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He was born on 30 June, 1883 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx village near xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx district of Myanmar, the only son of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx a local medical practioner and Daw xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx When he reached five, he studied, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx uncle and the presiding monk of the village monastery where there were over one hundred students, the Myanmar primer, basic grammar and elementary Buddhist texts such as Mingala Sutta, the compedia of Pitaka and many others.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx As he could read and recite the Myanmar primer in a period of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Being a talented student, at eleven, he was xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx all the texts he learnt. Moreover, he learnt and memorized the bell letters and Wizaya Pyazat (ဝိဇယပြဇာတ်) of the renowned poet and playwright U Ponnya, the then popular 11 plays, the Ten Great Birth Stories of the Buddha, 550 Jataka tales, ‌and basic curriculum of astrology as well.

At the age of fourteen, he was novitiated and was called by the Dhamma name xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx passed away so his progress on learning was delayed. At sixteen, he attended Htaukkyantchin xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx learn mathematics then he went to study canonical texts and other Buddhist detailed explanatory xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx fully ordained at the age of 20, the customary time and ritual for a novice to enter monkhood in Theravada Buddhism. [၁] In the event, his ordination was held, under the guidance xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx as his preceptor and ringed with other 50 monks, at the ordination hall of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx monastery located in xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

After he had spent two years of monkhood in xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxx Mandalay, the last royal capital of Myanmar and the renowned seat of monastic education, where lots of famous monasteries lies, to do further scriptural studies. He even proceeded to other towns nearby, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx have learnt almost nothing but he later related to his students that his wanderings in and around Mandalay was useless. When a year went by, hxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx learnt repositories of Buddhist texts, especially Vinaya Pitaka for about eight months. Then he went on xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx well versed in the Vedas, Sanskrit, and English let him learn Sanskrit and English but in those days xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxwas considered by proponents of religious conservatism to be a should-not-learn-language and worthless for monks as part of religious reasons. Thus he decided on Sanskrit to read under the abbot while he lectured on Buddhist texts during his stay at the monastery. At that time he was writing series of religious articles in xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx newspaper and a book called xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (methods of Pali grammar). When his teacher moved in xx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxhe came along with him and xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxx.