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My name in Myanmar Theravada tradition is Saccavadi. It caries the meaning "truth-speaker". My mentor teacher Ven. Pannajota Thera gave it to me. My mentor is a highly regarded in the samgha community in Myanmar for his strict morality and oratorical ability in preaching Buddha Dhamma. I was born on 14th of May 1965 at Military Hospital in Hmawbi township of Rangoon.My father is a retired medical office from Myanmar Army medical Corp. My mother passed away in 1984 at the age of 47.1 have 2 brothers and 3 sisters. I am the youngest in the sibling.
I received my B.A. from Rangoon Arts and Science University (R.A.S.U) in Rangoon, Myanma, in September of 1986. I have never envisioned of becoming a Buddhist nun (Thi-la-shin) in my tender age until I started practicing o Buddhist meditation and participated in meditation retreats for 10 days in April,1986. My interest has been on the Buddh first Sermon "The Four Noble Truths" and "The law of impermanent, the human suffering and non-self" in the human world. The Buddha teaching and the wisdom that I can derive from his Dhamma to lead us all on the path to the cessation of suffering, Nibbana makes me to believe with the deepest faith on his Dhamma.
Again, the Sangha community, which carries his message and his true teaching, would be a good career option for me to follow. With my faith so driven, I decided to join the community of Buddhist nun after final examination on 9th of November,1986. I passed the examinations of Pali canonical literature in the first position in the whole Myanmar conducted by the Myanmar government. Based on those achievements, I was awarded "The Best Candidate" at the Buddhist academic convocation ceremonies both in 1988 and 1991.
I became a samaneri (novice leading to a female Buddhist monk) on 25.02.2002 at Sakyadhita Center in Sri Lanka by the witness of both Bhikkhu and Bhikkuni Sangha, that is Bhikkhu Medananda Thero and Bhikknuni Sudassana. I intend to get the Bhikkhuni-hood from the teacher Sri Lankan Bhikkhuni Khemacai who was fist ordained as a Buddhist nun (Dasa-sila-mata) by Burmese nun Ven. Daw Vicari in 1958 in Sri Lanka.