In 2002, at the age of 78, Mr Goenka embarked on a remarkable tour to the West. He travelled for four months through Europe and North America, giving many public talks, leading meditation sessions, giving media interviews and guiding students in private interviews.
The United Kingdom was the first stop of Mr Goenka’s tour. After a tour of 13,000 miles through the United State and Canada, he returned to Europe in August. He came to Belgium and travelled to the Netherlands and Germany as well.
During his stay at Dhamma Pajjota, several events were organised: public talks, interviews with the press, meditation sessions with students, a meeting at the European Union, etc. The highlight was a large one-day course with 800 participants from 20 different countries. This was the largest course ever held outside of South Asia.