Sayalay Susīlā is the founder of the Appamada Vihari Meditation Center, Penang, Malaysia. She was born in 1963, and ordained as a Theravada Buddhist nun in the Burmese tradition at the age of 28, in Malaysia. Sayalay began developing her keen interest in insight meditation while at the University of Science Malaysia, where she obtained a degree in mass communications in 1987.
After graduation, Sayalay worked as a high school teacher for a year and a half. But disenchanted with worldly matters and desiring to be dedicated to the practice more than ever, she resigned her post to take up meditation full time. Six months after her ordination in 1991, she went to Panditarama Monastery in Myanmar, where she practiced intensively for nearly three years under the guidance of the famous meditation master Venerable U Pandita Sayadaw.
In 1994, wishing to cultivate concentration meditation, Sayalay moved to Pa Auk Forest Monastery in Myanmar. She placed herself under the guidance of renowned monk, Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, and remained in the forest for 14 years. In addition to an assiduous program of meditation, she also learned the Abhidhamma, ancient discourses, and the Pāli language from Pak Auk Sayadaw. Meanwhile, she became his English-to-Chinese interpreter in Myanmar and abroad.
During her travels in Myanmar, she also practiced different meditation methods, such as those taught by Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw, Mogok Sayadaw, and Sayagyi U Ba Khin. As a result Sayalay has become an unusually accomplished teacher able to present the subtleties of the Buddha's teachings in a simple and direct way. In particular, she presents the most profound division of the teaching, the Abhidhamma, in a lucid manner grounded not in pedantic philosophy, but in actual meditation experience.
Sayalay has traveled extensively as a meditation and Dhamma teacher, presenting the Abhidhamma and Sutta expositions in formal lectures and talks, and has conducted meditation retreats throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Latvia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. She speaks fluent Chinese, English, Burmese, Hokkien, and Malay.
Sayalay is the author of many books. Her publications include Unravelling the Mystery of Mind and Body through Abhidhamma (second edition), The path to Happiness, and Dhamma Essence Series (both English and Chinese), From this shore to far shore (Chinese) The Practical Manual of Abhidhamma (Chinese), and The Nine Virtues of the Buddha (Chinese), Patthana or 24 Conditional Relations (Chinese).
法师于1963年生于马来西亚彭亨, 毕业于槟城理科大学，大众传播系。大学时已开始研习观禅。 1991年，法师在马来西亚槟城佛教禅修中心披剃出家。披剃后六个月，法师便前往缅甸， 在着名的阿阇梨班迪达大禅师(U Pandita Sayadaw)之下，精进密集修禅约三年。于1994年,法师依止着名的缅甸阿阇梨帕奥大禅师(Pa Auk Tawya Sayadaw)学习止观长达十四年之久, 除了勤奋不懈地学习禅修，也学习阿毗达摩、巴利经文，深受法益。
于2002年开始,法师的足迹开始遍布北美各地，并应请法者之邀，除了授课外，也指导禅修和开示法要。为了饶益众生，增广见闻法师亦参学了缅甸各种禅修法门(莫哥( Mogok Sayadaw)、乌巴庆(Sayagyi U Ba Khin)葛印卡（Goinka），和 水乌民（swhee Oo Min)。因此法师成为非常善巧的老师，能够以简单直接的方式来教导佛陀教法中细微部分，根据实际禅修体验，来清晰呈现法义。其佛法开示生动、活泼、精准与独特，着作有：《揭开身心之奥秘》，《Unraveling the Mystery of Mind and Body》, 《The Path to Happiness》,《阿毗达摩实用手册》，《佛陀的九种德行》，《朝向快乐之道》，《佛法精粹》，《从此岸到彼岸》等书。
To establish a wise meditation community with right effort
To integrate meditation into the daily life of Buddhist practitioners
1. To educate Buddhist practitioners in the right view of the Dhamma.
2. To cultivate a habit of meditation among Buddhist practitioners
3. To train teachers in the Buddha Dhamma and in meditation