Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw
  Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw was ordained as a novice monk at the age of 10,
  studied Pali Texts under famous teachers in Myanmar and
  passed the 3 levels of Pali language examinations (Lower, Intermediate and Advanced)
  even before his higher ordination as a monk in the Theravada tradition at the age of 20.
 
  He passed the prestigious Dhammacariya examination which confers the title of Dhamma
  Teacher in 1956, at the age of 22.


  Commencing in 1964, the Sayadaw practised forest dwelling and gained instructions
  on meditation from eminent teachers of Myanmar of those times, while continuing with
  his study of the P
ali Texts.

  In 1981, the Say
adaw became the Abbot of Pa Auk Forest Monastery.  
 
  Since 1983, the Say
adaw has been teaching meditation to local monks and laity,
  and to foreigners since the early 1990's. 
 
  In 1997, the Say
adaw published his magnum opus, a five-volume tome titled
  Nibb
anagaminipatipada ( The Practice that Leads to Nibbana) in Burmese.
  This has been translated into Sinhala.
  A number of smaller books by the Say
adaw have been
  published in Burmese, English, Sinhala an Korean. 

  In public recognition of his achievements, the Government of the Union of Myanmar awarded
  the Say
adaw the title Agga Maha Kammatthanacariya (Highly Repected Meditation Master) in     
  1999.  

  The Say
adaw speaks fluent English, has given Dhamma talks and has
  led meditation retreats internationally.
  These include Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, and the United States of  
  America.  

  In 2005, he has led retreats in the United States, Japan, UK, Sri Lanka, Singapore. 

  In 2006 , he has led retreats in the Malaysia and South Korea.