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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Join us for the Daily Evening Chanting and Group Sitting lead by the Most Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw
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!
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:-
Bhante Buddharakkhita ( Malaysia ) – arrived on 10 Jul
Bhante Nyanadassana ( China ) – arrived on 10 Jul
Bhante Ariyavamsa ( Taiwan ) ) – arrived on 10 Jul
Bhante Hue Bao ( Vietnam ) – arrived on 7 Jul
Sayalay Dhammadinna ( Malaysia ) – arrived on 28 May
Sayalay Santi ( Singapore ) – arrived on 28 May
Sayalay Upasama ( Malaysia ) – arrived on 28 May
Sayalay Anuttara ( England ) – arrived on 18 Jul
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!
Pa-Auk Meditation Chart
The chart showing the way to practise The Four Elements Meditation and Mindfulness of Breathing
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
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.