The Venerable Webu Sayadaw (1896 – 1977)
Although not officially considered to be part of the lineage, Ven. Webu Sayadaw still plays a very important role in the formation of the lineage. As one of the most highly respected monks of this century in Burma, he was notable in giving all importance to diligent practice rather than to scholastic achievement. Famous for his unflagging diligence in meditation and for spending most of his time in solitude. He was reputed to be an arahant (fully enlightened one), and it is said that he never slept. For the first fifty-seven years of his life, Webu Sayadaw stayed in upper Burma, dividing his time among three meditation centres in a small area. After his first trip to Rangoon, at the invitation of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, in 1953, he included southern Burma in his travels, visiting there to teach and meditate from time to time. He also went on pilgrimage to India and Sri Lanka. Webu Sayadaw spent his final days at the meditation centre in the village where he was born. He passed away on 26 June 1977, at the age of eighty-one.