OUR FIRST RESIDENT TEACHER
Venerable U Ukkansa
Born in 1971 in Kyaikhto, Myanmar, Ashin Ukkansa ordained as a novice monk (sāmaṇera) 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, where he studied Buddhist Pāli Studies. He passed the "Pathama Gyi" examinations in 1998.
From 1998 to 2003, Ashin Ukkansa was a teacher of Pāli language at Sāsana Lyin Yaung Kyi Pariyatti School, at Pago.
Ashin Ukkansa went to Pa-Auk Forest Monastery in May 2003, and learned and practised Samatha & Vipassanā meditation under the Abbot, the Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw Bhaddanta Āciṇṇa.
Since December 2006, Ashin Ukkansa has been appointed a Kammaṭṭhānācariya (Meditation Teacher) at Pa-Auk Forest Monastery, Mawlamyine.
Ashin Ukkansa has assumed his duties as the Resident Teacher of PAMC in April 2008, and he has conducted several retreats in Singapore and taught various Dhamma courses since then.