by SAYADAW U KUNDALA
Translated from Myanmar by Dr. Kay Mya Yee
Edited by Gavesini
Size: 5.5” x 8.25”
Pages: 188 pages
In this book, readers will find lucid explanation about generosity, morality, concentration and insight meditation (dana, sila, samatha and vipassana). For the benefit of meditators, the successive development of wisdom according to the stages of insight is expounded in a simple manner so that readers can comprehend them clearly. To encourage meditators in their practice this book also deals with ways to undertake meritorious deeds so as to avoid rebirth in the four woeful planes. For those striving to be a stream-winner (sotapanna) in this present life, the four conditions to become a stream-winner are explicitly expounded. As insight meditation deals with the cultivation of the mind, it is of utmost importance to learn how to develop the mind in order to fully comprehend the Noble Dhamma and attain Path and Fruition Knowledge (magga-phala nana).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sayadaw U Kundala was born in Waw Township, Bago District, Myanmar in 1921 to U Tha Phyo and Daw Pu. He became a novice monk (samanera) at the age of nine at the Waw Monastery. He studied at various learning monasteries, amongst which are the two well-known Shwehintha Forest Monastery and the Maydhini Forest Monastey.
He received the title of Dhamma Lectureship (Dhammacariya) in 1956, and another title of Dhamma Lectureship in 1958. On 4th January 1998, the 7th Waxing of Pyatho, 1359 M.E. (the Golden Jubilee Independence Day of Myanmar) he received the higher title of Meditation teacher, Agga Maha Kammatthanacariya vide Union of Myanmar State Peace and Development Council Notification No. 2/98.
The Sayadaw taught Buddhist Scriptures to about 200 monks daily at the Maydhini Forest Monastery for 20 years. After having meditated under the tutelage of the late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw for a year, the Sayadaw decided to teach vipassana meditation. Had conducted meditation retreats and given Dhamma talks in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom, France, United States, Australia, and Japan.
Sayadaw founded the Saddharammaransi Meditation Centre in 1978. The centre now cares for an average of 200 yogis daily. The Centre has four branches:
• Sukhapatipada Saddharammaransi, Kyaukkon, Yangon, 1993
• Viveka-Tawya Saddharammaransi, Nyaunglebin, 1994
• Khippdabhinna Saddharammaransi, Indyne, 1995
• Dhammadayada Saddharammaransi
The Sayadaw is also a prolific writer and has published several Dhamma books, mostly in Burmese. He is a member of the Sangha Supreme Council of Advisors at the main Mahasi Meditation Centre in Yangon.