U Pandita, Burmese Buddhist monk and meditation teacher, Died at 94


Sayadaw U Pandita was born on July 29, 1921, and died on April 2016.

He was one of the foremost masters of Vipassana meditation.

He trained in the Burmese Theravada Buddhist tradition.

He was a successor to the late Mahāsi Sayādaw, he has taught many of the Western teachers and students of the Mahāsi style of Vipassana meditation.

Pandita was the abbot of Paṇḍitārāma Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar.

U Pandita started practicing Vipassana under the guidance of Mahāsi Sayādaw beginning in 1950.

During 1955, Pandita left his position as a teacher of scriptural studies to become a meditation teacher at the Mahāsi Meditation Center.

However, early after Mahasi Sayādaw died in 1982, U Pandita became the guiding teacher (Ovādacariya) of the Mahasi Meditation Center.

He left that position, in 1991 founding Paṇḍitārāma Meditation Center in Yangon.

Pandita was mostly known for teaching a rigorous and precise method of self-examination.

U Pandita taught Satipaṭṭhāna or Vipassana meditation, emphasizing sīla or moral discipline as a requisite foundation.

U Pandita was also an erudite scholar of the Pāli Tipiṭaka or Theravāda Buddhist canon.

U Pandita passed away at 94 yrs old.