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Review of Global Vipassana Pagoda

Global Vipassana Pagoda
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a Meditation Hall near Gorai, North-west of Mumbai, India. The Pagoda was inaugurated by Pratibha Patil, then President of India on 8 February 2009.[1] It is built on donated land on a peninsula between Gorai creek and the Arabian Sea. The pagoda is to serve as a monument of peace and harmony. The Global Vipassana Pagoda has been built out of gratitude to the Buddha, his teaching and the community of monks practicing his teaching. Its traditional Burmese design is an expression of gratitude towards the country of Myanmar for preserving the practice of Vipassana. The shape of the pagoda is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda (Golden Pagoda) in Yangon, Myanmar. It was built combining ancient Indian and modern technology to enable it to last for a thousand years. The center of the Global Vipassana Pagoda contains the world's largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. The height of the dome is approximately 29 metres, while the height of the building is 96.12 meters, which is twice the size of the previously largest hollow stone monument in the world, the Gol Gumbaz Dome in Bijapur, India. External diameter of the largest section of the dome is 97.46m and the shorter sections is 94.82m. Internal diameter of the dome is 85.15m.[4] The inside of the pagoda is hollow and serves as a very large meditation hall with an area covering more than 6000 m2 (65,000 ft2). The massive inner dome seats over 8000 people enabling them to practice the non-sectarian Vipassana meditation as taught by Mr S.N. Goenka and now being practiced in over 100 countries. An inaugural one-day meditation course was held at the pagoda on 21 December 2008, with Mr S.N. Goenka in attendance as the teacher. The aim of the pagoda complex is, among others, to express gratitude to Gautama Buddha for dispensing what followers believe is a universal teaching for the eradication of suffering, to educate the public about the life and teaching of the Buddha, and to provide a place for the practice of meditation. 10-day vipassana meditation courses are held free of charge at the meditation centre that is part of the Global Vipassana Pagoda complex.
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“Beautiful from a distance”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

Pagoda is an amazing building anyone passionate about architecture would be impressed.
But and it is a big BUT : the fact that you are not allowed to go inside and sit in silence (that is if you have not completed a 10 day Vipassana meditation) after travelling more than 2 hours to get there is quite disappointing.

Visited February 2014
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Amritsar, India
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“peaceful is the word”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014

very peaceful, mesmerising place. beautiful architecture. very reflective sculptures. it reminds us of our great cultural and religious assets- vipassana or meditation being one of them.

Visited March 2013
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“A place of divine serenity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

If you come to Mumbai just for one day or even for 4-5 hours then Global Vipassana Pagoda might be a great choice for visit. It is located 40-60 minutes by taxi from the airport. The place is amazing by its calmness and inspirational tranquility. The pagoda is erected to promote vipassana meditation as a pass to reach a peace within yourself. I did two courses at Dhamma Pattana vipassana centers that are located nearby and can say that it really works. At the last day of the course we meditated in the Global Pagoda. Despite the fact the construction works are ongoing, it is unique feeling to meditate inside such a powerful place.

Visited December 2013
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Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium
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“marvelous pagoda”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

They ' re stil working on it , i visit it 3 times last year,and they really work hard to finish it ,but it will take still a long time to complete.
Its a nice trip by boat , and combine it with sanjay ghandi national park.

Visited September 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

First of all, a ferry ride is the most picturesque way to see Bombay. Leave from Versova and hop across Madh to Gorai.

The monument itself could hardly be more impressive. But it's the interior stone dome, reserved for meditators, that's the real attraction. When I really need to get away from the city, this is the closest place to do it.

Visited August 2013
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