Pa-Auk Forest Monastery




Panoramic view of Pa-Auk Tawya


Pa-Auk Forest Monastery (Pa-Auk Tawya in Burmese) is a forest monastery in the Theravàda tradition, with emphasis on the teaching and practice of meditation.

Founded in 1926, Pa-Auk Tawya (“the Monastery”) is situated in a forest near the village of Pa-Auk, 15 kilometres southeast of Mawlamyine, capital city of the Mon State, southern Myanmar. Extending over 500 acres of land, Pa-Auk Tawya is a full monastery with resident monks, nuns, lay meditators and volunteers. The number of residents varies seasonally from 500 to 1000.  Presently, there are over 100 foreign meditators, originating from over 20 countries, residing in the Monastery.

Since 1998, four branch monasteries have been established, coming under the name of International Buddhasàsana Meditation Centre, in Than Lyin to the south of Yangon, in Mandalay, in Hpa-An and in Dawei.

It is worth noting that Pa-Auk Tawya, Mawlamyine is the only centre with facilities for the accommodation and teaching of foreigners. The information on this website refers therefore mainly to Pa-Auk Tawya, Mawlamyine.


Please refer to The Facilities for a description of facilities available at the Monastery.




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