Ba Khin

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Saya Gyi U Ba Khin (, ; 6 March 1899 – 19 January 1971) was the first Accountant General of the Union of Burma. He is principally known as a leading twentieth century authority on Vipassana meditation. see Modern Buddhist Masters by Jack Kornfield

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Ba Khin was born in Yangon during the British colonial rule . In March 1917, he passed the final high school examination, winning a gold medal as well as a college scholarship. Family pressures forced him to discontinue his formal education to start earning money. His first job was with a Burmese newspaper called The Sun, but after some time he began working as an accounts clerk in the office of the Accountant General of Burma. In 1926 he passed the Accounts Service examination, given by the provincial government of India. In 1937, when Burma was separated from India, he was appointed the first Special Office Superintendent.

In that same year, in January 1937, Ba Khin met a student of (who now has a of monk-teachers in Norway). Thet Gyi was a wealthy farmer and disciple of the renowned master Ledi Sayadaw, who taught him anapana-sati, a form of meditation taught by the Buddha. When Ba Khin tried it, he experienced good concentration, which impressed him so much that he resolved to complete a full course in Vipassana meditation that Thet Gyi offered at a center he had established for that purpose. Accordingly, Ba Khin applied for a ten-day leave of absence and set...
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