Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Golden Pagoda

The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a Meditation Hall near Gorai. 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. The shape of the pagoda is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagodain 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. It is twice the size of the previously largest hollow stone monument in the world, the Gol Gumbaz Dome in Bijapur, India. The inside of the pagoda is hollow and serves as a very large meditation hall that seats over 8000 people.

The aim of the pagoda complex is 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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