Khin Lay Maw
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Hi all, my name is Khin Lay Maw. I am a Technology professional in Finance Industry, mom of two teenage daughters, who loves to meditate. I have been living in Toronto for over 30 years now and I was originally from Myanmar (Burma). As a Buddhist teenager in Burma, I was encouraged to go on a Vipassana retreat. So, I did couple of retreats in the Chan Myae Yeik Tha and the Mahasi centers. Unfortunately, it did not go well with me because I was sleep deprived, I did not understand the meditation process, the center’s rules were very rigid, and the lack of fun in the process. But one thing that always resonated with me is “Why would Buddha teach people if that is so difficult to understand?” I almost missed the opportunity to learn the precious teachings.
Many years ago, I realized myself that my life was not fulfilled and I was ready to try meditation again. I did a Vipassana retreat in Toronto in 2018. I still did not understand the meditation process and did not have fun. But I did not give up. I knew somehow what I was looking for was out there. I wanted to learn what Buddha actually said or taught. Then, I found Bhante Vimalaramsi on YouTube. I was drawn to his reading of Suttas and his explanations.
After my first retreat at the DSMC in 2019 August, I knew I found what I am looking for. TWIM become a must daily meditation for me. I loved it so much that I came back in October. I have done three retreats at the DSMC, two online retreats, and meditate daily ever since. I also organize daily Metta meditation and Sutta reading sessions for the Burmese community and a weekly online session targeting young adults.
Bhante Vimalaramsi wrote a book called “Life is Meditation and Meditation is Life”, which is absolutely true for me. With Bhante’s teachings on TWIM meditation and readings of various Suttas, my life became much more peaceful, clear, and purposeful. It is the most fulfilling and satisfying experience for me. I have now been qualified to teach and guide students at all levels of practice.
“There is no fire like lust; there is no grip like hatred; there is no net like delusion; there is no river like craving.”