Pa-Auk Forest Monastery



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Meditation hall and sãma, the Upper Monastery


Pa-Auk Forest Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in the Theravāda tradition, with emphasis on the teaching and practice of both Samatha (tranquility) and Vipassanā (insight) meditation. Situated in a forest along the Taung Nyo Mountain range in Mon State, Myanmar, the monastery provides a conducive setting for the practice of long-term, intensive meditation. Presently, there are over 100 foreign meditators, originating from over 20 countries, residing in the monastery.



  • Mindfulness-of-Breathing (ānāpānassati) - to develop absorption concentration (the four jhānas)
  • Most of the 40 Samatha subjects taught by The Buddha - including loving-kindness (mettā) meditation, the thirty-two parts of the body, the ten kasiõas and the four immaterial jhānas
  • Four-Elements Meditation - to analyze ultimate materiality and ultimate mentality
  • Dependent Origination - to discern past, present and future lives by analyzing their causes and conditions
  • Vipassanā Meditation - to discern the five aggregates (materiality and mentality) as impermanent, subject to suffering and without a self



  • Training and separate accommodations for monks, nuns and male/female lay practitioners
  • Strong support and guidance for those who wish to ordain
  • Regular interviews with qualified meditation teachers (who speak English)
  • Vegetarian diet, including both white and whole-grain brown rice



  • A large meditation hall for men and a separate meditation hall for women
  • Over 280 kuņis (single meditator huts), many located in secluded areas of the forest
  • A clinic and a sick-bay with doctors trained in both conventional Western and traditional Burmese herbal medicine
  • A large new library with titles in English, Chinese, Burmese and Pāli



The Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw


The Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw is the abbot and principal teacher at Pa-Auk Forest Monastery. The Sayadaw speaks fluent English and has been teaching foreign meditators here since the early 1990's.

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