Cooking With A Paddle

Cooking With A PaddleDuring our mahadana (big donation day) celebration at Pa-Auk Meditation Centre in February, the population was over 3,000. Our kitchen was in overflow mode and moved outside. I have included another picture of the pot in case you thought it was the camera angle. #Photography #Cooking #Food #Catering #Pa-Auk  This was posted on Google+

Sayadawgyi finished his six day Dhamma Talk series in Myanmar Language on The Brahmanimantanika Sutta…

Sayadawgyi finished his six day Dhamma Talk series in Myanmar Language on The Brahmanimantanika Sutta. His first words were about America and the wrong views about Buddhism there. He shouted his lion's roar and several thousand devotees came to see him. Venerable U Dhammasena was recruited to continue the translation. It was amazing how he was able to translate Sayadaw's bullet train Dhamma talk style in realtime. It was stressful but he was grateful for the opportunity. The big problem was too much energy afterwards. I know the feeling. I was charged. About 100 to 150 people could tune in […]

Here is a picture of the translation of Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadaw’s Dhamma talk with the fm mic.  We used …

Here is a picture of the translation of Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadaw's Dhamma talk with the fm mic.  We used the mic from Thailand with a 100 ft range.  Just anybody in the hall could passively tune in with their telephone or mp3 player's FM radio component.  90.9 MHz.  There is was virtually no disturbance or awareness of this project going on inside the hall. Sadhu to Donors for helping me realize this concept started 8 or so months ago. The translation was rough since Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadaw's speaks so fast and is unaware of the translation in progress.  There is […]

Here is a picture of a temporary novice monk (Samanera) from Scotland at our roadside Bodhi Tree. Pa…

Here is a picture of a temporary novice monk (Samanera) from Scotland at our roadside Bodhi Tree. Pa-Auk is one of the few places in the world that follows the vinaya (code of rules) that will ordain foreigners for a short period of time without any commitment. It is part of the Myanmar Monastic Culture. When local people come for a retreat, quite often, they ordain as full monks (Bhikkhus) for that time. Sometimes, meditation goes well or something else becomes desirable for them to stay in robes…and they do. One monk named U Dhammapala made it 13 years from […]