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Practical Vipassana Meditation Exercises - Mahasi Sayadaw

Practical Vipassana Meditation Exercises - Mahasi Sayadaw

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Practical Vipassana Meditation Exercises
Mahasi Sayadaw
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Preface
 
Chapter 1
 
THE VENERABLE MAHĀSĪ SAYĀDAW
 
A Biographical Sketch
  The Venerable Mahāsī Sayādaw was born in the year 1904 atSeikkhun, a large prosperous village of pleasing appearance lying aboutseven miles to the west of historic Shwebo town in Upper Myanmar. Hisparents, peasant proprietors by occupation, were U Kan Taw and Daw Oke.At the age of six the Sayādaw was sent to receive his early monasticeducation under U Ādicca, presiding monk of Pyinmana monastery atSeikkhun. Six years later, he was initiated into the monastic Order as a
sāmaṇera
under the same teacher and given the novice's name of ShinSobhana (which means Auspicious), a name that befitted his stalwart,impressive features and his dignified, serene behavior. He proved to be anapt and bright pupil, making quick, remarkable progress in his scripturalstudies. When U Ādicca left the Order, Shin Sobhana continued his studiesunder Sayādaw U Parama of Thugyikyaung monastery, Ingyintaw-taik, till heattained the age of nineteen when he had to make a fateful decision in hisyoung life--whether to continue in the Order and devote the rest of his life tothe service of the
Buddha Sāsana
or to return to lay life. Shin Sobhana knewwhere his heart lay and unhesitatingly chose the first course. With due andsolemn ceremony, he was ordained a full-fledged
bhikkhu
on the 26th day of November 1923, Sumedhā Sayādaw Ashin Nimmala acting as his spiritualpreceptor. Within four years of his ordination, the future Mahāsī Sayādaw,now Ashin Sobhana took in his stride all the three grades (lower, middle andhigher) of the Pāḷi scriptural examinations conducted by Government. Ashin Sobhana next went to the city of Mandalay, noted for its pre-eminence in Buddhist learning, to pursue advanced study of the scripturesunder Sayādaws well known for their learning. His stay at Khinmakan Westmonastery for this purpose was, however, cut short after little more than ayear when he was called to Mawlamyaing by the head of the Taik-kyaungmonastery, Taungwainggale (who came from the same village as AshinSobhana) to assist him with the teaching of his pupils. While teaching at Taungwainggale, Ashin Sobhana went on with his own studies of thescriptures, being specially interested in and making a thorough study of the
Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta.
His deepening interest in the
satipaṭṭhāna
method of 
vipassanā
meditation took him then to neighboring Thaton wherethe well-known Mingun Jetawan Sayādaw was teaching it. Under the Mingun

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