1 April 2016

All are welcome to join our various programmes

All Are Welcome
To Join Our Various Programmes



Water-Fasting-Festival
10th to 16th May 2016
7-days retreat with fasting during Myanmar New Year Vipassana Insight Meditation Retreat at Thabarwa Dhamma Centre in Thanlyin, Myanmar (Burma).

Contact Person
For any information and/or registration to join the above course, kindly contact the undersigned by Viber or email : 
Sayalay Khema Cari
mobile  :  95-9250047330
email  :  dawkhema@gmail.com 




Anapana Sati (Meditation On Breathing)
Retreat By Sayalay Wisanda
1st to 5th May 2O16
5-days Anapana Sati (Meditation On Breathing) retreat according to Theinggu Method (Intense breathing method) by Sayalay Wisanda at Thabarwa Dhamma Centre in Thanlyin, Myanmar (Burma).

Timetable
4 – 6 am                  Meditation
7:30 – 9:30am       Meditation
1 - 3pm                    Meditation
4 - 6pm                    Meditation
7 - 8pm                    Q&A and Discussion

Contact Person
For any information and/or registration to join the above course, kindly contact the undersigned by Viber or email : 
Sayalay Khema Cari
mobile  :  95-9250047330
email  :  dawkhema@gmail.com 




Analysis of TRUTH
18th to 28th April 2016
Applying Pali and Abhidhamma into Vipassana practice, Vipassana Insight meditation, chanting and Dhamma discussion, by Sayalay Cala Theri at Thabarwa Dhamma Centre in Thanlyin, Myanmar (Burma).

Timetable
18th to 26th April 2016 (8 days)
7:30am – 9:00am       Pali*
9:30am - 11:00am      Abhidhamma *
11:00am                       Lunch
12:00pm to 4:30pm   Self - study
4:30pm                         Walking and standing meditation at a nearby
                                        ancient pagoda (outdoor activity)
5:40pm                         Dhamma discussion
6:00pm                         Rest/Bath
7:00pm                         Basic Buddhism
8:00pm                         Sitting meditation
9:00pm                         Chanting and sharing merits
* These are intermediate levels but beginners are welcome to join the class.

27th to 28th April (2 days)  :  Meditation retreat
7:30 am                         Basic meditation instructions and taking 8
                                        precepts
8:30am                          Sitting meditation
9:15am                          Walking and standing meditation
10:00am                       Sitting meditation
11:00am                       Lunch
12:00pm                       Rest/walking
1:00pm                         Sitting
2:00pm                         Walking
3:00pm                         Sitting
4:00pm                         Dhamma Discussion
4:30pm                         Walking at Stupa (outdoor activity)
5:40pm                         Meditation Discussion
6:00pm                         Rest/bath
7:00pm                         Dhamma and Meditation discussion
8:00pm                         Sitting meditation
9:00pm                         Chanting and sharing merits

Contact Person
For any information and/or registration to join the above course, kindly contact the undersigned by Viber or email : 
Sayalay Khema Cari
mobile  :  95-9250047330
email  :  dawkhema@gmail.com 



All are welcome to join our various programmes, events, courses and retreats.


With metta,
Khema Cari
ThaBarWa Dhamma Center
Thanlyin, Yangon
+95 9 250047330

WELCOME TO ALL!

19 February 2016

We Welcome Donors for basic and the most essential healthcare items


We Welcome Donors
for basic and the most essential
hygiene and healthcare items


ThaBarWa Center (in Thanlyin, Myanmar), founded by Venerable Ashin Ottamasara is a non-profit humanitarian organisation working for a noble cause.  It is an ideal place for learning and practicing meditation as well as for helping others who have physical and mental limitations and difficulties.

Our center opens round-the-clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week without recess, taking care of everybody, regardless of age, race and religion, who cannot support themselves and survive on their own due to various reasons.

The current population of our centre is more than 2,500 including the old, the needy, the disables, the infirm, the blind, the deaf, homeless, helpless, psychiatric and mental cases, as well as chronically and terminally ill persons.

Expertise, skills, healthcare and daily essential items are urgently needed at Thabarwa Center, for the ever increasing number of people seeking refuge at our main branch in Thanlyin, Yangon.


