Films about Vipassana meditation

Goenkaji answers some fundamental questions about Vipassana meditation and the science of mind and matter.

Students from around Europe discuss how they discovered meditation and how it has shaped their lives. Shot on location at Dhamma Atala in Italy.

A very useful brief summary of how a residential course covers the three principal elements of Vipassana meditation.

 Goenkaji’s address to the Millennium World Peace Summit in New York.


A short documentary about British children learning Anapana as part of their school activities, giving their unique perspective on how it works.


Schoolchildren’s experiences with Anapana meditation and the benefits both at home and in school.


Anapana meditation for children and young people in socially deprived areas of Newark, New Jersey, USA.


This trailer previews the full documentary that is the next film in this library.


A beautifully made feature documentary film about the transformative effect of Vipassana meditation on the inmates of one of India’s toughest jails.



Sightseeing flight around the double centre Dīpa/Padhāna during the annual assistant teachers’ meeting, May 2019.

Drone flight around the double centre Dīpa/Padhāna 2021


The spread of Vipassana from Burma to India and subsequently throughout the world, as told by the early students of S.N. Goenka.

This second instalment explores how pagodas came to be built at Western meditation centres of the Vipassana tradition.

Life of Emporer Ashoka and the spread of Dhamma from India to Burma, leading to the Vipassana lineage of Teachers from Ledi Sayadaw to Sayagyi U Ba Khin and S.N. Goenka.

Life of Ven. Ledi Sayadaw (1846–1923), the first Vipassana teacher that we know of in this tradition in modern times.

Life of Saya Thetgyi (1873–1945), a critical link between the great monk Ven. Ledi Sayadaw and Sayagyi U Ba Khin, in helping to establish a tradition of Vipassana householder teachers.


Life of Webu Sayadaw (1896–1977), one of the most venerated monks in Burma, an arahant, who encouraged Sayagyi U Ba Khin to start teaching Vipassana meditation.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Life of Sayagyi U Ba Khin (1899–1971) the foremost lay teacher of Vipassana meditation in Myanmar (Burma) and S.N. Goenka’s teacher. He had a strong conviction that "the time-clock of Vipassana has now struck" for the worldwide revival of the Buddha’s path to liberation.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​







Life of S.N. Goenka (1924–2013) – Part 1. S.N. Goenka’s early years: his childhood, his training under Sayagyi U Ba Khin and the establishment of Dhamma in India.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Life of S.N. Goenka (1924–2013) – Part 2: The spread of Dhamma and development of Vipassana meditation centres throughout the world, from 1979 to 1999.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Life of S.N. Goenka (1924–2013) – Part 3: Goenka engaged in numerous activities and projects that show a deep gratitude to his teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin, and Myanmar (Burma) for the flowering of Dhamma worldwide.​​​​​​​

This overview explores how Vipassana meditation survived for 2500 years despite many challenges and crises.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​A video about future planning of Dhamma Dipa constructions​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Click below for the BBC audio on Vipassana meditation