This year marks the 50th anniversary since our late teacher, Satya Narayan Goenka (1924-2013), brought Vipassana meditation back to its country of origin, India.
Although Indian by descent, S.N. Goenka was born and raised in Burma (Myanmar). While living there he came into contact with Sayagyi U Ba Khin and learned the technique of Vipassana from him in 1955. After receiving training from U Ba Khin for fourteen years, Goenkaji went to India in 1969 and began teaching Vipassana.
As Goenkaji explains in the evening discourses of a 10-day Vipassana course: the initial idea was to teach the Dhamma to some close relatives, but —although he knew only a handful out of the millions of people in India— other people kept coming, also wanting to participate in a course. Goenka delayed his return to Myanmar indefinitely and traveled across India for years, conducting course after course.