Notes

M : Notes

  • Mathematics (See Post)
  • Mathematics Sayagyis
  • Maung Maung Kyi
  • Maurice Chee (See Post)
  • Meditation
  • Medical Research (See Post)
  • Memory
  • Memories (See Post)
  • Memories of a 69er
  • Memories of U Maung Maung Win
  • Memories of Saya Des (See Post)
  • Message
  • Mingun
  • U Moe Aung (See Post)
  • Dr. Mohan
  • Mon Sayadaw
  • Motto
  • Music (See Post)
  • Musical Instruments (See Post)
  • Musical Notation (See Post)
  • U Myat Htoo (See Post)
  • Dr. Mya Tu (See Post)
  • Myee
  • U Myo Min (See Post)
  • U Myo Win (See Post)

Mathematics Sayagyis

The sayagyis lived to 80+ years.
Sayagyi U Ba Toke will turn 100 in December 2020

U Kar

  • Born 5/Apr/1894
  • Died 21/May/1974)
  • He passed away at the age of 81.
  • Taught Mathematics at Rangoon University
  • He was Education Minister in the Caretaker Government
  • He is the father of Saya Dr. Tin Maung and Sayama Daw Thein.

U Aung Hla

  • Born 18/Apr/1896
  • Died 13/Dec/1983
  • He passed away at the age of 88.
  • He retired as Professor of Mathematics, Rangoon Universi
  • He is an accomplished musician.
    He annotated 25 Burmese songs using mathematics.
  • His spouse Daw May Than was a nationally known singer.
  • His son U Mya Than played the lead guitar.

U Po Thon

  • Born 27/Jul/1899
  • Died 23/Nov/1982
  • He passed away at the age of 84.
  • He retired as “Pyinnya Mingyi”.
  • He supervised and published Mathematics texts for use in schools.

U Net

  • Born 15/Jan/1918
  • Died 26/Feb/2003
  • He passed away at the age of 86.
  • He retired as Professor of Mathematics, MASU.
  • He is the father of Sayama Daw Khin Mar Mar (Physics, ex-UCC) and grandfather of U Wunna Ko Ko, web master of second RIT web site.

U Ba Toke

  • Born 26/Dec/20
  • He is a “Phwa Bet Taw” of “Rangoon University” and “First RU Student Boycott” (which is celebrated as “Ah Myo Tha Aung Pwe Nay”).
  • He served as Professor of Mathematics, RASU; Rector, MASU; Professor of Mathematics, RIT; Vice Chair of Mathematics, Assumption University (formerly ABAC).
  • He was Mandalay University Soccer Selected, and Chinlon expert.
  • He led the Burmese Olympic team to Tokyo in 1964.
  • He gave interviews (three C-90 tapes) and documents (4 files) to Saya Dr. Khin Maung Swe (Tekkatho Maung Thin Char). The book was published in April 2010 to be distributed for Sayagyi’s 90th birthday.
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Maung Maung Kyi

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Matriculation 1963
  • Named after his parents Dr. Maung Maung and Daw Kyi Kyi.
  • Siblings : Kyi Kyi Hla, Maung Maung Khant, Maung Maung Thant, Maung Maung Myint , Maung Maung San, Khin Thitsar, Khin Sabai.
  • Spouse : Khin May Than

Guinea Pig

  • Our elders entered the University of Rangoon after passing the combined HSF and Matriculation examination.
  • We had to take the first ever HSF Only examination in 1962.
    All subjects except English were taken in Burmese.
  • We had to take the first ever Matriculation Only examination in 1963.
  • Kamma probably decided that we would not be in the RU Campus on the fateful 7th July, 1962.

HSF in 1962

  • Scored the highest marks in Chemistry in the first ever HSF (High School Final) Only examination in 1962.

Matriculation in 1963

  • Gained distinctions in Chemistry and Mathematics, and barely missed in Physics.
  • Was a natural in Chemistry.
    Badly wanted to have distinction in Physics.
    Sadly, he had to take some time during the Physics test to go to the rest room due to a minor illness.
  • Nevertheless, he stood 13th in the whole of Burma and won the Collegiate Scholarship of 75 Kyats a month.

