Dear Dhamma Friends:
I want to alert all of you to mark October 2, 2011 on your calendar to attend the final Crowning of the Cedis at Sae Taw Win II Dhamma Center in Sebastopol.
It is an auspicious act as everyone who grew up in Myanmar knows well and is familiar as we had many occasions to observe.
This occurrence is rare in the United States, especially in Northern California and the Bay Area which you all would surely like to participate and experience. After the Crowning of Taungpulu Pagoda in the 1980s at which I had the opportunity to participate actively and still cherished it, this one is going to be the second time to be exact and once in a life time kind of event here.
Most of you know, I have been involved with many Dhamma activities in the States, since the Taungpulu Sayadaw first came to United States in 1978 when I was ordained as a monk, followed by Mahasi Sayadaw and later my total support and commitment to Sayadaw U Silananda’s mission of spreading the Dhamma in the States for the Burmese community here and the American Buddhists alike.
Then I was going to take it easy and not take on any further activities.
But when Dr. Thynn Thynn requested me to serve on the Board of Sae Taw Win II Dhamma Center, I could not refuse, because I feel strongly Dr. Thynn Thynn has been doing very important work in the most effective manner. I remember Sayadaw U Silananda once related to me a story about the answer to a question, “If and when Buddhism is considered to be established and rooted in a foreign land.” The answer, of course, is when the locals in that foreign land begin to practice meditations and accept the teachings of the Buddha.
This is the area where Dr. Thynn Thynn had been contributing the most by teaching the Americans in the most efficient and innovative ways. So I would like to welcome you to come and participate at this special and rare occasion to have a unique and fulfilling experience and at the same time support and recognize her, for her marvelous activities.