- Our TeachersThose 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.
Born in 1971 in Kyaikhto, Myanmar, Venerable Ukkansa was ordained as a Novice monk (sāmaṇera) at the age of 17 at a monastery in Kyaikhto in 1988. He received the higher ordination as a Bhikkhu on 23 October 1990 at Kemāsīvaṃ Pariyatti School in Kyaikhto. He learned Buddhist Pāḷi Studies and passed the "Pathama Gyi" examinations in 1998.
From 1998 to 2003, Venerable Ukkansa was a teacher of Pāli language at Sāsana Lyin Yaung Kyi Pariyatti School, at Pago.
In May 2003, Venerable Ukkansa went to Pa-Auk Forest Monastery, learned and practiced Samatha & Vipassanā meditation under the Abbot, the Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw. Since December 2006, Venerable Ukkansa has been appointed a Kammaṭṭhānācariya (Meditation Teacher) at the Monastery. He was conferred “Kammaṭṭhānācariya Degree” (Degree as Meditation Teacher) by the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in January 2021.
Venerable Ukkansa is a meditation teacher and senior Saṅgha leader of Pa-Auk Forest Monastery, Mawlamyine, Myanmar. Venerable Ukkansa assumed his duties as the Resident Teacher of Pa-Auk Meditation Centre Singapore from April 2008 until 2014, and again from 2022. He has conducted many retreats and taught various Dhamma courses in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.
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.
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 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 Saddhamma (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.
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.
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 Saddhamma) 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 Dhamma friends & mentors in the management of the centre
Dr Ang Beng Choo
Mr Kweh Soon Han
Mr Teoh Soon Seng
Mr U Khin Maung Win
Our Management Committee
The 2017 Management Committee.
Ms Yee Fei Ling
Dr Ng Jiansheng Jensen
Mr Perry Lin
Dr Neo Han Yee
Mr Kaung Htat Nyunt
Ms Esther, Yeo Ling Ling
Mr Alan Goh Khee Seng
Ms Loh Chia Lee
Our Dhamma friends & mentors who have given extraordinary service.
Ms Chia Shoon Hua
Mr Toh Lai Teck
Ms Ong Ai Geok, Joyce
Ms Kok Peck Choo
Ms Lynn Ong Mei Lang