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Ayukusala is the living tradition of unbroken continuity of teachers, coming down from our historical Buddha Gotama.
At the First Council (pathama sangáyana) right after the Buddha's passing away, all the texts (páli) of Buddha's Teaching were recited and ordered into five collections (nikáya) by the Elders (thera) working under the presidency of Venerable Mahá Kassapa.
In the year 2500 after Buddha, that is in 1956 according to the Western calendar, the Sixth Council (chattha sangáyana) took place in Myanmar (Burma) under the presidency of Venerable Mahási Sayadaw.

The Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw is a Burmese thera internationally known under this title, but his proper páli name is Bhikkhu Sobhana, which he has obtained at the time of his ordination. He was appointed as the presiding thera of the Sixth Council due to his being the leading authority on Dhamma at our modern times. He is also recognized as a meditation master of highest rank. Amongst his contemporaries was the Burmese Thera Vimala (Mogok Sayadaw, a pupil of Ledi Sayadaw) whose teaching is close to the Ayukusala. However the main link to the Mahasi tradition was established by the German Thera Nyanaponika and the Sinhalese Thera Piyadassi. The Thera Nyanaponika was older than Mahasi Sayadaw and became his pupil in the year 1954 having already known the tradition out of which came Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw. The Czech-Swiss Thera Kusalananda, that time known as Dr.Mirko Frýba, became a pupil of Mahasi Sayadaw in 1975 in Yangon and has brought him then to Switzerland, where they conducted together an intensive satipatthána-vipassaná retreat in 1979.

The Venerable Nyanaponika Thera was the first of all our teachers to use in 1973 the name Ayukusala for the way of teaching Dhamma developed by him and Dr. Mirko Frýba. Since 1972, they conducted both introductory and intensive satipatthána-vipassaná retreats for a group of psychologists and psychiatrists in Berne, Switzerland.

The Venerable Piyadassi Thera was the first of all our teachers to introduce the Ayukusala to Asian Buddhists.in 1977. Then in 1978 he was the first monk to conduct together with Dr.Frýba an intensive satipatthána-vipassaná retreat for general public on European Continent in Zermatt, Switzerland.

The Venerable Rewatadhamma Thera is the most senior Burmese monk living in the West, known also as the Birmingham Sayadaw. He is a patron of the Ayukusala Central European Sangha and preceptor (upajjhaya) of the four Ayukusala monks ordained in 2003 in the Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha in Yangon.

The Venerable Nyanissara Thera, also known as Sitagu Sayadaw is a senior Burmese monk who has collaborated in the Abhidhamma Seminars of Ayukusala in Oxford, England since 1982. He is a teacher (acarya) of one of the Ayukusala monks ordained in 2003 in the Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha in Yangon.

The Venerable Satimant Thera is the abbot of Forest Monastery Sri Dalada Tapovane in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He is in charge of training the Ayukusala monks in Vinaya since 1999.

The Venerable Anuruddha Thera is the abbot of Forest Monastery Weduwa Aranya in Koggala, Sri Lanka. He is in charge of the Ayukusala basic sámanera training since 2000.

The Venerable Satindriya Thera is a Sinhalese monk living in Australia and organizing the advanced monastic training of Ayukusala monks in Sri Lanka since 2000.

The Venerable Kusalananda Thera is the chief monk (mahá náyaka) of the Ayukusala Central European Sangha, therefore known also as the Ayukusala Sayadaw in Myanmar or the Ayukusala Hamuduru in Sri Lanka.

There are in Sri Lanka at present (vassana 2547) trained five Ayukusala monks, namely,
Ven. Bhikkhu Akasakusala, Ven. Bhikkhu Atarikusala, Ven. Bhikkhu Hitakusala, Ven. Sámanera Santakusala, Ven.Bhikkhu Tiranakusala, and one Ayukusala nun Ven. Ayya Vajirá.

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