Mahasi Sayadaw

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Mahasi Sayadaw U Sobhana (Burmese: မဟာစည်ဆရာတော် ဦးသောဘန, 29 July 1904 – 14 August 1982) was a Burmese Theravada Buddhist friar and contemplation ace who significantly affected the educating of Vipassana (Insight) reflection in the West and all through Asia. In his style of practice, gotten from the purported "New Burmese Method" of U Nārada, the meditator grapples their consideration on the impressions of the rising and falling of the belly amid breathing, watching deliberately some other sensations or contemplations.


Mahāsi Sayādaw was conceived in 1904 in Seikkhun town in Upper Burma. He turned into a fledgling at age twelve, and was appointed at twenty years old with the name Sobhana. Through the span of many years of study, he passed the thorough arrangement of government examinations in the Theravāda Buddhist writings, picking up the recently presented Dhammācariya (dhamma instructor) degree in 1941.

In 1931, U Sobhana withdrew from educating scriptural reviews in Moulmein, South Burma, and went to close-by Thaton to practice escalated Vipassana contemplation under Mingun Jetawun Sayādaw (likewise rendered Mingun Jetavana Sayādaw), otherwise called U Nārada. This educator had rehearsed in the remote Sagaing Hills of Upper Burma, under the direction of Aletawya Sayādaw, an understudy of the backwoods contemplation ace Thelon Sayādaw. U Sobhāna first showed Vipassana reflection in his home town in 1938, at a religious community named for its enormous drum 'Mahāsi'. He wound up noticeably referred to in the district as Mahāsi Sayādaw. In 1947, the Prime Minister of Burma, U Nu, welcomed Mahāsi Sayādaw to be inhabitant educator at a recently settled reflection focus in Yangon, which came to be known as the Mahāsi Sāsana Yeiktha.

Mahāsi Sayādaw was an examiner and last editorial manager at the Sixth Buddhist Council on May 17, 1954. He set up contemplation focuses all over Burma and also in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, and by 1972 the focuses under his direction had prepared more than 700,000 meditators. In 1979, he headed out toward the West, holding withdraws at recently established focuses, for example, the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, U.S. Furthermore, meditators originated from everywhere throughout the world to hone at his inside in Yangon. At the point when the Mahāsi Sayādaw passed on 14 August 1982 after a gigantic stroke, a huge number of lovers overcame the heavy storm downpours to pay their last regards.




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