S. N. Goenka

1924 - 2013

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Satya Narayana Goenka (ISO 15919: Satyanārāyaṇ Goyankā; Burmese: ဦးဂိုအင်ကာ; MLCTS: u: gui ang ka; 29 January 1924 – 29 September 2013) was an Indian teacher of Vipassanā meditation. Born in Burma to an Indian business family, he moved to India in 1969 and started teaching meditation. His teaching emphasized that the Buddha's path to liberation was non-sectarian, universal, and scientific in character. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of S. N. Goenka has received more than 1,009,895 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). S. N. Goenka is the 2,692nd most popular writer (down from 2,521st in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Myanmar (Burma) (down from 15th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Burmese Writer.

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Among writers, S. N. Goenka ranks 2,692 out of 5,794Before him are Tian Han, Ai Qing, Eumelus of Corinth, Monteiro Lobato, Cassandra Clare, and Philitas of Cos. After him are Vincas Kudirka, Kamo no Chōmei, Étienne Jodelle, Marlen Haushofer, Yasushi Inoue, and Apostolo Zeno.

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Among people born in 1924, S. N. Goenka ranks 175Before him are S. R. Nathan, John Hansen, Jean Girault, Michel Constantin, Olivier Gendebien, and Josef Škvorecký. After him are Aman Andom, Élias Sarkis, Rudolf Barshai, Luděk Pachman, Edward Cassidy, and William Auld. Among people deceased in 2013, S. N. Goenka ranks 158Before him are Abdul Rahim Hatif, Eiji Toyoda, Juan José Linz, Bill Foulkes, Jimmy Fontana, and Gérard de Villiers. After him are Francis Hong Yong-ho, Patti Page, Armando Trovajoli, Cory Monteith, Gerda Lerner, and Henrique Rosa.

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In Myanmar (Burma)

Among people born in Myanmar (Burma), S. N. Goenka ranks 18 out of 26Before him are Htin Kyaw (1946), Diana Abgar (1859), Nick Drake (1948), Thibaw Min (1859), Win Myint (1951), and Bodawpaya (1745). After him are Saw Maung (1928), Soe Win (1947), Khin Nyunt (1939), Helen (1938), Charles Maung Bo (1948), and James Wilby (1958).

Among WRITERS In Myanmar (Burma)

Among writers born in Myanmar (Burma), S. N. Goenka ranks 2Before him are Saki (1870).