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The Advantages of Realizing the Doctrine of Anatta, by Ledi Sayadaw: (From the anthology: The Three Basic Facts of Existence: III. Egolessness (Anatta), with a. Ledi Sayadaw – The Venerable Ledi Sayadaw was born in in Saing-pyin village, Dipeyin township, in the Shwebo district (currently Monywa district) of. You can freely download dhamma books written by Maha Thera Ledi Sayadaw U Nyana Daza about buddhism, believes, finding the peacefulness, mindfulness.

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Ledi Sayadaw

Ledi Sayadaw’s eyesight failed him because of the years he had spent reading, studying and writing, often with poor illumination. A monastery to house them was built and named Ledi-tawya monastery.

During the time of his studies in Mandalay, Ven. He was given the name Nana-dhaja the banner of knowledge. At that time, during the reign of King Min Don Min who ruled fromMandalay was the royal capital of Burma and the most important center of learning in the country. I will reside in contentment. All who have come into contact with the path of Dhamma in recent years owe a great debt of gratitude to this scholarly, saintly monk who was instrumental in re-enlivening sayadsw traditional practice of Vipassana, making it more available for renunciates and lay people alike.

San-Kyaung Sayadaw gave an examination of 20 questions for students. Though Ledi Sayadaw was based at the Ledi-tawya monastery, he travelled throughout Burma at times, teaching both meditation and scriptural courses. He resided primarily in the Maha-Jotikarama monastery and studied with Ven. Sayadsw Thanjaun, the route to recognition was not meditation but scholarly ability. His childhood name was Maung Tet Khaung.


Suddenly unencumbered by position or duty and perhaps shocked by such an event, he returned to his family village. In the evening he pedi cross to the west bank of the Chindwin river and spend the nights in meditation in a small vihara monastery on the side of Lak-pan-taung mountain.

The next year,Ven. The British conquered upper Burma in and sent the last king, Thibaw who ruled frominto exile. With lion-like intellectual powers, I have completed the path of jhana. He took the name Nana-dhaja the banner of knowledge.

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After a while many bhikkhus started coming to him there, requesting him to teach them. It was during these trips up and down Burma that many of his published works were written.

His followers started many associations which promoted the learning of Abhidhamma by using this book. Sayaeaw this monastery he took the name by which he is best known: The next year,Ven. Because of these ubiquitous monastery schools, Burma has traditionally maintained a very high rate of literacy.

The title Sayadaw means “venerable teacher. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Though Ledi Sayadaw was based at the Ledi-tawya monastery, at times he traveled throughout Burma, teaching both meditation and scripture.

In the Manuals of Buddhism there are seventy-six manuals dipaniscommentaries, essays, and so on, listed under his authorship, but this is not a complete list of his works.

He realized that besides bhikkhus, good lay teachers would need to be developed for the spread of Dhamma. Just the winning of the eye of wisdom among good people for themselves—this is the goal. Bhikkhu Nana-dhaja was the only one who was able to answer all the questions satisfactorily.

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Because of these ubiquitous monastery schools Myanmar has traditionally had a very high literacy rate. The laity, both men and women he explicitly included women in his effortshad their roles in Buddhism revamped to include much more personal responsibility.


One Burmese biography relates that his samadhi became so deep during this period that an attendant, checking in on him one day, found him floating two feet off the ground!

In this way he returned to the life of a novice, never to leave the robes of a monk again. As in his preaching, so in his writing, Ledi Sayadaw broke with the norm, employing unusually simple language and avoiding too much Pali. The next year,Ven. Nana-dhaja was qualified as a beginning Pali teacher at the San-Kyaung monastery also known as the Maha-Jotikarama monastery where he had been studying.

It was not long before he was studying under the abbot and other high-placed officials—and sleeping in a better and drier place. Later, it became a title for highly respected monks in general. In his travels around Burma, Ledi Sayadaw also discouraged the consumption of cow meat. His corrections were eventually accepted by the bhikkhus and his work became the standard reference. These answers were later published inunder the title Parami-dipani Manual of Perfectionsthe first of many books written in Pali and Burmese by the Ven.

At the age of eight, he began to study with his first teacher U Nanda-dhaja Sayadaw 1and he ordained as a samanera novice under the same Sayadaw at the age of fifteen.