Sayadaw U Silananda

Sayadaw U Silananda was born in Burma(now Myanmar) and became a novice monk at age 16. In 1979, while traveling in the US with Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, U Silananda was requested to remain in San Francisco to serve the Burmese community there. Currently he is Spiritual Advisor to the Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA), which has a growing meditation center in Half Moon Bay, California, and Spiritual Director for a number of centers in California and Florida. U Silananda is the author of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and many articles in both English and Burmese.

Recent Articles

Heal in Community

Come together with others, says Arisika Razak, to grieve, heal, and fight for a better world.

Loving-Kindness Meditation for All Beings & All Bodies

Metta meditation is healing and heart-opening. Arisika Razak leads us through the practice.

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On the Spectrum, On the Path

Meditation can help with navigating challenges, cultivating calm, and connecting with others. Four Buddhists with autism on how the practice has changed their lives.

Affinity Sanghas and the Practice of Refuge

Arisika Razak explores the history, meaning, and ultimate refuge of affinity-group sanghas.

The Benefits of Walking Meditation

Walking meditation, says Sayadaw U Silananda, reflects the Buddha’s injunction to practice mindfulness while in all the four postures, and in all the activities of our lives.

The Trauma of an American Untouchable

Arisika Razak shares her reflections on trauma, oppression, and healing the wounds of racism.

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Just These Two Things: Mind and Matter

The late Sayadaw U Silananda explains that the purpose of vipassana meditation is to see mind and matter clearly, and to see that there is only mind and matter.