I.Sc. (A) / RUBC

  • Rowed as Bow in our SPHS Novice Crew
  • Willie Soe Maung (Myint Soe, first batch BDS, GBNF) was Stroke
  • Kyaw Wynn, cousin of Saya U Tin Htut, was No. (3).
  • I was No. (2)
  • Myint Thein (SPHS62), brother of U Myo Myint (EC67, RUBC Gold), was our cox
  • We were Senior Novice Runner-up.
    Awarded Full Green

School Closure

Studied at Leik Khone College for a few months before the Revolutionary Council and Government shut down most Universities and Colleges except Engineering and Medicine.

The government wanted to quash the protests of the 7th July Anniversary.

Kamma probably decided that we should lose some more precious years of our lives and ended up graduating 2.5 years later than those who were one year senior to us in High School.

Study in GDR

  • No one knew when the Universities would reopen.
  • Taking no chances, Maung Maung Kyi and Kyaw Wynn accepted admission to study Dip Ing in German Democratic Republic / GDR

Return to Burma

  • Was a Best Man at our Wedding in June, 1973.
  • Assigned to projects related to his specialty “Pulp and Paper“.
  • Met his spouse Daw Khin May Than (ChE72), raised a family and later moved to Wales, UK.

Wales

  • Maung Maung Kyi and Khin May Than moved to Wales in the UK
  • Both their sons became Medical doctors
  • Rimon, their elder son, became a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force (RAF)
    He led Rescue Teams.
    A few years back, they lost Rimon in an avalanche.
    RAF notified Maung Maung Kyi and Khin May Than who were on the way to visit Myanmar. They heard the sad news a short time after they had landed in Yangon, and had to hurry back to the UK for their son’s last journey.
  • After that, Maung Maung Kyi rarely spoke and smiled.
    Khin May Than painted and took walks twice a day to ease the aches and pains.
    They decided to move to Ogmore-by-the-sea.
  • Gave their old house to their second son, also medical doctor who had spent time in Japan and had come back to see his parents

Trip to England and Wales

  • In September 2017, we visited the UK.
    My previous visit was in 1972.
  • My cousin nephew Dr. Khin Tun (Peter) and his spouse Daw Win Mar hosted us with sumptuous dinner almost every day.
    Both loved cooking.
    Also drove us to Southern Wales to visit Maung Maung Kyi and Khin May Than at their new house at Ogmore-by-the-sea
  • The short but memorable reunion brought back smiles to Maung Maung Kyi
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Meditation

Types of Meditation

The Scriptures describe 40 kinds of Meditation.

The methods generally fall into

  • Samatha (Concentration Meditation)
  • Vipassana (Insight Meditation)

Samatha

In Samatha, one chooses a “Meditation Object”. In the early days, some practitioners chose a white or colored disk (Kasina) as a Meditation Object. By fixing one’s eyes and thoughts on the Meditation Object, one can develop Concentration.

Some practitioners chose “Ana Pana” (Out-breath and In-breath). For example, one can note the direction, direction and hardness/softness of the breath.

One may attain one level of more Jhana (Absorption).

Vipassana

Vipassana means

  • various ways of seeing
  • seeing things as they truly are.

A practitioner may choose a Primary Object for the meditation session. Depending on the tradition of the Mediation Master, the Primary Object can be a nostril, nge dait (part of the head), abdomen, or the body (e.g. touching the mat or floor).

Then, one practices one of the “Four Foundations of Mindfulness” by being aware of the Kaya (Physicality), Vedana (Feelings), Citta (Mind) and Dhamma (General artifacts for meditation).

One may practice Meditation using one of four postures.

One may be able to experience

  • Nama and Rupa
  • Anicca, Dukkha, Anatta
  • Stages of development ultimately leading to Liberation.

In the West, some people try Meditation

  • to experience relaxation and tranquility
  • as an alternative medical treatment (allowed by some Health Insurance).

Memory

Types

There are several types of memory

  • Long term memory
  • Short term memory
  • Photographic memory
  • Associative memory
  • False memory

Study

The study of memory transcends medical research, sociology, linguistics, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence.

It is often done by a team of multi-disciplinary experts.

Aging contributes loss of short term memory or the decline in the ability to retain short term memory. My younger cousin sister said, “I forgot what I wanted to say”.

One elderly could recall names of his primary school classmates, but could not recognize his youngest grand son that grew up in his hands.

Ko Tin Oo (M87) temporarily forgot his name, but uttered “I pledged my donation for the YTU library, but I have not made the donation.” The memory lapse was attributed to a fall that hurt his back.

