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Ashin Dr. Osadhasara, abbot

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Ashin Osadhasara was born Monywa Township, Sagaing Division on September 20, 1964 and fully ordained on February12,1984. He studied from 1977 to 1980 at  Thahtonwantha monastery in Monywa, from 1980 to 1993 at New Masoeyein Monastery in Mandalay, from 1993 to 1995 at the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy in Sagaing, and from 1995 to 2003 Magadh University in India, where he earned his MA and PhD in Buddhist studies. He also has Sasanadhaja Dhammacariya degree and the Aggamaha ganthavacakapandita title.

Ashin Osadhasara was a lecturer at the New Masoeyin Monastery for seven years and a professor and prorector of Sitagu International Buddhist Academy for eight years, before beginning missionary service abroad. He spent three years in England in Europe and first came to the United States in 1999, where he served at the Sitagu Buddha Vihara in Austin until 2002 and  Vezayanta Monastery in Baltimore from 2010 to 2015. In 2002 he established the Sitagu Vezayanta monastery in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Division, Myanmar. In 2013 he established two monasteries Mahosadha Pandita Monastery and Masoeyein Tawya in Hmawbi.

Sitagu Sayadaw asked Dr. Osadhasara, in view of his seniority and experience, to begin serving as abbot of the Sitagu Dhamma Vihara in April of 2015.

Ashin Tikkhanyana

TikkhaAshin Tikkhanyana was born in Gangaw, Magway Division, Myanmar in 1978 and fully ordained on December 20, 2000. He studies from 1992 to 1994 at the Mahamyeint Monastery in Mandalay, from 1994 to 2002  at the Tipitaka Mahagandayone Monastery in Yangon, from 2002 to 2004  at the Visuddhayone Monastery in Yangon, from 2004 to 2007 at the Visuddhayone Monastery in Mandalay, and  from 2007 to 2010 at  Kalaniya University in Sri Lanka. He earned an MA at Kalaniya University and also holds Samanekyaw, Sasanadhaja Dhammacariya, and Vinaya Vidu degrees.

Ashin Tikkhanyana was a lecturer at Visuddhayone in Yangon and Mandalay for  6 years, and a meditator at Oh tone Tawya Meditation Centre, before being invited to the Sitagu Dhamma Vihara under the invitation of U Aung Koe’s and U Aung Than’s personal private sponsorship. He enjoys traveling and is a proficient public speaker.  He arrived in Minneapolis on December 29th 2010, in order to take over as abbot.

Ashin Aniruddha

AnaruddhaAshin Aniruddha was born in Htee Lin Township, in Magway Division, Myanmar in 1978 and fully ordained on March 4, 2001.  He studiesd from1994 to 1996 at the Visudhayon Monastery in Bahan Yangon,  from 1996 to 2000 at the Tipitaka Mahagandayon Monastery in Yangon,  from 2001 to 2005 at the Nyaungtone Moanstery in Yangon, from 2005 to 2010 at the Pincanikaya Monastery in Yangon, and from 2010 to 2011  at the Mettananda Vihara in Yangon. He holds the Samanekyaw, Sasanadhaja Dhammacariya, Vinaya Vidu, and Inguttaranikaya Vidu degrees. He came to the United States and to the Sitagu Buddha Vihara in 2012.

 

Ashin Dr. Cintita

CintitaBhikkhu Cintita Dinsmore was born in San Francisco, California into a non-religious family. He earned a PhD in linguistics at the University of California at San Diego, and an MS in computer science at Kansas University. Shortly after marrying and becoming father to two of three children, he became a professor of Computer Science at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After a divorce he workedin the corporate world doing research and development in artificial intelligence, which brought him to Austin, Texas.

In 2001 Ashin Cintita retired from his career at the age of 51 in order to devote himself to Buddhist practice and later teaching, which he has done ever since. He spent one and a half years at Tassajara Zen Monastery in California, which is in the Japanese Zen tradition of Suzuki Roshi, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center. Returning to Austin, he ordained as a Zen priest in 2003 at the Austin Zen Center, which he had helped found a few years before. He lived, trained and taught at the Austin Zen Center for six years before deciding to ordain as a Theravada monk.

In 2009, at the invitation of Ashin Ariyadhamma, Ashin Cintita traveled to Myanmar and was ordained as a bhikkhu by Sitagu Sayadaw. He lived in Myanmar for thirteen months before returning to Austin. Although his home base is the Sitagu Buddha Vihara in Austin, he spends a number of months each year at the Sitagu Dhamma Vihara.

Ashin Cintita maintains a blog here: Through the Looking Glass

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