Currently, we are facing extreme shortage of the following daily essential healthcare items at our main branch in Thanlyin, Myanmar.  
- washing powders 
- adult diapers 
- bleach disinfectant
- dettol disinfectant 
- floor and toilet disinfectant solutions
- hand sanitisers 
- Disinfectant Wipes (baby wipes)
- disposable sterile dressing set
- sterile gauze
- self adhesive plasters and bandages
- 3CC and 20CC disposable syringe 
- medicated powder for bed sores.

Contributions and expertise from anybody is warmly welcomed as we are struggling to fulfill the very basic healthcare needs and requirements.

Thank you.




Thanlyin Centre (Main Centre)
ThanLyin Pagoda Hill
(Between Kyite Khauk Pagoda and East Yangon University)
Thanlyin, Yangon
Myanmar (Burma)
mobile : 95-9972743022,
95-9784563653,
95-9799878495

Sayalay Khema Cari
mobile : 95-9250047330
email :dawkhema@gmail.com

Soe Win Htut
mobile : 95-973074192
email :soewinhtut1977@gmail.com






16 February 2016

To Detach the Attachment ... The Essence of Meditation


To Detach the Attachment
The Essence of Meditation


To be free from desire doing good deeds should be not for fulfilling desire but for trying to be free from desire.

Here we emphasize detachment. Detachment concerning your actions. You can pay attention to breathing, to the rising and falling of the abdomen, but you must not pay attention to your action and to what you are doing. This is the practice of detachment. Breathing is also to use-only, not to reject, not to attach. Rising and falling is also to use-only, not to reject, not to attach. 

The aim of practicing meditation is to be free from attachment, not to know about breathing or about rising and falling. That is easy, every meditator can do that. But to be free from attachment is the essence of meditation.

Q1: When the mind knows about attachment, how to let go of attachment?

Sayadaw  :  You must abandon your habit. You might take care of your health, you might take care of your family; that is your attachment. You must be able to abandon your habit. You can take care of yourself but you must be able to abandon that action. You can take care of yourself. You must also practice not to take care of yourself. Not daring to abandon the action is attachment. To be free from attachment you must be mindful to whatever appears in the mind and body and you must be able to be mindful to each of your physical, verbal and mental actions. Besides you must be able not to pay attention to what you are doing now. You must be able not to pay attention to what is happening in your body and mind.

Q2: Should we be natural or try to be mindful all the time [intentionally]?

Sayadaw  :  You must be mindful but you must not pay attention to the action of mindfulness. If you are paying attention to your action of mindfulness it means you are grasping your action as “yours.” The Truth is: not “mine,” not “yours,” no “me,” no “you,” just Ever New Impermanent Nature. You can understand the Truth but you also must try to obey the Truth.

Q3: So when I start practicing what should I do? Pay attention to rising-falling?

Sayadaw  :  What you do is not important. Where you are staying is not important.

Q4: I used to practice Anapanassati or observing the feelings…I don’t know what we are doing here?

Sayadaw  :  That is attachment. You cannot stop paying attention to what you are doing and to what other yogis are doing. This is attachment. You must be mindful without attachment, without paying attention to your action.

(Sayalay: every method we use, we start to be attached to the method. Sayadaw can teach you how to detach from the method. So we practice to detach and not to become attached to the practice.)


 Q5: What about walking meditation?

Sayadaw  :  You must understand: walking, sitting, standing and lying, all are to do-only. Not to reject, not to attach. If you are thinking about walking, sitting, lying, this is attachment. Attachment for something or someone. Walking, standing, sitting is concerning everyone, not only you. It is concerning everyone; nearly everyone can do it but no person is standing, no person is walking, no one is walking, no one is sitting, only cause and effect. 

Sitting, walking, standing and lying are the powers of Impermanent Nature. No one is making the action.  With this right understanding you must try to detach from yourself and from your actions. Now you can walk with attachment, you can sit with attachment. You cannot walk without attachment, you cannot sit without attachment. This problem concerns most of the meditators. You cannot solve this problem. You cannot detach from the action of sitting, walking, lying, and standing. 

All the actions are to do-only, to experience-only, to know-only, not to pay attention to them. Now you pay attention to the action of sitting, walking. That is attachment. Attachment concerns your mind.

Q6: So we should be natural? Natural and mindful?

