OUR SPIRITUAL PATRON
The 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 the title "Agga Mahā Kammaṭṭhānācariya", which means "Most Highly Respected Meditation Teacher" in 1999.
OUR RESIDENT TEACHER
Venerable U Janakābhivaṃsa
Born in 1976 in Magway, Venerable Janaka 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 Pali studies.
Bhante passed the Sasanadhaja Dhammacariya 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 “Sasanadhaja Dhammacariya” on 18 July, 2002. He also passed the Pariyatti Sasanahita Dhammacariya examination conducted by Pariyatti Sasanahita Association of Mandalay city in 2002, and Bhante was awarded the title of “Bhanddanta Janakabhivamsa Pariyatti Sasanahita Dhammacariya” (Abhivamsa degree) on 17 July, 2002. The Pariyatti Sasanahita Dhammacariya examination is well recognised as the highest level of teacher of Pali language and the teachings of the Buddha. The Abhivamsa degree is equivalent to PH.D in Buddhist Pali Studies.
In 2002, Bhante became an official teacher of Pali Language at Phaya Gyi Taik in Mandalay. From 2007 to 2008, Bhante was a member of the State Main Committee of the Buddhist Education, having been appointed as a questioner of the Dhammacariya examination held by Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Government of the Union of Myanmar.
Venerable Janaka came to Pa-Auk Tawya Meditation Centre (Main) in 2005 and learned and practised Samatha & Vipassana meditation under Venerable Pa-Auk 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. Bhante spent Vassa 2015 in Maymyo practicing where Sayadawgyi is teaching an Intensive Meditation Retreat for Advanced Meditators. Bhante is the Resident Teacher of Pa-Auk Meditation Centre in Singapore since 2014.
Venerable U Jāneyyācāra
Venerable Jāneyyācāra, presently a senior member of the Saṅgha Committee of the Pa-Auk Tawya Meditation Centre (Main), Mawlamyine, Mon State, Myanmar, was born in 1981 in Myanaung. He ordained as a novice monk (Sāmaṇera) at a monastery in Myanaung, on 19 June, 1997. Bhante received the higher ordination as a bhikkhu on 20 November, 2000 at Kan-Oo-Zay-Ta-Wan Monastery in Yangon, where he studied Buddhist Pāli studies.
Bhante passed the SASANADHAJA DHAMMACARIYA 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 “SASANADHAJA DHAMMACARIYA”on 18 July, 2006. He became an official teacher of Pāli Language at Maha-Su-Kha-Ra-Ma monastery in Yangon in 2006.
Venerable Jāneyyācāra went to Pa-Auk Tawya Meditation Centre (Main) in 2010 to learn and practise Samatha & Vipassanā meditation under the abbot, Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw. He was also trained during the Six Month Intensive Meditation Retreat in 2010 and participated in Four Month Intensive Meditation Retreat in 2013.
Bhante was appointed in June 2014 by the Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw to be a teacher in Pa-Auk Meditation Centre in Singapore.
He speaks Burmese and English.
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.