Sharing, Caring, Helping, Protection & Cooperation by mindfulness & right understanding

ThaBarWa Centre

Thabarwa (Natural) Center in Thanlyin, Myanmar is a non-profit humanitarian organization working for a noble cause.

Thabarwa Center was established with unlimited access for general benefit and is fulfilling the most crucial needs continually and persistently step by step.

Thabarwa Center is open full-time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week without recess. It is the sanctuary for persons from all regions of Myanmar who seek refuge for care and attention and desire to practice meditation.

The center provides sanctuary for more than 2,400 yogis (as of February 2014) including aged persons, sick, infirm, blind, deaf, disabled, mental cases, homeless and helpless. Sanctuary is provided without discrimination or restriction as to number, time, age, health condition, nationality, social status, religion, etc.

Food, lodging and teaching are provided free of charge.

It is the place where volunteers can donate their skills, time, energy, labor, money and materials to gain merit and practice meditation for a worthy cause, and to look after the welfare of the residents taking refuge at Thabarwa Center. Thabarwa channels the money and materials received in donations to provide a peaceful venue for people to practice Dhamma without worry.


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How to come our ThaBarWa Centre:


သဘာဝတရားရိပ္သာအေၾကာင္း တေစ့တေစာင္း …

About Thabarwa Centre (As at March 2015)

က်ိဳက္ေခါက္ဘုရားေရွ႕၊ သန္လ်င္
(တာ၀ တကၠသိုလ္မေရာက္မီ တစ္မွတ္တိုင္ ေညာင္ပင္ မွတ္တိုင္ တြင္ဆင္း၍ ေရႊေပၚကၽြန္းမုဒ္ဦးလမ္းသို႕၀င္ပါ )

အမွတ္( ၄၅ ) – ၄၅လမ္း၊ ရန္ကုန္
(ကုန္သည္လမ္းႏွင့္ မဟာဗႏၶဳလလမ္းၾကား – YMCA ေဘး)

Thabarwa Center (Thabarwa Meditation Centre), Thanlyin Township of Yangon, Myanmar
No. 45, 4th Floor, 45th Street, Yangon, Myanmar


Information on Thabarwa Centre … သဘာဝတရားရိပ္သာအေၾကာင္း
Land size: 58 acres ………. ဧရိယာ – ၅၈ ဧက
Residents in total: ~ 2545 ………. အၿမဲတန္းေနထိုင္သူ – ၂၅၄၅ ေယာက္
Monks: 310 ………. သံဃာ – ၃၁၀ ပါး
Novices: 27 ………. ကိုရင္ – ၂၇ ပါး
Nuns: 246 ………. သီလရွင္ – ၂၄၆ ပါး
Children: 25 ………. ကေလးငယ္ – ၂၅ ေယာက္
Volunteers: 140 ………. လုပ္အားေပး – ၁၄၀ ေယာက္
60+ years old: 613 ………. အသက္ ၆၀ ႏွင့္အထက္ – ၆၁၃ ေယာက္
Meditators: ~ 1100 ………. အခ်ိန္ျပည့္ေယာဂီ – ၁၁၀၀ ေယာက္

Information on Thabarwa Residents … နာမက်မ္းသူ လူမမာမ်ား
Patients in total: 516 ………. နာမက်မ္းသူ လူမမာမ်ား – ၅၁၆ ေယာက္
Diabieties: 100 ………. ဆီးခ်ိဳ ေဝဒနာရွင္ – ၁၀၀
Cancer: 4 ………. ကင္ဆာ – ၄
Stroke: 82 ………. ေလငန္း – ၈၂
HIV: 27 ………. HIV – ၂၇
Tuberculosis: 31 ………. တီဘီ – ၃၁
TB + HIV: 4 ………. HIV + တီဘီ – ၄
Mental patients: 49 ………. စိတ္ေဝဒနာရွင္ – ၄၉

