Mahasi Meditation Centre was opened in 1950, with the Most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw as its Principle Preceptor. The most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw started the teaching of the Mahasi method of insight in 1947 and taught for 33 years until his death in August, 1982.

The Venerable Mahæsø Sayædaw was one of the very rare personalities in whom there was a balanced and high development of both profound erudition linked with a keen intellect, and deep and advanced meditative experience.

(၂၂-၁၂-၂၀၁၅) မဟစည္ဓမၼဗိိမာန္ေတာႀကီတြင္က်င္းပျပဳလုပ္ေသာ ဓမၼကထိကအစည္းအေ၀း

(၆၆) ႏွစ္ေျမာက္ မဟာစည္ၾသ၀ါဒခံယူပူေဇာ္ပြဲႀကီးသုိ႔ၾကြေရာက္ေတာ္မူလာၾကေသာဆရာေတာ္ႀကီးမ်ား

(၆၆) ႏွစ္ေျမာက္ မဟာစည္ၾသ၀ါဒခံယူပူေဇာ္ပြဲႀကီးသုိ႔ၾကြေရာက္ေတာ္မူလာၾကကုန္ေတာ္ ဆရာေတာ္သဃာေတာ္မ်ား

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The Buddha Sasana Nuggaha Organization

The Buddha Sāsana Nuggaha Organization

Sabbadānam Dhammadanaṃ Jināti

The gift of the Truth excels all other gifts

Everything is within the law of cause and effect. And if it is said that cause is tree and effect fruit, this CD Rom is the fruit and the tree the Buddha Sāsana Nuggaha Organization. That is why this is just one of the fruits that the Organization produced. Obviously, this has no cause to come into being without the Organization. Accordingly, it needs to tell about it. Indeed, to tell about it is to express its gratitude.

Yes. Here are the historic pages of the Buddha Sāsana Nauggaha Organization.

It was on 13 November 1947 that the Organization was founded in Yangon with nine members headed by Sir U Thwin and U Nu, the then Prime Minister of Myanmar, with the object to promote the Buddha Sāsana both in the study (Pariyatti) and in practice (Paṭipatti). Sir U Thwin was the president and U San Thein the secretary. Really Sir U Thwin himself was the Buddha Sāsana Nuggaha Organization.

The organization took one year to find a suitable site and it was only 1948 that the site, five acres of land, was found. Sir U Thwin donated the land at Kokine, Yangon, to the Organization.

From then on the organization began to carry out its tasks one after another. As its first step the first selection of Tipiṭakadhara was held at the suggestion of Sir U Thwin, which failed. Sir U Thwin, however, was not depressed; he believed that the selection would succeed one day. As he believed, his wish came true at the sixth selection of Tipiṭakadhara. A remarkable monk who could recite all three repositories of Buddhist Scriptures emerged at the sixth selection. This made Sir U Thwin rejoice and resulted the sixth Buddhist Council (Chaha Sagāyanā). The monk who could recited the three canonical texts was the Venerable Vicittasārābhivaṃsa.

And then the organization tried to promote the Buddha Sāsanā in the practice (Paṭipatti) too. After the first selection of Tipiṭakadhara, even though the buildings for meditation had been built, an ideal meditation teacher could not be found. Therefore the meditation centre in the Buddhist Retreat could not be opened.

Only two years later after the organization was founded, Sir U Thwin found the model meditation teacher he was looking for in Sagaing. He himself listened to the discourse on the practical Vipassana Meditation delivered by the Ven. Sayādaw and rejoiced exceedingly.

And in 1949, U Nu and Sir U Thwin requested the Venerable mahāsi sayādaw to come to yangon and to give training in meditative practice. So, on 19 December 1949, the Sayādaw introduced the first group of 25 meditators in the Buddhist Retreat into the meditative practice of Vipassanā meditation. Within a few years of the Sayādaw's arrival in Yangon, similar mediation certers sprang up all over Myanmar until they numbered over one hundred. In neighbouring centres were also established in which the same method was taught and practiced. These were the consequences of opening mediation centre in the Buddhist Retreat of the Buddha Sāsana Nuggaha Organization. The next result was that the same centres were opened in the East and in several western countries too.

The next profit of the organization was the emergence of the Government Buddha Sāsanā Organization; and it could hold the historic Six Buddhist Council (Chaṭṭha Sangāyanā) at Yangon. At this Sixth Council, the Ven. Mahāsi Sayādaw had to ask the questions concerning the respective canonical texts that were to be recited; and the Ven. Sayādaw Viciṭṭasārā Bhivamsa had to answer all those.

It was with the help of the Buddha Sāsana Nuggaha Organization that the Sixth council could be held, and when it ended successfully, Sir U Thwin's joy knew bound. And so he, with great satisfaction, said that it was very profitable for all to found the Buddha Sāsana Nuggaha Organization.

Concise were the words of his triumph. Succinct were those of his exultation. No question, the attribute and gratitude of the Buddha Sāsana Nuggaha Organization's fruitful exertions goes beyond words.

