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Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa

Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa

Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre
Kaba Aye P.O., Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)


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Ashin Janaka was born in Pyinma village, Taungdwingyi township, on Tuesday 24 July, 1928. His parents were U Phyu Min and Dhw Shwe Yee. At the age of 15 he was initiated at the Tawya Beikman Monastery as a Samanera (novice monk) under the tutelage of the Abbot, Ven. U Malvamsa receiving the name of Shin Janaka. He delighted in the study of Buddha-Dhamma devoting his whole time to studying the scriptures. After that, he continued his studies of English under Myaung-mya Sayadaw U Dhammananda of Pathein and returned to Mandalay Mahavisuddhayone University to fulfil his duties as a lecturer in Buddhist scriptures.

In 1954 he was invited by the state Buddha Sasana Organisation to perform Palivisodhaka (editorial duties. In 1957 the Ven. Sayadaw spent nearly six years at Mahavisuddharma Monastery, Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he continued his studies of English, Sanskrit, Hindi and Sinala language. While at Colombo he took the London G.C.E. (A level) examination and passed.

He returned to Burma in June 1963, and at the invitation of the state Buddha Sasana Organisation, he took up residence at Kaba-Aye where he edited the publications of Pali Texts.