• Residence

    @ Pa-Auk Tawya Meditation Centre

    (Pyin Oo Lwin)

  • Precepts & Rules

    At Pa-Auk Forest Monastery, there is one basic rule of conduct which embodies the spirit and essence of all the other rules that follow: to act properly at all times, showing respect and consideration for one another. As the Buddha encouraged his followers, let us live "in concord , with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes."

  • Meditators must strictly observe the fourfold purification during their stay in the Monastery. This purification consists of:


    (1) The 227 rules of the Pātimokkha (and all other Vinaya rules) for Theravāda monks; the 10 precepts and 75 Sekhiya (training) rules (and all other Vinaya rules that apply) for novices; and the 8 or 10 precepts for laypersons and nuns.


    (2) Restraint of the six sense faculties – of the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind.


    (3) Purification of livelihood (Right Livelihood) – livelihood that accords with the precepts.


    (4) Reflection on (and moderation in) the use of the four requisites – food, shelter, clothing and medicine.


  • Rules

    The requisites and services available at the Monastery are offered by supporters, stewards and donors for the maintenance and benefit of the meditators. The offer is made on the understanding that the meditators support the Monastery's lifestyle and that they are willing to abide by the rules and regulations. (For details, please refer to Rules and Regulations for foreign meditators).

    1. Meditation Method:While at the Monastery, all yogis will practise the meditation method taught by the Buddha (as referred to in the Theravāda Tipiṭaka) and as enunciated by The Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw, and taught by the Meditation Teachers. All yogis must attend group sittings at their respective mediation hall (unless permission is given by their Meditation Teacher to do otherwise).


    2. Interview: All yogis must attend regular interviews with the Meditation Teacher on a schedule or time determined by the Teacher.


    3. Daily Schedule: All yogis are to observe the Monastery daily meditation schedule. (For details, please refer to Daily Schedule below).


    4. Seclusion & Noble Silence: As silence and seclusion are important aids to meditation, meditators are to observe noble silence. Socializing is not encouraged.


    5. Attire: Theravāda monks and novices should wear only allowable robes, sandals, etc. Robes must be kept clean. Highly colourful robes (red, bright yellow, etc.) are not acceptable.


    - Lay practitioners should dress modestly at all times:

    Men – no bare shoulders, no bare calves, no bare knees; no shorts, no sleeveless shirts, vests or undershirts; no ripped or otherwise improper attire.


    Women – no bare shoulders, midriff, calves or knees; no short skirts, no shorts, no sleeveless shirts or blouses; no thin, transparent, tight, revealing, brightly coloured or otherwise improper attire.

  • Daily Schedule

  • Climate & Altitude

    Pyin Oo Lwin or Pyin U Lwin, formerly and colloquially referred to as Maymyo, is a scenic hill town in Mandalay Division, Myanmar, located in the Shan Highland, some 67 kilometers east of Mandalay, and at an altitude of 1,070 meters.


    In Pyin Oo Lwin, the summers (around March to May) are short, hot, and partly cloudy; the winters (around December to February) are short, cool, and mostly clear; and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 47°F (9°C) to 92°F (33°C) and is rarely below 43°F (6°C) or above 97°F (36°C).


    The rainy period of the year generally starts from May and last till October.

  • Transport

    Yangon → by bus → Mandalay → by Taxi to Pa-Auk at Pyin Oo Lwin

    (You can easily find a few bus operators offer bus route from Yangon to Pyin Oo Lwin over the internet)


    Mandalay Airport → by Taxi to Pa-Auk at Pyin Oo Lwin


    Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) is a city in the Mandalay Division of Central Myanmar. Driving from Mandalay city via Lashio Road (route 3) is about 48.2km. If you are coming from Mandalay airport, the distance driving from the airport to the monastery taking the Yangon-Mandalay expressway is 79.6 km, which is about one and a half hour's journey. Taxi is easily available from Mandalay and the airport.


    Please note that there are more than one Pa-Auk branches at Pyin Oo Lwin. The driver should be told that your destination is the Pa-Auk at "Tat-Oo Dhamma Yeik-thar (Extended)" or make sure you carry the address with you.


    To book a taxi to the monastery from Mandalay or Mandalay airport, you may call the following drivers. However, the contacts are merely provided based on personal contacts and we shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage caused by you engaging any drivers stated below.


    • Ko Linn (able to speak English, Chinese and Malay): 09 400437066 / +959799625159
    • Ah Fang (able to speak Chinese): +959256223134 / +959972518176