Friday, 27 September 2013

Saya Thet Gyi Statue at Hansar Waddy Kammanthana Taik Monastery

The Meditator Guidebook to Burma is in its final stages! As the guide gets closer to publication, we will begin to share excerpts of what yogis may expect... some sneak previews of what is to come. Here is an excerpt from the "Yangon" chapter and describes a meditation center in the tradition of Saya Thet Gyi:
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Hansar Waddy Kammanthana Taik Monastery can be found in Sanchaung Township, near the Commonwealth War Cemetery and Kun Mun Cemetery on Pyay Road. Saya Thet Gyi had appointed U Nyo as one of his lay teachers, and he ran courses at a small center very near to the north side of Shwedagon, the same land upon which he would later be cremated. After his death Prime Minister U Nu requested that Saya Nyo hand over this land as its value was so great, and receive another place as compensation, and these are the origins of how the present Hansar Waddy came to be. Inside the entrance hall is a statue of Saya Thet Gyi and a photo of U Nyo, and in the Sayadaw's room is a painting of Shwedagon donated, as it says, by U Ohn and Company. Following Saya U Nyo’s passing, the monk Sayadaw U Ganadamar became the head teacher. Group sittings are still held nightly at 6 pm and are welcome to all.

This Saya Thet Gyi statue at Hansar Waddy in Yangon may be the first ever made of the renowned meditation master