Sayadaw U Pandita

Sayadaw U Pandita (also Ovādacariya Sayādaw U Paṇḍitābhivaṃsa; 28 July 1921 – 16 April 2016) was one of the foremost masters of Vipassanā meditation. U Pandita was born in 1921 in Insein in greater Rangoon (now Yangon) during British colonial rule. He became a novice at age twelve, and ordained at age twenty, passing the rigorous series of government examinations in the Theravāda Buddhist texts and receiving the Dhammācariya (dhamma teacher) degree in 1952. He began practicing Vipassanā meditation under the guidance of Mahāsi Sayādaw beginning in 1950. In 1955, he became a meditation teacher at the Mahāsi Meditation Center.  

U Pandita was known for teaching a rigorous and precise method of self-examination through the practice of Satipaṭṭhāna. Until his death in 2016, he continued to lead retreats and give dharma talks at home and abroad, leading frequent retreats at the Tathagata Meditation Center in northern California. He was also an erudite scholar of the Pali Tipitaka, the Theravāda canon and the abbot at Paṇḍitārāma Meditation Center in Yangom, Myanmar, which has branches in many different countries.

Talks from the 2015-2016 – 60 day retreat in Myanmar. These talks were translated  into English by Sayalay Vajiranani during the live dhamma talk. The English sections have been spliced together by Upasika for easier listening. 

Day 2- Sila The First and Most Important Thing for Yogis (28’17”)

Day 3- Four Meditations Needed Everywhere (33’11”)

Day 4- Purity of Mind Citta Vissudhi (30’31”)

Day 5- Purifying The Mind With Satipatthana (27’55”)

Day 6- Base, Striker and Spark (29’25”)

Day 7- Observing What Exists as It Is, The Rising and the Falling  (27’40”)

Day 8- How To Note When Sitting (27’58”)

Day 9- How to do walking meditation (30’20”)