Sharpening the Indriya
by SAYADAW U KUNDALA
Size: 5.5” X 8.25
Pages: 145 pages
What is the practice that leads to Nibbana? In this book Sayadaw U Kundala, drawing from the experience of many years of teaching, explains the path that The Buddha clearly mapped out 2500 years ago. He clearly and methodically, in an easy to read form, points out the benefits of practicing Vipassana meditation and the method of practice. He has then gone to explain the five Indriya (controlling faculties) and the nine factors which sharpen the Indriya, leading one along the path to liberation as taught by The Buddha. Meditation teaches us not to hold on to things that cause suffering in our lives and how to cultivate the conditions that bring about happiness. Through meditative experience we come to understand that anger, depression, jealousy and sadness etc, are not caused by external circumstances but from within the realm of our own mind. We can see the conditions that create them and thus can bring about circumstances in which they can no longer arise. This provides fertile ground in which kindness, generosity and compassion can grow. A strong foundation of morality and striving with ardent effort in Vipassana meditation, as taught by The Buddha, will result in progression along a clearly defined path of insight, with the final fruits being the noble and pure liberation of Nibbana. Freedom from suffering.
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.