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Welcome to the Chanmyay Satipatthana Vihara website. The meaning of "Chanmyay" is peacefulness. "Satipatthana" is a Pali term that means mindfulness constantly focused on the body, sensations, consciousness, and Dhamma. "Vihara" is Sanskrit or Pali for (Buddhist) monastery. The original meaning was "dwelling" or "refuge", such as those used by the Sangha.

The Mahasi Tradition

Our Theravada Buddhist practice follows the Mahasi Tradition. In a small Village in Myanmar (formerly Burma), a temple had an unusually large drum. When the monks played the drum, the villagers came to the temple to hear the Buddha's Teachings. The temple was named after this large drum, Mahasi. The Abbot of this temple was called Mahasi Sayadaw. Sayadaw is the Myanmar word for Teacher Monk. His teaching methods are taught and practiced today by meditators (yogis) in numerous countries, as well as our Association Members and the participants in our Meditation programs.

Chanmyay Meditation Center

The main Center of our Teacher, the Chanmyay Meditation Center, is located in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar. The Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw Ashin Janakabhivamsa, our Teacher, is the Abbot of this Center from which he is also named. The Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw's own meditation teacher was the Great Mahasi Sayadaw himself.

There are now approximately 6 centers in Myanmar. In response to requests by yogis, The Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw has sent his disciples and experienced meditation teachers to other countries in order to spread Buddha’s teachings. There are centers in Thailand, South Africa and currently in the United States.

Chanmyay Satipatthana Vihara

In 2004, The Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw inaugurated the establishment of the Chanmyay Satipatthana Vihara in Springfield, Illinois, USA. The Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw sent his Disciple, Sayadaw Ashin Gunasiri, to reside here as the Abbot and Teacher of Vipassana meditation and Buddhism. Sayadaw Ashin Gunasiri left USA in 2007 to continue spreading the Dhamma and the teachings in China and Taiwan.

In 2008, Sayadaw Ashin Rewata arrived at the Chanmyay Vihara. He was teaching Metta meditation and Vipassana meditation as well as giving Dhamma talks at the vihara and around the local area. Ven. Ashin Vamsarakkhita spent the Vassa months of 2008 with Sayadaw Ashin Rewata at the vihara. By the instruction of The Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw Ashin Janakabhivamsa, Sayadaw Ashin Rewata left USA in August 2010, to take up the residency as the Abbot at MinGun Jeta Won monastery, at Thaton Township, Myanmar. Sayadaw Ashin Indobhasa resided here from 2010 July to 2011 June, until he went back to Myanmar.

On January 22nd 2012, the Venerable Sayadaws Ashin Eindardipati (from Pyin Oo Lwin Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center, Mandalay Division, Myanmar) and Ashin Nyana Nanda (from Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center, Yangon, Myanmar) have arrived to take up residence at the Chanmyay Satipatthana Vihara, Springfield, Illinois. You are welcome to come and pay the respect to the monks at any time. Any one who wishes to go into meditation retreat here under their tutelage can do so at any time. Please fill out the registration form and send it to the email at sva@chanmyayusa.org.

Our Location

The Vihara (Residence) is located on a beautiful piece of property (6.5 acres) with many shady trees in a grassy meadow and has a peaceful and quiet atmosphere [525 N. Bruns Lane, Springfield, IL 62702] . Chanmyay Satipatthana Vihara is located in Springfield, the capital of Illinois, and is approximately 1½ hours by car from St. Louis, Missouri and 3½ hours by car from Chicago, Illinois.

During the visit of The Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw in 2008, several devotees have pooled their resources and bought the adjacent property at 9 Harriet Lane which is located in front of the Vihara and donated it to The Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw. Sayadaw named it as "Santa Vasa Vihara (Vihara meaning Abode)". Santa (in pali) means tranquil, peaceful, pure; Santa Vasa is translated as "a peaceful state".

Construction of Sima -Meditation Hall

Mainly due to the pertinacious effort and good guidance of the meditation teachers, and the peacefulness of this forest like setting location of SVA, the number of yogis have been increasing gradually. In order to have a better accommodation for the participants, a SIMA-meditation building is currently under construction at our location. This is a large undertaking, and we need your financial support. We would like to complete this meditation hall before the end of year 2015. Donations can be made to the Satipatthana Vipassana Association, #9 Harriet Lane, Springfield, IL 62702. We thank you in advance for your generosity and kind support.

Our Activities

Regular meditation sessions are offered. These sessions generally can include meditation instruction, time for walking and sitting meditation, question and answer periods, and a Dhamma talk. Any one who wishes to go into days long meditation retreat, or come to the center for a few hours' sitting under the tutelage of two Sayadaws can do so at any time. It requires only to telephone ahead to set up the appointment time.

We will be conducting retreats and special teachings as teachers become available to travel and stay at the Vihara. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to bring The Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw to Springfield most years from Myanmar and to practice Vipassana meditation under his direction

All are welcome to join us and benefit from the practice. All that is required are good intentions, adequate motivation, observance of five or eight precepts, and a commitment to follow the instructions of the teacher. There is no requirement to be a Buddhist or to convert to Buddhism in order to participate and benefit from this mindfulness practice.


The Satipatthana Vipassana Association depends on the generosity of Meditators and its Members to support the Vihara and to continue offering the teachings. We appreciate yogi's donation to cover the cost of utility and food when staying over night at vihara.

Please contact us if you have any questions, wish to register for an activity. The Vihara can be reached at 217-726-9601. You can also send an email to SVA President, Padetha Tin at president@chanmyayusa.org or Secretary, Elizabeth Myint at secretary@chanmyayusa.org.