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Experience meditating in Myanmar

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BeduBodhi
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Experience meditating in Myanmar

Postby BeduBodhi » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:49 am

Greetings from the sandy plains of the Arabian peninsula.

I have several years meditation experience, mostly in Vipassana and Zen. I'm considering doing a month sit next summer in Myamar and would like to hear advice from anyone who has practiced in country, particularly on any teachers/temples you might recommend.

Thank you for your attention to this request. My apologies if I have posted in the wrong forum.

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Re: Experience meditating in Myanmar

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Re: Experience meditating in Myanmar

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:04 am

Welcome BeduBodhi!
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
I congratulate you for your aspiration for a one-month sit in Myanmar. I am intending to sit for a month sometime next year - but in Australia.
A person who maybe able to be of assistance to you is Bhikkhu Pesala. Although he now resides in London, he may be able to give you contacts and make suggestions.
metta

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Experience meditating in Myanmar

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:33 am

I should say first that I am out of touch with the current situation in Burma. I was last there in 1999, and as you all know there have been many troubles in Burma in recent years.

The first advice is to start making your plans to apply for your visa now. You will probably need a sponsorship letter, unless the tourist visa is valid for one month.

If you want to practise the U Ba Khin style of vipassanā, then IMC Rangoon is the place to apply to.

Otherwise, the best options are the various Mahāsi meditation centres.

is good for foreigners. They have a branch forest meditation centre at Hmawbhi, where I stayed on my last visit. Chanmyay Sayādaw U Janaka was my teacher. He speaks English fluently, though he may not be teaching much now due to his advanced age and failing health.

is also very popular and is well supported by the Sayādaw's American disciples. The Sayādaw is author of , which is recommended reading for anyone intent on practising Vipassanā meditation, especially in the Mahāsi tradition.

The main Mahāsi Yeikthā in Rangoon also has adequate facilities and support for foreign meditators.

As regards the weather in Burma, July-September is the Rainy Season, and is considerably more comfortable than April-June, which is extremely hot and humid with little or no rain.
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Re: Experience meditating in Myanmar

Postby BeduBodhi » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:48 pm

What a wonderful response. Thank you for your assurance that I am in the right place, for the warm welcomes, and for information on centers. I've googled IMC but all I get are the international sites; nothing for Rangoon. Are they still operational? Welcoming to outsiders?

Anyone with details on the current visa situation? From what I have gleaned a meditation visa is available for one month, but what if I want to kick around for a couple of extra weeks and see some of the country? Is this doable?

I'd be grateful to hear from anyone with recent information on such things as the environment of the centers (urban/rural, noisy/quiet, insect infested, etc), the accommodation, food, etc. I'm not expecting anything grand. I've practiced at some sparse places in India, and having done so know that while most are minimally appointed, some are better staffed or better situated than others.

Thank you.

_/\_

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Re: Experience meditating in Myanmar

Postby bazzaman » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:47 am

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BeduBodhi
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Re: Experience meditating in Myanmar

Postby BeduBodhi » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:49 am

Bazzaman, if I had that much time your plan would be a fine one. Unfortunately, I'll be on summer holidays for only 2 months, and so I need to plan in advance as much as possible. Information such as yours helps me do that. Thank you for taking the time to share.

From what little I googled I see some of these Myanmar centers don't have email addresses. Correspondence appears to be carried out by post or fax, which makes advance planning all the more necessary. It might also make alternate planning prudent. If things don't work out for Myanmar, are there any places in Asia forum members cant suggest where I can pop in for a month without having to sign up for a "course"?

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Re: Experience meditating in Myanmar

Postby Ben » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:46 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

(Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • •

e: [email protected]..

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Re: Experience meditating in Myanmar

Postby James the Giant » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:31 am

I'm a member of a political party, the Green Party of New Zealand, and I'm wondering if that would cause me problems getting a visa for Myanmar. The Green Party are quite outspoken on the political issues over there.
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Re: Experience meditating in Myanmar

Postby BeduBodhi » Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:13 am

Hi, Ben, and my apologies for the delay in replying. I was away - meditating.

Thank you so much for taking the time to post the details for the IMC in Myanmar. After checking out the prerequisites for a 20-day sit at a Goenka center, I found I don't qualify, and not by a small margin - five 10-day courses, one Sattipathana Course, service at one 10-day, and two years regular practice.

I'll keep digging and see what I uncover.

As for James question, how would they know unless you told them?

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