Located between the Gorai Creek and Arabian Sea on a donated land, Global Vipassana Pagoda is a meditation hall which was inaugurated by the then President of India, Ms. Pratibha Patil, on 8th February 2009. The pagoda was built with a purpose to serve peace and harmony in the society and the world. It has been constructed to honor the teachings of Buddha and the community of monks who practice Buddhism. There is no entry fee to see the Pagoda or for the tour guides. However, you must carry your identity proof (for foreign nationals) such as a passport, driver’s license, etc.
The construction of Global Vipassana Pagoda began in 2000 and was completed in 2008. The Pagoda has been built as a gratitude to Myanmar (Burma) for preserving the Vipassana culture over the years. It is also believed that the shape of Global Vipassama Pagoda has been inspired from the Shwedagon Pagoda which is in Yangon (Myanmar). The architecture and technology used in building the Pagoda is supposed to make the edifice last at least a 1000 years.
Global Vipassana Pagoda also conducts 10-days meditation courses which are free of cost. All courses are managed on the basis of donations received by ex-students. Thus, although you are not expected to pay anything, however, a donation is essentially useful for the benefit of future students just like you would benefit from the donation given by students before you. A regular day during the meditation course begins as early as 04:00 A.M. and includes 10-hour meditation each day with regular rest periods. There is also a daily video-taped lecture by Late. Shri. Satya Narayan Goenka, who was the teacher in this Pagoda. The lecture normally takes place in the evening. Expect observing “noble silence” during the course which implies you arent allowed to speak with anybody except the management (if the need arise) and the instructor.
For more details, check the official website.