Determined to save Buddhism in Burma, Ledi Sayadaw spread the teachings of the Abhidharma and introduced thousands of people to. Ledi Sayadaw – The Venerable Ledi Sayadaw was born in in Saing-pyin village, Dipeyin township, in the Shwebo district (currently Monywa district) of. The Advantages of Realizing the Doctrine of Anatta, by Ledi Sayadaw: (From the anthology: The Three Basic Facts of Existence: III. Egolessness (Anatta), with a.

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At the age of 20, on April 20,he took the higher ordination to become a bhikkhu under his old teacher U Nanda-dhaja Sayadaw, who became his preceptor one who gives the precepts.

Vipassana Meditation: Ven Ledi Sayadaw

Later on it became the title of highly respected monks in general. Thus he strengthened pariyatti, and at the same time he kept alive the pure tradition of patipatti by teaching the technique of Vipassana to a few people. The Venerable Ledi Sayadaw was perhaps the most outstanding Buddhist figure of his age.

Nana-dhaja went into retreat in Ledi forest, just to the north of Ldei.

Bhikkhu Nana-dhaja was the only one who was able to answer all the questions satisfactorily. He was recognized from a young age as being developed in both the theory Abhidharma and practice of Buddhism and so was revered as being scholarly. Working in this way he mastered the Abhidhamma texts. Injust prior to the monsoon retreat, Bhikkhu Nana-dhaja left his preceptor and lrdi Monywa district where he had grown up, in order to continue his studies xayadaw Mandalay.

Ledi Sayadaw

Later, he also wrote many books on Dhamma in Burmese. Therefore he made the technique, which had previously been restricted to bhikkhus, accessible to lay people as well. Sayaadw was now 36 years old. The British conquered upper Burma in and sent the last king, Thibaw, who ruled frominto exile.


When he was 18, Samanera Nana-dhaja briefly left the robes and returned to his life as a layman. His childhood name was Maung Tet Khaung. It means “three baskets,” i.

He studied there under several of the leading Sayadaws and learned lay scholars as well. From generation to generation, over two thousand years, this dedicated lineage transmitted the technique in its pristine purity.

He was recognized from a young age as being developed in both the theory and practice of Buddhism and so was revered as being both scholarly and saintly. During the years he had a correspondence with Mrs. These answers were later published inunder the title Parami-Dipani Manual of Perfections. His second book of this period was Nirutta-dipani, a book on Pali grammer.

Vipassana Meditation as taught by S. At the age of seventy-three he went blind and devoted the remaining years of his life exclusively to meditation and teaching meditation. For eight more years he remained there, teaching and continuing his own scholastic endeavours, until when he moved to Monywa.

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For example, he wrote the Paticca-samuppada-dipani in two days while traveling by lexi from Mandalay to Prome. He was also awarded a Doctorate of Literature from the Sayadae of Rangoon. It was held in Mandalay in and the authenticated texts were carved into marble slabs that stand today each slab housed under a small pagoda surrounding the larger golden Kuthodaw Pagoda at the foot of Mandalay hill.

In his travels around Burma Ledi Sayadaw also discouraged the use of cow meat.

His followers started many associations which promoted the learning of Abhidhamma by using this book. Myinhtin Sayadaw suggested that he should at least continue with his education. He died in at the age of seventy-seven at Pyinmana, between Mandalay and Rangoon now Yangonin one of many monasteries that had been founded in his name as a result of his travels and teaching all over Burma.


Privacy policy About Dhamma Wiki Disclaimers. While he taught many aspiring students at Ledi-tawya, he retained his practice of retiring to his small cottage vihara across the river for his own meditation.

Ven Ledi Sayadaw

An extremely intelligent and hard-working young bhikkhu – Ledi Sayadaw – had become proficient in the study of pariyatti. Ledi Sayadaw’s eyesight began to fail him because of the years he had spent reading, studying and writing, often with poor illumination.

He was now thirty-six years old.

Retrieved May 27, In ldei, Sayadaw gave up sayzdaw of the monastery and pursued more focused meditation in the mountain caves near the banks of the Chindwin River. At this council, Bhikkhu Nana-dhaja helped syaadaw the editing and translating of the Abhidhamma texts. San-Kyaung Sayadaw gave an examination of 20 questions for students.

It was during this period, just after the turn of the century, that the Ven. Later on it became the title of highly respected monks in general. By his reputation both as a scholar and meditation master had grown to such an extent that the British government of India, which also ruled Burma, conferred on him the title of Aggamaha-pandita foremost great scholar.

He took the name Nana-dhaja the banner of knowledge.