Ariya B. Baumann was born and raised in Switzerland. She started to practise meditation during her training as a music and dance teacher at the conservatory in Zürich. In 1992, she went to Myanmar (Burma) and ordained as a nun under Sayadaw U Janaka and for many years she practised vipassana and metta meditation under his guidance. Later she assisted the Sayadaws by translating talks and interviews for foreign meditators. In 2006, she changed to the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre, Yangon, where she assisted Sayadaw U Indaka as well as teaching the foreign meditators herself.
In 2013, she disrobed and is now based in Switzerland from where she continues to teach vipassana and metta meditation courses worldwide.
She has translated several Dhamma books from Burmese to English and German, including Sayadaw U Indaka’s books on metta and the factors of enlightenment.
Walking Meditation is an important and integral part of meditation practice with many amazing benefits. It facilitates insights into the four primary elements, conditionality, or the not-self nature of phenomena.
Thoughts are part of our existence as human beings. With the practice of meditation, the nature of the thought processes in particular and the nature of the mind can be understood by closely observing these thoughts whenever they arise.
The latent defilements are the base from which they manifest as either obsessive or transgressive defilements. Their abandoning, temporary or complete, can be acheived by the threefold training in virtue, concentration, and wisdom.
The three trainings in virtue, concentration, and wisdom enable a practitioner to suppress or abandon the different levels of defilements. But only the practice of vipassana mediation is able to completely uproot them.