Urgently seeking jhana teachers in Burma and SE Asia

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Re: Jhana Teachers In Burma?

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:06 pm

With respect, didn't you start a thread on this exact same subject a few days ago?
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Re: Jhana Teachers In Burma?

Postby ancientbuddhism » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:22 pm

Mr.SeanStewart wrote: ... PSS. I heard Ajan Chah was focusing on jhana before vipassina but today i visited one of his
monesteries (Wat Pah Nanachat) in Udon Thailand, and i talked to one of the monks
and he didnt know any thing about Jhana.


WPN is more a kindergarten for ordaining Western seekers in the Ajāhn Chah lineage than a center dedicated to contemplative training. Even so, it is rather amusing that a bhikkhu in this lineage would not know anything about jhāna.

If Ajāhn Ñāṇadhammo is there and has time he would surely be able to answer your questions.
Anuvicca papañca nāmarūpaṃ
ajjhattaṃ bahiddhā ca rogamūlaṃ,
sabbarogamūlabandhanā pamutto
anuvidito tādi pavuccate tathattā
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“Having known the naming of objects,
With its proliferation, its root in illness – within and without;
One is released from bondage to the root of all illness.
And thus is called the Knowing One – the Such.

– Sn. 3.6 (Sabhiyasuttaṃ)

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Re: Jhana Teachers In Burma?

Postby Mr.SeanStewart » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:19 am

Ben wrote:With respect, didn't you start a thread on this exact same subject a few days ago?



Hi Ben, your right sorry about the double post, i figured this one is a summary of my search
and listing the only actual teachers that are genuinly Jhana focused.

if this is not ok feel free to move/delete thanks again
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Re: Jhana Teachers In Burma?

Postby Ben » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:29 am

Mr.SeanStewart wrote:
Ben wrote:With respect, didn't you start a thread on this exact same subject a few days ago?



Hi Ben, your right sorry about the double post, i figured this one is a summary of my search
and listing the only actual teachers that are genuinly Jhana focused.

if this is not ok feel free to move/delete thanks again


No worries, Sean.
I've merged it with the other thread and changed the thread title so that it should attract interest from those who might have information regarding your query.
kind regards,

Ben
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saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Urgently seeking jhana teachers in Burma and SE Asia

Postby bazzaman » Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:18 am

Two points:
1) regarding samatha practice at Chanmyay Yeiktha: yes, it is possible to do up to three months of it there, if one is planning a lengthy stay. i.e. many more months of vipassana afterwards. I did this once many years ago; but the only form of samatha they would permit was metta bhavana. I never heard of anapana being taught there.
I requested permission to do samatha there based upon something I had read by Chanmyay Sayadaw. It is not a common practice there, and, even though I was permitted to do so, it is perhaps viewed as a divergence from the preferred method of practice i.e. Mahasi style vipassana
2) I would not be too concerned about the student teacher ratio at Pa Auk Tawya. As a foreigner, one has more access to Pa Auk Sayadaw (if he is there) than do the local yogis. If Sayadaw is not at the centre, there are other teachers who will take care of the foreign yogis. It is possible to have a daily interview.
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Re: Urgently seeking jhana teachers in Burma and SE Asia

Postby Mr.SeanStewart » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:30 pm

Thanks bazzaman very helpful, i just applied for my meditation visa today will be heading there this week

Ben Thank you for your help :)
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Re: Urgently seeking jhana teachers in Burma and SE Asia

Postby Adalbert » Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:40 am

Hey everyone,

Sorry for digging out this old topic but I found myself in a position similar to that of OP. I'm now traveling through SE Asia and looking for a jhana retreat (probably about 30 days) in the area. Does anyone know of any monasteries other than Pa Auk?

If not, I'll have to call them. Any etiquette advice? I've never spoken to a monk before ;-)
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Re: Urgently seeking jhana teachers in Burma and SE Asia

Postby pilgrim » Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:41 am

The main Pa Auk monastery may have a large number of monks but there are a number of branches in the country. The one in Thanlyn near Yangon is smaller and has English speaking teachers.
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Re: Urgently seeking jhana teachers in Burma and SE Asia

Postby Adalbert » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:06 am

I just realised the jhanas taught at Pa Auk are Visuddhimagga jhanas, which are probably out of my reach. Is anyone aware of teachers, monasteries or centres where I might study sutta jhanas?
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