The International Meditation Center – USA was founded in 1988 to promote the practice of Buddhist Vipassana meditation as taught by the late Sayagyi U Ba Khin. The practice is aimed at developing a calm mind leading to the realization of Nibbana.
From the time of the Buddha, over 2500 years ago, Buddhist meditation has mainly been practiced within the monastic order.
Sayagyi U Ba Khin encountered the teachings as a layman and realized the importance of Buddhist meditation to modern man. He had a unique ability to teach lay people meditation. Sayagyi U Ba Khin became a highly respected meditation teacher in Burma. He taught students from all over the world until his demise in 1971.
Since then, his leading disciple Mother Sayamagyi has carried on the tradition. She has taught meditation for more than fifty years and has established further International Meditation Centers worldwide.
Ten-day residential meditation courses are held approximately every other month at IMC-USA. They begin on a Friday evening and end early on a Monday morning. The courses are led by a regional teacher under the guidance of Mother Sayamagyi.
Anyone who comes with an open mind can gain the necessary confidence in the technique. The benefits will be proportional to the amount of balanced effort made.
The students who attend the meditation courses are from all walks of life, professions, religions and cultural backgrounds.