Personalities

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A biographical sketch of the late Venerable Sobhana, or better known as Mahasi Sayadaw, who has been instrumental in bringing about widespread practice of Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation in the 20th century.

See also: Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw's books

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Sayadaw U Tejaniya began his Buddhist training as a young teenager in Burma under the late Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw (1913-2002). After a career in business and life as a householder, he has become a permanent monk since 1996. He teaches meditation at Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Venerable Kaṭukurunde Ñāṇananda, was born in 1940 to a family of Buddhist parents in Galle, Sri Lanka. He received his school education at Mahinda College, Galle, where he imbibed the true Buddhist values. In 1962 he graduated from the University of Peradeniya and served as an Assistant Lecturer in Pali at the same University for a brief period. He renounced his post in 1967 to enter the Order of Buddhist monks at Island Hermitage, Dodanduwa.

Already during the first phase of his life as a monk at Island Hermitage, Ven. Ñāṇananda had written four books which were published by the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy under the titles.

  1. Concept and Reality in Early Buddhist Thought
  2. Saṁyutta Nikāya – An Anthology (Part II)
  3. Ideal Solitude
  4. The Magic of the Mind

Then in 1972 he left Island Hermitage for Meetirigala Nissarana Vanaya, where he came under the tutelage of the late Ven. Mātara Srī Ñāṇārāma Mahāthera, a veteran teacher of Insight Meditation.

Some of the books and Dhamma talks are available at:
 
http://www.beyondthenet.net/calm/clm_main1.asp
http://www.beyondthenet.net/calm/clm_main2.htm
The audio files of Nibbana sermons are available at:
http://www.beyondthenet.net/AUDIO/Bhikkhu_K_Nanananda/Bhikkhu_K_Nanananda_Nibbana.htm
http://audio.nibbanam.com/
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A brief biography of the broadminded Thai monk, writer and educator.
See also: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/buddhadasa/
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Dedicated to the life and works of Anagarika Dhammapala, the Sri Lankan missionary who was responsible for restoring Buddha Gaya and highlighting Buddhism in the west.

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The Venerable Amatha Gavesi was born in Walana, Panadura in Sri Lanka on 19 December 1918 with a mission to preserve and prolong the Buddha Sasana by reviving the essence of the teachings of the Buddha in a practical manner through guided meditation, to develop calmness and insight (Samatha-Vipassana) step-by-step, leading to the Ariya Path or the Noble way of life.
See also: http://www.basicbuddhism.org/dharma-talks-download/
http://www.reocities.com/venamathagavesi/talks.htm