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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Mahasi Sayadaw

The most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw started the teaching of the Mahasi method of insight in and taught for 33 years until his death in August, On reaching the age of twenty, he was ordained a bhikkhu on 26 November In the fourth sayadzw after his Bhikkhu ordination, he proceeded to Mandalay, noted for its pre-eminence in Buddhist studies, where he continued his further education under various monks of high scholastic fame.

In the eighth year after his Bhikkhu ordination, he and another monk left Mawlamyaing, equipped with the bare necessities of a bhikkhu i.

He had progressed so well in his practice that he was able to teach the method effectively to his first three disciples in Seikkhun while he was on a visit there in These three lay disciples, too, made remarkable progress. Inspired by the example of these three, gradually as many as fifty villagers joined the courses sayadsw intensive practice.


On the event of the Japanese invasion, the authorities gave an evacuation order to those living near the Taung-waing-galay Monastery and its neighborhood. These places were maasi to an air field and hence exposed to air attacks.

This work of two volumes, comprising pages in print, was written by him in just seven months, white the neighboring town of Shwebo was mahaxi times subjected to almost daily air attacks.

It was his wish to promote the inner strength of Buddhism in Myanmar by setting up a meditation centre to be guided by a meditation teacher of proven virtue and ability.

In Sir U Thwin donated five acres of land at Bahan Township, Yangon, to the organization for the erection of a meditation centre. By end of December the total number of meditations trained at all these centres both in Myanmar and abroad had passed the figure of 4.

He was one of the Final Editors of the canonical texts, which were recited and thereby approved, in the sessions of the council. Further, he was the Questioner Pucchakathat is, he had to ask the questions concerning the respective canonical texts that were to be recited. It was decided to continue with a rehearsal of the ancient commentaries and sub-commentaries, preceded by critical editing and scrutiny. In the midst of all of these tasks, he was also a prolific and scholarly writer too.


He undertook mahas travels abroad as follows. The first two of his tours were in preparation for the Sixth Council, but were likewise used for preaching and teaching.

Mahasi Sayadaw –

In the midst of all these manifold and strenuous activities, he never neglected his own meditative life which had enable him to give mahxsi guidance to those instructed by him. His outstanding vigour of body and swyadaw and his deep dedication to the Dhamma sustained him through a life of 78 years.

Yet on the evening of the 13 thhe had still given an introductory explanation to a group of new meditators.

He was also able to teach effectively both Buddhist thought and Buddhist practice. His long career of teaching through the spoken and printed words had a beneficial impact on many hundreds of thousands in the East and the West.

Mahasi Sayadaw’s Biography

Skip to main content. You are here Home. Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand Nepal, India The first two of his tours were in preparation for the Sixth Council, but were likewise used for preaching and teaching. Updated in March