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Vipassana Masters of Myanmar

Ashin Nyanavara (Author)

The present book titled "Vipassanaof Myanmar" deals with the life and works offamous Vipassana Masters of Myanmar from colonial to modern era and how they have influenced and contributed in the evolution and development of their methods of Vipassana. The book started with a brief history of Vipassana Meditation in Myanmar. Over 2600 years ago, the Buddha attained Enlightenment in India. Owing to the Vipassana Dhamma taught by the Buddha, many human beings, devas and brahmans were liberated from the cycle of sufferings. The disciples of the Buddha expounded the Dhamma including Vipassanā from world in whole to generations is still going and the process and spread it on. Sometime, the branches grow and develop more than the trunk. In the same way, although Buddhism declined in India, it is growing and developing in other countries. For instance, although Buddhism and Vipassana were lost in its original land, it was preserved through and unbroken chain of teachers and disciples in Myanmar (Burma). Myanmar is the country where various types of Vipassana meditational methods have been developed from very long time under the able guidance and supervision of various Vipassana Masters viz. LediSayadaw, WebuSayadaw, MahasiSayadaw, MogokSayadaw, Pa-Auk TawyaSayadaw, etc. The book discusses about the benefits of meditation which is the essence of this research work and in the way discovered why each of all meditation masters instructed to follow only their methods. The teachings of all the Masters are same as the final destination of all water is to fall into the ocean. In the same way, direction of all meditation methods which are explored and investigated in this book is to Nibbana. When they reach at the ocean, the taste of all water becomes 'salty, in the same, after practicing all techniques of pieditation, the final taste is only liberation. In order to taste the liberation of suffering or the ocean of Nibbana by using the various methods of Vipassana meditation is the aim of this reached work. The Buddha also said that "Yo ca vassastamjiveeduppaññoasa mahitoekahanjivitamseyyopaññāvantassajhayino." It does mean that "Better than a hundred years in the life of an ignorant person, who has not control over his senses, is a day in the life of a wise man who cultivates Tranquility and Insight Development Practice" (Dhammapada Verse-111). Later on, Myanmar becomes one of the major Buddhist countries; it has flourished with both the theory (pariyatti) and practice (patipatti) in Southeast Asia. Therefore, in this book author has tried to explore the evolution and development of Vipassana meditation and techniques as expounded by the above mentioned great Meditation Masters of Myanmar.

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Bibliographic information

Title Vipassana Masters of Myanmar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.09.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788178543987
length 30+290p.