Brahma Vihari Meditation Centre located in Muar, Malaysia, was established in August 2015 by a group of Buddhists who appreciate deeply the teachings of the Buddha and aspire to support each other in the learning and practice of the Buddha’s teachings, especially in the area of meditation.
The society has been highly blessed with the strong support and close guidance from Sayalay Dipankara, an outstanding disciple of a great and highly respected meditation master, Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadaw of Myanmar.
From the linage of Sakyamuni Buddha, Sayalay teaches both Samatha (Concentration) and Vipassana (Insight) Meditation in a step-by-step manner. The objects of meditation commonly given to beginners are Anapanasati (Mindfulness of Breathing) or the Four Elements. The yogis will then be guided through the stages of purification and insight-knowledges. It is indeed a very precious and profound practice.
Sayalay Dipankara was born in 1964 in Myanmar. At a very young age, she started the meditation practice without external instruction. As she matured, she continued her practice but with guidance from various great meditation masters. In her university days, she was introduced by one of her professors, also a well known Abhidhamma teacher in Myanmar, to Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadaw for close guidance in Samatha and Vipassana practice. She accomplished the practice within a very short period, under the guidance of her skilful teacher. In 1990, she was ordained as a Buddhist nun at Pa-Auk Tawya Monastery. Since then, she was trained to be a meditation teacher.
Sayalay Dipankara is experienced in teaching any of the 40 Kamatthana as mentioned in the Visuddhi Magga e.g. Anapanasati, Four Elements Meditation, Metta, Buddhanussati, Asubha, Marananussati and 8 Samapatti (1st Jhana to 8th Jhana), Kasina, etc and the Vipassana Meditation.
She has also been invited by various reputable Buddhist Centres in different countries to conduct courses and intensive meditation retreats. These countries include the United State, Canada, Taiwan, England, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore, among others.
In 2001, She was also invited for the Western Conference on Jhana at Jubilados Foundation/ Leigh Brasington, Santa Fe, New Mexico.