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Mingun

Mingun Bell

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

Mingun Jetavana 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 (Tathagata Meditation Center) 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 : Monastic rules of conduct
    Sutta : 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“.
  • When Sayadaw received requisites, he 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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