Sayadaw  :  Should be doing-only, knowing-only, experiencing-only, and using-only. There is someone or something behind your actions. This is attachment. You must detach from your action. You must be able to detach from something or someone, which is behind your action. If you meditate, someone is behind your actions. If you walk, someone is behind your action. That someone is not true, just wrong view, wrong understanding. Wrong understanding is controlling your action.

You must be able to detach from that wrong understanding. You must not pay attention to the practice of meditation. You must not pay attention to the yogis or meditators. You must pay attention to do-only, to use-only, to know-only and to experience-only. This is the Truth. You must pay attention to the Truth of doing-only, using-only, experiencing-only and knowing- only. You can walk, you can sit, and you can lie, but don’t forget the Truth of doing-only. No one is doing, not your action.

Q7: In the Mahasi method we have to note. Here you don’t need to note? Just be mindful? Or do we still need to note?

Sayadaw  :  If you wish you can do, but don’t forget the Truth of do-only, experience-only. You are doing with attachment, attachment for walking, attachment for sitting, attachment for noting. It is wrong. What you are doing is right but your understanding is wrong.

Q8: So we can note but not all the time?

Sayadaw  :  If you wish you can note, but not to be attached to what you are doing is most important. What you are doing is not important. Whether there is attachment or not for what you are doing is important. Because of attachment for the practice of meditation you pay attention to how to meditate.

Q9: So if the mind becomes in a state of equanimity, we have to detach from equanimity too?

Sayadaw  :  Whatever happens in your mind and body is not important. Whatever must happen will happen but what you must do is to detach from that happening. Not to pay attention to what you are doing now. You might stay here but where you are staying is not important. Not to pay attention to the place is important. To detach from this place is important. If you stay in Thailand you must try to detach from Thailand. If you stay in Myanmar you must try to detach from Myanmar.


You must not pay attention to the place, to the country. If you read the books...there are a lot of books about meditation. Which book you are reading is not important. You might practice according to the book but which method you are following is not important. The most important thing is to do-only, to do-only, to experience-only  and to know-only without attachment, not to attach to what you are doing, not to attach to the method you are using, not to attach to the place where you are  staying, not to attach to the mind you are using now. This is right understanding.

Try to do the right action by using the right understanding. Although you are meditating, you don’t know the Truth of meditation. You don’t know the key of meditation, the essence of meditation, which is to be free from desire, to be free from attachment.

Q10: So I practice whatever I can do without attachment? Practice anything but just without attachment?

Sayadaw  :  Yes, if you don’t meditate there will be attachment anytime, anywhere, for every action. In each of your actions there will be attachment. Attachment for the idea of “me” or “I,” “it is me” “I am doing,” “It is my action,” “It is my experience.” Understanding like this is attachment, attachment to the idea of “me” or “my.”

Q11: How to let go of attachment?


Sayadaw  :  Whatever we do we are using our own habit. We are used to speak like this, we are used to eat like this, and we are used to read like this. When you eat your breakfast or lunch, you might eat until your stomach is full. That is also habit. You might eat a little or eat too much. That is your habit. Everybody is eating. Everybody is doing, but we are using our own habit in whatever we do. That is attachment. Habits are to be done only. We don’t understand to abandon. This is why there is attachment. Not daring to abandon the habit is attachment. We are using our habits with attachment.

12 February 2016

2016 Annual Dhammaduta Trip to Malaysia and Singapore


2016 Annual Dhammaduta Trip
to Malaysia and Singapore

by Venerable Ashin Ottamasara
founder of Thabarwa Centre  

We would like to cordially invite all our dhamma friends, far and near, to join us for the Guided Vipassana Insight Meditation sessions and dialogue with Venerable Ashin Ottamasara during his annual dhamma duta trip to Malaysia and Singapore ...

See you in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore …

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date  
15 February 2016 to 22 February 2016

Address 
Buddhist Association
Lot PT 12593, SS 13,
Exit Jalan Kewajipan
47500 Subang Jaya

Contacts  
Sayalay Teja Nani : 017 8753827
Rita Ni : 019 3352626
Ko Aung Min Kyi : 012 6641394
Ma Thuzar  :  016 6655962
Ko Thura : 016 2177728



Penang, Malaysia 

Address
Bodhi Heart Sanctuary
Jalan Mount Erskine, Taman Erskine, 
10470 George Town, Pulau Pinang (Penang), Malaysia

Date  
22 February 2016 to 29 February 2016

Language
in English





Singapore 

Date  
1 March 2016 to 7 March 2016





Address
Nibbana Dhamma Rakkha (NDR)
No. 24, #04-00 Geylang Lorong 29
Singapore 338073

Date
2 March 2016 and 6 March 2016

Language
in English


9 February 2016

Can There Be Love Without Attachment?


