The Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita (born 29 July 1921) is one of the foremost living masters of Vipassana meditation. He trained in the Burmese Theravada Buddhist tradition. A successor to the late Mahasi Sayadaw, he has taught many of the Western teachers and students of the Mahasi style of Vipassana meditation. He is the abbot of Panditarama Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).
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This free e-book contains the essence of over 50 years of Sayadaw U Pandita's clarification of Satipatthana Vipassana meditation practice. The message conveyed in this set of lectures is that one must be meticulous (with correct practice) if one wants to experience the incredible Buddha Dhamma for oneself.
"The Buddha recommended dhamma puja – to undertake the three sikha trainings, morality, concentration and wisdom. Amisa puja, paying respect by offering material things cannot maintain or prolong the teachings of the Buddha.
The Buddha constructed the dhamma pagoda (dhamma ceti) by eradicating all defilements. Ceti is what people establish to pay respect and reflect upon the virtues of the Buddha. There are different types of ceti. There are those that contain relics (dhatu ceti) and those that contain the Buddha's belongings (pariboga ceti) as well as those that contain images of the Buddha (udesa ceti).
None of these are as important as the construction of a dhamma ceti through the practice of satipatthana meditation. Practice the thirty seven requisites of enlightenment, become mindful of sensory consciousness and be aware of “seeing”, “hearing”, “smelling” and so on so that you can attain path and fruition knowledge (magga pala ñana) and construct a dhamma ceti within your own heart. Constructing a dhamma ceti doesn't involve brick, sand, water or cement. It is constructed through the practice of satipatthana meditation. By practicing diligently, one realizes the four noble truths and can pay respect to the Buddha by offering the highest dhamma puja.
May you all be able to do dhamma puja by practicing satipatthana mediation in the way that the Buddha really liked and appreciated!"
Laying Down the Rod by Bhikkhu Bodhi