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International Meditation Centre
31A Inya Myaing Road, Bahan Post Office, Yangon, Myanmar
Regional Teachers: Saya U Khin Zaw
Regional Teachers: Roger Bischoff, Horst Jughard, Roy Millman, Dave Young
Meditation courses in the tradition of Sayagyi U Bi Khin were initially taught in rented accommodations in the U.K., but after our Teachers, Mother Sayamagyi (1925–2017) and Sayagyi U Chit Tin (1918–2001), came to the country in 1978, every effort was made to find a permanent centre. A property was bought in 1979, and the Sayagyi U Ba Khin Memorial Trust, U.K., was set up in 1980 as a charitable trust. The Teachers made the centre their base from where they could travel to other countries all over the world to teach meditation courses. Under Mother Sayamagyi’s guidance, five ten-day ordination courses were held between 1999 and 2009 when men and boys could ordain as Sāmaṇeras and Bhikkhus.
The main building, which is a listed building, includes a large Dhamma Hall as well as many rooms for students and staff. Over the years, many improvements have been made. The centre has a Dhamma Yaung Chi Ceti (Light of the Dhamma Pagoda) modelled on the one at the centre in Yangon that was designed by Sayagyi U Ba Khin as a teaching pagoda. It was dedicated on 14 October 1989. Other improvements were made in 1985, 1987, 1991, and 1999. A large kitchen and dining room are in converted stables, and an extension was added to the dining block with rooms for students. The centre is located on the outskirts of a small village in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. It is set in beautiful grounds with two ponds and many flower beds.
Ten-day meditation courses are held on a monthly basis, taught by Mr Roger Bischoff. A number of meditation students who live locally come to the centre every day to meditate and help serve. The Trust has published a number of booklets and books written or edited by Sayagyi U Chit Tin.
The land for the Centre, in the Shire of Mundaring in the hills area at the east of Perth, was acquired in 1978. The first 10 day Course at the Centre was taught by Mother Sayamagyi and Sayagyi U Chit Tin in March 1981 and, since then, 10 day Courses have been, and continue to be, regularly taught at the Centre. After rezoning of the land for the special purpose of a Meditation Centre was completed in early 1982, numerous Centre buildings were constructed during the 1980s, including the Pagoda, which was formally dedicated on the full moon of Tabaung in March 1987.
Mother Sayamagyi and Sayagyi U Chit Tin, our respected teachers, first began to visit the east coast of Australia in March 1981 at the invitation of local students and taught many ten-day meditation courses in hired facilities near Sydney.
In 1985 the Teachers established the Sayagyi U Ba Khin Memorial Trust (New South Wales). In June 1989 the Trust purchased 9.6 acres (3.9 hectares) of land at Sunshine, about one and a half hours drive north of Sydney for an International Meditation Centre. The Teachers conducted the first ten- day course at the Centre in November 1990. At the end of the second course, Mother Sayamagyi set the site for the Dhamma Yaung Chi Ceti (Light of he Dhamma) Pagoda. The Pagoda was built by students volunteering from many countries, and was dedicated in a ceremony led by the Sangha, Buddhist monks and by Mother Sayamagyi and Sayagyi U Chit Tin on 12 April 1992. The Dhamma Hall was likewise completed and dedicated in March 1994, on the occasion of Mother Sayamagyi’s birthday. On that same day the Teachers planted a Bodhi tree to the north-east of the pagoda. The domes of the Pagoda were gilded and the Pagoda was rededicated with new htis, the ornate metal umbrellas raised at the top of the pagoda domes, on 28 December 1997 in a ceremony led by the Sangha, with the Teachers’ blessings.
On the occasion of Mother Sayamagyi’s last visit in 2007, in the ceremony led by the Sangha, Buddhist monks, and Mother Sayamagyi, the pagoda was again rededicated, and new htis, the ornate metal umbrellas, with new larger crystals were raised. A new Teacher’s house had been built and was ready for Mother Sayamagyi to reside. The Centre has four accomodation buildings, and a kitchen-dining hall was built in 2007. Ten-day courses are held regularly and local students visit the centre daily to meditate.
Regional Teacher: Michael Kosman, Craig Storti
The International Meditation Center-USA is located in Westminster, Maryland, two hours north of Washington, DC and four hours south of New York. The center was founded in late 1988 with the purchase of an 11-acre property, including a farmhouse and farm buildings, and the first course was offered in January 1989. Over time an entirely new center has been built, beginning with the construction of a pagoda, dedicated by our Teachers Mother Sayamagyi and Sayagyi U Chit Tin in May 1991, and the addition of a Dhamma Hall, dormitories, and a kitchen-dining hall in 1994. Since then, two new dormitories have been added. The center is located in a quiet, rural area and offers ten-day retreats approximately every other month.
Regional Teacher: Franz Neuner, Franz Zelsacher, Hubert Knaus, Erich Kucher
Mother Sayamagyi and Sayagyi U Chit Tin, our respected teachers, first came to Austria in August 1980 to teach a 10-day meditation course, and they continued to visit the country and teach courses in the following years. In 1984 the Sayagyi U Ba Khin Association/Austria was founded, and six years later the association purchased a piece of land for the purpose of developing a center. The International Meditation Centre/Austria, located in southern Austria near the borders with Italy and Slovenia (in the region known as the Adriatic Alps) sits on the outskirts of a small village in the hills surrounding the town of Klagenfurt.
The teachers taught their first course at the Centre in 1992, and in that same year Mother Sayamagyi selected the site for the Dhamma Yaung Chi Ceti, the Light of the Dhamma Pagoda. The pagoda was dedicated a year later, on 1 August 1993, and the Dhamma Hall, lying next to and just below the pagoda, was opened by our Teachers two years later on the full moon day of Tawthalin on 8 September 1995. Accommodation buildings and a kitchen-dining room complex were added thereafter, and other improvements continue to be made on a regular basis.
Two ten-day ordination courses were held at the centre under Mother Sayamagyi’s guidance, in 2000 and 2008, offering men and boys the opportunity to ordain as bhikkhus or sāmaṇeras.
Regular ten-day meditation courses are offered at the centre approximately every second month.
Address/Email as for Netherlands
Tel/Fax: +32 2 351 4559
311 Brembel Crescent, Kitchener, Ontario, N2B 3W9, Canada
Tel: +1 519 896 0533
Regional Teachers: Horst Jughard, Christian Wunschnik
Regional Teacher: Renzo Fedele
Regional Teacher: Jim Emery
Regional Teacher: Mathijs Shouten
Mrs Judith Ansell, 9A Cecil Rd, Milford, Auckland, 0620, New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 478 6780
Вадим +7 916 611 19 92
Светлана +7 985 926 08 29
USA West Coast
Mr Joe McCormack, 23 Via Capistrano, Tiburon, CA 94920, USA
Tel: +1 415 789 0153