Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa

Born in 1976 in Magway, Venerable Janaka ordained as a novice monk (Sāmaṇera) at a monastery in Magway on 16 June, 1991. He received the higher ordination as a Bhikkhu on 20 June, 1995 at Atulakari Sinmin Monastery, Phaya Gyi Taik in Mandalay, where he studied Buddhist Pali studies.

Bhante passed the Sasanadhaja Dhammacariya examination held by the Department of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Government of the Union of Myanmar, and he was awarded the title of “Sasanadhaja Dhammacariya” on 18 July, 2002. He also passed the Pariyatti Sasanahita Dhammacariya examination conducted by Pariyatti Sasanahita Association of Mandalay city in 2002, and Bhante was awarded the title of “Bhanddanta Janakabhivamsa Pariyatti Sasanahita Dhammacariya” (Abhivamsa degree) on 17 July, 2002. The Pariyatti Sasanahita Dhammacariya examination is well recognised as the highest level of teacher of Pali language and the teachings of the Buddha. The Abhivamsa degree is equivalent to PH.D in Buddhist Pali Studies.

In 2002, Bhante became an official teacher of Pali Language at Phaya Gyi Taik in Mandalay. From 2007 to 2008, Bhante was a member of the State Main Committee of the Buddhist Education, having been appointed as a questioner of the Dhammacariya examination held by Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Government of the Union of Myanmar.

Venerable Janaka came to Pa-Auk Tawya Meditation Centre (Main) in 2005 and learned and practised Samatha & Vipassana meditation under Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw (“Sayadawgyi”). He had further trained during the Six Month Intensive Meditation Retreat in 2010 and also during the Four Month Intensive Meditation Retreat in 2013 under Sayadawgyi. Bhante spent Vassa 2015 in Maymyo practicing where Sayadawgyi is teaching an Intensive Meditation Retreat for Advanced Meditators. Bhante is the Resident Teacher of Pa-Auk Meditation Centre in Singapore since 2014.