CHANMYAY
YEIKTHA

Meditation Center

About Chanmyay Yeiktha

General Information

Chanmyay Yeiktha is mainly a Vipassana Meditation centre, but metta meditation is also taught when it is necessary. Teachers recommend metta meditation for about 3 days before a meditator starts his vipassana practice . Both monks and lay mediators practise there. Foreign meditators also practise meditation there. The needs of foreign mediators are well provided. The abbot and chief meditation master is Chanmyay Sayadaw Ashin Janakabhivamsa. There are some experienced assistant teachers who speak English in the centres. The main centre is in Yangon. There are some branches in Hmawbi, Hinthada, Leiway, Pyin Oo Lwin (May Myo), Taunggyi and Tamu. There are also some branches in Thailand, Newzealand, Singapore, U.S.A, Canada and South Africa.


Accommodation

Men and women live in separate buildings with attached toilets and showers. Each room has two beds. Single rooms are available when it is possible. Bed sheets, pillows, pillowcases, blankets, a mattress and a mosquito net are provided. The electricity is 220v. Cleaning works are done by meditators with mindfulness.

Food

Two complete meals are served daily, breakfast at dawn and lunch at 10:30 am. All meditators abstain from eating after noon (one of the precepts ). However, fruit juice or cold drinks are offered in the evening. Vegetarian food is available on request. In the dining hall everyone eats slowly and quietly with mindfulness. Clean and safe drinking water is supplied. Foreigners are free of charge.

Climate

Yangon and Hmawbi have a tropical climate. There are three seasons: Rainy season, monsoon, (June- October) has a lot of rain; it is warm with high humidity. Cool season (November- February) has pleasant days and cool nights. March, April and May are hot season.

Clothes

Light clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, silk, linen) are most suitable. For the cool season, bring a sweater and socks. Lay meditators are encouraged to wear Burmese style clothes. A brown longyi (sarong) with a white or light colored blouse or T-shirt for women, and a longyi with a white or light-colored shirt or T-shirt for men. The devotees in the centres can assist yogis for getting this clothing.

Registration

Prior registration is not necessary. If you send an email or fax with the details of your flight (date, time, flight number), you can be picked up at the airport. Otherwise, taxis are also readily available at the airport. The centre can provide you with transportation on the day of your departure. Taxis are also easily available near the centres.

Communication

Overseas telephone calls can be received at the centres; however overseas calls can only be made from the Yangon Centre. There are also a fax machine and E-mail, but they can only be used in emergency. Airmail letters and stamps are available. In-coming and out-going letters normally take about two or four weeks to reach their destination.

Health

There is a medical clinic at the centers. A doctor comes on a regular basis. Western and traditional medicines are available. If you need special medication, or if you foresee any health problems, please bring your own medication. Yangon and Hmawbi are malaria free.

Clothes

Light clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, silk, linen) are most suitable. For the cool season, bring a sweater and socks. Lay meditators are encouraged to wear Burmese style clothes. A brown longyi (sarong) with a white or light colored blouse or T-shirt for women, and a longyi with a white or light-colored shirt or T-shirt for men. The devotees in the centres can assist yogis for getting this clothing.

Temporary Ordination

Temporary ordination is possible for men and women. However, only those who practice meditation at least one month, can receive ordination. It is an excellent opportunity to deepen and enhance your meditative experience.

Precepts and Noble Silence

Lay mediators observe the eight precepts. The sixth of the eight is to abstain from eating substantial food after midday. All meditators keep noble silence; talking is the greatest hindrance to concentration and insight. Writing and reading are not allowed, except for short notes for the meditation interview. Meditators must remain in the meditation centre for the entire duration of thei meditation practice, except for emergency. Please organize and plan everything before starting your practise.