoda premises.
Emperor Asoka, an ardent Vipassana practitioner, was instrumental in sharing the Buddha's universal teachings of Dhamma within and outside India.
December 23, 2011. More Global Pagoda photos from this Picasa Album

Myanmar Gate, seen from atop main entrance steps to Global Pagoda

One of intricately engraved wooden entrance doors to the stone dome Dhamma Hall 

Global Pagoda, seen outside Dhamma Pattana Vipassana Centre

Dhamma Pattana Vipassana meditation centre, adjacent to the Global Pagoda

View from ferry 
Global Vipassana Pagoda as seen from the Borivili National Park

October 4, 2011. From mumbai-eyed.blogspot.com

Global Vipassana Pagoda in the Mumbai city horizon 
The Myanmar Gate entrance to the Global Vipassana Pagoda. The entrance, under construction, is similar to the entrance to Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, and is built as gratitude to Burma that preserved the teaching of Vipassana in its purity. More Global Pagoda photographs in this Picasa Album

The inner dome of the Global Pagoda, the vast meditation hall that can seat approximately 8,000 Vipassana students. This is the world's largest stone-enclosed space of its kind without any supporting pillars, and is being termed a modern day wonder of the world.
At the centre is the raised, revolving platform from which Principal Vipassana teacher Sayagyi U S.N. Goenka gives instructions during special one-day Vipassana courses.

The Global Pagoda Dhamma Hall
Vipassana meditators inside the Inner Dome Dhamma Hall of the Global Pagoda.
(from Afternoon Dispatch and Courier, June 6, 2011. Article A Monumental Wonder)

Art Gallery of the Global Pagoda : the world's single largest collection of paintings on the life of Sammasambuddha Gotama.

(Afternoon Dispatch and Courier, June 6, 2011. Article A Monumental Wonder)
Global Pagoda Art Gallery on Sammasambuddha Gotama's life

Global Pagoda Art Gallery: Sammasambuddha Gotama being offered dana of rice cakes and honey from Tapassu and Bhallika, two merchants from Ukkala, Burma. 
Paintings from the Buddha Life History Gallery of Global Pagoda

Bell Tower of the Global Pagoda
(April 26, 2011. More Global Pagoda photographs from this Picasa Album )

Motif of Global Vipassana Pagoda, by artisans from Burma

Centre of the ceiling of the Dhamma Hall of Global Pagoda. The Dhamma Wheel marks the spot where the Sammasambuddha Gotama's bone relics are preserved *The bone relics serve as reminder that: a) the existence of the Buddha as a historical fact, and not as a mythological figure; b) the impermanence of all phenomena. o being escapes decay and death.  Liberation from suffering, at the deepest level, can be gained only from the actual, ardent, correct practice of Vipassana - the universal practice that a Sammasambuddha rediscovers.
 Students of S.N.College Mumbai, at the main stairway
Global Vipassana Pagoda during construction

 Global Vipassana Pagoda: The Light House of Dhamma.... May all beings be happy, be liberated from all suffering

Online application for beginners' 10-day residential Vipassana courses
More Photographs of the Global Vipassana Pagoda:

1. http://www.globalpagoda.org/pagoda-pictures
2. Construction of the Global Pagoda 
3.  Global Vipassana Pagoda - Mumbai's Haven of Peace
4. Photos from Tripadvisor
Please Note: Global Vipassana Pagoda photographs / visuals are not subject to any copyright. This Dhamma material may be freely used for non-commercial purposes only. For clarifications, kindly contact Global Vipassana Foundation.
* How to reach Global Vipassana Pagoda, Mumbai, India