15 February 2012

2012 Dhamma Duta Trip to Malaysia and Singapore

2012 Dhamma Duta Trip Schedule
of Sayadaw U Ottamasara
 (As at 18th February 2012)

Date From
Date To
KL (Malaysia)
Blk A, 31st floor, Unit 02 (A-31-02), Suasana Sentral Condominium, KL Sentral Station, Brick fields, Kuala Lumpur.

Note :
Arrival KL airport from Yangon on 22/2/2012 at 9:30pm (2130 hrs).
Departure KL for Penang on 25/3/2012 at 6:00am (0600 hrs).
Penang (Malaysia)
Bodhi Heart Sanctuary, 677-G, Jalan Mt Erskine, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

Note :
Departure Penang for KL on 29/3/2012 at 2:00 pm (1400 hrs).
KL (Malaysia)
Blk A, 31st floor, Unit 02 (A-31-02), Suasana Sentral Condominium, KL Sentral Station, Brick fields, Kuala Lumpur.

Depature Suasana Condo for Chempeka on 02/3/2012 at 6:00 pm (1800 hrs).

KL (Malaysia)
Chempeka Buddhist Lodge, No.60, Jalan SS23/25, Taman Sea Petaling Jaya 47400, Kuala Lumpur.

Note :
Arrival Chempeka on 02/3/2012 at 8:00pm  (2000 hrs).
Departure Chempeka for Suasana Sentral Condo on 07/3/2012 at 5:00pm (1700 hrs).
KL (Malaysia)
Blk A, 31st floor, Unit 02 (A-31-02), Suasana Sentral Condominium, KL Sentral Station, Brick fields, Kuala Lumpur.

Note :
Departure KL for Singapore on 09/3/2012    (early morning).
Kew Hua San Poh Ern Shin Temple
9 Chwee Chain Road
(CC26 Pasir Panjang MRT station)
Singapore 117488

Note :
Departure Singapore for KL on 21/3/2012(early morning).
KL (Malaysia)
Blk A, 31st floor, Unit 02 (A-31-02), Suasana Sentral Condominium, KL Sentral Station, Brick fields, Kuala Lumpur.
Note :
Departure KL for Yangon on 23/3/2012.

Contact Persons
1.     Sayadaw U Ottamasara
           Mobile (while in Singapore)  :  92211138
           email  :  mtsm45@gmail.com  (or)  thabarwa.nmc@gmail.com

2.     For Malaysia
           Soe Win Htut                      email  :  soewinhtut1977@gmail.com
           Ni Ni Aung                          email  :  niniaung14@gmail.com

3.     For Singapore
           Shwe Pyi Soe                      email  :  shwepyisoee@gmail.com
           Maw Maw Than                email  :  mawbathan@gmail.com

Life Broadcast
While in Malaysia and Singapore, life streaming of daily Guided Meditation Sermons, teaching of Sayadaw U Ottamasara will be broadcasted 3-times a day, in the morning, afternoon and night; either in English or Myanmar language at : 

mtsm45's Justin TV channel

11 February 2012

The Merits Gained From Thabarwa Center

The Merits Gained From
Thabarwa Center

I am serving as a hall warden in Yarkyaw Hall (Centenarians Hall) of Thabarwa Centre. There are many halls to provide shelter in the Centre. Each hall has assigned two wardens to take care of the resident yogis.  The warden has the duty to undertake the general cleanliness and sanitation of the hall as well as the compound.  She has to bring meals for the old and infirm residents.  She has to bathe, wash and clean the invalid, the visually impaired (blind), and sick grandpas and grandmas and also wash their clothes. For those who cannot eat by themselves she has to feed them and nurse them. She also has to persuade them to observe the precepts of morality, listen to Dhamma sermons and practice meditation.

Most of the poor and helpless grandpas and grandmas who come to the Centre for refuge are old and feeble, reaching 70, 80 and even 90 years of age. One grandma under my charge is 105 years old. Some grandmas cannot even remember their names or remember anything at all. They are brought to the Centre by the social services of the wards and villages. The Centre takes care of their daily food, clothing as well as medical attention. So they have nothing more to worry. Even on the event of death the Centre performs their last funeral rites and gives them a decent burial.  Their main duties are to observe the precepts of morality and practice Dhamma meditation to gain peace of mind.

