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Ledi Sayadaw was born in in Saing-pyin village, Dipeyin township in the Shwebo district currently Monywa district of northern Burma nowadays called Myanmar. His childhood name was Maung Tet Khaung. Maung is the Burmese title for boys and young men equivalent to "master. Because of these ubiquitous monastery schools Myanmar has traditionally had a very high literacy rate.
He took the name Nana-dhaja the banner of knowledge. Leaving Robes to become Layman When he was eighteen, Samanera Nana-dhaja briefly left the robes and returned to his life as a layman. After about six months his first teacher and another influential teacher, Myinhtin Sayadaw, sent for him and tried to persuade him to return to the monastic life; but he refused. Myinhtin Sayadaw suggested that he should at least continue with his education.
The young Maung Tet Khaung was very bright and eager to learn, so he readily agreed to this suggestion. My teachers were very wise; with their boundless love and compassion, they saved me. In , just prior to the monsoon retreat, Bhikkhu Nana-dhaja left his preceptor and the Monywa district where he had grown up, in order to continue his studies in Mandalay.
Mandalay was the royal capital of Burma at that time, during the rule of King Min Don Min who ruled , and was the most important centre of learning in the country. He studied there under several of the leading Sayadaws and learned lay scholars as well. He resided primarily in the Maha-Jotikarama monastery and studied with Ven. 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.
During the time of his studies in Mandalay, Ven. San-Kyaung Sayadaw gave an examination of twenty questions for two thousand students. Bhikkhu Nana-dhaja was the only one who was able to answer all the questions satisfactorily. This was the first of many books to be published in Pali and Burmese by Ven. Ledi Sayadaw. After eight years as a bhikkhu, having passed all his examinations, Ven.
Nana-dhaja was qualified as a beginning Pali teacher at the San-Kyaung monastery also known as the Maha-Jotikarama monastery where he had been studying. Introduction to Vipassana Meditation For eight more years he remained there, teaching and continuing his own scholastic endeavours, until when he moved to Monywa.
He was now thirty-six years old. In the evening he would cross to the west bank of the Chindwin river and spend the nights in meditation in a small vihara monastery on the side of Lak-pan-taung mountain. The next year, , Ven. Nana-dhaja went into retreat in Ledi forest, just to the north of Monywa. A monastery to house them was built and named Ledi-tawya monastery. From this monastery he took the name by which he is best known: Ledi Sayadaw. 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.
Outstanding Scholastic Work When he had been in the Ledi forest monastery for over ten years his main scholastic works began to be published. Though Ledi Sayadaw was based at the Ledi-tawya monastery, he travelled throughout Burma at times, teaching both meditation and scriptural courses. It was during these trips up and down Burma that many of his published works were written.
In the Manuals of Buddhism there are seventy-six manuals dipanis , commentaries, essays, and so on, listed under his authorship, but this is not a complete list of his works. He said he wanted to write in such a way that even a simple farmer could understand. In his travels around Burma Ledi Sayadaw also discouraged the use of cow meat. It was during this period, just after the turn of the century, that the Ven. He was also awarded a Doctorate of Literature from the University of Rangoon.
During the years he had a correspondence with Mrs. At the age of seventy-three he went blind and devoted the remaining years of his life exclusively to meditation and teaching meditation. He died in at the age of seventy-seven at Pyinmana, between Mandalay and Rangoon now Yangon , in one of many monasteries that had been founded in his name as a result of his travels and teaching all over Burma.
The Venerable Ledi Sayadaw was perhaps the outstanding Buddhist figure of his age. In addition to this most important aspect of his teaching his concise, clear and extensive scholarly work served to clarify the experiential aspect of Dhamma.
Notes: The title Sayadaw means "venerable teacher. Later on it became the title of highly respected monks in general. It means "three baskets," i.
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