Taungpulu Sayadaw, a forest monk (bhikkhu) residing in Upper Burma, lived a solitary life for many years practicing the age-old meditation methods that lead to the spiritual \realizations of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
He would have practiced this way contentedly his entire lifetime were it not for the public recognition of his spiritual accomplishment that began with the visit of a young army doctor, Albert Sircar, stationed in the area where Taungpulu was living. Dr. Sircar had been called to attend the Sayadaw who had become very ill. When Dr. Sircar attempted to give him an injection, the Sayadaw pointed to a plant in the corner of the room and told him to give the medicine to the plant, which he did. The Sayadaw then recovered, and Dr. Sircar invited the Sayadaw to visit his family in Rangoon. This was the beginning of a thirty-year friendship between Taungpulu Sayadaw and the Sircar family ...
In 1978, at the age of eighty, Taungpulu Sayadaw left his native Burma for the first time and traveled to the United States on the first of four visits at the invitation of his senior student, Rina Sircar (Dr. Albert Sircar's sister), professor of Buddhist Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
During these visits to the U.S., the Sayadaw gave discourses, performed ordinations, established a forest monastery-the Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Monastery in Boulder Creek, California-and oversaw the building of the Boulder Creek Shwe Thein Daw World Peace Pagoda, the first pagoda in the Burmese style constructed in North America.
In 1990, four years after the Sayadaw's passing, a relic from his body was enshrined in the Kaba-Thukha Aye Zedi Memorial Stupa, also built at the Boulder Creek monastery.
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Note from the author - Raul: I was ordained as a Theravada Monk under Taungpulu Sayadaw while he was at TKAM. I was privileged to spent many months under his care. His name ‘Taungpulu derived from his secluded meditation (he was many years in caves) Near a new dam called ‘Taungpulu' – so he was considered a ‘reservoir of Peace’. He laid great emphasis on the virtue of Patience.
There is no way of explaining the amount of spiritual power that emanated from him! The entire zone of the Monastery was charged, a clear bright light pervaded the place and all actions were illumined in his extraordinary mindfulness.
But at the same time there was a dark deep place - an immeasurable stillness that seemed impenetrable. But it was always there, seeing us from the depths...
In one ceremony after his passing, the Monastery (TKAM) was filled with hundreds of devotees. At noon a rainbow-like ring appeared on the sun and it was just during a ceremony inside. I called all to see the miracle... But then a few hours later I was watchful about how he would made himself known? Then about 2pm i noticed something extraordinary ... totally beyond all senses.
I clearly sensed - felt an incredible infinity just all around us to the end of space, such a sense of immensity that the location seem like a drop in an infinite ocean. It was like my head had bursted and it was no longer there - no more mental walls...
Indeed the Burmese believed that Taungpulu had attained all powers a human being has access to. One of them is that he was aware of the infinitude of space. It is one of the stages of meditation taught by the Buddha.