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Mingun

Update : January 14, 2021

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.

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