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What do we teach at PATVDH? We emphasize on the teaching and training of both Samatha and Vipassanā meditation – the practice of the Noble Eight Fold Path leading to the cessation of suffering, Nibbāna. 

Samatha is the development of concentration, and Vipassanā is the development of wisdom. Samatha is a very important foundation for Vipassanā. In the Khandha Saṁyutta and Sacca Saṁyutta, The Buddha says:

 Samādhiṁ, bhikkhave, bhāvetha.

Samāhito, bhikkhave, bhikkhu yathābhutaṁ pajānāti. 

(Bhikkhus, cultivate concentration.

With concentration, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu understands things as they really are.)

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Daily Evening Chanting and Group Sitting


Join us for the Daily Evening Chanting and Group Sitting lead by the Most Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw

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Pa-Auk Sayadaw’s Visiting Hours During 3-Months Vassa

During the 3-months Vassa or Rain Retreat period (23 Jul – 19 Oct 2013),    Pa-Auk Sayadaw’s visiting hours will be as follow:-

  • 1:00pm to 1:30pm
  • 5:00pm to 5:30pm

May we support to Sayadaw’s wish to meditate and rest during this period by adhering strictly to the visiting hours.

 Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!

Pa-Auk Tawya Vipassana Dhura Hermitage (PATVDH) 2013 Vassa Announcement

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Dhamma

We are happy to announce the arrival of the Sangha on 10 July 2013. The Bhantes and Sayalays spending their Vassa with Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw are as follows:-

  1. Bhante Buddharakkhita ( Malaysia ) – arrived on 10 Jul
  2. Bhante Nyanadassana ( China ) – arrived on 10 Jul
  3. Bhante Ariyavamsa ( Taiwan ) ) – arrived on 10 Jul
  4. Bhante Hue Bao ( Vietnam ) – arrived on 7 Jul
  5. Sayalay Dhammadinna ( Malaysia ) – arrived on 28 May
  6. Sayalay Santi ( Singapore ) – arrived on 28 May
  7. Sayalay Upasama ( Malaysia ) – arrived on 28 May
  8. Sayalay Anuttara ( England ) – arrived on 18 Jul
  9. Rev. Wei Cheng ( China )  – arrived on 10 Jul

Our Spiritual Leader cum Resident Master, the Most Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw together with the Bhantes and Sayalays will observe the 3-month Vassa or Rain Retreat at Pa Auk Tawya Vipassana Dhura Hermitage (PATVDH), a newly set up Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) located at 13431 Green Valley Road , Sebastopol , CA 95472.

The vassa started on 23 July 2013 and will end on 19 October 2013. During the Vassa period, you are welcome to provide the Sangha with requisites of robes, food, shelter and medicine.

This is a rare opportunity for us to accrue merits and make aspirations for our spiritual progress!

If you wish to participate and support in the meritorious activities @PATVDH, visit the following pages to learn more about how you can fulfill your wholesome wishes….

May the Buddha Sasana flourish everywhere!
May the Sangha progress well in Dhamma Vinaya!
May all beings be well, happy and peaceful!
May all beings attain Nibbāna!
Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!


The Teaching and Training

Pa-Auk Meditation Chart


The chart showing the way to practise The Four Elements Meditation and Mindfulness of Breathing

Pa-Auk Meditation Chart-Sayadaw Adjusted(Final)

Pa-Auk Forest Monastery (Pa-Auk Tawya in Burmese) is a Buddhist monastery in the Theravāda tradition, with emphasis on the teaching and practice of both Samatha (tranquility) and Vipassanā (insight) meditation.


  • Mindfulness-of-Breathing (ānāpānassati) – to develop absorption concentration (the four jhānas)
  • Most of the 40 Samatha subjects taught by The Buddha – including loving-kindness (mettā) meditation, the thirty-two parts of the body,      the ten kasinas and the four immaterial jhānas
  • Four-Elements Meditation – to analyze ultimate materiality and      ultimate mentality
  • Dependent Origination – to discern past, present and future lives by analyzing their causes and conditions
  • Vipassanā  Meditation – to discern the five aggregates (materiality and mentality) as  impermanent, subject to suffering and without a self

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Our Spiritual Leader


The Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw Bhaddanta Āciṇṇa

The Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw Bhaddanta Āciṇṇa, also commonly referred to as “Pa-Auk Sayadaw” (“the Sayadaw”), the Spiritual Leader of Pa-Auk Tawya Vipassana Dhura Hermitage (California), is the Abbot and principal teacher of Pa-Auk Tawya Forest Monastery, Mawlamyine, Mon State, Myanmar.

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PATVDH Logo (website)

Pa-Auk Tawya Vipassana Dhura Hermitage (California), in short (PATVDH) established as a direct lineage of the Pa-Auk Tawya Meditation Centre (Pa-Auk), Mawlamyine, Myanmar, received strong support of the Most Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw.

Pa-Auk Tawya Vipassana Dhura Hermitage (California) was established on 27 July 2012, a Non-Profit Organization in California, USA.

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