Information on Thabarwa Halls … အေဆာက္အဦးမ်ား
Number of buildings: 112 ………. အေဆာက္အဦးမ်ား – ၁၁၂
Dormitories: 42 ……….
Single yogi houses: 29 ………. တပါးေဆာင္ – ၂၉
Meditation halls: 3 ………. ဓမၼာရံု – ၃
Medical buildings: 3 (1 traditional Burmese medicine, 1 dental clinic, 1 western medicine clinic) ………. ေဆးခန္း – ၃ (ျမန္မာ့ရိုးရာတိုင္းရင္ေဆးခန္း – ၁ + သြားေဆးခန္း – ၁ + အေနာက္တိုင္းေဆးခန္း – ၁)
Schools: 2 (1 for Novices and 1 for young nuns) ………. စာသင္ေက်ာင္း – ၂ (ကိုရင္ – ၁ + သီလရွင္ – ၁)
Kitchens: 3 ………. မီးဖိုေဆာင္ – ၃
Public toilets: 6 ………. အမ်ားသံုး ေရအိမ္သာ – ၆

Information about the Goodwill Village, Thanlyin … ၁၅-ေပ ေစတနာရြာ အေၾကာင္း
(15 minute walk from Thabarwa Center)

Land size: 28 acres ………. အက်ယ္အဝန္း – ၂၈ ဧက
Residents in total: ~ 8600 ………. ရြာသား – ၈၆၀၀
35+ years old: 4600 ………. အသက္ ၃၅-ႏွစ္အထက္ – ၄၆၀၀
18-35 years old: 1500 ………. အသက္ ၁၈ မွ ၃၅ – ၁၅၀၀
Students: 600 ………. ေက်ာင္းသား – ၆၀၀
Children not in school: 1900 ………. ေက်ာင္းမေနေသာကေလး – ၁၉၀၀
Housing units/Huts: 2450 ………. အိမ္ေျခ – ၂၄၅၀
Schools: 1 ……….စာသင္ေက်ာင္း – ၁
Hospitals/clinics: 0 ………. ေဆးရံု / ေဆးခန္း – ၀
Community halls: 0 ………. ရြာခန္းမ – ၀
Multipurpose hall: 1 (present function: school) ………. ဓမၼာရံု – ၁
Markets: 1 (small shops: 192) ………. ေစ်း – ၁ (ဆိုင္ခန္း – ၁၉၂)
Public toilets:126 ………. အမ်ားသံုး ေရအိမ္သာ – ၁၂၆


Sharing, Caring, Helping, Protection and Cooperation by Mindfulness and Right Understanding.

The vision of Thabarwa Centre is to provide opportunities for everyone to do a wide range of good deeds on a regular basis.


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Activities of ThaBarWa centre

“With the aim of providing opportunities for meditators to do a wide range of good deeds on a regular basis, I established Thabarwa Meditation Center.
Instead of confronting and solving problems directly by following traditional social norms, I encourage, train and guide those who come to Thabarwa Center, including the elderly and those facing complex health, social and financial problems, to solve their problems with the aid of dhamma (meditation practice of mindfulness & right understanding).
I teach them to enhance their power of right understanding by listening to dhamma teachings, practicing insight meditation and performing good deeds as much as possible. Those people gradually come to realise that their problems were solved due to the merits they gained in doing various good deeds while staying at Thabarwa Center.”
– Sayadaw U Ottamasara

ThaBarWa Centre is ….

the place of learning and practicing meditation and helping others who needs help for physical and mental difficulties. Our place is known as Thabarwa Tayar Yeik Tar (ThaBarWa Meditation & Helping center) in Thanlyin township is 1hr & 30 min bus drive from downtown of Yangon.

Note: pls tell the driver that the centre is near Tar Wa Tat Ka Tol ( Tar Wa university OR Than Lyin Pa Yar Gone)

Our center is taking care of everybody who cannot support themselves because of various reasons and at the same time teaching them how to meditate and take care of their mind.

By staying in our place , you can participate in below activities of our centre according to your own wish.

1. Following the monks who are going alms round for charity and sharing back to patients, infirm, old people and meditators.