Memory Feats

Dale Carnegie wrote that Harry S. Truman won the presidency because his campaign manager could address 50,000+ voters by their first name. I thought that I should try for 500 or 5000 names.

Mingun Tipitaka Sayadaw U Vicittasarabhivamsa was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Record for his phenomenal memory that he displayed in the Sixth Buddhist Council held at Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda from 1954 – 1956. Sayadaw not only remembered 8000+ pages of the Scriptures, but he could also point out the variants of some Suttas while he took the Oral examination. Sayadaw passed the Oral and Written examinations for Vinaya (Monastic rules of conduct), Sutta (Discourses) and Abhidhamma (Ultimate reality) with Distinction. Sayadaw became the Grand Custodian of the Tipitaka (Three Baskets) and was the key player in the Sixth Buddhist Council.

My Memory

When I was in Middle School, Chauk Htutt Kyee Sayadaw came to our house to give a dhamma talk. After Sayadaw returned, I supposedly recounted the main points of the talk.

I have a built-in recorder and a reasonably good memory, but the use of association, chunking, mnemonics, and “learning how to learn” helped to make my memory better.

Not everyone appreciated my memory. One person thought that I was dyslexic when I wrote English words and sentences backwards and upside down. I also wrote a few in mirror image. Another said, “What’s the big deal? You just have to remember 26 patterns.”

I often start a talk –tongue in cheek — by saying, “My brain is damaged. It’s easy to remember, but it’s hard to forget.”

Memories of a 69er

Published in Commemorative Swel Daw Yeik Magazine for Shwe YaDu, 2014

Thanks to Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War) & Team

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Memories of Saya

U Maung Maung Win

Comrades

During those years from 1962 to 1980, I made true and genuine friendship with four colleagues : Dr. Tin Win [M62], U Win [M63], U Myo Win [M/Ag65] and Dr. Tin Hlaing [M63]. I call them my “Awesome Foursome“. Even to this day, we have with constant correspondence.

Students

The students came from different parts of the country. Those from Rangoon attended their classes from home using bus. Those from out of town applied for accommodation. Most got except a few unfortunate ones. Those who did not get accommodation lived in nearby houses with families paying for food and lodging. Having worked for several years with students as hall tutor and warden, I learned many things about their nature, habit and character.

Some students were expelled from hostels for not observing rules and regulation. I overheard that those who got kicked out of the hostels were like getting bonus because they did not have to pay any hostel fees but they could even take refuge with their mates and come down and eat with them after buying a dish from nearby food court serving all sorts of food — Burmese, Chinese and Indian. Rice was served freely for them without any restriction as most of the wardens and hall tutors gave a blind eye. U Chit’s Moke-Hin-Gha and Ma Tin Aye’s food stalls were very popular. If dishes at the hostel dinning hall were not too good or we had to spend only 25 pyas or so, to buy a decent dish of fried sausage or egg even mixed with tomatoes from the wives of butlers who set up a make-shift stall just outside the dining hall. There were many food stalls all along near the dinning halls so that if they found tasteless and lost appetite it is within their reach. We could sometimes invite our day-students friends to join us for a lunch at RIT dining hall.

Electrical clocks installed at RIT were maintained by Ko Khin Mg Yin (tall and a bit skinny but friendly and helpful guy). U Ba Lin was the buyer and U Aung Than was U Thet Lwin’s assistant for any odd jobs. Hostel fees are 57 Kyats a month only. Monthly scholarship/stipend allowance was 75 kyats a month.

I remember G-Block was meant for single-man teachers and staff from 1961 to 1964 but with the introduction of the new Education system about 30% of the student population was woman students. To help reduce stress and pressure of finding accommodation the administration arranged in such away that man-teachers were given notice to leave the block for woman students for convenience. Since then G-Block became woman students’ hostel for a long time under woman warden Dr. Daw Thaung Khin.

I also remember the time when we were sent to regional areas a couple of times to supervise the final exam when all the universities and institutes were closed down because of student unrest.

We have also annual sports celebrated for student recreation for dual progress in health, friendship and wisdom and many students participated and staff and employees supervised and helped to successful event and victory. It’s difficult to know and acknowledge all for their participation and/or successes in RIT sports.

Reunions

Many of my superiors and other friends and family, comrades and colleagues welcome us and extend as their invitation stands until we make it happen. That shows that our RIT comradeship and friendship is still alive and well with generosity, hospitality and sincerity. I don’t think I can find such genuine friendship in other institutes and universities. We are very cohesive like adhesive as we deem friends like priceless diamond that we can confide whatever and a warm shoulder to lean and cry our heart-out and it is a very rare commodity to find.

