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Purpose of Practicing Meditation - Mahasi Sayadaw

Purpose of Practicing Meditation - Mahasi Sayadaw

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Purpose of Practicing Meditation
Mahasi Sayadaw
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Preface
 
Chapter 1
 
THE VENERABLE MAHĀSĪ SAYĀDAW
  The Venerable U Sobhana Mahāthera, better knownas
Mahāsī 
Sayādaw, was born on 29 July 1904 to the peasant proprietors, UKan Htaw and Daw Shwe Ok at Seikkhun Village, which is about seven milesto the west of the town of Shwebo in Upper Myanmar, once the capital of thefounder of the last Myanmar dynasty. At the age of six he began his studies at a monastic school in hisvillage, and at the age of twelve he was ordained a Sāmanera, (Novice)receiving the name of 
Sobhana.
On reaching the age of twenty, he wasordained a Bhikkhu on 26 November 1923. He passed the Government PāḷiExaminations in all the three classes (lower, middle and highest) in thefollowing three successive years. In the fourth year of his Bhikkhu Ordination, he proceeded toMandalay, noted for its pre-eminence in Buddhist studies, where hecontinued his further education under various monks of high scholastic fame.In the fifth year he went to Mawlamyaing where he took up the work of teaching the Buddhist scriptures at a monastery known as 'Taung-waing-galay Taik Kyaung'. In the eighth year after his Bhikkhu ordination, he and another monkleft Mawlamyaing equipped with the bare necessities of a Bhikkhu (i.e. almsbowl, a set of three robes, etc.), and went in search of a clear and effectivemethod in the practice of meditation. At Thaton he met the well-knownMeditation Teacher, the Venerable U Nārada, who is also known as 'Mingun Jetawun Sayādaw the First'. He then placed himself under the guidance of the Sayādaw and at once proceeded with an intensive course of meditation. He had progressed so well in his practice that he was able to teachthe method effectively to his first three disciples in Seikkhun while he was ona visit there in 1938. These three lay disciples, too, made remarkable

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