About VRI


During the Satipatthāna courses, Goenkaji noticed students studying the words of the Buddha (pariyatti), were encouraged and filled with gratitude when applying them in their meditation practice (patipatti). They found their understanding and practice strengthened, owing to their experiential understanding of the Buddha’s words. Naturally, some of them felt inspired to undertake further study, and to provide this opportunity, the Vipassana Research Institute was established.

Vipassana Research Institute (VRI), a non-profit-making body, was established in 1985 with the principal aim of conducting scientific research into the sources and applications of the Vipassana Meditation Technique.  

VRI imparted intensive residential Basic and Advanced training in Pali language for Indian and foreign students simultaneously. 


The Institute’s work focuses on the following main areas:

  1. Exploration of sources of Vipassana in the Tipitaka 

  2. Conduct courses in Pali language 

  3. Practical research into the application of Vipassana in daily life and its impact on society

  4. Publishing books and other inspirational material related to Vipassana


However after the Covid Pandemic in 2020 VRI now conducts online courses.

For more details visit: https://www.vridhamma.org/