"Do not waste the time that you have got left.
This time is there for you to strive steadfastly with energy.
You can be sure that you will die, but you can't be sure how much longer you have got to live."
Webu Sayadaw was important for two reasons. One was that in his time he became one of the most venerated monks in Burma; he was known as an arahant, a fully-liberated person. And the second reason is that he encouraged Sayagyi U Ba Khin, Goenkaji's teacher, to start teaching meditation without delay. For a householder to be encouraged by a monk of such standing, gave Sayagyi enormous status, prestige and backing in his work throughout his life.
In this video, Patrick Given-Wilson explores this important relationship between Ven. Webu Sayadaw and Sayagyi U Ba Khin taking us through the significant life events of this inspiring monk who was known for giving all importance to diligent practice over scholastic achievement.
Much of the material presented in this talk is gleaned from information that will be published in Part 2 of The Golden Path by Joah McGee. Part 1 of this title is available for free download. Additional material for this talk was obtained from The Way to Ultimate Calm and other sources.
"This is the shortcut to Nibbāna. Anyone can use it. It stands up to investigation and is in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the scriptures."
—quotes of Ven. Webu Sayadaw
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