Webu Sayadaw was believed by many to have attained complete peace and happiness, the eradication of desire, anger and delusion. He was venerated by many in his lifetime and those who followed his instructions to practice given in these discourses benefited greatly.
Most of these discourses were given before large audiences during Webu Sayadaw’s travels in lower Burma. The person or persons answering Webu Sayadaw are lay-people sitting up front and close to him.
Because they were delivered extemporaneously, the discourses are repetitive and were edited slightly so that they lend themselves better to reading. Care was taken, however, to edit only obvious repetitions and only when they had merely rhetorical value. The reader may still ﬁnd the discourses repetitive, but with some patience and “mindfulness” he will discover in them many insights into practical Buddhism.
Webu Sayadaw’s discourses are not meant for the person who prefers the study of Buddhist philosophy to the practice. His refreshing simplicity, his patience, his lovely sense of humour, and his humility — are revealed in the dialogues with his audience. Moreover, the statements of the people in the audience offer us a glimpse of how Buddhism is practised in Burma today.
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You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the wayBuddha, Dhp 276