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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The raising of the arm, the moving of it, the resting of the elbow on the floor, the swaying of the body, the stretching of legs, the listing of the body as one slowly prepares to lie down, all these movements should be noted. Make a mental note of seeingtwo or three times and then resume attention to syadaw rising and falling movements of the abdomen.

Dharma Fellowship: Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw

When in the act of chewing, chewing. The mission discussed the plan with the Primates of the Buddhist Sangha of those two countries. It is patience mostly with unpleasant sensations in the body like stiffness, sensations of heat and pain, and other zayadaw that are hard to bear. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Then back to the rising and falling of the abdomen. Should you speak to him or her, speaking. This noting will become easier after about two days. From July the tape-recorded talk was played for each new batch of meditators with a brief introduction by the Sayadaw.

Inthe Center occupies and area of June Learn how and when to remove this template message. He now directs an international meditation center at Buddha Gaya where many people form the West have come and practised meditation. Next, the yogi will become convinced that all these psycho-physical phenomena are occurring of their own accord, following nobody’s will and subject to nobody’s control. Within four months he had such good results that he could teach it properly to his first three disciples at Seikkhun while he was on a visit there in It is just like a continuous succession of new electrical impulses that light up electric lamps.


According to a census, the total number of yogis trained at all these centers both in Burma and aboard had passed the figure of seven hundred thousand.

The beginning yogi is likely to miss several things which he should note, but he should resolve to note all.

Biographies: Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw

After his return as a Buddhist monk to his native Indonesia to launch a Theravada Buddhist movement in that country a request was received by the Buddha Sasana Council to send a Burmese Mahassi monk to promote further missionary work in Indonesia.

Up till now Mahasi Sayadaw has to his credit 67 volumes of Burmese Buddhist literature. Mahasi Sayadaw was one of the leading representatives of the Burmese Sangha in that mission.

When your mind is fixed in contemplation you may be startled at the slightest sound. He proved to be an apt and bright pupil, making quick, remarkable progress in his scriptural studies.

When mahwsi turn round, turning. His legacy has since been continued by his followers, each of whom have been renowned practitioners of his anapanasati method of meditation.

On the basis of notes of his lectures taken by his pupils, Mahasi Sayadaw started writing his nissaya translation of Visudhi-megga Mahatika and completed it on 4 th February In such a sayaddaw turn to contemplation of the thought, doubtful. You must also observe the rules of discipline prescribed sayadaaw laymen, or for monks as the case may be for they are important in gaining insight. When the yogi awakens, he should at once resume noting. You are to be congratulated on having the opportunity to take the same kind of mxhasi they had undergone.

So whatever strange or striking things he may see mahhasi hear, he must behave as if he does not see or hear them, merely noting carefully.


When you are seated, note the movements involved in arranging your legs and arms. They are thus of the utmost importance for those who are going to be meditation teachers. Led by Mahasi Sayadaw, the members of the mission next nahasi on an extended tour of the island, visiting several meditation centers where Mahasi Sayadaw gave suitable discourses on vipassana meditation and worshipping at various places of Buddhist pilgrimage like Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Kandy.

A unique feature of this Council was the editing of the commentaries Atthakatha and sub-commentaries tikasas well as the canonical texts. The mind sayacaw then riveted on the object of its attention, the act of mindfulness becoming almost simultaneous with the object of its attention such as the rising and falling of the abdomen.

You must be aware of all the successive movements involved, from the raising of, the foot to the dropping of it.

When you reach an advanced stage of the practice you will also to be able sayadsw notice more details than those mentioned here. Within a few years of sayadas establishment of the Sasana Yeiktha at Rangoon, similar meditation centres were inaugurated in many parts of the country with Mahasi-trained members of the Sangha as meditation teachers.

These three lay disciples, too, made remarkable progress. On 4th December Mahasi Sayadaw personally instructed the very first batch of twenty-five meditators in the practice of vipassana.

Mahasi Sayadaw’s Biography

To note thus at meal-time is rather difficult as there are so many things to observe and note. If, during the course of training, occasions arise when there is nothing special to contemplate upon, be fully occupied with attention to the rising and falling of the abdomen.

Your mental note of each movement must be made while it occurs.

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