Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living.
The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. There are no charges for the courses - not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.
The technique of Vipassana meditation that is taught in Executive courses is identical to that taught in regular 10-day courses. The only difference is that in an Executive course there are a few additional talks and sets of questions and answers by Mr. Goenka, who was a businessman himself for many years, that are specifically directed to using the principles of Vipassana to artfully deal with the problems and stresses of the business world.
The Dhamma Pattana center is situated inside the Global Vipassana Pagoda Complex. To reach it you have to come to Borivali and take a ferry boat from the Gorai jetty.
From Borivli (west) to Global Vipassana Pagoda
On Borivli Station come out on the west exit gate of the Station, take Bus Number 294 to Gorai Bus Depot or an Auto Rickshaw (smaller version of a taxi). After getting down at the Gorai creek take a ferry from Gorai Jetty (adjacent to the bus stand) which will take you to Esselworld. Then from Esselworld to Pagoda the walking distance is 5 to 10 minutes.
From Airport To Global Vipassana Pagoda
One can drive directly to the Global Vipassana Pagoda Site from the Airport ( tell the taxi driver to take you to Essel world ) the approximate driving time should be (2 1/2 hour). A ferry Service is available at the Gorai jetty to Essel World. Then from Esselworld to Pagoda the walking distance is 5 to 10 minutes.
Drive to the Global Vipassana Pagoda
You can also drive directly to the Global Vipassana Pagoda - if driving from Airport, then take the Western Express Highway upto Dahisar. On the Mira Bhayander road, take a left at the large Shivaji statue at Dahisar. You should see a signboard for Esselworld. Keep proceeding on the same road and take a left when you see the signboards for Esselworld. Drive all the way to the gate of Esselworld and inform the security that you want to go to the Global Vipassana Pagoda.