The sole purpose of the Venerable Sayadaw U Ottamasara is to bring peace and comfort to the old, abandoned by their relatives, to guide them to practise meditation, observe Dhamma teachings and gain merit. Sermons are delivered by Sayadaw in the Dhammayone Hall for the Yogis who can attend in person. For those yogis who are too ill or feeble to attend the Dhammayone, the sermons are recorded and transmitted to the halls from 5 am in the morning to 10 pm in the evening. Power is provided by DC generators operating from the Centre.

The old grandpas and grandmas come from different backgrounds. Some are suffering from paralysis due to stroke. Some have mental problems, and severe depression. Some are blind due to diabetes. Some suffer from acute dementia. Some cannot walk. Some suffer from depression by being left alone in the house with no companionship because their sons, daughters have to earn their livelihood outdoors, leaving them in solitude. Many such old people cannot attend to their own personal toilet needs and had to be cleaned by the wardens and young volunteers.

Peace and tranquility prevail in the Centre because of boundless metta, compassion and generosity of Sayadaw.  As wardens we also gain merit to nurse the old persons like our own parents. We encourage them to understand the compassion of Sayadaw who works so selflessly for their welfare. We guide them to practice Dhamma meditation free from worry and tension. We attend to the sick and invalid persons full time as nurses to bring some relief from pain and suffering.  For those who have to be sent to the hospital for in-patient treatment, food and expenses are provided by the Centre. Fellow yogis from the Centre volunteered to attend to   their needs.  Sayadaw personally visited the hospital and give sermons to dying patients. Funeral services and alms donations are also provided by the Centre. 

By Myint Myint Sein
Hall Warden

1 February 2012

Right View and Wrong View - Part 6

Right View and Wrong View - Part 6

Original Truth and Original Wisdom
If your understanding is right, your action will become right and thus your mind will become more and more pure and powerful.  If your mind is pure, you do not need to depend on other people, body, situation, money and food.  As our mind is not free and pure; our mind is controlled by wrong understanding, our mind is always starving for everything and there will be endless desire in our mind.

You cannot copy and understand my teaching since your mind is not free.  Try to have right understanding like me and it is the way to be free our mind.

My view is free view.  It is neither created view nor created understanding but original understanding.  What I am guiding is the right cause for your mind to have direct connection with Original Truth and Original Wisdom.  Traditionally, using mind - with the idea of taking mind as reality will never have direct connection with Original Truth and Original Wisdom.

Every life, experience and knowing including life, experience and knowing of Yogi (meditator) are just to be used, just to be experienced and just to be known only, must not take them as reality.

To be able to do like this, it is necessary not to forget Original Truth, Real impermanent Nature and its two qualities as follows :
(1) original creation to think unreality as reality and,
(2) original understanding about Original Truth and Created Truths.

You have to practice meditation but you must not forget Original action of Impermanent Nature to think unreality as reality so that your practicing will become practicing only without misunderstanding it as reality.  There will be a lot of knowing and experience about meditation, but all knowing must be just knowing only and must not think it as reality.

In order to be like that, you must not forget “original knowing of Impermanent Nature."  Knowing someone and knowing mind" are just Created Truths, they are just to be used, just to be known only and not to be taken them as reality.

Even life of yogi (meditator) is also just to be used only and not to be thought as reality.  To be able to do like this, we must not forget Original Truth, Real Impermanent Nature which is beyond someone and something.  In this way, we can use our life in the right way with right understanding.

The more attention to Original Truth,
the less wrong understanding become.
The less the wrong understanding,
the more the right understanding.

In this way, right understanding has become replacing wrong understanding." Knowing like this or not" is also "just knowing only" and "just not knowing only".

There is nobody behind knowing like this or not.
Original Truth is perfect. Right view or free view is perfect.

There is no need to be worried about the others, no need to be proud of ourselves.  There is nobody who knows or who does not know.  There is no person who has escaped and there is no person who has trapped.

There is only wrong understanding and right understanding.  If wrong understanding is controlling our mind, all Created Truths- everything, everyone, time, place, situation and the whole universe become alive and real.

If there is no wrong view or wrong understanding, nothing is alive, no one is alive, no time and no place.

There is only Impermanent Nature and Permanent Nature.

Teaching is now over.

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Note : To listen to and download Ven. Sayadaw U Ottamasara’s Guided Vipassana Insight Meditation sermons (teachings) in English language, please visit http://www.mediafire.com/?su5b4h2a45s42 and select the folder ‘MP3 Talks (English Language)’ and then select the sub-folder ‘5-11 English Teaching’.  There are altogether 22 sermons (teachings) in this sub-folder.

Written by Hnin Nwe Soe
Edited by Ven Ottamasara