Most Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw
The Most Venerable Pa Auk Tawya Sayadaw is the third abbot of Pa Auk Tawya Monastery (Mawlamyaing, Myanmar) since 1981. In the earlier years, he began teaching meditation to the monastics and laity upon their request. Due to the successful outcome of his endeavor, gradually, there was an increase in the number of disciples.
In 1990, foreign meditators began to come to practice at Pa Auk Tawya under the guidance of the Venerable Sayadaw. The number of foreign meditators increased gradually. Consequently, there were many invitations to the Venerable Sayadaw to conduct meditation retreat overseas.
Firstly, he conducted a retreat in Sri Lanka in 1997. Then in 1998, the Sayadaw conducted a 2-months retreat in Taiwan. From then on, he has taught in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, etc.
Most Venerable Ariyadhamma Mahathera
The Most Venerable Ariyadhamma Mahathera is now residing in Nauyana Forest Monastery in Sri Lanka. Formerly he served as the Senior Secretary and currently as Spiritual Director of the Sri Kalyàni Yogàshrama Sanstha (Association), an organized group of Forest Tradition monks.
In 1996, Venerable Mahathera went to practice at Pa Auk Tawya Forest Monastery under the guidance of Venerable Pa Auk Tawya Sayadaw. On returning to Sri Lanka beginning of 1997, he introduced to the Sri Kalyàni Yogàshrama Sanstha (Association) what he had learnt and practiced in Myanmar. As a consequence, now, there are a number of forest monasteries in Sri Lanka practicing the meditation method.
Venerable Mahathera has visited Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Taiwan on invitation to give dhamma talks as well as to conduct meditation retreats.