• Our Teachers

    Those who guide us in the Buddha's Teachings.

    Our Spiritual Patron

    Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw Bhaddanta Āciṇṇa

    The Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw Bhaddanta Āciṇṇa ("the Sayadaw"), Spiritual Patron of PAMC, is the Abbot and principal teacher of Pa-Auk Forest Monastery, Mawlamyine, Myanmar.

     

    In brief, the system of meditation taught at Pa-Auk Forest Monastery is based on the instructions by Lord Gotama Buddha as found in the Pāli Canon (Tipiṭaka) and its commentaries. The system comprises the threefold training of strict observance of precepts (sīla), developing concentration (samādhi), as a basis for attaining wisdom (paññā). This is further subdivided into the seven stages of purification which provide a step-by-step formula for systematically purifying one’s body (physical actions), speech and mind of defilements in order to realize Nibbāna in this lifetime.

     

    The Sayadaw’s teachings have been published in several books which are highly regarded internationally.

    The Sayadaw is both a highly esteemed Dhammācariya (Dhamma Teacher) and an accomplished Kammaṭṭhānācariya (Meditation Teacher). He speaks fluent English and has lectured and led retreats in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Germany, UK and USA.

     

    In public recognition of his achievements, the government of Myanmar bestowed upon him th e title "Agga Mahā Kammaṭṭhānācariya", which means "Most Highly Respected Meditation Teacher" in 1999.

     

    Our Teacher

    Venerable U Janakābhivaṃsa​

    The Venerable Janakābhivaṃsa was born in 1976 in Magway. He ordained as a novice monk (Sāmaṇera) at a monastery in Magway on 16 June 1991. He received the higher ordination as a bhikkhu on 20 June 1995 at Atulakari Sinmin Monastery, Phaya Gyi Taik in Mandalay, where he studied Buddhist Pāḷi studies.

     

    The Venerable passed the “Sāsanadhaja Dhammācariya” examination held by the Department of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Government of the Union of Myanmar, and he was awarded the title of “Sāsanadhaja Dhammācariya” on 18 July 2002. He also passed the Pariyatti Sāsanahita Dhammācariya examination conducted by the Pariyatti Sāsanahita Association of Mandalay city in 2002, and the Venerable was awarded the title of “Bhaddanta Janakābhivaṃsa Pariyatti Sāsanahita Dhammācariya” (Abhivaṃsa degree) on 17 July, 2002. The Pariyatti Sāsanahita Dhammācariya examination is well recognised as the highest level of academic achievement in the Pāḷi language and the teachings of the Buddha. The “Abhivaṃsa” degree is equivalent to a Ph.D title in the Buddhist Pāḷi Studies. (Among the many who sits for the onerous examination across Myanmar each year, only 3 candidates on average would pass the examination and earn the title of “Abhivaṃsa”.)

     

    In 2002, the Venerable became an official teacher of Pāḷi Language at Phaya Gyi Taik in Mandalay. From 2007 to 2008, the Venerable was a member of the State Main Committee of the Buddhist Education, having been appointed as a questioner of the Dhammācariya examination held by Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Government of the Union of Myanmar.

     

    The Venerable Janakābhivaṃsa went to Pa-Auk Tawya Forest Monastery (Main) in 2005 and learned and practised Samatha & Vipassanā meditation under the most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw (Sayadawgyi). He had further trained during the six-month Intensive Meditation Retreat in 2010 and also during the four-month Intensive Meditation Retreat in 2013 under Sayadawgyi. The Venerable spent the 2015 vassa in Maymyo where Sayadawgyi is teaching an Intensive Meditation Retreat for advanced meditators. The Venerable has been the Resident Teacher of the Pa-Auk Meditation Centre in Singapore since 2014.

     

    The Venerable is fluent in Myanmar and English. He has given Dhamma talks and led meditation retreats in many countries including Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the USA.

    Our Teacher

    Venerable U Jāneyyācāra​

    The Venerable Jāneyyācāra was born in 1981 in Myanaung Township, Ayyawaddy Division, Myanmar. He ordained as a novice monk (Sāmaṇera) at a monastery in Myanaung on 19 June 1997. The Venerable received the higher ordination as a bhikkhu on 20 November 2000 at the Kan-Oo-Zay-Ta-Wan Monastery in Yangon, where he studied Buddhist Pāḷi studies.

     

    The Venerable passed the “Sāsanadhaja Dhammācariya” examination in 2006 held by the Department of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Government of the Union of Myanmar, and was awarded the title of “Sāsanadhaja Dhammācariya” on 18 July 2006. He became an official teacher of Pāḷi Language at the Mahāsukhārāma monastery in Yangon in 2006.

     

    The Venerable Jāneyyācāra went to Pa-Auk Tawya Forest Monastery (Main) in 2010 to learn and practise Samatha & Vipassanā meditation. He practised under the guidance of the most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw as well as other Pa-Auk meditation teachers including Ye-oo Sayadaw, Mandalay Sayadaw, Yogo Sayadaw, Venerable Revata, and Venerable Vāyaminda. He also trained under the most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw during the six-month Intensive Meditation Retreat in 2010 and the four-month Intensive Meditation Retreat in 2013.

     

    The Venerable was appointed in June 2014 by the most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw to be a teacher in the Pa-Auk Meditation Centre in Singapore.

