2016/05/15 Sayadaw U Pandita Passing

Remembering Burmese Meditation Master, Sayadaw U PanditaSayadaw U Pandita

by Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan

 

Sayadaw U Pandita was probably the most influential elder of the Insight Meditation tradition in modern times. I first heard his name in the mid-8os, when I practiced at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Resident teachers Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg often shared stories of practicing with Sayadaw. In the 90s I moved to Asia, and started to take annual retreats in Burma, first at centres led by other teachers in the Mahasi vipassanameditation tradition, then at Panditarama, Sayadaw U Pandita’s Rangoon centre. Later I also attended retreats at Hse Mine Gon, U Pandita’s forest meditation centre in central Burma.

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