compiled by Tharmany Kaw
translated from Burmese by U Hla Maung (Ayar-Chindwin)
reviewed & edited by Venerable Vivekananda (German Monk)
Size: 5.5” X 8.25”
Pages: 96 pages
“People treasure their gold and their diamonds,
and are ever mindful of them,
ever fearful of their loss.
They guard and protect them assiduously.
But how do they treasure the infinitely more
valuable jewels of the Buddha's Dhamma?
Are they ever mindful of the Dhamma,
ever fearful of minor transgressions?
Do they guard and protect the Buddha's Dhamma
as they protect their worldly jewels?”
~ Thabyekan Sayadaw
OVER MANY DECADES, Thabyekan Sayadaw wrote and preached extensively and tirelessly, as witnessed by the numerous volumes of his writings. Extracts from these many volumes, principally from the Sayadaw’s Discourses on the Buddha’s Teachings and the Collected Sermons, were compiled into this book by Tharmanay Kyaw (Sayadaw U Dhammikabhivamsa) to enable the public to read and treasure the timeless and priceless sayings and admonishments of the Sayadaw.
THABYEKAN SAYADAW was born on 1910 at Chaung Wa Village Township, Yangon. He became a Samanera (novice) at the age of nine. At the age of 15, he was awarded the title of "Ubhato Vibhangadhara" for his ability to memories and recite the first two volumes of the Vinaya — Monastic Disciplinary Rules. Three years late, he was awarded the title of "Vinayadhara" for being able to memorise the whole five volumes of Vinaya.
He was fully ordained as a Bhikkhu (monk) on 10th July 1930 with the Most Venerable Maha Dhammaikarama Thabyekan Sayadaw as his preceptor.
One year after his ordination, he was awarded the title of "Vasettha Siripavara Sasanadhaja Samyuttabhanaka" for his ability to recite the whole five volumes of Samyutta Nikaya (the Kindred Sayings), the prescribed text of Jetiyangana Organization. While he was studying Pali and Sanskrit under the Most Venerable Abhayaram Sayadaw, he was awarded the title of "Pariyatti Sasanahita Dhammacariya".
After the demise of Maha Dhammikarama Sayadaw of Thabyekan, he returned to Maha Dhammikarama Thabyekan Monastery and took up the duties as Joint Lecturer at the monastery. Then he took the Government Monastic Examination and passed all nine prescribed texts with distinctions and became the first ever recipient of the title "Sasanadhaja Siripavara Dhammacariya Siromani".
He translated the Paritta Pali (Protective Verses) Texts into Myanmar language with complete commentary and verses, which are much commended and respected by all the learned scholars of Myanmar.
On 18th February 1984, he was elected Chief of Yangon Division Shwegyin Nikaya Organization. He then served as the Most Learned Adviser (Ovadacariya) and Patron of Shwedagon Pagoda Trust, Tipitakadhara Examination, Pitaka Translation Society Mangala Byuha and Pitakabyuha Societies and Shwegyin Nikaya Central Sangha Affairs. In the same year, Sayadaw was awarded the "Agga Maha Pandita" title.
Sayadaw was elected as Joint Chief Executive of Shwegyin Tradition and he was presented "Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru" title by the government.
While carrying out the Sasana duties devotedly, at the age of 85, Sayadaw pass away peacefully on 6th February 1995.