     

    In 2015, the Venerable established a monastery in his hometown, Myanaung Township, Ayyawaddy Division. Currently, the Venerable is a teacher for the Pa-Auk Meditation Centre in Singapore as well as the Myanaung Monastery in Myanmar.

     

    The Venerable is presently a senior member of the Saṅghanāyaka Committee of the Pa-Auk Tawya Forest Monastery (Main), Mawlamyine, Mon State, Myanmar.

     

    The Venerable regularly delivers Dhamma teachings in Myanmar language and English. He has given Dhamma talks and taught meditation retreats in Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and the USA.

    Our Teacher

    Venerable U Mahinda​

    Born in 1971, Venerable hails from China; he is Meditation Teacher (Kammaṭṭhānācariya) at Pa-Auk Forest Monastery ("Pa-Auk"), Mawlamyine, Myanmar.

     

    Ordained in July 2002 at Pa-Auk Forest Monastery with the Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw Bhaddanta Āciṇṇa as preceptor, he has practised Samatha & Vipassanā meditation under the instructions of the Sayadaw. Commencing May 2004, he assisted the Sayadaw as translator during interviews and helped in tutoring yogis. In March 2006, Venerable was authorised by the Sayadaw to teach meditation, and he has been conducting meditation interviews for monastic and lay yogis at Pa-Auk since then. Since May 2011, Venerable is appointed as the Meditation Teacher at Xishuangbanna of China.

     

    Venerable U Mahinda has conducted many well-received meditation retreats since July 2007 in Singapore; he has also taught the Abhidhamma Part 1 to 3, and Visuddhimagga Part 1 to 3 at Pa-Auk Meditation Centre, Singapore.

     

    In addition to Myanmar and Singapore, Venerable has also given Dhamma talks and taught meditation retreats in Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and China.

     

    Venerable U Mahinda has authored, translated and edited various Dhamma books in Chinese.

     

  • Our Vision, Mission & Logo

    of Pa-Auk Meditation Centre (Singapore)

    Our Vision

    Our vision is to establish a meditation retreat centre with an environment that encourages the observance of the Vinaya and precepts, and conducive for the long-term practice by both monastics and lay meditators. The retreat centre is envisaged to have separate facilities for male and female meditators, including separate meditation halls and residential facilities, providing a certain degree of solitude and minimum distraction.

     

    Our longer term vision is to have a Sangha residing in Singapore, forming part of the larger Pa-Auk Sangha, so that the Sadhamma (true teachings of the Buddha) can be taught and practised, can take root, develop and sustain, and will flourish in Singapore and beyond, for the welfare and happiness of all.

    Our Mission

    PAMC serves to promote the learning and practice of Samatha and Vipassanā meditation, based on the teachings of Lord Gotama Buddha, as taught by the Sayadaw at Pa-Auk.

    PAMC's principal activities include the following:

    • providing a conducive venue for the learning and practice of meditation under the guidance of resident teacher(s)
    • organizing  regular meditation retreats, courses and Dhamma talks (based on the Tipiṭaka, the Pāli Texts and the Commentaries),  taught by teachers authorized by the Sayadaw (and/or the Sangha)
    • publishing of Dhanmma books and CDs of Dhamma talks approved by Pa-Auk.

    Our Logo

    PAMC's Logo, comprising the Asoka Lion Pillars topped by the Wheel of Dhamma, is similar to that of Pa-Auk. The Logo encompasses the following key features :

    • It symbolizes PAMC's lineage of Pa-Auk Forest Monastery
    • Lion  is representative of the Buddha in many ways; Lion also symbolizes Singapore, the Lion City
    • The words Sīla (morality), Samādhi (Concentration), Paññā (Wisdom) as inscribed on the Wheel of Dhamma, represent the undertaking of Threefold Training (of the Noble Eightfold Path) that will systematically purify one's body, speech and mind (of defilements)  in order to realize Nibbana, a state of supreme peace and happiness

     

    The Logo hence depicts PAMC's direct lineage to Pa-Auk, and its aspiration to be the place where :

    • The true teachings of the Buddha (the Sadhamma) are taught, and the Wheel of Dhamma turns,
    • The Threefold Training is undertaken and practised, can take root, developed and  sustained, will flourish in Singapore and beyond, for the welfare  and happiness of all.
  • Our Advisors

    Our Dhamma friends & mentors in the management of the centre

    Dr Ang Beng Choo

    Advisor

    Mr Kweh Soon Han

    Advisor

    Mr Teoh Soon Seng

    Advisor

    Mr U Khin Maung Win

    Advisor

  • Our Management Committee

    The 2017 Management Committee.

    Ms Yee Fei Ling

    President

    Mr Thong Jian Jen

    Vice-President

    Dr Neo Han Yee

    Secretary

    Mr Perry Lin

    Treasurer

    Mr Ang Lay Chuan

    Vice-Treasurer

    Mr Kaung Htat Nyunt

    Committee Member

    Dr Ng Jiansheng Jensen

    Committee Member

    Ms Lee Siang Cheng

    Committee Member

  • Honorary Members

    Our Dhamma friends & mentors who have given extraordinary service.

    Ms Chia Shoon Hua

    Honorary Member

    Mr Toh Lai Teck

    Honorary Member

    Ms Ong Ai Geok, Joyce

    Honorary Member

    Ms Kok Peck Choo

    Honorary Member

    Ms Lynn Ong Mei Lang

    Honorary Member