According to the tradition of pure Vipassana, courses are run solely on a donation basis from old students. In this way courses are supported by those who have realized for themselves the benefits of the practice. Wishing to share these benefits with others, one gives a donation according to one's means and volition. Such donations are the only source of funding for course in this tradition around the world. There is no wealthy foundation or individual sponsoring them. Neither the teachers nor the organizers receive any kind of payment for their service. Thus, the spread of Vipassana is carried out with purity of purpose, free from any commercialism. Donations are accepted only from old students i.e. from students who have completed at least one ten-day Vipassana course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assisting teachers.
Donations made to Pune Vipassana Samiti have 80% exemption under section 80G of
the Income Tax act.
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