Biography – Venerable Vimala (Taze Sayadaw)
Born 8 February 1950, Venerable Vimala (Taze Sayadaw) was ordained as samanera at age 9 by ET-Taw Village Sayadaw, The Most Venerable Nandiya as preceptor, and began his Bhuddhist Pali literratury studies.
At age 19, while residing at the Nandayama monastery, Shwe-bo Town, he studied and passed elementary, intermediate and advanced levels of pali studies. he was ordained as a Bhikkhu at age of 20.
From his first vassa, he continued with his Pali studies at Dakkinayama Monastery, Mandalay. In 1975, at age 29, Sayadaw was awarded the title of Sasanadhaja Dhammacariya by Myanmar government. As the resident abbot at Ashokayama Monastery in Mandalay, he taught and also studied pali literatures. In 1997, he began his further studies at the Pali Department of Banaras Hindu University (B.H.U.), Vanarasi, India. in 1999, at age 49, he received his M.A. in pali literature (First Class).
In 2002, Sayadaw approached the Most venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw Bhaddanta Acinna for guidance, under whim he learnt and practised Samatha and Vipassana meditation. Later on, he assisted at the Pa-Auk Tawya Meditation Center, Mawlamyine as a meditation teacher. Sayadaw was also an advisor at Mawlamyine Township Sangha Organization (Shwe Kyin).
Sayadaw is a senior Committee member of the Pa-auk Tawya Meditation Center Mawlamyine. He is presently the Resident Teacher at PAMC Singapore, where he continues to support the Sasana.