July 1998

Allow me to express my gratitude to the “awesome foursome” for their sincerity, hospitality and honesty that I learned through our genuine friendship. I was holidaying in Queensland along Surfers Paradise in July98, and on our return journey we stopped a couple days in Wagga Wagga, U Myo Win’s town. He showed his hospitality with open arms in his residence. He also took us to many interesting places. Earlier he and his wife visited our place a couple of times when he passed through Melbourne on his trips. Dr Tin Win and his siblings, nephews and nieces about 9 while visiting many towns and cities in their Australian tour, he tried his best to come and see me and had a wonderful time together over lunch. Dr Tin Win has a very sentimental value about Melbourne because he got his doctorate from Melbourne University. U Myo Win and wife also tried to be with us from Wagga Wagga which is about 650KM from us.

July 2001

Dr Tin Win, his sisters and siblings came all the way down to Australia in July 2001. He made his effort to see me after more than 20 years. As we had not seen each other after we left the Institute, we spent the whole afternoon over lunch together with U Myo Win and his spouse who came all the way from Wagga Wagga, NSW about 650KM in a different State.

December 2002

I went to the Dec02 Ex-RIT Reunion for several reasons. Firstly, I am filled with gratitude and appreciation to someone’s Cetana and Myitta even for a small morsel of food. Secondly, I had not seen my awesome foursome together in one place after we left RIT some 30 years ago.

April 2007

In April 07 one of my old students John Rao from Singapore invited into his family home for a week while we were attending the Ex-RIT reunion. U Aung Myint and his wife invited both families of me and Dr Tin Win to visit their home in Auckland, New Zealand in Mar08 for a week. Dr Tin Win could not make it because of his neck surgery. U Aung Myint and his wife took us to many places in North Island and we really enjoyed the trip for which we thanked them from the bottom of our hearts.

March 2009

Sometime in March 09 U San Tun [M 59] and wife and other about 20 in a group of tourists from the USA were traveling to New Zealand and Australia. As I had not seen him for more than 40 years since he left RIT in Aug 68, I tried and organised many of my mates to help him. U Henry Thet Tun [M 75] in Sydney, U Myo Win in Canberra and U Myint Lwin in Auckland, New Zealand complied. U San Tun came to Melbourne also to meet me and we had a wonderful time together over lunch after a long break more than 40 years.

September 2010

In Sept 10 Dr Tin Win and Lily invited us to LA for a couple of weeks, taking us to Universal Studios, Hollywood Boulevard, … Las Vegas and San Francisco. I think it was the best trip ever because it gave us opportunity to meet many old students in Los Angeles and San Francisco and their spouses showing their genuine hospitality and generosity. This is because of our unique tradition of love and respect to our elders and teachers. In San Francisco, I met U San Tun again and another mate U Tin Maung Nyunt that I had not seen for more than 40 years. I would like to acknowledge with sincere appreciation to Dr Tin Win and Lily for their hospitality and generosity that such quality and qualification of respect and attachment is very hard to find as it is really a rare commodity.

Message

Value of a speech

  • Videos, slides, and humor are entertaining, but without a memorable idea to act upon, a speech is usually not valuable.
    
  • There is a book called “Naked Presentation”.

Message

  • Keynote speakers emphasize on the importance of Message.
    
  • What is the take away from a speech in general, and Keynote in particular?

Messenger

  • Dr. Nyunt Wai (SPHS63) wrote :
    Message should be more important than Messenger (e.g. media, format).
    Misuse or overuse of technology has led to a saying, “power corrupts, and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely”.
  • U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76) wrote :
    That’s true to some extent.
    I used to work for a VP who limited no more then one page of PowerPoint in any meetings as presenters/people spent more effort on it than actual discussions.
    
  • The messenger has some impact on the audience.
    If the messenger is an authority on the subject or a trusted person, people are more likely to listen to the message.
    The dress code of the messenger can distract or influence the audience.

Punctuation

  • Punctuation helps a reader or a listener.
    
  • One Lu Shwin Daw (Comedian) gained fame by adding a Period (Full Stop).
    He was admonished by the higher authorities for making fun of their leader “Number One”.
    No One is above the law.
    No. One is above the law.
    
