PA-AUK MEDITATION CENTRE (SINGAPORE)
Pa-Auk Meditation Centre ('PAMC'), established as a direct lineage of the Pa-Auk Forest Monastery ( 'Pa-Auk'), Mawlamyine, Myanmar, received the strong endorsement and support of The Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw Bhaddanta Ᾱciṇṇa (the 'Sayadaw'), the Abbot of Pa-Auk. PAMC is dedicated to the Sangha of Pa-Auk ('the Sangha') as led by the Sayadaw, and draws its spiritual direction from the Sayadaw.
PAMC was registered in Singapore on 20 August 2007, and its registration was gazetted in the Singapore Government Gazette Notification No. 2555 dated 22 August 2007.
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 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.
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.