About us

Mahasi Sayadaw Foundation

  • Established June 27, 2019
  • Chamber of Commerce registration number: 75258390
  • RSIN number: 860211642
  • Established Nijmegen, Krayenhofflaan 26, 6541 PT. Telephone 00 31  24 373 8889.
  • Bank: IBAN: NL63 RABO 0149 0892 79. BIC: RABONL2U
  • Bestuur: Guus Went, chairman, Sanne Schoonbeek, secretary, Jerome Stoel, treasurer.
  • Non-profit status (ANBI) applied for.

Guus Went

Since 2011 Guus is conducting 5-day Vipassana retreats according Mahasi method and since 2016 (assisted by Jerome Stoel) also 10-day retreats.

During those years Guus has been able to earn his living by gifts received from the retreatants. In June 2019 he established Mahasi Sayadaw Foundation. From then on all gifts will benefit the foundation.

Current Management Plan

Why the name Mahasi Sayadaw Foundation?

The late Burmese monk Mahasi Sayadaw (1904-1982) with the method taught by him from 1950 on did cause a massive revival of Vipassana meditation, notably among lay people. After his passing away his chosen successor Sayadaw U Pandita (1921-2016) caused a large scale further spread, also in the West. Besides – and especially apart from that – the method did also mix up with different other methods. The Mahasi Sayadaw Foundation emphatically prefers to stick to the pure, original Mahasi method, as taught by Mahasi Sayadaw, by his successor Sayadaw U Pandita and by his senior students.

The Foundation has as its aim: (translation)
  1. To contribute to peace in the world according to the principle ‘improve the world and start with yourself’
  2. Offering tools for moral behaviour and mental development (meditation)
  3. Study, practice and teaching of Mahasi method.
The foundation aims to achieve its goals by (translation):
  1. Study and meditation at Panditarama centres in Myanmar and elsewhere in the world, as well as at other centres, wherever in the world, where the Mahasi method is being taught.
  2. Offering clarity about the Mahasi method, what it is and what it is not.
  3. Teaching and spread of the Mahasi method and continuity in it
  4. Organizing and conducting retreats
  5. Inviting qualified teachers and facilitating teaching
  6. Fostering connection among practitioners

7. Establishing, administering, maintaining and exploiting (or having exploited) one or more locations

8. Lessons and study weeks at high schools

9. To stimulate – by giving the example – dana-principle: unconditional giving, that is giving without wishing something in return

10. To cooperate with those who have the same aim.

The assets of the foundation consist of:
  • gifts
  • subsidies and donations
  • inheritances, legacies and grants
  • all other possible acquisitions and assets

The foundation emphatically doesn’t have making profit as its goal. However, the foundation will build up all possible financial reserves necessary for realising its goal.

Board members will not get paid for their work. However, they deserve compensation for expenses made in excercising their functions.

The foundation’s first fiscal year will end December 31 2020.