by Venerable Dhammasami
Size: 5.5” X 8.25”
Pages: 130 pages
"Mindfulness practice rules out
a mantra-style approach in life.
No miracle or any superstitious belief.
Simply, it is a self-cultured programme.
The practice require us to put in
our own efforts and discover
the truth through our own experience.
The teacher is only to guide but
not to see the truth for us."
~ Venerable Dhammasami
This book contains a collection of Dhamma talks given by Venerable Dhammasami during a six-days' retreat hold in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The themes of the retreat are based on the conventions of the Theravada Buddhsim. The talks are arranged in a syllabus format that covers not only various presentations of mindfulness (sati) but also four other kinds of reflective meditation.
Although the author has been teaching vipassana meditation since the early nineties, this is the first time where he attampts to introduce the practice of meditation into our daily lives in a holistic approach.
In this book, the non-judgemental nature and the usefulness of mindfulness in daily life is emphasised for readers' benefit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Dhammasami was born in 1965, on 22nd November in Laikha, Shan State, Union of Myanmar (Burma), he became a novice (samanera) at his early teens in Sirimangalatemple, a branch of the Mahasi meditation Centre. He has his education in Laikha and Taunggyi. He received Buddhist education mainly in Taunggyi, Ywanhwe and Pegu where he taught at the Sasana Mandaing Pali University for a year.
He completed the Dhammacariya degree ( a degree in Buddhist literature) at the age of 19 being just a novice (Samanera) in the Dhammacariya Examination held by the Government in 1985. He also has the same degree in Shan medium in the Dhammacariya Examination held in Shan State 1986. He taught in Aung Mye Bon Tha Shan Pariyatti Temple in Yangon (Rangoon) before leaving for Sri Lanka in 1990 to proceed his postgraduate studies.
Apart from the Dhammacariya degrees in Myanmar, He holds one MPhil and two MA degrees from two Sri Lankan Universities. While in Colombo, he taught at YMBA for four years. He also joined the Buddhist missionary work in Thailand in 1989.
He has been teaching Buddhism to children and adults alike at the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre, London since 1996. He conducts Vipassana meditation on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. He speaks Shan, Burmese, Thai, English and Pali. He is at the moment studying for a DPhil degree in 'Aspects of Theravada Buddhism in Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka' at the University of Oxford as an full-time student.