This latest edition has been edited to make it easier to read for those
unfamiliar with Buddhist terminology by puing the English ﬁrst, andmoving the Pāli terms into parenthesis. The technical terms used are oendiﬃcult to anslate accurately, so it is best to retain the original Pāli.
Hyperlinks have been added for the stages of insight to the Venerable
Mahāsī Sayādaw well-known book, “The Progress of Insight,” published bythe Buddhist Publication Socie.
Bhikkhu Pesala January 2011
Throughout the whole world there is now a widespread interest and keenenthusiasm in the practice of Buddhist Meditation, but the proper knowledgeof its practice in accordance with the actual teaching of the Buddha is still
lacking. The majori of the general intelligent public has only a vague idea
of the real purpose of undertaking the practice of meditation, the correct
method of practice, the beneﬁts derived thereom and other essential features.
For the sake of clear understanding and appreciation, and at the earnest
request of the Union Buddha Sāsana Council, the Venerable Mahāsī Sayādaw,Bhadanta Sobhana Aggamahāpaṇḍita, has been kind enough to write a shorteatise ‘Buddhist Meditation and its For Subjects’ giving concise informa-
tion of the fundamentals.
It is anslated into English as desired by the Mahāsī Sayādaw.
U Pe Thin (Translator)December 1957