2. Taking care of patients or infirm or old people.

3. Following the countryside trips of the centre bus and branches of ThaBarWa Centres in other cities.

4. Learning burmese people and culture.

5. Attending meditation session and classes.

6. Helping in cooking for old, infirm, and hopless people and patients and meditators.

7. Helping in library.

8. Cooking and Sharing food to the old and disable people.

9. Learning the mercy villages for homeless and hopless people which are established and donated by our centre.

10. Teaching the Children or adults language or others or social activities.


How to come our ThaBarWa Centre:


  • Can i get the address of thabawa centre so that i can make some donations.

  • I have a very rare cancer desease i am yoga and qi gong teacher….have friends in china
    And want to visit your center december/january 2016 in the hope of little help…..
    I am buddhist and thank you very very much!
    Ning jing / dagmar

  • Contat Johanna

    Dear friends,

    I met someone here in India few days ago that introduced me about your center and highly recommended it to me as a great place to volunteer during my stay in Myanmar and to keep learning and practicing my Buddhism.

    I am presently in India until July 21 and I am planning to come in Myanmar just after that and will love to volunteer and meditate amongst the monks for 2 or 3 months if possible.

    I went through your website and I will love to share few of my skills to help the people living in your center as I am a Gestalt Therapist (psychotherapist) and Relaxation Therapist in France. I have been taught at school about helpful protocols to help people with cancer or HIV and I will love to share this knowledge with your people.

    I also will be certified in teaching Halta Yoga in a month (Sivananda School) allowing me to help people feeling better not only with their mind or emotions but also with their body.

    Of course, I will be more than happy to help at your center in any other ways needed like cooking or any other activities. But helping as a Gestalt Therapist and Relaxation Therapist is definitely my first interest in volunteering if possible.

    About me, I am woman of 38 years old from France and I have been traveling now
    for 6 months around Asia. I really enjoyed traveling and doing Vipassana retreats along the way in different countries but now I feel it is time for me to follow.a spiritual master and be surrounded by monks and share with them their daily life.

    So if you have any interest in my profile and motivations and you are able to welcome me in your center starting July 22 for 2 or 3 months, I will feel very grateful to you.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,


      You’re most welcome-if you want to stay 2-3months yoy better apply for a meditation visa(tourist visa is only 28days and cannot be extended)-so if you need it We can send you the sponsor letter, just send me your passport details and email adress.
      At :
      Here your skills are most welcome…and I am sure you can also learn a lot.
      Just let me know about your passp.and for all details about visa you can find on website…
      Sayalay Khema


      Not sure you got my first answer(some connection problems)…
      Yes,you’re most welcome and your skills are very useful here.if you need a meditation visa which can be extended for3months just send us your passport details and we’ll send you a sponsor letter(necessary to apply for meditation visa)-the teacher is going to vietnam&cambodia on19june till13july and I am following him but thete are plenty ofbpeople here who can introduce you to the center and to the teachings before you can meet Sayadaw…
      Let us know if you need anything, and when you’re ready to arrive…and welcome here anytime
      Sayalay khema


    You are most welcome here. You can just pop in anytime-you can also call me if you want make sure to find me:09250047330(also through viber-by adding+95)
    The teacher and few of us are going for a dhamma trip in vietnam&cambodia on 19.hope to meet you before-otherwise there is still plenty of people at the center who can assist you and you can stay as long as you wish.
    Sayalay Khema


    Welcome to your interest, coming, staying and learning at our centre. You can stay and learn at our centre as long as you wish.
    Glad to know that you are interested in meditation, sprituality and helping others. Pls call me 099 7060 9478 for any difficulty to come our place. pls see how to come our place in my profile of CS or
    with metta

    SOE Win Htut

    • Mareike

      Thank you so much. I will arrive tomorrow during the day by taxi from Yangon. I wrote down the directions and your number thank you for your help. If I have difficulties with finding my way anyhow, I will call you. I am happy meeting you soon, with best regards, Mareike


        You are most welcome here. You can just pop in anytime-you can also call me if you want make sure to find me:09250047330(also through viber-by adding+95)
        The teacher and few of us are going for a dhamma trip in vietnam&cambodia on 19.hope to meet you before-otherwise there is still plenty of people at the center who can assist you and you can stay as long as you wish.
        Sayalay Khema


        Tomorrow we’ll probably be in yangon all day, if you want you can come to our 45Street (No 45,4th floor)in afternoon and come along with us:-) otherwise just come to Thanlyin center whenever you want, as you like. You can call me anytime.

