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Nov 16, 2011

Rare opportunities to earn and share merits participating in Global Vipassana Pagoda projects

Sabbadanam dhammadanam jinati
(The highest dana is the dana of Dhamma)
- Sammāsambuddha Gotama

The Global Vipassana Pagoda was built with selfless Dhamma service and voluntary donations from people worldwide, for the benefit and happiness of many.

"As with all other kamma, so too the kamma of dāna is good or bad according to the volition of one’s mind... The mind when giving must be free of craving, free of aversion, and free of ignorance... While giving such dāna, we do not consider our own benefit. Instead, we are delighted to see the happiness and welfare of the person receiving our dāna. When we take delight in the happiness of others, our minds become pure and tender and is freed from the limitations of narrow self-interest." 
-  Sayagyi U S.N. Goenka. Right Volition of Dana

Most infinite gratitude to Venerable Webu Sayadaw (1896 - 1977). He strongly exhorted Sayagyi U Ba Khin to teach Vipassana. He thereby enabled countless beings in modern times to benefit from Dhamma, through the visionary, Dhamma service of U Ba Khin's student and representative, Principal Vipassana Teacher Sayagyi U S.N.Goenka.

Infinite gratitude to Sayagyi U Ba Khin and Sayagyi U Goenka for compassionately emphasizing that theory and meditation practice of the Buddha's teachings must go together, and are equally important. Theory without meditation is being lame, in not taking actual steps to purify the mind and walk on the path of Dhamma. And practice without theory is walking blind.

May all beings benefit from the correct practice of Vipassana, and be liberated from all suffering.

Ongoing projects in the Global Vipassana Pagoda:

* Designs on the Pagoda, decorating the canopy, canopy pillar, and Dhamma verses on the Pagoda walls. The Parikrama path will be laid with a special marble from Burma (to ease walking barefoot even on hot days). Estimated cost of completion of these projects: US $260,000; INR 1,25,00,000
* Landscaping the outer areas of the Pagoda, building parks and roads, laying water lines etc. Estimated cost: US$ 530,000, INR 2,50,00,000
*Gong Tower : $25,000, INR 12,50,000
*Cell Pagoda Dome: $80,000, INR 40,00,000
* Two auditoriums: $180,000, INR 90,00,000
* Dhamma Library: $60,000, INR 30,00,000
* Security and Information Centre: $445,000, INR 2,22,50,000
* Maintenance: Estimated cost $900 (Per day) $324,000, INR 1,62,00,000
* Boundary Wall: $335,000, INR 1,67,50,000
* Pagoda Parikrama Flooring: $670,000, INR 3,35,00,000
* Landscaping: $670,000, INR 3,35,00,000
* Estimated Total Funds needed: $3,579,000, INR 17,89,50,000

Corpus Fund for the Global Vipassana Pagoda
The Global Vipassana Foundation has established a Corpus Fund for uninterrupted management of the Vipassana Pagoda, to maintain the Pagoda successfully for centuries without any outside pressure.
This Corpus Fund cannot be utilized by any individual for personal gain. The income from this Fund, deposited in an Indian Government Bank, will be used for maintenance and daily expenditure of this unique Dhamma monument.

How to donate to the Global Vipassana Pagoda
  1. Donation through Cheque/Draft
    Donation Cheque/Draft favoring “Global Vipassana Foundation” payable at Mumbai can be sent to the following address:
    Kamlesh Vikamsey
    Khimji Kunverji & Co.
    Sunshine Tower, Level 19,
    Senapati Bapat Marg,
    Elphinstone Road,
    Mumbai 400013,
    Tel: +91 22 2439 1111
  2. Donations through Core Banking (within India )
    Donations to “Global Vipassana Foundation” can now be remitted from anywhere in India through any branch of the AXIS BANK LTD. under core banking system.
    Global Vipassana Foundation
    A/C NO: ‐ 911010032397802
    IFSC CODE:‐ UTIB0000062,
    MICR CODE:‐ 400211011
    MUMBAI‐ 400064

  3. Donations from Outside India can be remitted through SWIFT transfer to Bank of India
    SWIFT Transfer details are as follows:
    Name of the Bank : J P Morgan Chase Bank
    A/c. No. : 0011407376
    Swift: CHASUS33
    Address :
    New York, US
    Global Vipassana Foundation
    Bank Of India
    Stock Exchange Branch.
    A/C No008610100011250
    Swift Code BKIDINBBBLD
    FORT, Mumbai 400001
Copy of communication may please be enclosed to kamlesh@kkc.in.
For donation made through option 3 & 4 Please Inform
Kamlesh Vikamsey
Global Vipassana Foundation
Khimji Kunverji & Co.
Sunshine Tower, Level 19,
Senapati Bapat Marg,
Elphinstone Road,
Mumbai 400013,
Tel: +91 22 2439 1111 Or
Email to: Kamlesh@kkc.in
Please inform all relevant details such as Name, Address & Contact Number, so that the receipt of your donation can be sent to you.
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