Myanmar – A Fascinating Spiritual Destination

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AN OVERVIEW:

Myanmar is indeed one of the most fascinating and diverse countries in the world. Apart from having a vibrant and unique culture, it is the home of ethnic groups such as Bamar, Rakhine, Shan, Mon, Chin, Kayin, Kayah and Kachin. Myanmar is quite a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can visit the awe-inspiring golden Shwedagon Pagoda (which is the world’s oldest and largest golden monument), explore ancient arts and caves and lounge at beautiful resorts and beaches.

MEDITATION:

You should note that Buddhism is followed by roughly 9 out of 10 people in Myanmar. Meditation is a technique which is widely practiced as a form of religious activity, physical fitness, relaxation of the mind and recreation.

The top 5 meditation centers in Myanmar have been listed below:

1. Saddammaransi:
This meditation center in Myanmar is operated by expert monks and meditation teachers. You can learn how to achieve a sense of calmness and serenity.

2. Mogok Vipassana Yeiktha:
This another popular meditation centre located on Natmauk road (Bahan Yangon) where the technique known as “Mogok Vipassana Circle” is taught by the Buddhist monks.

3. Dhamma Joti:
State monks assisted in building this center in 1993. It is located in Yangon at Nga Htat Gyi, Pagoda Road Bahan Township. The Buddhist monks themselves teach techniques and courses related to meditation which would make you look forward to having a spiritual journey, serene body and mind.

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4. Mahasi:
Guided meditations are taught by trained meditators and teachers at this center which is located in Bahan Yangon (Sasana Yeiktha Road). Donations and members’ subscriptions from Buddhists all over Myanmar assist in the operation of this meditation center. You can really look forward to resting your mind from life’s worries and chaos by learning the Vipassana meditation which is taught by the Buddha Sasana Nuggaha organization in this center.

5. Chanmyay Yeitha:

This is both a monastery as well as a meditation center and is a popular site for both foreign tourists and Myanmar locals. You are provided with mosquito nets and bed linen before you begin your meditation session. Simple and clean accommodations are provided by this center apart from two healthy meals. Sessions for women are separated from the men’s. This center is located in Yangon (Kaba Aye Road) which is quite a peaceful place especially for meditation purpose.

RELIGIOUS SHRINES:

The Shwedagon Pagoda is a religious shine which is a principal attraction in Yangon. An individual needs to pay $5 to visit the site from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. The Sule Paya Pagoda which is located at the busiest intersections of Yangon is one more religious shrine. The interesting part is that there can be the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, a Jewish Synagogue, the Holy Trinity Cathedral and also an Anglican Cathedral located within the town.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

In case you happen to be a savvy traveler, you may find it fascinating to see the ‘living mummies’. The astonishing part is that the bodies of these mummies are not decomposed from centuries and decades. Few of the bodies of revered monks are claimed to grow nails and hairs till today!

Myanmar is indeed a paradise for tourists worldwide. From a spiritual perspective, Myanmar is almost an ideal place to learn meditative techniques apart from enjoying the scenic beauty and popular destinations with your friends and family.



Source by Jeff Molenda