I received books from authors and literary lovers.
A sampling is described in this post.
Nga Yin Hte Ga Pa Le
- During my visits to Yangon, Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War) gave me books and old RIT Annual Magazines.
- One book is a collection of “Yadana Kabyar Myar” (poems which are comparable to precious gems).
- Another is a collection of Saya’s articles that were published in the various magazines and journals.
- I loosely rendered a few poems and articles.
Paritta Pali and Protective Verses
- Sayadaw U Silanandabhivamsa was born on December 16, 1927.
- He studied at an American Baptist Mission School.
- During the war, his family took refuge at the Sagaing Hills.
- He was ordained as a samanera (novice).
- He paid respect to Shwe Hintha Sayadaw, who gave the novice his robes and requested him not to leave the order.
- Sayadaw became a Trailblazer when Mahasi Sayadaw left him to do dhamma duta in California and beyond.
- Sayadaw served as the Abbot of the Dhammananda Vihara, the Spiritual Advisor of the Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA) and the Dhammachakka Meditation Center in California, and several other monasteries in Myanmar and Mexico.
- Sayadaw served as the first Rector of IMBTU.
- Ms. Srinuch Pongavas, a disciple of Sayadaw, published the book “Paritta Pali and Protective Verses” for Sayadaw’s birthday in 1995.
The book displays Paritta Pali on the even-numbered pages and the Paritta Text (in English) on the odd-numbered pages.
- Sayadaw also recorded the Pali and the English Text.
The CD was also provided as Dhamma Dana.
- I served as the EC member (VP and/or Director), and Editor of the Dhammananda Newsletter.
- Per Sayadaw’s request, I simplified the book “A Manual of Buddhism” for use at the Summer Dhamma Camp.
- I also edited the book based on the transcripts — by U Osadha — of Sayadaw’s dhamma talks (mostly at the meditation retreats).
- I had the honor to serve as Master of Ceremonies at Sayadaw’s Memorial Service and to accompany Saya U Myat Htoo (then President of TBSA) for scattering Sayadaw’s ashes into the water near Golden Gate Bridge.
- I served as Committee member and Contributing Editor for the book “Homage to Sayadaw U Silanandabhivamsa“.
Madalay Thu Mandalay Tha Myar
Saya U Tin Maung Nyunt (M60) and I used to exchange books (dhamma and general). Saya also told me to keep the ones that I find interesting.
- Saya bought books.
- He also received some books when his dhamma friend Saya U Soe Kaw (Mining) passed away.
- He also received some books when a Myanmar monastery undergoing renovation gave away the old stuff.
- Saya appreciated reading books by Ludu Daw Ah Mar, Theikpan Maung Wa, Tha Ka Doe, and Kyemon U Thaung.
Many journalists and writers worked at Ludu Newspaper founded by U Hla and Daw Amar (Ah Mar).
Ludu Daw Amar (Ah Mar) wrote about notable people from Mandalay.
Cetana Thi Thar Kan
- Saya U Aung Zaw taught Computer Science at UCC, ABAC and in Australia.
- He wrote articles and poems.
- Saya’s elder sister published them as two books.
- I wrote a Preface for the first book “Bawa and Dhamma“.
The book contains a True Love Story.
He received a kidney from his beloved spouse Ma Kyawt.
- Based on his ideas, I wrote several chapters in English.
They form the latter part of the second book “Cetana Thi Thar Kan“.
- His niece mailed me several copies for distributing to former colleagues and students in the West Coast of USA.
- Ko Soe Myint and Ko Sein Myint were volunteer distributors of the East Coast of UDSA.
- Ko Zaw Tun was the volunteer distributor for Singapore.
Dhamma Questions and Answers
- Sayadaw U Kelasa is the Chief Resident Monk of A Lo Daw Pyie Monastery in Apache Junction, Arizona.
- He has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Buddhism.
- He has published five volumes of Q&A (Questions and Answers) about Buddhism.
- Sayadaw would gave me his books in person (during his visits to the San Francisco Bay Area) and by mail (via USPS – United States Postal Service).
Pathan Myat Dethana
- U Ye Sint taught Physics at the University of Rangoon before he migrated to the USA.
- He served as Executive Member & Board of Director of Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA).
- He served as Editor of the Dhammananda Newsletter and the commemorative book “Paying Homage to Sayadaw U Silanandabhivama”.
- He wrote articles under the name “Ogga” and has published several books.
- He and his siblings offered as Dhamma Dana the book “Pathan Myat Dethana” by Dr. Nandamalabhivamsa (Rector of IMBTU).
This Is Sydney
In 2006, I visited Sydney, Australia to attend
- RIT Alumni Reunion Dinner at a golf club
- BOB (Brothers’ Old Boys) Reunion Lunch Gathering at the Olympic Park
- UCC Reunion and mini-PZP (Pu Zaw Pwe) at Saya U Aung Zaw’s house
- Saya U Aung Zaw and Ma Kyawt hosted the gathering.
- We paid respect to Sayagyi Dr. Freddie Ba Hli (Former Advisor for National Planning, Retired Director General of UBARI, Member of UCC Advisory Committee) and Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe (Founder-Director of UCC, Retired Rector of RASU).
- My cousin nephew U Tha Hlaing (EC83) gave me the book “This is Sydney”.
- He is the son of Sayagyi Dr. Freddie Ba Hli (GBNF) and Daw Myint Thwe (my cousin sister).
- He stood Joint First with U Thaung Tin (KMD, EC83) in their Final Year.
The Greater Journey
In early August of 2018, U Thein Naing (Patrick) and Daw Mie Mie hosted a lunch gathering for the August born at Moss Beach Distillery.
They also presented a best-seller book “The Greater Journey (Americans in Paris).
Daw Mie Mie translated several short stories of Ah Myothar Pyinnya Wun U Po Kyar. She plans to publish them as a book.