- 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.