The Panditarama Shwe Taung Gon Sasana Yeiktha is a center for the practice and study of the Theravada Buddhist teachings. Established in October 1990 by the Venerable Guiding Teacher U Panditabhivamsa, it follows the great lineage of the late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw. He no longer gives personal interviews during retreats, but still offers Dhamma talks, and closely supervises other Sayadaws who interview.
Both local and foreign yogis come to the Shwe Taung Gon center in Yangon to practice intensive Vipassana (Satipatthana) meditation. The Mahasi method involves mindfulness of body, sensations, mind, and general objects such as seeing, hearing, tasting and smelling. The primary objects of meditation are the rise and fall of the abdomen in sitting meditation and the movement of the feet in walking meditation.
Food, accommodations, and basic needs are met through the generous donations of well-wishers. The teachers and staff work to maintain conditions conducive to meditation. All these efforts are made with the intention that the yogis be free to practice and gain the benefits. For the yogis, there is but one responsibility, that is, to maintain continuity of mindfulness throughout the waking hours.
Panditarama Shwe Taung Gon Sasana Yeiktha is a meditation and study monastery. Established in October 1990 by Venerable Ovadacariya Sayadaw U Pandita-bhivamsa, this centre follows the great lineage of the late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw. The main center is located in Yangon, with branch centers in Hse Main Gon (south of Bago), Pyin Oo Lwin, Mawlamyaing and Than Lyin (formerly Syriam). Foreign yogis may meditate at either the main center or the Hse Main Gon Forest Center. Please contact the main center to apply.
The method of meditation taught here is that taught by the late, most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw. Instruction is given in English, or in Burmese with English translation.
Foreign meditators should contact the main center to arrange a retreat, regardless of where they intend to practice. The application procedure is as follows:
For Intensive Vipassana Meditation:
The centre will provide meditators with food and lodging including a mosquito net, sheet, pillow and pillow case, blanket and a thermos bottle (flask). Costs are met through the generous donations of well-wishers.
Most yogis manage to remain in good health during their stay. For minor ailments such as upset stomachs, colds, coughs, etc., a trained and experienced nurse is normally in residence at Panditarama (Yangon), and a doctor is in attendance for two hours every day at the centre's clinic. It is extremely rare that more severe illnesses occur. If necessary, there are a number of clinics not far from the main Centre where specialist diagnosis and treatment are available at reasonable rates.
For yogis meditating at Hse Main Gon Forest Center, the center's clinic is staffed during peak periods (December-January and March-April). At other times, medical services are available in the nearby town of Bago.