Saṅgha Dāna to commemorate
the first year of S.N. Goenka's passing
Over the decades, Goenkaji sponsored many Sangha Danas to express his profound gratitude and respect for the Sangha. It is traditional in Buddhist countries to offer a Sangha Dana in honor of a respected, revered elder or loved one on the one-year anniversary of their death. It is with this attitude that the Teachers and students of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka participated in this Maha Sangha Dana on September 14th, 2014 held at The Dhammakaya International Meditation Center, located in Azusa, California.
The Dhammakaya International Meditation Center has a large, spacious building and compound and was an ideal location to hold the Sangha Dana for Bhikkhus and Bhikkhunis and the many guests. It is the same place where Goenkaji performed a similar sized Sangha Dana during the 2002 Meditation Now Tour. Although this site is not associated with our Vipassana tradition, the Teachers and students of Vipassana as taught by Goenkaji were very grateful to be permitted to perform Maha Sangha Dana at Dhammakaya again, this time in honor of our beloved Teacher.
(photo by Henry Kao)