  • A messenger came with a message
    HANG HIM NOT KILL HIM
    What message is being conveyed?

    HANG HIM. NOT KILL HIM.
    or
    HANG HIM NOT. KILL HIM.

King Dutthagamani’s Message

၁။ ငါ ယခု စစ္တိုက္ျခင္းသည္ မင္းစည္းစိမ္ဟူေသာ ငါ၏ ကိုယ္က်ိဳးစီးပြါးရလိုမႈအတြက္ လုံ႔လအားထုတ္မႈ ဘယ္အခါမွ် မရွိခဲ့ဖူးပါ။ ဘုရားရွင္သာသနာေတာ္ ႀကီး အရွည္ခံ့၍ တည္တံ့ပါေစျခင္း အလို႔ငွာသာ ျဖစ္ပါ၏။
ဤသစၥာစကားေၾကာင့္ ေအာင္ပြဲအလီလီ ရပါေစသတည္း။ (ဒု႒ဂါမဏိမင္းႀကီး)

Translation by Hla Min

I am waging wars
not for attaining and retaining the kingly treasures.

My efforts are not for my personal gains.

It is for the sustenance
of the Sasana (Buddha’s dispensation).

Due to the asservation of truth
may I achieve
multiple victories.

(King Dutthagamani)

Mahagandayone Sayadaw’s Message

။ ကိုယ္တည္းတစ္ေယာက္၊ ခ်မ္းသာေရာက္ဖို႔၊ ခုေလာက္ႀကိဳးကုတ္၊ အားမထုတ္ဘူး။
ဗုဒၶျမတ္စြာ၊ သာသနာ၏၊ ေရွးခါဘိုးဘ၊ လက္ထက္ကလွ်င္၊ ရသည့္တန္ခိုး၊ ထပ္မညိႈးဖို႔၊ အားႀကိဳးမာန္တက္၊ ငါေဆာင္ရြက္သည္၊ ဆက္လက္ တည္တံ့ပါေစေသာ္ဝ္။ (မဟာဂႏၶာ႐ုံ ဆရာေတာ္)

Translation by Hla Min

If only for my personal well-being
and sukkha
I would not have exerted
too much effort like this.

In order that
Sasana (Buddha’s dispensation)
which thrived in our ancestor’s time
should not decay or decline
but shine much more brilliantly
for a long time
I am serving diligently
with all my might.

(Mahagandayone Sayadaw)

Si Shin Sayadaw U Caritta’s Message

၃။ ျမတ္စြာဘုရား၏ သာသနာေတာ္ျမတ္ႀကီးကို ေရွးဘုန္း ေရွးကံ ႀကီးမားသူတို႔သည္သာလွ်င္ ျပဳစု ေထာက္ပ့ံခြင့္ ရၾကေလကုန္၏။ ဘုန္းကံနည္းပါးသူတို႔မွာကား ျပဳစုေထာက္ပ့ံခြင့္, က်င့္ၾကံအားထုတ္ခြင့္ ကို တရံတဆစ္ကေလးမွ် မရၾကေလကုန္။
(စည္ရွင္ဆရာေတာ္ ဦးစာရိတၱ)

Translation by Hla Min

Only those who have practiced Perfections
and have good kamma [i.e. done kusala deeds substantially]
in their past existences
can support
Sasana (Buddha’s dispensation).

Those who have not [practiced Perfections
and kusala deeds substantially
in their past existences]
will not have the opportunity
even to listen and practice Dhamma
[let alone contribute to the sustenance
of Sasana].

(Si Shin Sayadaw U Caritta)

Mingun

Mingun Bell

  • For a certain period, the Mingun Bell weighing 55555 viss was the largest functioning ringing bell in the world.
  • One viss equals 3.6 pounds.
  • Young Burmese remember the weight of the bell with the mnemonic “Min Phyu Hman Hman Pyaw”.

Mingun Jetawun Sayadaw U Narada (1868 – 1955)

  • Credited as for the revival of Vipassana (Insight) Meditation in Burma
  • Went to one Mingun Sayadaw, who presumably had studied meditation under Thee Gon Sayadaw, and asked for guidance.
    Was told to study Sattipattha (from the Scriptures) deeply and then practice meditation
  • Prominent disciples : Mahasi Sayadaw and Taung Pulu Sayadaw
  • TMC has published a book about Sayadaw.