The Buddha Sāsana Nauggaha Organization

Executive Committee: Presidents

  1. Sir U Thwin (1947 ~ 1963)
  2. U Ba Tin (Chat Thin) (1963 ~ 1972)
  3. U Tin (Myan Aung) (1972 ~ 1973)
  4. U Chit Pe (1972 ~ 1973)
  5. Si Thu U Nyi Pu (1973 ~ 1976)
  6. U Pwint Kaung (1976 ~ 1993)
  7. U Hla Kyaing (Ba Maw) (1993 ~ 1999)
  8. U Tin Wan (1999 ~ 2007)
  9. U Win Htein (2007 ~ 2014)
  10. Dr. Tint Soe Lin (2014 ~ Today)

Executive Committee: Vice-Presidents (1)

  1. U Mya (Hinthata) (1947 ~ 1963)
  2. U Ba Maung (1963 ~ 1966)
  3. U San Maung (Judge) (1966 ~ 1969)
  4. U Tin (Myan Aung) (1969 ~ 1972)
  5. Si Thu U Nyi Pu (1972 ~ 1973)
  6. U Chit Pe (1973 ~ 1975)
  7. Dr. U Ba Ka Lay (1975 ~ 1983)
  8. U Hla Kyaing (Ba Maw) (1983 ~ 1993)
  9. U Tin Wan (1993 ~ 1999)
  10. U Win Htein (1999 ~ 2000)
  11. U Chu Than (2000 ~ 2003)
  12. U Win Htein (2003 ~ 2007)
  13. Dr.Tint Soe Lin (2007 ~ 2013)
  14. U Than Aung (2014 ~ 2017)
  15. U Thaw Zin (2017 ~ Today)

Executive Committee: Vice-Presidents (2)

  1. U Ba Tin (Chat Thin) (1947 ~ 1963)
  2. U San Maung (Judge) (1963 ~ 1966)
  3. U Tin (Myan Aung) (1966 ~ 1969)
  4. U Ba Thwin (Prof.) (1969 ~ 1972)
  5. U Oo Khaing (1972 ~ 1973)
  6. U Thein Han (Judge) (1972 ~ 1973)
  7. Dr. U Ba Ka Lay (1973 ~ 1975)
  8. U Oo Khaing (1975 ~ 1980)
  9. U Kyaw Thaung (1980 ~ 1983)
  10. Dr. U Tin Aung (1983 ~ 1986)
  11. U Tin Wan (1987 ~ 1993)
  12. U Win Htein (1994 ~ 1999)
  13. U Chu Than (1999 ~ 2000)
  14. U Win Htein (2000 ~ 2003)
  15. Dr.Tint Soe Lin (2003 ~ 2007)
  16. U Than Aung (2007 ~ 2013)
  17. U Thaw Zin (2014 ~ 2017)

Executive Committee: Secretaries

  1. U Sann Thein (1947 ~ 1963)
  2. U Thein Aung (1963 ~ 1974)
  3. U Thein Han (1974 ~ 1976)
  4. U Min Swe (1976 ~ 1984)
  5. U Taik Soe (1984 ~ 2010)
  6. U Phone Myint (2010 ~ 2013)
  7. U Hla Myint (2013 ~ 2017)
  8. U San Htoo (2017 ~ Today)

Executive Committee: Joint-Secretaries

  1. Thiri Pyan Chi U Than Sein (1947 ~ 1963)
  2. Wunna Kyaw Htin U Hla Sein (1963 ~ 1972)
  3. U Thein Aung (1972 ~ 1974)
  4. U Nyo Maung (1974 ~ 1975)
  5. U Min Swe, U Saw Mya Aung (1975 ~ 1976)
  6. U Myo Tint (1976 ~ 1978)
  7. U Lay Maung (1978 ~ 1979)
  8. U Tun Yin (1979 ~ 1980)
  9. U Taik Soe (1980 ~ 1984)
  10. U Tin Wan (1984 ~ 1987)
  11. U Phone Myint (1987 ~ 2010)
  12. U Hla Myint (2010 ~ 2013)
  13. U Ya Wai Tun (2014 ~ 2017)
  14. U Tin Win (2017 ~ Today)

Executive Committee: Treasures

  1. U Ohn Saing (1947 ~ 1972)
  2. U Nyo Maung (1972 ~ 1974)
  3. U Hla Tun (1974 ~ 1975)
  4. U Pwint Kaung (1975 ~ 1976)
  5. U Thein Han (1976 ~ 1997)
  6. U Kyaw Zaw (1997 ~ 2017)
  7. Dr. Myint Swe (2017 – Today)

Executive Committee: Auditors

  1. U Ba Khin (1947 ~ 1963)
  2. Wunna Kyaw Htin U Sein (1963 ~ 1966)
  3. U Ohm Lwin (1966 ~ 1975)
  4. U Hla Tun (1975 ~ 1977)
  5. U Thein Aung (1977 ~ 1978)
  6. U Hla Tun (1978 ~ 1979)
  7. U Ko Ko Gyi (1979 ~ 1981)
  8. U Kyin (1981 ~ 2003)
  9. U Chein Sai (2003 ~ 2006)
  10. U Hla Myint (2006 ~ 2010)
  11. U Win Shwe (2010 ~ 2013)
  12. Dr Soe Htike Aung (2014 ~ 2017)
  13. U Win Phay (2007 ~ Today)