One-month memorial for Sayadaw-gyi To mark the completion of one month since the passing away of Panditarama Shwe Taung Gon Sasana Yeiktha Sayadaw-gyi on 16 April, 2016, there will be a memorial service at Panditarama Yangon on 15 May beginning at 9 a.m. All disciples and devotees are respectfully invited to attend.
|2016 Kathina Dates|
|Yangon||Sunday, 13 Nov||Lim Sui Loong, Doris Koek and Penang yogis|
|Hse Main Gon||Saturday, 12 Nov||Lim Sui Loong, Doris Koek and Penang yogis|
|Than Lyin||Sunday, 23 Oct||Mr Ang Kee Hock, Mdm Lau Kim Kee, Mdm Goh Fong Loon, Mdm Goh Fong Leng|
|Pyin Oo Lwin||Sunday, 30 Oct||Penang Yogis, headed by Linda Goh and Joyce Lee|
|Mawlamyaing||to be arranged|
|Htauk Kyant||Sunday, 30 Oct||Mr Fong Choon Mun and Mdm Chua Ean Ean|
|Hle Gu||to be arranged|
Hse Main Gon Special Retreat The dates for the Hse Main Gon Special Retreat for Foreign Yogis will be: Dec 1 2016 until Jan 31 2017. People may apply online at www.saddhamma.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panditarama Dhamma Family Gathering Following the special retreat, the Eighth Annual Panditarama Dhamma Family Gathering will be held at the Yangon center on the 3rd , 4th and 5th of Feb 2017. At this time we will also hold the annual commemoration of Sayadaw-gyi’s passing away, Sayadaw-gyi’s relics will be buried at sea and the cornerstone will be placed for a memorial hall at HMG.
- One-month memorial for Sayadaw-gy - 2016 Kathina Dates - 2017 Hse Main Gon Special Retreat - 2017 Panditarama Dhamma Family Gathering
The Panditarama Shwe Taung Gon Sasana Yeiktha is a center for the practice and study of the Theravada Buddhist teachings. Established in October 1990 by the Venerable Guiding Teacher U Panditabhivamsa, it follows the great lineage of the late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw. He no longer gives personal interviews during retreats, but still offers Dhamma talks, and closely supervises other Sayadaws who interview.
Both local and foreign yogis come to the Shwe Taung Gon center in Yangon to practice intensive Vipassana (Satipatthana) meditation. The Mahasi method involves mindfulness of body, sensations, mind, and general objects such as seeing, hearing, tasting and smelling. The primary objects of meditation are the rise and fall of the abdomen in sitting meditation and the movement of the feet in walking meditation.
Food, accommodations, and basic needs are met through the generous donations of well-wishers. The teachers and staff work to maintain conditions conducive to meditation. All these efforts are made with the intention that the yogis be free to practice and gain the benefits. For the yogis, there is but one responsibility, that is, to maintain continuity of mindfulness throughout the waking hours.
Panditarama Shwe Taung Gon Sasana Yeiktha is a meditation and study monastery. Established in October 1990 by Venerable Ovadacariya Sayadaw U Pandita-bhivamsa, this centre follows the great lineage of the late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw. The main center is located in Yangon, with branch centers in Hse Main Gon (south of Bago), Pyin Oo Lwin, Mawlamyaing and Than Lyin (formerly Syriam). Foreign yogis may meditate at either the main center or the Hse Main Gon Forest Center. Please contact the main center to apply.
The method of meditation taught here is that taught by the late, most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw. Instruction is given in English, or in Burmese with English translation.
Foreign meditators should contact the main center to arrange a retreat, regardless of where they intend to practice. The application procedure is as follows:
For Intensive Vipassana Meditation:
The centre will provide meditators with food and lodging including a mosquito net, sheet, pillow and pillow case, blanket and a thermos bottle (flask). Costs are met through the generous donations of well-wishers.
Most yogis manage to remain in good health during their stay. For minor ailments such as upset stomachs, colds, coughs, etc., a trained and experienced nurse is normally in residence at Panditarama (Yangon), and a doctor is in attendance for two hours every day at the centre's clinic. It is extremely rare that more severe illnesses occur. If necessary, there are a number of clinics not far from the main Centre where specialist diagnosis and treatment are available at reasonable rates.
For yogis meditating at Hse Main Gon Forest Center, the center's clinic is staffed during peak periods (December-January and March-April). At other times, medical services are available in the nearby town of Bago.