Mingun Tipitaka Sayadaw Ashin Vicittasarabhivamsa

  • Sayadaw U Vicittasarabhivamsa (GBNF) was listed in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for his phenomenal memory.
  • When Burma hosted the Sixth Buddhist Council at Kaba Aye Pagoda in 1954 – 56 to commemorate the 2500th year of the “Sasana Calendar“, Sayadaw acted as the “Reciter” of the Tipitaka (Triple Basket : Vinaya, Sutta, and Abhidhamma) and the “selected” Commentaries.
  • According to the Kaba Aye Edition, the Tipitaka covers 8000+ pages.
    Vinaya / Rules of monastic conduct
    Sutta / Buddha’s discourses
    Abhidhamma / Ultimate reality
    Sayadaw could recall all and provide exposition.
  • To prepare for the Buddhist Council, Sir U Thwin requested Mingun Sayadaw to take the Tipitaka examination.
    Sayadaw passed the Oral and Written tests for the Three Baskets with Distinction.
  • Oral tests will fail a candidate if he needs five (or six) prompts. Sayadaw did not need a single prompt.
  • Written tests cover in-depth topics. During the recitation, Sayadaw amazed the examiners by pointing out the variations of the text and highlighted the preferred version.
  • First Sayadaw to be conferred “Guardian / Bearer of the Tipitaka & Treasurer of the Dhamma“.
  • Sayadaw received requisites.
    Gave them to the monks (in the town where he received them).
  • To support the monks studying for the later Tipitaka examinations, Sayadaw set up a monastery in Mingun and accepted monks who had finished Dhammacariya.

Dr. Mohan

Dr. Mohan served as Medical Officer in WWII (Second World War).

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Dr. Mohan 

His daughter Mona T. Han wrote :

Thanks to all veterans, past and present. Here’s an old photo of my Dad, Major Dr. P. R. Mohan, who served in the Burma Army Medical Corps from 1939 – 1945 as a medical officer in Burma theater, and discharged as a Major at the completion of World War II.

He passed away in 2005. He was 88 yrs old.

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Dr. Mohan and Dr. Daw Hnin Yi (Rosie)

Dr. Mohan and Dr. Daw Hnin Yi (Rosie) are remembered by several former students and colleagues.

Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint wrote :

I have told the story before but would like to share it again:

I was working under Ah Ba U Hla Myint when he was elected Fellow of the Royal College Edinburgh. When I went to congratulate Ah Ba, he said, “Saya Mohan is more senior to me as well as got MRCP before me. Let’s go and ask him whether we could help with nomination for him.”

I accompanied him to the Cardiac Ward. Saya Mohan was in his office. Ah Ba asked him whether he would like to be nominated. Saya Mohan’s answer “Ko Hla Myint, thank you kyundaw ya dar kyar be.” When Ah Ba asked why Saya Mohan had not changed the board with his name in front of his room, rubber stamp and on his letterhead, this time Saya Mohan replies, “It was too much of a bother to change them. I am working quite well just as I am”. Saya Gyi must be the only person among my teachers who would do that.

My admiration for him went up just by hearing his words.

Saya knew what he was and did not need more letters behind his name.

Dr. Thein Nyunt wrote :

Respect to Sayagyi Dr Mohan
For Aba and his successors : Profs U Mya Oo, UMMW, USN and me, we’ve to take it and put it as post nominal as Regional Adviser of RCP so that we can collaborate with RCP.
For myself, like Sayagyi UMO and Sayagyi UKM, I have to obtain FRCP from all (3) RCPs , not because I am too crazy for these , but to do business with all 3 RCPs for Total MRCP in Myanmar. It costs me a lot annually. My friends and students from USA suggested me to apply FACP many years back when I was HOD and Holders of 3 FRCP , but I didn’t do it because it will not do any good for our profession , just for me only.

Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint wrote :

I wrote about Sayagyi U Mohan because of what he said to Ah Ba. I hope you will not think that I say anything derogatory of all my Sayas and you with triple fellowships. I wonder whether you ever saw my name plate at Marsay Clinic. In Burmese just my name and “khalay kyanmaryae sayawun”. No pronominal nor post nominals.

Dr. Thein Nyunt wrote :

Yes . Saya . I knew and always tell my students about your name plate at Marsay Clinic.

Mon Sayadaw

Mon Sayadaw U Thilawunta (1912 – 2011)

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Known fondly as “Mon Sayadaw”, DPZ Sayadaw U Thilawunta built pagodas in Burma/Myanmar, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and several other countries.

