The Progress of Insight: (Visuddhiñana-katha), by The Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, translated from the Pali with Notes by Nyanaponika Thera (; 33pp . Instructions to Insight meditation. Mahasi Sayadaw. (The following is a talk by the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw Agga Maha Pandita U Sobhana given to his disciples. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma (now Myanmar). Meditation Method: Vipassana meditation is in the tradition of the late Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of.

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He will then become convinced of the impermanency of all such phenomena.

Although it was the earnest wish of his devoted disciples that the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw might live for several more years and continue showering the blessings of the Buddhadhamma on all those in search freedom and deliverance, the inexorable law of impermanence terminated, with tragic suddenness, his selfless and dedicated life on the 14th of August This intensive course in insight training can lead you to such release.

Thanks to the efforts of these two Sayadaws, Mahasi Sayadaw’s method of satipatthana majasi meditation gained wide currency in Thailand where many meditation centers had come into existence by about the year and the number of trained yogis had exceeded the hundred thousandth mark.

Meanwhile, Burma had regained independence on 4th January There is birth, disease, suffering, old age, and eventually, death. He should go on meditating till he falls asleep. The section on samayantara different views held by other religions or faiths formed the most exacting part of the Sayadaw’s task in producing this work.

He welcomed this as an opportunity for him to devote himself wholeheartedly to the practice of satipatthana meditation. Are you attempting to recall the manner in which mahzsi training was conducted up to this point? On his return home to England he published a book entitled “An Experiment in Mindfulness” in which he related his experiences in generally appreciative terms. First, devote yourself to the Buddha by sincerely appreciating his nine chief qualities in this way: Xayadaw deep or rapid breathing for the purpose of making the abdominal movements more distinct, because this procedure causes fatigue that interferes with the practice.


Rajendra Prasad and Vice President Dr. For lay people, these rules comprise the Eight Precepts which Buddhist devotees observe on the Observance Days uposatha and during periods of meditation. At one time, Mahasi Sayadaw was severely criticised in certain quarters for his advocacy of the allegedly unorthodox method of noting the rising and falling of the abdomen in vipassana meditation.

Wilson, JeffMindful America: It operates the Mahasi Meditation Center with voluntary donations dana from devout Buddhists throughout the world.

However, do not forget to mahsai a mental note of intendingbefore you proceed to change your position.

Six hours’ sleep is clearly enough for health. But if you intend to sit down, note intending. At the request of the Government of Sri Lanka, a special mahqsi headed by Sayadaw U Sujata, an eminent deputy of Mahasi Sayadaw, went there in July to promote satipatthana meditation.

He decided on the former.

Mahasi Sayadaw Instructions

Perform all of these actions in a slow and deliberate manner. So also with meditating yogis.

These painful sensations are not to be considered as something wrong. Inwhile the Council was in progress, twelve Japanese monks and a Japanese laywoman arrived in Burma to study Theravada Buddhism.

An especially interesting feature of the visit was the warm welcome accorded to the mission by members of the depressed classed who mhasi embraced the Buddhist faith under the guidance of their late leader Dr.

Afterwards he directed an international meditation centre at Buddha Gaya where many people from the West came to practise meditation.

If swaying increases in spite of your making a mental note of it, then lean against a wall or post or lie down for a while. Sobhana took up intensive practice of vipassana meditation. Every time you make a change of posture, you begin with noting your intention or desire to make the change, and go on to noting every movement closely, such as rising from the sitting posture, raising the arm, moving and stretching it.


A unique feature of this Council was the editing of the commentaries Atthakatha sayyadaw sub-commentaries tikas sqyadaw, as well as the canonical mxhasi. The name befitted his courageous features and his dignified behaviour.

Mahasi Sayadaw

They constitute no individual or ego-entity. These three lay disciples, too, made remarkable progress. The mission flew from Madras to Sri Lanka on 29th January and arrived at Colombo on the same day.

Sir U Thwin donated to the Association a plot of land in Hermitage Road, Rangoon, measuring over five acres, for the erection of the proposed meditation centre. If one goes on perseveringly noting thus, the itchiness generally disappears, in which case one reverts to noting the rising and falling of the abdomen.

When the hand rests in its usual place touching the leg, touching. Consequently he began training suitable students to act as assistant meditation-teachers on his behalf. But to summarise, there are only a few things to note.

Mahasi Sayadaw has to his credit up till now 67 volumes of Burmese Buddhist literature. Well, I have mentioned so many things for the yogi to note. As the meditators grew in number, sayacaw became too demanding for Mahasi Sayadaw to give the introductory talks to all of the new meditators.