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Ven.Sayadaw U Lakkhana(1935- )


Sayadaw U Lakkhana was born in April 1935 in Kadaw Village, Myingyan Township, Mandalay, Upper Burma to U Tha The and Daw Phwa Saw. He became a novice at the age of 12 and received full ordination at the age of 20. In 1957, he passed the Pali Dhammacariya (Master of Pali Buddhist Studies) Examination and was awarded the Degree of Sasanadhaja Siripavara Dhammacariya. In 1961, he earned the Sasanadhaja Dhamacariya and Pali Paragu Degrees. In 1962, he founded the Mahavijayaransi Buddhist Study Center at the Kyaswa Valley Monastery in Sagaing Hills and began teaching Pali literature to monks and novices.

 In 1972, Sayadaw began the study and practice of Satipatthana Vipassana meditation at the Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha in Yangon under the guidance of our Benefactor the Mhasi Sayadaw and Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa. In the same year, he established the Maha Atularansi Meditation Center in the Kyaswa Valley Monastery, and began teaching Satipatthana meditation in Sagaing Hills. From 1983 to 1988, he served as a Senior Meditation Teacher at Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha in Yangon.

 In 1988, Sayadaw returned to Kyaswa Valley Monastery to personally supervise the Mahavijayaramsi Buddhist Study Center and Maha Atularamsi Meditation Center. He has also traveled extensively to lead Satipatthana meditation retreats in California, Massachusetts, and Hawaii, in the USA and in Australia, Nepal, Singapore, and Malaysia. In 1988, the Burmese government honoured Sayadaw U Lakkhana with the highest award for meditation instruction, the title of Agga Maha Kammathanacariya, or Most Noble and Distinguished Meditation Teacher.

In 1984, Sayadaw founded the Wachet Jivitadana Hospital, offering free medical care for the monks and nuns of the Sagaing Hills and minimum-cost treatment for lay-people from nearby villages. Over the years, the hospital has grown from two-story clinic with four rooms to a four story, fifty-bed hospital, with an operating room, an inpatient ward, dental surgery, and X-ray capabilities.

 Sayadaw has shown keen interest in the education of youth. In Wachet Village, he was instrumental in acquiring a large plot of land and building a primary school for 300 students, completed with a 5,000-gallon water reservoir, sanitary facilities, and an adjoining soccer field. He is currently in a process of building a primary and middle school in native village of Kadaw. Sayadaw also supervises local projects in road construction, water supply development, and the preservation of ancient monuments and monasteries.

 Sayadaw had given a 9-days vipassana meditation retreat at Thanti-Thitsar Vipassana Meditation Center in Riverside, California in support of building better people for the Los Angeles area community. Today Sayadaw continues his effort for the study and practice of the Dhamma and for the happiness of all.