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The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw

Erik Braun


This book explores the rise of insight meditation (vipassanā) as a widespread lay movement in Burma during British colonial rule. It does this through a study of one of its key architects, the Burmese monk Ledi Sayadaw (1846-1923). His life and work shows that mass meditation emerged out of the relationship between two spheres of action, the study of Buddhist doctrine and the effort to protect the Buddhist religion. In terms of doctrinal study, Ledi empowered a wide range of people to participate in the longstanding elite practice of in-depth study, focusing particularly on the Buddhist philos ... More

Keywords: insight meditation, meditation, vipassanā, Burma, Ledi Sayadaw, modern Buddhism, modernity, Abhidhamma, Colonialism, laity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226000800
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226000947.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Braun, author