here is one basic rule of conduct at Pa-Auk Forest Monastery, which embodies the spirit and essence of all the other rules that follow: to act properly at all times, showing respect and consideration for one another. As the Buddha encouraged his followers, let us live "in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes."
The Theravāda bhikkhus at Pa-Auk Tawya live by the Vinaya: the 227 Pāṭimokkha rules, and all other Vinaya rules. The sāmaṇeras do the same where applicable. Theravāda nuns observe the 10 precepts. According to the Vinaya, it is an offence for one who has “gone forth” to keep, handle or possess money in any form: cash, cheques, credit cards, gold, silver, and jewellery, etc. Before taking up residence, newcomers who might possess any of these things will relinquish them, without expecting to get them back. (For details, please refer to Rules for Foreign Meditators ).
Lay yogis live by the Eight Precepts. Exception to the sixth precept - no food after noon - may be given by the Sayadaw in case only of a serious medical condition. (Please refer to Eight Precepts for details).
Being the guests of the Monastery, lay yogis dress respectfully: no revealing or skimpy clothes including those that bare shoulders/midriff, bare knees/calves etc. Preferred clothings are plain, loose, and long garments such as a blouse with sleeves, long pants/slacks/trousers, or a longyi (sarong). (For details, please refer to Information for Foreign Meditators).
All yogis are to observe the Monastery daily meditation schedule. (For details, please refer to Daily Schedule). Because silence and seclusions are the best aids to meditation, meditators are to observe noble silence, and socializing is not encouraged.
In addition, meditators are to exercise restraints of the senses (the six sense faculties), to observe purification of livelihood, and to reflect on the use of requisites (food, shelter, clothing and medicine).
The requisites and services available at the Monastery are offered by supporters, stewards and donors for the maintenance and benefit of the meditators. The offer is made on the understanding that the meditators support the Monastery's lifestyle and that they are willing to abide by its rules and regulations.
The Monastery is situated near Pa-Auk village. The nearest city is Mawlamyine, capital of the Mon State in southern Myanmar. Mawlamyine is 310 kilometres southeast of Yangon. About 15 kilometres down the Mawlamyine-Mudon road is a large sign that says "Pa-Auk Tawya", where one turns left onto the tree-lined road that leads to the Monastery. One passes through some of the women's section, and arrives first at the Lower Monastery. (For the location of Malamyine (Moulmein) relative to Yangon, please refer to Map).
Several modes of public transport from Yangon are available:
bus/coach : night/day buses depart daily. There are buses with reclining seats, air-conditioning, videos playing Burmese movies and loud music. The journey takes about 10-14 hours, with a number of stops along the way. Yogi alights at Zay Jyo bus station on the outskirts of Mawlamyine, and then take a taxi, or pick-up bus to the Monastery.
train : a night/day train departs daily to Mote-tama, the town on the other side of the local river. Yogi may take the ferry across to Mawlamyine, and then take a taxi or pick-up bus to the Monastery.( Please note that food may not be available on board the train ).
aeroplane : an aeroplane may depart every Wednesday, depending on availability, for Mawlamyine military airport. Yogi may take a taxi from there to the Monastery.