Knowing and Seeing

(Fourth Revised Edition)

by the Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw

313 page paperback book, available on, 2010, $15.99 US

This overview of the Buddha’s teaching, as presented by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, is now available at cost via Any proceeds in excess of production costs are donated to Pa Auk Monastery in Burma. Many thanks to Ted Weinstein and Michael Nagy for making it possible for all of us to get a bound copy of this seminal book, rather than having to download it via PDF file. The book is beautifully done and the quality is wonderful. An essential resource for people interested in both the samatha and vipassana practice as presented in this lineage.

Knowing & Seeing (4th Edition) presents a series of talks and question & answer sessions at a meditation retreat by the Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw, abbot of the Pa-Auk Forest Monastery in Myanmar (Burma). These sessions present the Buddha’s teachings on the traditional Theravadan concentration meditation known as jhana practice. Based on the original Pali suttas, the Visuddhimagga, and later commentaries, the Sayadaw teaches yogis, step by step, how to attain the stages of mental purification and vipassana knowledge. Pa-Auk Forest Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in the Theravada tradition, with emphasis on the teaching and practice of both samatha (tranquility) and vipassana (insight) meditation.