• Welcome to PA-AUK

    Pa-Auk Tawya Meditation Centre (Main), the main Monastery of the Pa-Auk Group, is a Buddhist monastery in the Theravāda tradition, with emphasis on the teaching and practice of both Samatha (tranquility) and Vipassanā (insight) meditation.

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    The system of meditation taught at Pa-Auk Tawya is based on the instructions by The Buddha as found in the Tipiṭaka (the Pāli Canon) and its commentaries.


    The system comprises the threefold training of strict observance of precepts(sīla), developing concentration (samādhi), as a basis for attaining wisdom (paññā). This is further subdivided into the seven stages of purification which provide a step-by-step formula for systematically purifying one’s body (physical actions), speech and mind of defilements in order to realize Nibbāna in this lifetime.

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    Conducive Condition

    • A supportive community of like-minded individuals
    • Noble friends and wise teachers
    • An environment that encourages the observance of the precepts
    • Strong support and guidance for those who wish to ordain
    • Regular interviews with qualified (English speaking) meditation teachers
    • A secluded environment with few distractions
    • Few responsibilities
    • A culture and laity that support the traditional practice of Theravāda Buddhism and, in particular, the monastic lifestyle
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    Pa-Auk Family


    Pa-Auk Group comprises over 40 branches and associate centres in Myanmar and internationally. Of all the branches and associate centres, 29 are located within Myanmar, including Thanlyin, Pha-Ann, Mandalay, DaWei, KuMei and Pyin Oo Lwin (or Maymyo); the others are located internationally, spreading from Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, China, Taiwan, and USA.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Commonly asked questions about the centre.

    Do I have to pay for anything?

    The lodging and the two meals provided by the Monastery are free of charge. However, If you wish to offer a meal, or offer donation for the upkeep/maintenance of the Monastery, you may arrange it through the office at the Monastery.


    What should I do before I can stay and practise at the Centre?

    Before you begin your journey to learn and practise the Buddha's Teaching at Pa-Auk Tawya, you may wish to find out more information about the following centres that cater to foreign meditators:


    Pa-Auk Tawya Meditation Centre

    Main @Mawlamyine

    Branch @Pyin Oo Lwin


    All meditators need to seek approval from the Monastery before they are allowed to stay and practise in the Monastery. You should understand more about the conditions of the Monastery and also read the Rules and Regulations for Foreign Meditators before you send in your application in the prescribed form. This information can be obtained under Residence and Application section of the website.

  • More About the Monastery

    From the video "Sketch of an Excellent Man".