The Anattalakkhana Sutta

Author By - Mahasi Sayadaw Gyi


The Anattalakkhana Sutta

Published Date - 2015

Buddha Date - 2559

Myanmar Date - 1377

AD Date - 2015

Author By - Mahasi Sayadaw Gyi

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The Anattalakkhana Sutta was the Second* Sermon of Lord Buddha delivered after His Enlightenment at Sarnath, Benares, India, to five Bikkhus (monks) who had already become Sottapan (Stream- Winner) after listening to Dhammacakka Sutta preached by Lord Buddha on full moon day of Waso, 589 BC. The five Bikkhus finally attained Arahatship, having heard this Second Sermon delivered on 5th waning Day of Waso. This Sutta in Pali just covered only one page in the original book published by the Sixth Buddhist Synod.

However when Mahasi Sayadawgyi delivered this Sermon with detailed explanations on methods of Vipassana meditation, at the Mahasi Meditation Centre, Yangon, it took 12 Sabbath days starting from 30th , May 1963 and ending on 10th September 1963 to complete. (* Third sermon if Hemavata Sutta is counted) This Sermon by Mahasi Sayadawgyi was taperecorded, transcribed and finally edited and summarised, by himself, and put into book form and published in August 1977. Since then, there had been five Editions up to now.

For the benefit of foreign yogis, this discourse had been translated into English by U Ko Lay (Zeya Maung), and the Foreword of Wetlet-Masoyein Sayadaw U Teiktha was translated by U Min Swe (Min Kyaw Thu) and the translated text was published in 1983.

The First Edition was out of print for sometimes and Buddha Sasana Nuggaha Organization has now published this Second Edition after 32 years, including a photo of the Venerable Mahasi Sayadawgyi and a brief sketch of his Biography as well. A number of printing errors and omissions of the First Edition had also been corrected in this Edition.

Since the excellent introduction to this discourse prepared by Sayadaw U Teiktha, and translated by U Min Swe was included in this Edition, we do not wish to repeat anything about this discourse, but to conclude with our prayers for all readers to be able to understand the “Non-self” or “Anatta” doctrine expounded by Mahasi Sayadawgyi and to practise the Vipassana Meditation to truly realise this doctrine.


Dr. Tint Soe Lin


Buddha Sasana Nuggaha Organization

October, 2015

(* Third sermon if Hemavata Sutta is counted)

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The Anattalakkhana Sutta

This copy is Second Edition published in October 2015 in which the grammar, punctuations and spellings of English words were corrected during December 2018 for the next Edition.

(1) English words corrected by “ Microsoft Words” in computer by Ma Soe Soe on 17.12.2018 and checked by U Khin Maung Oo on 19,22,23,31-12 -2018.

(2) Pali words re-checked by ----------------------.

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