Anyone who practised the U Ba Khin meditation method at may remember Daw San Yee who worked tirelessly to help the course organisers, and volunteer caterers who ran the retreats.
Her husband, U Myat Saw, who was a wealthy Burmese businessman, bought the country house of Oakenholt a few miles outside Oxford, and the family ran it as a meditation centre.
When I first began practising vipassanā meditation, I spent many happy weeks at Oakenholt meditation centre (which has now been sold and has become a care home).
After I moved to Birmingham in 1976 to stay with Sayādaw U Rewata Dhamma, we made frequent visits to Oakenholt to visit Daw San Yee.
When I ordained in 1979, it was at Oakenholt, during a Mahāsi Vipassanā retreat. On that occasion, the owner U Myat Saw, performed to inaugurate the Mahāsi retreat.
I will be attending the cremation service for Daw San Yee at Mortlake Crematorium on this coming Saturday (tomorrow) at 12:00 noon.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)