29 December 2011

New Six-Story Dhamma Building

New Six-Story Dhamma Building
At Thabarwa Centre in Thanlyin

Thabarwa Centre, headed by Venerable Sayadaw U Ottamasara, is established principally for Vipassana Insight Meditation, following the example taught by Lord Buddha for the propagation and perpetuation of Buddha Sasana. 

The core inspiration of Thabarwa is selflessness, compassion and universal love.  

Since its establishment, without limiting the number of residents, Thabarwa takes on everyone, regardless of age, race, social status, health condition, physical and mental state and provides a peaceful sanctuary for the pensioners, the old, the needy, the disables, the infirms as well as chronically and terminally ill persons.   

Regardless of their physical and mental conditions, Thabarwa provides them with basic necessities of life such as food, clothing, shelter and medical care which includes hospitalization, for free so that they can fully concentrate on the pursuit and realization of Dhamma.  Even on the event of death the Centre performs their last funeral rites and gives them a decent burial.
Though Thabarwa functions for common welfare, that is not the main objective. The main objective is to enable the yogis to practice Vipassana Insight Meditation with single-minded concentration and to propagate the Patipatti Sasana, practical application to realize peace of mind and end of suffering.  

Due to the increasing number of patients and infirm people, a new six-storey dhamma building for the sick and the infirm is proposed and the construction of the building has been commenced to enable us to cater to those who are in need.

Our hospitality towards those who come to us for help and seek refuge under the guidance of Ven. Sayadaw U Ottamasara will hopefully be well placed in this new six-story infirmary.
Indeed, Thabarwa, headed by Ven. Sayadaw U Ottamasara, is a non-profit humanitarian organization working for a noble cause.  

It is the place where voluntary donors can donate cash and materials to gain merit.  The Centre channels the money and materials received to provide a peaceful venue for people to practice Dhamma without worry.  

There are many volunteers who donate their labour for a worthy cause, to look after the welfare of the residents taking refuge in the Centre.

The Yogis (meditators), seeking true Dhamma, also become friends with fellow yogis in a spirit of give and take.  Thus they do not feel helpless over their miseries of stress, pressure, sickness, rejection and loneliness.

26 December 2011

Biodata of Sayadaw U Ottamasara

Biodata of Sayadaw U Ottamasara

- Sayadaw U Ottamasara was born in Sagaing Division, Upper Myanmar on 26th October 1969. His parents are U Tin Maung and Daw Khin Khin Myint.

- He passed the Matriculation examination with flying colours in 1986.  After completing, his degree B.A (English, Honours) at Yangon University, he started his business and he became succeeding greatly in his business within a short period till 1999.


- After 1999, he became losing greatly in his business and he became having the great sadness upon his business. Under the suggestion of one of his friends in order to find out how to abandon his great sadness, he started to learn the Vipassana Meditation under Mogok Vipassana Teachers.

- In his learning about it with his great persistent attempt practically and theoretically, he began to know the real peace of mind deeper and deeper and he could begin to abandon his great sadness more and more.

- And then, he took the intensive vipassana meditaion retreat at International Meditation Centre of (Sayagyi U Ba Khin) and Dhamma Joti Meditation centre of (SN Goenkaji) at Yangon.

- Again, after taking the intensive vipassana meditation retreat at Mogok Vipassana Meditation main centre at Yangon, he could abandon all his stress and sadness totally which will never appear.
- From that time, he abandoned his business and properties totally and established the Wisdom Sharing Foundation with the name of “From Avijja to Vijja” which has later become the only one best place for the collection of the media (books, mp3CD, CD, VCD and tapes etc; ) of Vipassana Meditation of Buddhism in wide range of traditions all over the world and he was so popular in the field of Buddhist religion and other religion in Myanmar.

- In 2002, he was ordained in Yangon by the Sayadaw U Nayyasagara and started to teach the vipassana meditation to the meditators (yogis) which has difficulty in progress and has been giving the Dhamma talks of vipassana meditation at school, various hospitals and dying suffering people, people from other religion and patients given up by doctors and physicans.

- In 2007, he has established the downtown meditation centre (45th street meditation centre) and Thanlyin Natural meditation centre (Tha Bar Wa Meditation Centre) at Yangon.

About Thabarwa Center

Thabarwa Center
Thanlyin, Yangon, Myanmar

1. Thabarwa Centre is a peaceful place with beautiful nature, healthy food and peaceful dhamma.

2. This sasana place is located between Kyite Khauk Pagoda & Tar Wa University on the high-way between ThanLyin and ToneGwa (1km outside ThanLyin).  Our compound has 40 acres.

3. The Thabarwa Centre is a very peaceful place.  We may not compare it to the Lumbini Garden, where the Buddha was born, but it is equally soothing and quiet.

4. Thabarwa Centre in ThanLyin is a place where people can practice meditation – harmonizing with nature without hurting the beauty of nature.
 This is a sasana place where nature and human life with dhamma co-exist and benefit from each other.

5. Thabarwa Sayadaw U Ottamasara made this Centre

We admire his clear mind, skilful managing, sound experience and true compassion put together all into a brilliant reality made possible through his lively practicing.

6. Sayadaw abandoned his worldly achievements to venture out to this effort.

Through his right understanding and practice he was able to convert “ignorance into knowledge”, ”greed into compassion” & ”hatred into abandonment”. Through this unlimited wisdom and action he is empowered to produce unlimited good.

7. More and more people, even youngsters, are getting intrigued by this technique and its application.
Humans in his surrounding are motivated not only to pay homage to him, but even want to join into his accumulation of positive karma and parami.

8. By emphasizing on natural beauty and dhamma of direct knowledge the Sayadaw achieves that the learners understand how to move away from “Atta to Anatta”. Expressing his views in the following words and citations: “------------------------------------------------------“.

9. The power of abandonment can only be compared to the natural force of a Tsunami. We may learn to love the potential of the clearing and teaching power of a Tsunami-wave. To be able to use the positive energy inside a Tsunami wave requires great skills.

We can see no interest in him to becoming famous or a leading figure. In his practice we can not see different dealings towards Buddhists or Non-buddhists, rich or poor, young or old, male or female but we see great compassion applied.
10. As he teaches us, as soon as we abandon attachment, Original Wisdom (paramatta) will appear.

May we progress in attaining this right understanding as the Thabarwa Sayadaw does and go beyond.

11. The shining light of this Thabarwa Centre does his utmost effort to propagate the Legacy of the Buddha by distributing audio & video-multimedia and by supporting with educational material the living beings on our compound with food, cloth and shelter.