Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw

Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw was born in 1913 as the eldest son among the five children in the Mon state of Myanmar (Burma).

At the age of 9, the young future Sayadaw entered the Order of Sangha as a novice. Then fully ordained as a buddhist monk (bhikkhu) in 1933.

He had studied all the basics as well as the higher learning of the Pali Texts (Tipitaka), Commentaries (Atthakatha) and Sub-Commentaries (Tika). He followed the day and night lectures on all aspects of the Buddhist Scriptures, learning and firmly absorbing all the details of the Pali Texts.

First, Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw stayed in a forest monastery practising meditation with his teacher Ya Kyaw Sayadawgyi. Then he went and learned the Satipatthana Vipassana meditation technique from the most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw at his meditation centre in Yangon. He stayed at the centre for ten years from 1951-1961 as one of the main meditation teachers. After that, he went to reside at Shwe Oo Min Tawya meditation center in Yangon.
In 1987, Sayadaw had established new meditation centre (Kyauk ai Tawya Dhammasukha Yeiktha) in Mon state and then in 1997, the Shwe Oo Min Tawya Dhammasukha Yeiktha in Mingaladon township in Yangon.
Many foreign Buddhists came there to undertake meditation practice under his guidance. Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw was well respected for his strict adherence to the Vinaya Discipilinary Rules, and for his excellent qualities of morality(Sila), concentration (Samadhi) and wisdom (Pañña), that the Sangha of Shwe kyin Nikaya appointed him as the most long-standing Mahanayaka.

20th November 2002, at the age of ninety, (of seventy vassas), Venerable Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw passed away.

Shwe Oo Minn Sayadaw disciples are for example Ashin Tejaniya (Sayadaw U Tejaniya) and Sayadaw U Jotika.

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