Mogok Sayadaw U Vimala was the fifth son born to U Aung Tin and Daw Shwe Ait. His parents lived in Maha-thiri-nandawun also known as Uyindaw (Royal Garden) by the time of King Mindon. The King made the city as his capital at that time and located in Mandalay Province. Sayadaw’s first name was Maung Hla Baw and he attended the Primary School at the village only to 4th Standard, under the tutelage of Sayadaw U San Ya at the age of four.
At the age of nine, he became a novice under the guidance of Sayadaw U Zargara. He renamed the young novice who was born on Wednesday as “Shin Vimala”. Later, the young koyin begun further study of Abhidhamma in Mingala Taik Kyaung Monastery at Amarapra.
In 1920, he was ordained to the Order of Sangha and became Upazin U Vimala under the patronage of the Presiding Sayadaw of the Mingala Monastery.
In 1922, Upazin U Vimala started the teaching of Abhidhamma. His monkhood was supported by residents of Mogok, a town well known fro rubies and gems. U Vimala was famous as Mogok Sayadaw. Sayadaw became the presiding and teaching Bhikku at the Central Pitaka Kyaung, within the Mingala Monastery, Amarapura in 1925.
The Dhammakahtika U Vimala focused on meditation to gain the Vijja Knowledge after he got the kindly admonishment from his elder Sayadaws.
Mogok Sayadaw realized that “Seeing things as they truely are” is very important at the beginning level of insight meditation. So, before he would even talk about vipassana practice, he would point out ditthi clinging wrong beliefs be cleared first. To gain the first stage of removing ditthi, he set about teaching the Doctrine of Paticca-samuppada.
To gain the better result in insight meditation, Mogok Sayadaw firstly listened to the dhamma talk about the wheel of life which discribed your own life and life-process.
Doctrine of Paticcasamuppada
After attaining Nirvana, Mogok Sayadaw disseminated his methods to the pupils in order to attain Nirvana.
In 1962, Mogok Sayadaw attained Nirvana.