Sayadaw U Jotika was born in Moulmein in Myanmar (formerly Burma) on the 5th of August in 1947. He was educated at a Roman Catholic missionary school. His parents were U Sattar and Daw Tin. As a young student he developed keen interest in his environment and the universe and books were his closest friends. He thought of becoming a bhikkhu (monk) even at the age of nineteen.
In 1973, he was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Engineering from Rangoon Institute of Technology just before he joined the Order of Samgha.
He had developed a special interest in the subject of Meditation and became a Samanera (Novice) at the age of 26 when he gave up the life of a lay person.
He ordained as a full member of the Sangha in 1974, after 4 months as a senior novice or Koyingyee, in Meikhtila at the Taung Pu Lu Tawya. The Preceptor Sayadaw was the Most Venerable Taung Pu Lu Sayadaw, Ashin Dhamma Nandiya.
During his years in Taung Pu Lu Tawya, Ashin Jotika practised meditation under the guidance of the Late Venerable Taung Pu Lu Sayadaw. for 3 years. He spent about 15 years with Htantabin Tawya Sayadaw as his Meditation Teacher. Constant Maha Satipatthana training and practice enabled Sayadaw U Jotika to live mindfully in these days of stressful life.
Sayadaw has written and published many Dhamma books, about 13 titles so far, mainly in Myanmar (Burmese). There is only one book in English at the moment and this book, 'Snow in the Summer' is freely available online for pure spiritual purpose. More titles will come out in English in the future after translation from the Myanmar versions.
Sayadaw travelled abroad from time to time. He went to Melbourne (1977 and 1998) and also stayed in the United States in 1983-84 for about 16 months, conducting Dhamma talks and discussions with his devotees and friends in Santa Cruz, New York, Boston and Washington. He had visited Singapore several times on Dhamma Duta Missions as well.
The current International Tour, at the request of devotees, includes Singapore, Liverpool, London, Birmingham, New York, Toronto, Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Sayadaw left Yangon on 28th April. He is expected to be back in the first week of August, 2001 to the 'Maha Myaing Tawya' forest centres in Myanmar, about 10 miles from Pago (Pegu) near Yangon and in Pyinmana in Mandalay Division.
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