My first teacher Sayadaw U Pandita Jnr

David Kaz, modified 2 Years ago.

My first teacher Sayadaw U Pandita Jnr

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to meditation only having taught myself over the last year.  My catalyst was my father getting lung cancer and my searching for answers about consciousness.  He passed away March last year which drove my determination to practice further.  

I started off with following a few guided meditations by Jon Kabbat Zinn, which led to reading Sam Harris Jospeph Goldstein and Shinzen Young.
To cut a long story short, I became interested in the Mahasi method and I'm convinced it suits my mind very well as I think a lot!  I got to the stage of sitting for 1-2 hours each day and getting into quite deep states at times.  

After listening to a few of Daniel's talks, I realised it was important to find a good teacher.  

I found out Sayadaw U Pandita Jnr is the Abbott of local Monestary near by so I called up to enquire and found myself on the phone with him.   He invited my for a meditation lesson and I spent 2.5 hours chatting with him and learning walking and sitting meditation.   I felt privilaged to spend time with such an accomplished master.

I don't have any expereince with such high level teachers.  I googled how to greet etc before I attended as I felt very out of my depth.  Can anyone give me any advice going forward?  Due to having a young family and difficulty getting away for long periods, I have to rely on one on one lessons.  But I don't want to stretch the friendship.  Can anyone give me some do's and don'ts?  Any cultural norms I need to follow when attending?  If there is anyone else here who has trained with Sayadaw I'd love to get in touch.  
Damian Clark, modified 1 Month ago.

RE: My first teacher Sayadaw U Pandita Jnr

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HI

is he still at this centre?  I called them but no reply

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David Kaz, modified 1 Month ago.

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Hi Damian,

I visited him earlier in the year.  As far as I know he is still there.  Leave a message and they should call you back.

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Damian Clark, modified 1 Month ago.

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HI David,

so you still go to see him?  was it at Manohara Meditation centre?  I really want to go see him when the lockdown lifts

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Daniel M. Ingram, modified 1 Month ago.

RE: My first teacher Sayadaw U Pandita Jnr

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Last I heard, he had moved to Indonesia, but uncertain.
David Kaz, modified 1 Month ago.

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When did you hear this Daniel?  Recently?
Damian Clark, modified 1 Month ago.

RE: My first teacher Sayadaw U Pandita Jnr

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he is still in Melbourne.  I called a two days ago.  I sent them a message on fb and they confirmed he is living at this meditation centre

https://www.facebook.com/manohara251/
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David Kaz, modified 1 Month ago.

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Yes that is where I saw him in January this year.  
I'd love to do a 2 week retreat soon
Damian Clark, modified 1 Month ago.

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Hey David,

would it be possibel for your to email me, I would really like to know more about your experience with him

clarkd34@hotmail.com

thanks
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David Kaz, modified 1 Month ago.

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will do!

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