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Meditation Sessions

  • ABKM hosts meditation sessions with instructions and guidance (in English) - 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
  • The program is led by Sayadaw Dr. U Zanita of Kabaraye Monastery (Endeavour Hills ex Noble Park).
  • Please email us on ABKMmelb@gmail.com  if you are interested in joining the next session.

 >> A Brief Biography of Sayadaw Dr. U Zanita


Sayadaw Dr. U Zanita is the founder of Sirimangalar Kandaw Oo Monastery in Kant Bhalu Township, Saigang Division, Myanmar (Burma).

 

Born1971 in Kyauk Aing village, Kyun HlaTownship, Saigang Division, Myanmar (Burma), Sayadaw became a novice at age 12 under the supervision of Sayadaw U Aggacara, at Shwe Taung Oo monastery. By the age of twenty, Sayadaw U Zanita received his higher ordination as Bhikkhu by Sayadaw U Indobhasabhivamsa at the Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura, Mandalay, Myanmar.

Sayadaw U Zanita received seven years of traditional monastic education in Mahagandayone Monastery in Amarapura, successfully achieving Patthamange, Patthamalatt and Pattamagyi. 

Sayadaw U Zanita belongs to the Burmese Theravada forest tradition and for 5 years learnt meditation under Sayadaw U Aggacara. Sayadaw U Zanita then furthered his meditation practice for two months under Sayadaw U Mandala at Moung Htaung Myay Zinn Tawya where Sayadaw was taught the Kanni meditation method.  Sayadaw then practiced the Kanni meditation method for 6 months at Myin Khwar Mountain.

From 1992 to 1997, Sayadaw lectured at Sirimangalar Kandaw Oo Monastery in Kant Bhalu Township teaching Pali Language and Meditation instruction to the monastics and lay people.

For the next 10 years from July 1998, Sayadaw furthered his education in India and was awarded a BA degree at Nalanda University, an MA in Buddhist Studies at Sanskrit University in Varanasi and a PhD from Calcutta University in 2007. Sayadaw's thesis was on Vipassana Meditation in Theravada Buddhism. Sayadaw then went to Buddhagaya in Bihar India to practice meditation under the Bodhi tree about three months.

Sayadaw then left India for Sri Lanka to further his meditation practice at Mahavihara Temple near Ratanapura city and later practiced at Cittala Mountain. Sayadaw also conducted a 2 month meditation course in the Kanni method to the monks at Cittala Mountain.

In April 2009, Sayadaw left Sri Lanka for Australia to promote and spread the Buddha’s teachings. He is currently the Abbot of Kabaraye Buddhist Monastery in Endeavour Hills (ex Noble Park), VIC.  Sayadaw conducts classes in the Kanni meditation method both in Burmese and English. Sayadaw also teaches basic foundations of Buddhism for school boys and girls at Sunday schools.



 // Dhamma Talks and Discussions
  • ABKM hosts Dhamma talks and discussion every couple of months.
  • Please email us on ABKMmelb@gmail.com  if you are interested in joining.


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Buddhist Celebrations

// Wesak/Vesak

Wesak / Vesak is an important day in the Buddhist calendar and commemorates the birth, enlightenment (attainment of Nibbana) , and passing (Parinibbana) of Gautama Buddha.

If you know of any other events, please contact us.

// Kathina
Kathina is a Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season retreat for Theravada Buddhists.The season during which a monastery may hold a Kathina festival is one month long, beginning after the full moon of the eleventh month in the Lunar calendar.

It is a time of giving, for the laity to express gratitude to monks. Lay Buddhists bring donations to temples, especially new robes for the monks

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  Projects

// "Numerical Dhamma" 2013 Dhamma printing Project 

 

Status :  Complete - First distribution in 2013
Thank you to all the sponsors and contributors to this project ! Sahdu ! Sahdu ! Sahdu !



// "Essential Teachings" Project

Status : First distribution at Wesak 2008


About this Project :


This is ABKM's first project - the successful printing and international distribution of the Dhamma book "Essential Teachings".

The 46-page booklet was distributed free of charge for the first time during Wesak 2008.

Sahdu ! to all the donors who contributed.






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This Dhamma booklet was distributed throughout various Buddhist centres in Victoria.
ABKM was given the opportunity to distribute this book at the 2008 Australian observation of the United Nations Wesak Day celebrations in Springvale, Victoria, Australia.

The booklet has since made its way throughout Australia, to Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and also overseas to countries Singapore, Malaysia (Penang, KL) and Myanmar.

ABKM would like to thank all the international donors and sponsors who have contributed to the success of this project.

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