Can There Be Love Without Attachment?


Question (Yogi)  :  Can there be love without attachment? I love my daughter and care for her, her health, etc. I see this is attachment but I don’t see it as a bad thing. Could you define love and attachment; explain what is different or similar…?

Answer (Sayadaw)  :  Love is the nature of mind. This is not the problem. The problem is the habit. You love someone; there is “someone” in your mind.

There is attachment in the mind. To be free from attachment, we must remove “someone” or “something” from the mind. We must disconnect something and the mind. We must not think about something, not even about ourselves. This habit is possible if you practice. In this way, the mind will be without attachment for something or someone. That mind is very powerful.  That mind can live alone, can live by itself.


Question (Yogi)  :  So how does one practice that?
Answer (Sayadaw)  :   You must abandon the habit of the mind; the habit of something; the habit of humans from the mind.



Question (Yogi)  :   What do I replace it with?
Answer (Sayadaw)  :   With the Truth. The Truth is mind and matter, five aggregates (perception, feeling, mental formations, consciousness, matter), and Ever New Impermanent Nature.

Try to love this Truth … there is no something, no someone, just mind and matter. You can love that Truth. This Truth is permanent.

No one is permanent; nothing is permanent but the Truth of mind-matter or Ever New Impermanent Nature is permanent. Love the Truth and your mind will be strong; your mind will be stable.

If you love someone, your mind will be unstable. Your mind will be weak; you have to worry because of your attachment to someone.

Everyone must die, become old, must suffer … this is the Truth.  This Truth is permanent.  This is why you must love the Truth which is mind and matter or Ever New Impermanent Nature. In this way, our mind can be free from worry, fear and sorrow. This is a real freedom.

No one can be free because the Truth is not someone. The freedom from the misunderstanding of something or someone is real freedom. Not freedom from present or from life cycle or from Universe; the real freedom is freedom from misunderstanding.




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Thabarwa is a Place for Everyone!!


Thabarwa is a Place for Everyone!!


“With the aim of providing opportunities for meditators to do a wide range of good deeds on a regular basis, I established Thabarwa Center.

Instead of confronting and solving problems directly by following traditional social norms, I encourage, train and guide those who come to Thabarwa Center, including the elderly and those who are facing complex health, social and financial problems, to solve their problems with the aid of dhamma (meditation practice of mindfulness and right understanding).

I teach them to enhance their power of right understanding by listening to dhamma teachings, practicing insight meditation and performing good deeds as much as possible. Those people gradually come to realise that their problems were solved due to the merits they gained in doing various good deeds while staying at Thabarwa Center.”


– Sayadaw Ashin Ottamasara –




Located in Thanlyin Pagoda Hill, Myanmar, Thabarwa Centre, headed by Venerable Sayadaw Ashin Ottamasara, is a non-profit humanitarian organization working for a noble cause.  It is established with unlimited access for general benefit and is fulfilling the most crucial needs of the society continually, persistently, dedicatedly, one by one. 

Thabarwa opens 24 hours a day, seven days a week without recess.  It is the sanctuary which is fulfilling the requirements of the multitude and the world (loka) round-the-clock without attachment and craving.

Since its establishment, without limiting the number of residents, Thabarwa takes on everyone, regardless of age, race, religion, social and financial condition, health condition, physical and mental state and provides them with basic necessities of life and medical care for free so that they can fully concentrate on the pursuit and realization of dhamma.  Even on the event of death Thabarwa performs their last funeral rites and gives them a decent burial.


Today, Thabarwa provides a peaceful sanctuary for more than 2,400 yogis (December 2015) from all regions of Myanmar as well as from foreign countries who are seeking refuge for care, attention and desire to practice Vipassana Insight Meditation under the guidance of Venerable Ashin Ottamasara.  They include children (orphans), elderly and frails, infirm, the blind, the deaf, the disabled, psychiatric and mental cases, chronically and terminally ills, abandoned and neglected individuals, homeless and helpless as well as those who are facing complex social and financial problems.