There are rumors that Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadawkyi will be coming to Pa-Auk Tawya main for the famous…

There are rumors that Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadawkyi will be coming to Pa-Auk Tawya main for the famous February meeting of teachers. Venerable Sayadawkyi is still in Vietnam and will continue to be in Vietnam until the Doctors say it is OK to leave.This information was confirmed today by Venerable Kumei Sayadaw, U Cando, and U Kumudha, directly to me. This picture is from 2004 and seems to be the Buddha that is housed in MettaVihari Female meditation Hall Pa-Auk Main, Mawlamyine, Mon State, Myanmar.The Buddha was hoisted onto the floor when it was finished. Then the rest of the construction […]

A Monk Working In The Umbrella Repair Shop

A Monk Working In The Umbrella Repair ShopKuti #1, The Kuti VillagePa-Auk Forest Monastery Main, Mawlamyine, Mon State Myanmar Quote from "Going For Broke". (Different monk in picture. Almost all reconditioned umbrellas are double deckers)From 2004Umbrellas surely break, and we now have an umbrella repair service station at kuti #1. I call the monk in charge of this “U THEE,” which means “Venerable Umbrella.” You can actually use “I’m sorry I was late, my umbrella was in the shop” as an excuse in this monastery. With this umbrella service, I was able to make my umbrella last almost two rainy […]

Rote in Action

Rote in ActionThe monk on the left was reciting while his friend checked to see if he was correct. Here, he made a mistake and his friend is pointing it out to him. Not only can the young monks read and memorize, but they do it at the same speed as the guy who reads the fine print at the end of a car lease commercial. Of course, in a third language. Many of these Ethnic Nepal/Myanmar residents grow up with a Nepal mother tongue and then learn Myanmar language. Pali will be their third language.Varanasi Monastery, Mingaladon, Myanmar. Reshare […]

A monk practices by rote memory in the learning hall. I call it “The Shouting Room” Take a listen to…

A monk practices by rote memory in the learning hall. I call it "The Shouting Room"Take a listen to what the room sounds like. Here… https://archive.org/details/tmp_3492-TheShoutingRoom-1064581155 I have tried practicing in this room. It his quite intense and yes…probably better progress than doing it quietly alone.Ps. That is just a water bottle..not soda! This was posted on Google+

This is a picture of today’s Alms round at the villages surrounding Varanasi Monastery. The rice is …

This is a picture of today's Alms round at the villages surrounding Varanasi Monastery. The rice is put into the bowls and the curries are collected separately by the helpers or our young monks. The meals are given to the monks using this food and other supplementary food. It is a Buddhist tradition still active in Myanmar and also a way to support ourselves. This was posted on Google+

This is how monks or anybody traditionally learns something by rote memory. The monks will usually do…

This is how monks or anybody traditionally learns something by rote memory. The monks will usually do this for eight or nine hours per day. This shot was from Varanasi Monastery in Yangon area.  VID_20150108_153256.mp4 This is how monks or anybody traditionally learns something by rote memory. The monks will usually d This was posted on Google+

This is what I knew and trusted when I invited the Muslims to come to Pa-Auk. I hope that all religions…

This is what I knew and trusted when I invited the Muslims to come to Pa-Auk. I hope that all religions including Buddhists can denounce any violence done in their own name. By doing this, people will stop blaming the masses for a select few who unrighteously claim to represent them. Muslims Around The World Condemn Charlie Hebdo Attack Muslims in France and around the world banded together on Wednesday to strongly condemn the deadliest terror attack the country has seen in the past two decades. Three masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine … […]