Hello, dear friends on the path…

The foundation of Thabarwa Center was a response to the need for a dedicated space where Sayadaw’s followers could stay, practice meditation, and engage in good deeds. This center became a hub for meditation practice and a community for monks, nuns, yogis, patients, and anyone in need, embodying the essence of Buddhism through continuous practice and altruism. Thabarwa Center operates on the principle of offering support and care without charge, encouraging residents to engage in good deeds as part of their spiritual practice. Over the years, Thabarwa Center has grown significantly. From its initial setup, it has expanded to include over 100 centers worldwide, offering a range of services including Dhamma hospitals, where medical care is provided free of charge, and various social welfare projects such as schools, orphanages, and shelters for the homeless and vulnerable. The centers not only offer a place for spiritual practice but also actively engage in providing practical support and relief to those in need. The aspirations of Thabarwa moving forward remain rooted in its founding principles: to provide opportunities for everyone to practice the Dhamma, to do good deeds, and to support each other in the journey of spiritual and personal development. The vision of Thabarwa is to create a global community that lives by the principles of mindfulness, right understanding, sharing, caring, helping, protection, and cooperation. Through continuous expansion and the establishment of new centers, Thabarwa aims to extend its reach, offering more people the chance to engage with the Dhamma and to contribute positively to society. The mission and vision of Thabarwa reflect a holistic approach to Buddhism, emphasizing not only personal enlightenment but also social responsibility and altruism. Through its comprehensive range of activities and projects, Thabarwa Center continues to demonstrate the practical application of Buddhist principles in addressing the challenges of modern life and in fostering a compassionate and supportive community.

Bhante Varrapanyo, an American Buddhist monk, has had a significant journey in his spiritual and monastic life. He ordained in Thailand in 2018 and since then, he has traveled around the world attending intensive meditation retreats in various countries, learning not only from his primary teacher, Sayadaw Ashin Ottamathara of Myanmar but also from meditation masters of other traditions. His connection with Sayadaw Ashin Ottamathara is profound, as he mentions traveling with him and learning extensively under his guidance Sayadaw Ashin Ottamathara, a prominent meditation teacher from Myanmar, has a rich background in vipassana insight meditation and has made significant contributions through his teachings and the establishment of Thabarwa Centers. These centers are dedicated to teaching meditation, doing good deeds, and offering support to anyone in need, embodying the essence of Buddhism in practice. Sayadaw emphasizes detachment and mindfulness, encouraging continuous good deeds irrespective of time, place, and conditions, which he believes is a way for common people to incorporate dharma into their lives Bhante Varrapanyo’s relationship with Sayadaw Ashin Ottamathara reflects a deep connection based on spiritual learning and the shared goal of spreading the teachings of Buddhism. Bhante Varrapanyo’s experiences and teachings are heavily influenced by Sayadaw’s approach, focusing on wisdom, compassion, and helping others. This mentorship under Sayadaw Ashin Ottamathara has significantly shaped Bhante Varrapanyo’s monastic life and teachings, emphasizing the importance of detachment, mindfulness, and the commitment to the Buddhist path


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May be well happy and peaceful and may your generosity plant seeds of freedom in your heart.