Welcomes you Note: There is a twin site for Mahasi meditation in Europe: www. Here you can find information about Vipassana meditation in the tradition of the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma now Myanmar. Meditation Method: Vipassana meditation is in the tradition of the late Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Myanmar Burma as taught by his long standing disciples: the Ven. Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa, the Ven.
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Bhante Bodhidhamma gives a short biography of the scholar, teacher, and meditation master. The teachings of the revolutionary Burmese teacher Mahasi Sayadaw influenced people throughout the world to take up Buddhist meditation and helped to revive the tradition in his own country.
Born U Sobhana Mahathera in in Upper Burma, he became a monk as a youth and completed the traditional studies with notable diligence and skill. The center was to be not just a monastery but also a place where laypeople would be able to practice vipassana.
This was somewhat revolutionary, since it had been generally presumed that only monastics could gain anything from meditation. Also, since many of the centers are within the city or town boundaries, they are easily accessible to laypeople. In , Mahasi Sayadaw began to teach a technique that he had developed through his own renowned teacher, U Narada, who was known as the Mingun Jetawun Sayadaw. The technique has three main characteristics: observing the breath at the abdomen, noting, and going very slowly.
Mahasi Sayadaw influenced people throughout the world to take up Buddhist meditation and helped to revive the tradition in his own country. Mahasi was a highly respected scholar. At the Sixth Buddhist Council in , when all the texts were reviewed and for the first time all the commentaries were edited, Mahasi Sayadaw was chosen as the pucchaka questioner and osana final editor of the texts.
Although he was a scholar, he was not one to confuse intellectual understanding with true experiential insight, and he put his insight to work in the service of the dhamma. A more detailed description of the practice can be found in his book Practical Insight Meditation.
In Britain, he taught courses at the Oakenholt center near Oxford, owned by a Burmese family, the Saws. Unfortunately, when the Saw family had to sell Oakenholt due to the passing of Mr.
Saw, the impetus faded. However, there are now city viharas in London and Manchester where Mahasi monks live and teach this system.
Resources for Mahasi Sayadaw’s book “The Manual of Insight”
Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw A Biographical Sketch The late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw was born in the year at Seikkhun, a large, prosperous and charming village lying about seven miles to the west of the historic Shwebo town in Upper Burma. At the age of six he was sent to receive his early monastic eduction under U Adicca, presiding monk of Pyinmana Monastery at Seikkhun. Six years later, he was initiated into the monastic Order as a novice samanera under the same teacher and given the name of Shin Sobhana which means Auspicious. The name befitted his courageous features and his dignified behaviour.
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At the age of six the Sayadaw was sent to receive his early monastic education under U Adicca, presiding monk of Pyinmana monastery at Seikkhun. He proved to be an apt and bright pupil, making quick, remarkable progress in his scriptural studies. When U Adicca left the Order, Shin Sobhana continued his studies under Sayadaw U Parama of Thugyi-kyaung monastery, Ingyintaw-taik, till the age of nineteen when he had to make a fateful decision in his young life whether to continue in the Order and devote the rest of his life to the service of the Buddha Sasana or to return to lay life. Shin Sobhana knew where his heart lay and unhesitatingly chose the first course. With due and solemn ceremony, he was ordained a full-fledged bhikkhu on the 26th day of November , Sumedha Sayadaw Ashin Nimmala acting as his spiritual preceptor.
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