Here is a picture of my old kuti (#123) from 2001 to 2005.  At that time nearly all kuties were what…

Here is a picture of my old kuti (#123) from 2001 to 2005.  At that time nearly all kuties were what we now call  "Black Kuties."  They are black because they were painted every so often with a new coat of used engine oil to keep the bugs out and to "finish" the wood at the same time.  Sayadaw U Punnyananda was living there before I moved in.  He must have been two vassa then. Sayadaw U Revata was in #125 down the road. This was posted on Google+

In the early days of Pa-Auk, Sayalay Daw Ma (Shan) Canda used to give fruti to some of the regular monks…

In the early days of Pa-Auk, Sayalay Daw Ma (Shan) Canda used to give fruti to some of the regular monks when it was difficult to come by without private supporters.  Nearly every day, she was seen helping out in the almsfood line.  She had medical problems, but it was difficult to know by her cheerful attitude and success in meditation.  She died about a year ago.   The packets still continue and eventually the name on the packages changed to the living Sayalay Yathawati (Rasavati) who manages the dana in her memory. This was posted on Google+

OK, This was the first question for English competency. Try to figure out what to write! Yes, you bet…

OK, This was the first question for English competency. Try to figure out what to write!Yes, you bet I asked and so did a lot of others. I should pass both the English and Buddhism sections. About 4 hours of continuous writing in two sessions. This year they did not ask any questions with technical grammer labels from my 6th grade english books I am no longer familiar with. Tomorrow is the oral exam, though we have not been told when or where! I have seen the exams from real classes and they look more lugit. It might be fun […]

It looks as though I will sit for an entrance exam for ITBMU. I am here because of a medical problem…

It looks as though I will sit for an entrance exam for ITBMU. I am here because of a medical problem and needed a place to stay in Yangon while I get some diagnostic tests done. The test is tomorrow, and I felt it was auspicious timing. I just met with the Prorector and have permission to sit the exam. This was posted on Google+