Sayadaw visited the United Nations and U Thant. He build the first Burmese pagoda in the Allegheny mountains near New York.

He served as the Chief Abbot of the Dat Paung Zon Aung Min Gaung monastery on Windermere Road, Rangoon, Burma from 1949.

At the invitation of U Thant, Sayadaw traveled to the US (via the ocean liner – predating the days of air travel) and build a pagoda on the Allegheny Mountains.

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In 1958, Leslie Dawson, Canadian of Irish and Scottish descent, asked Mon Sayadaw to be his mentor. Dawson traveled to Bodh Gaya, India to rejoin the Sayadaw and received ordination as a samanera (novice monk). He continued on to Burma where he was ordained as Anandabodhi bhikkhu at the Shwedagon temple, Rangoon (21 Dec 1958). Ananda Bodhi had followers in Canada and New Zealand, most of whom have visited Sayaadaw and the Dat Paung Zon pagoda. Two of them also ordained as Buddhist monks with Mon Sayadaw as preceptor.

Ananda Bodhi became a Tibetan Master with the name Namgyal Rinpoche in 1971, but continued to preach dhamma from Theravada, …

Mon Sayadaw built pagodas in the several countries including US, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Details of Sayadaw’s dhamma duta missions can be found in the official biography (in Burmese and English) and the web pages of his disciples.

Motto

SPHS (St. Paul’s High School)

  • Motto : “Labor Omnia Vincit”.
  • Means “Hard work conquers everything”.

My Beloved Parents

  • Their motto : “Anything that’s worth doing is worth doing well”.
  • My mother would scold me lightly by saying “Eyes have you and you see not. Ears have you and you hear not.”
  • She would tell the story of Robert Bruce and the spider, and remind us “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.”

RUBC (Rangoon University Boat Club)

  • Motto : “Row Till You Are Dead.”
  • The background story is covered in Sir Arthur Eggar’s autobiography and in the commemorative issues for the 40th and 90th Anniversary of the founding of RUBC.
  • RUBC members are used to the shout “Give her a ten” during a race (especially near the finish line), and also at the Close of the Awards Presentation at the Regatta.
  • After a long day, in the tradition of RUBC, I shout, “Give her a ten”.
    10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 -1
    followed by
    EASY OARS.

Companies

  • The motto may change over time.
  • International Business Machines (IBM)’s slogan was “Think”.
  • General Electric (GE)’s claim to fame was “Built to last.”

Myee

None of my four grandparents were around when I was born. So, I cannot directly relate to them.

Thar ah chit. Myee ah hnit” goes an old saying.

  • Did not know much about the world when I was young
  • Modern day kids — whether they are born in Myanmar, USA, or else where — seem to be highly intelligent
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Two Myees
  • My “Myee Ma” would say, “I will take care of GP (Grand Pa) a lot. I will help him exercise. Have massage. … I have a doctor’s bag.”
  • Completed KG
  • Won the “Super Reader” award
  • Completed Level 1 in Swimming
  • Can ride a bike, draw, paint, sing, dance and take photos
  • My “Myee Htee” understands both the spoken language and the body language. When told to “Nann“, he will kiss my cheeks. He has a sense of when we are coming [to visit him] or when we are leaving. He will hug and give a flying kiss.
  • Attending Pre-school
  • Athletic
  • Can dribble a basketball for 30+ seconds.
  • Can kick and shoot football.
  • Can swing a baseball bat.
  • Can race with remote control cars.
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Myee Gyi
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Myee Lay
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My Myees
  • Perhaps the same can be said of “Myees” everywhere.
    
  • We are somewhat lucky that we don’t have to take care of our “Ah Hnits” 24 by 7.
    
  • As one alumni jokingly said, “Myees should just be Myee [tasted]”.

Sayama Toni wrote :

My myees were not around me much, Johnny, only for visits, but now at ages 25 & 21, they care for me in their own way. Myee-ma lay Thitsa got a pay raise recently and ‘ka-dawk-dare’ me with money. She does that now and then. The recent one, I’m saving for grand father’s yearly donation of his death. The myee-yauk-kyar lay, Ye Htut, loves to cook and I used to complain abt my clean kitchen messed up. But, he washes everything and cleans the kitchen. So, I enjoy them in a way. Ye Htut will be here for a couple of months before he returns to college, so I let him do as he pleases.

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