The Ven. Ovadacariya Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa of Myanmar (born on 29 July 1921) received his bhikkhu ordination in 1941. After years of intense studies he earned degrees as a Dhamma Teacher (Dhammacariya) and as a Cetiyangana Abhivamsa between 1949 and 1952. In 1950 he undertook his first intensive meditation retreat at the Mahasi Meditation Center, Yangon, Myanmar, under the guidance of the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw. He joined the Mahasi Meditation Center as a permanent meditation teacher in 1952 and eventually became the successor to the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw in 1982. From 1984 onwards Ven. Ovadacariya Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa conducted many meditation retreats in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. In Europe he has taught retreats in England, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Hungary. Following in the footsteps of the late Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw he has been instrumental in establishing Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw outside of Myanmar.
In 1990 he founded the Shwe Taun Gon Meditation Center in Yangon where he frequently resides. In the following ten years a number of meditation centers in Myanmar and abroad have been established under his spiritual guidance. The main meditation center in Yangon has a study programme for Burmese and foreign nuns that prepares students for the Dhamma Teacher examination.
He is also the initiator of Buddhist Youth Courses in Myanmar and abroad. During these courses the young generations are taught the essentials of Theravada Buddhism. These courses are very popular.
A number of books go to the credit of the Ven. Ovadacariya Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa, namely 'In This Very Life' which has been translated into almost ten languages, 'On the Path to Freedom', 'Raindrops in Hot Summer', 'One Life's Journey', and others.
The Ven. Ovadacariya Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa is a renowned meditation master and scholar who has devoted his life to the practice, study and teaching of Vipassana meditation in particular and of Theravada Buddhism in general in Myanmar and abroad. Through his profound knowledge of the Dhamma and impeccable virtues he keeps inspiring many people.