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Ven.Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw U Kosala



“Biography of The Most Venerable Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw Bhaddanta Kosala”
By Daw Khin Mya Mya

The future Mahathera of Shwe Oo Min forest meditation center was born at Mukkhamu village, Kyaik hto township in the Mon state of Myanmar on the Myanmar era year 1275 (1913 C.E.), the 1st day after the full moon day of the month of Tawthalin (September), Monday at 5.00AM, to the parents of U Han and Daw Thai Khyoun. He was the eldest son among the five children.

At the age of 9, the young future Sayadaw entered the Order of Sangha as a novice at the Hman Kyaung monastery of Mukkhamu village, presided and officiated by the head abbot of the Hman Kyaung monastery, Bhaddanta Nandiya. The future Sayadaw was given the name Shin Kosala. In 1295 B.E., the future Sayadaw Shin Kosala, was fully ordained and became a noble Sangha at the Main Nyaung le bin forest monastery, Nyaung le bin township, Pegu division. His preceptor was the renowned head abbot, Bhaddanta Ariya Thera, who was a well-known Buddhist scholar, accredited with producing short and concise treatises on some chapters of the Buddhist Texts, lovingly known as Essence Treatises – A ya thar Treatises.

The future Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw had studied diligently all the basics as well as the higher learning of the Pali Texts (Tipitaka), Commentaries (Atthakatha) and Sub-Commentaries (Tika), under the tutelage of the late Bhaddanta Ariya Thera; the late Medini Sayadaw Bhaddanta Alara at the Kyauk kone forest monastery, Yan kin township, Yangon; and the late Nyaung le bin Taw ya kyaung Sayadaw of the Nyaung le bin forest monastery, Thahton township, Mon state. While residing as a student monk at these monasteries, he followed the day and night lectures on all aspects of the Buddhist Scriptures, learning and firmly absorbing all the details of the Pali Texts.

Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw stayed in the Taung paw Taw ya kyaung forest monastery, Shwe kyin township, Pegu division, practising meditation with Ya Kyaw Sayadawgyi of Pacchima-yon monastery, Kyaik lat township, Irrawady division. Then he went and learned the Satipatthana Vipassana meditation technique from the most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw at Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha, Yangon. He stayed at the Yeiktha for ten years from 1313-1323 B.E. as one of the kamatthanacariyas. After that, he went to reside at Shwe Oo Min Tawya meditation center, Pu ywek hseik kone street, North Okkalapa. Sayadaw had established the Kyauk ai Tawya Dhammasukha Yeiktha in Paung township, Mon state in 1350 B.E. He established the Shwe Oo Min Tawya Dhammasukha Yeiktha in Padamya Ward, Mingaladon township in 1359 B.E. Many foreign Buddhists came there to undertake meditation practice under his guidance. Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw was well respected for his strict adherence to the Vinaya Discipilinary Rules, and for his excellent qualities of morality(Sila), concentration (Samadhi) and wisdom (Pañña), that the Sangha of Shwe kyin Nikaya appointed him as the most long-standing Mahanayaka.

At the age of ninety, of seventy vassas, the most Venerable Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw passed away at 3:30pm on the Wednesday, the 1st day of Waning month of Tazaung mone, 1364 B.E., (20th November 2002) at Shwe Oo Min Tawya Dhammasukha Yeiktha, Mingaladon. The cremation ceremony of his remaining khandha was taken place on 26th of November 2002.