  • Moe Naing

    ဆရာ​ေတာ္​ဘုရား၏တရားအသစ္​မ်ားကို နားၾကားလိုပါသည္​ Up to date တင္​​ေပးႏိုင္​ပါက

  • Carmen

    Dear friends, I am a Buddhist. I would like to visit to your centre to practice meditation and do some volunteer works in Dec this year for 2 weeks. May I know how to apply and the cost of such arrangements? Looking forward to hear from you. Regards, Carmen


      You can come, no problem-just tell us exactly when as the time get closer-there is no cost to stay at our center, it is fully runned by donations-you’re welcome anytime for as long as you whish to stay.
      Sayalay Khema


      You are most welcome…just come, no need to apply, only tell us which day you’ll arrive when tinme will be closer…no cost. Our center is free of charge- running on donations.
      Just come…very simple:-)

  • nansansanwin

    love without any limitation for admission.
    And, an opportunity for everyon who is in needs or interests in provoding donating volunteering.

  • Grisel

    Hi! with my friend we are in yangong and we are interisted in to do coachsurfing with you! it is posible. where are you?
    Thank you


      Yes, you are welcome. Actually we are outside yangon(about 1h bus drive from downtown)across the river.
      You can take a bus from Sule Pagoda to Thanlyin…ask for “ThaBarWa”-they will know and stop you at right place, than either you walk or take a cycle-taxi to our center…it’s just5min walk.
      You can find more details if you need on website.
      When you reach the center come to the big bright orange building, there will be people who can welcome you and speak english.
      You can come anytime…

  • For all who are considering going to Thabarwa centre,
    I just can say that: That is THE PLACE to COME.

    You may read my experience here:

  • Andrea

    Hello. We are a couple traveling around Asia trying to help with anything we can. After reading your page, we are really motivated to join you for some time and help as much as we can. We are arriving in Yangon on the 16th of November, is it OK for you?
    Thank you

  • Tanya Brownbridge

    I am
    Interested in meditating and coming to your centre . My friend Karen Adaway from
    England came this year and I am planning on coming with her again as soon as possible . Thank you


      Dear Tanya,

      Glad to hear and mostly welcome that you are interested in meditation and coming to our centre.
      If you want to stay more than 28 days, it is necessary to apply the meditation visa at a Myanmar Embassy.
      To apply a meditation visa, you will need a sponsored letter from our centre.

      With regards,
      Soe Win Htut


      Sorry for so late reply-some technologic problem…you can contact me by email if you still need:
      Or see our blogspot more detailed

  • Sukhy Kaur

    Hi, I am currently staying at the mahasi centre, after spending nearly 3 months meditating in Malamywine and the Yangon area.
    I would like to come to stay to apply the knowledge received and cultivated during this time, in a more practical manner, through helping others before leaving for home in March.
    I will message you about arriving during this period, and I have heard nothing but amazing things about the centre.
    With much metta
    Sukhy Kaur

  • Hello, My name is Mabel Vicentef, Im an artist from Argentina, traveling around Myanmar, in going back to Yangon In a few days and I will like to see if I could paint a mural in the centre and stay there collaborating a few days. Please take a look at my website with my artwork

    I think that it would be be a great experience for me and it would be nice for the people who’s staying there also to put some colours to the walls. Thank you


      Yes, you are welcome here…we can see together what kind of painting would be suitable here:-)
      You can contact me directly by mail or just come and we’ll organize when you are here.
      Sayalay khema

  • Ingrid

    Hello, my friend and I Just finished reading your informations on your web site, we would be very interested in spending some time with You within your facility as a volunteers.
    We are actually in Yangoon for couple of days and we would be ready to join you on tuesday for at least 2 weeks if its fine for You? We both have experience in volunteer work and we wil be really happy to work with You.

    Please let us know if This Is possible.

    Thank you in advance

    Russell and Ingrid


      Yes, you are most welcome.
      For 2weeks, months or years:-)
      See direction on how to arrive and when you reach the center go to the orange building for registration…than things will flow naturally


      Yes, you are most welcome.
      For 2weeks, months or years:-)
      See direction on how to arrive and when you reach the center go to the orange building for registration..

