Sayadaw U Ottaranyana

Sayadaw U Ottaranyana (Uttarañāṇa) was born in Myanmar in 1949. He studied the Buddhist scriptures under the guidance of renowned teachers and was awarded the title of Sāsanadhajadhammācariya in 1972 and Sāsanadhaja Sirīpavaradhammācariya in 1975. He also graduated from Yangon University in 1986. From 1984 to 1986, he stayed at the main Mahasi Meditation Centre in Yangon as a meditator and then as a meditation instructor. He worked at the State Pariyatti Sāsana University in Mandalay from 1986 to 1992 as Registrar, Professor of Burmese Literature and Secretary of the Administrative and Academic Council. He then went to India in 1992 where he obtained a Master of Arts in 1994 and a Master of Philosophy, a Diploma in Tibetan Studies in 1995 and a PhD in 1998 from the University of Delhi. In 1992, he was awarded the academic title of Mahāganthavācakapaṇḍita for his religious and academic activities and in 2002 he was awarded the academic title of Aggamahāganthavācakapaṇḍita. From 1999 to 2003, he worked at the Buddhist Missionary University Theravāda (ITBMU) in Yangon as Dean of the Faculty of Meditation (Patipatti) and Secretary of the Textbook Committee. He currently runs the Birmingham Buddhist Vihāra where he teaches Majjhimanikāya, Pali grammar, Abhidhamma and vipassanā meditation. Since the death of Dr Rewata Dhamma in 2004, he has been an unfailing supporter of our centre and has visited it several times a year without interruption until today.

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