Vipassana International Academy
Vipassana International Academy information
Located about 44km south of Nasik, Igatpuri is home to the headquarters of the world’s largest vipassana meditation institution, the Vipassana International Academy. Ten-day residential courses (advance bookings compulsory) are held throughout the year, though teachers warn that it requires rigorous discipline. Basic accommodation, food and meditation instruction are provided free of charge, but donations upon completion are accepted.
This strict form of meditation was first taught by Gautama Buddha in the 6th century BC and reintroduced to India by teacher SN Goenka in the 1960s.