About the author

Venerable Acinnatthera was born in delter region of Myanmar in 1934. At the age of 14, he was ordained as a novic. At his 20 he recieved the higher ordination. He studied Pali and Buddhist literature under various eminent scholar-monks in Yangon and Mandalay. He passed and holds two degrees of DhammaMaster and PaliExpart—Dhammacariya and PaliParagu.

After then he keeps gaving his priority for studying on the Buddhist Vipassana meditation theo- rectically and practically starting from his age of 34. Now he is 78 years old. During this time, he wrote ten books on Buddhist philosophical subject and Vipassana meditation. He also establishes a Vipassana meditation centre the Amyaik Cloister in 1981 too.

At that centre he keeps openning and teaching the meditation courses three times a year since then. These courses mainly were done for the natives but not for the foreingers. As such, he wishes to provide a chance of getting the knoledge of the subject for them and tries his best for the message under the title —Try for Self-Observation. So the author’s objective for this is to provide the Dhamma present to you the reader as a remembrance for his 78th year old age! And it can be said this is a result of his acqired knowledge starting from his boyhood and up to this old age.

Long breathing; Long living!

This means: “ For living long time, let us breath long” Of course, if we breath long or if we breath deeply, first we can hope not only for healthy and happy life, but also for living long life

And this can lead to a noble life. For this purpose, while breathing we fulfill one more work:

Knowledge Age

This is the 21st century or the knowledge age. As such, we should give priority to the knowledge. And not only for our material benefit but also for our spiritual benefit, we must give priority to intelligent instead of sheer belief . No need to be a Buddhist—more in para.11. Don’t we should be advanced than in the time of stone age?—more in para. 16.The Iraqui war—more in para. 21. What is the human being in the Buddha’s eyes—more in para.23. For the professor Rys Davic, the comprehensive and beautiful religion—27. The consructive power—28. The real powerful creator is not a person of God, but only is a powerful energy in men.—more in para. 30. Science is the God —more in para.31. Is there anything created only by the God without any one of technician —33. The real creator is the energy but not the mass of man.—34. The Buddha and the creator of Baka Brahma.—39. The process of the creation theory.—41. The peculiar event of extraordinary smiling and weeping.—43. The figurative meaning and literal meaning. —46. The assumption and the Satan’s scheme. —47. The Satan’s ten warriors.—48. The best religion for two hundred intellectuals from different back grounds.—50.

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No need to be a so-called Buddhist

In D.3.37, the Buddha taught the Nigroda mendicant the followings;

Nigroda I teach you:

—Not for making you to be my follower;

—Not for abandoning your teacher, meritorious deeds, and scripture;

—But only for abandonment your own mental defilement of greed,anger, and delusion.

In Dhammapada verse number 183, the Buddha adviced us the followings:

—Don’t commit any evil;

—Cultivate meritorious deeds;

—Keep purifying your mind.

—This is the advice of all the Enlighened ones.

This work is not an attempt to make you a so-called Buddhist, but just as the Buddha who told the mendicant Nigroda to help you to abandon your own mental defilements, to gain the noble peace of mind or to implement not only one single Enlightened’s but also all the Enlighteneds’ advises: “ Keep purifiying your mind to a possible extent

“ Self-Observation or Watch and Know our inner realities as they really are”

By means of this work the following works come to be accomplished. First we have done the work of leading the noble life, since this work makes us to be a noble minded one, by means of making one to be engaged in the noble work such as this one . Second we have done the work of developing men’s strength which is the constructive seven elements of mindfulness, scrutinity, perseverance, delight, serenity, stability and equilibrium. At the same time we have done the work of having done the work of defeating men’s weaknesses and destructive ten warriors of the Satan. Third we have done the work of not only preventing the imminent threat of third world war but also the work of engagement for the inner battle against the Satan who has got ten warriors—the desire for sensual pleasures-1; the laziness of performing the wholesome deeds-2; the hungry for food-3; the craving for sexual indulgence-4; the sloth and drowsiness-5; the scaring-6; the doubt on work-7; the ungrateful and arrogance-8; the wrongly acquired offering,popularities, reverence and entourage-9 and the overestimating oneself and underestimating others-10.

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