For archive (Updated on February 13, 2019)
Life in the US
He was working as a Chemist in the US when he received a book as a Christmas present from his supervisor.
One of the chapters was “Dhammapada“. After reading the chapter, Samvegha (sense of urgency) crept in. He quit his job and then left for Burma to be ordained as a Buddhist monk named “U Lokanatha“.
He was from a devout Catholic family, and his elder brother was a Priest.
He wrote later, “I became a Buddhist. My supervisor remained a Christian.”
Life in Burma
My paternal grand mother offered U Lokanatha a monastery in Bawdigone (Windermere Road, Rangoon).
U Lokanatha practiced Dhutanga. For example, he would not sleep on a bed.
He paid respect to Myingyan Sunlun Gu Kyaung Sayadaw U Kavi (who was widely regarded as an Arahant).
Connection with Sunlun
He had a close connection with U Vinaya (a friend and Dhamma teacher of U Khin Maung Latt, Daw Khin Myo Chit, U Thein Nyunt, U Win Pe and several other Sunlun yogis). Sayadaw U Vinaya interpreted and expounded U Lokanatha’s sermons given in English.
Later, U Lokanatha donated from his garawa money to help build Kaba Aye Sunlun Gu Kyaung, where Sayadaw U Vinaya would reside and teach vipassana meditation until his demise at the ripe old age nearing 100. When he passed away, he was succeeded by U Wara (Win Paing, ChE70) who had served as Tike Oke Sayadaw for four decades.
U Lokanatha made Dhamma Dhuta missions to India and Ceylon.
Sayadaw passed away in Maymyo in the late 60s.
It amazes us that a book chapter can change a person’s life.
Ashin Pannagavesaka (Bobby Myo Tun, A69) wrote :
Wonders never cease!