  • Noam Frenkel

    my name is Noam Frenkel, i live in israel and traveling in Vietnam this days. i would love to come to thabarwa center in Thanlyin for about 20 days in order to volunteer and study meditation. Of course, I will be more than happy to help in any ways needed like teaching english or any other activity in the center. my flight land in yangon in 22/5, and i want to come to the center straight from the airport, is it possible?
    thank you very much (:

  • Ken Ng

    Dear Friends,

    My name is Ken. I heard this organization through one of the postings in my FB. I would like to visit your center to practice vipassana meditation and to be a volunteer (I am good in cooking). My tentative schedule to visit is 31st May – 9th June, 2016. I hope I would be able to take part in this mission.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Ken Ng


      Yes, you are welcome. Arrive at a raesonable time of the day and go tothe orange building for registration…have a safe journey

      • Ken Ng

        Dear Friends,

        I just got my ticket confirmation. My arrival will be on June 7th.I will make sure will be there at the reasonable time. I will be staying for 11 days.

        I am looking forward to taking part.

        Thanks again for opening your door.

        Ken Ng

  • Helen pyers


    I am interesting in coming to volunteer at your centre on the 22nd of June if possible. I am an Australian currently traveling in Thailand and I’m due to fly into Myanmar on the 20th.

    Kind regards,
    Helen Pyers


      Yes, you are wlcomee anytime and as long as you want. See on website indications about ‘how to arrive’ and come weneverh you are ready…

  • Laura Aidelsberg

    I met people travelling who told me about your place. They came and volunteer.
    I will be really interested in having an initiation about Buddhism and meditation. In exchange I would be really pleased to volunteer and help you in any manners I can.
    Would that be possible?
    Do I need to send you a letter?


  • Carol L

    Hello – My name is Carol and I am coming to Myanmar in November 2016 to join a group trip.

    I would love to add to this experience by coming to stay at the centre either before or afterwards for approx. 5 days to do meditation, listening to teachings and do some volunteer work.

    As I will be on my own, I wanted to know if I need to register in advance, if there will be accommodation for me actually at the centre and if there is someone I can speak with in English on arrival to show me what to do and where to go?


      Yes you are welcome any time. There will be place for you and someone will show you around…when you arrive go first at the orange building for registration, than things will flow naturally

      • Albertus

        I am Indonesian. Last Year I travelled within 2 weeks to Yangon, Bagan, Kyaik To, And Mandalay visiting some touristic destinations . Last year I have not heard about Thabarwa Centre. I would like to come to Myanmar anymore and involved in your program especially in the following activìties:

        1. Following the monks who are going alms round for charity and sharing back to patients, infirm, old people and meditators.

        2. Following the countryside trips of the centre bus and branches of ThaBarWa Centres in other cities.

        3. Learning burmese people and culture.

        4. Attending meditation session and classes.

        5. Teaching the Children or adults language or others or social activities (English and Indonesia language).

        Do you mind introducing me to one of Person In Charge in your organization so I can communicate with him intesively please? THANK YOU

        Best Regards


  • Eve

    Hello, a friend I met in India while doing a Yoga Training recommended me your center. I would love to be a little part of the amazing work you do. I already arrived in Yangon yesterday and would like to come to your place maybe already tomorrow if that’s possible?
    Best wishes, Eve


      Yes, most welcome. Follow directions of website and when you arrive go to teh orange building for registration….

  • Shailesh Shinde

    My name is shailesh shinde. I am from India, I would like to ask one question, Is this same technique of vipassana which is taught by Goyanka guruji in India ??? please explain


      Not really. As Sn Goenka explains well, three is 4kinds of Vipassana.
      Kayanupassana (observing the body)
      Vedanupassana (observing the feeling)
      Cittanupassana (observing the mind)
      Dhammanupassana (observing all other natural phenomenas)
      Here we practice Dhammanupassana, detachment and contemplation of non- self nature.
      Here you can practice all kind of methods but we train not to be attached to a method, a place or a teacher

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