The Dhamma Discourse on Sensuality
by MAHĀSI SAYĀDAW
Size: 5.5” X 8.25”
“Discourse on KĀMA SUTTA: ‘One is delighted when one gets whatever one wants, but depressed on their destruction.’ Anyone who encounters such vicissitudes of life may sometimes be greatly tormented like a deer pierced by an arrow in its heart. I hereby wish that, may everyone be able to reflect on the true nature of the mundane world, and by diligently practising the Vipassanā (Insight Meditation), successfully gain deliverance from all suffering.”
- U Taik Soe (General Secretary, Mahāsi Meditation Centre, Yangon)
“In order to overcome the sensual attachments and wants, the Benefactor Mahāsi Sayādaw had delivered this KĀMA SUTTA with stories and illustrations from life and the methods of Satipaṭṭhāna Vipassanā meditation. Moreover, the Venerable Sayādaw explained explicitly and briefly so the Dhamma could be easily, clearly and swiftly comprehended. Aslo he had given means of knowledge through wisdom, and knowledge gained by learning and reflecting. After listening, studying and remembering this KĀMA SUTTA which is complete with a good beginning, middle and end, may the Noble Dhamma friends be able to practise according to their meaning and interpretation mentioned in this Dhamma talk. Consequently, may they be able to realize swiftly the bliss Nibbanā through the stages of Vipassanā Nāṇa (Insight Knowledges) and Magga Nāṇa.”
- Sithu U Nyi Pu (President Buddha Sāsana Nuggaha Organization)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw was born in Seikhun village, near Shwebo in Burma (Myanmar) in 1904. He become a novice at the age of twelve and from the very earliest time in the robes showed unusual powers of memory and intelligence.
In 1931, having gone about as far as scriptural knowledge could take him, he left the monastery he was staying in to pursue the study of Vipassanā meditation under Mingun Jetawan Sayādaw. He stayed at that monastery for about one year, practicing intensive insight meditation, but was forced to leave it when the abbot of his former monastery died and he had to return. He continued, however, to practice meditation in conjunction with his administrative and scriptural duties.
He began teaching insight meditation in 1938 on a visit back to his home village, where his teaching was enthusiastically received.
At the historic sixth Buddhist Council, which was inaugurated with every pomp and ceremony on 17th May 1954, Mahāsi Sayādaw played an eminent role, performing the exacting and onerous tasks if Osana (Final Editor) and Pucchaka (Questioner) Sayādaw.
Over the years his fame as a meditation teacher gradually spread, and centers were opened all over the county. Since then, Mahāsi Centers; have spread too many places in the world, now numbering eighteen in ten different countries.