Ledi Sayadaw was a highly respected and developed monk in Burma (Myanmar), both in pariyatti (intellectual/ scriptural knowledge) and in patipatti (practice/ meditation).
The Venerable Ledi Sayadaw lived from 1846 to 1923 and was perhaps the most outstanding Buddhist figure of his age. All who have come in contact with the path of Dhamma in recent years owe a great debt of gratitude to him, as he was instrumental in reviving the traditional practice of Vipassana. Ledi Sayadaw was the first monk in Burma to teach Vipassana meditation to lay persons (individuals who are not monks). One of his leading students was a lay farmer Saya Thetgyi, who he instructed to also teach others. One of Saya Thetgyi's students was Sayagyi U Ba Khin, the teacher of our late teacher S.N. Goenka.
In addition to teaching the practice of Vipassana, Ledi Sayadaw produced scholarly work that was concise, clear and extensive. His writings serve to clarify the experiential aspect of Dhamma.