I am glad you are very interested in going into serious study of the
dhamma formally. As you know, the International Theravada Buddhist
University is very new, and has not fully developed in line with a
conventional higher institution. There is a lack of qualified teachers.
with this comment, I shall leave the decision to you.
Apart from this, I also have a suggestion that you may be able to study
more from individual monks, who are highly qualified in both scriptures and
practice. For instance, Sayadaw U Jotika (pronounced in Burmese as Zawtika)
is well qualified to guide a western student in both theory and practice.
As to your safety, I can definitely say that you will be safe and there are
many foreign meditators and students studying Buddhism at different centres
where teaching in English medium is available. You will feel much welcome
by everyone there, regardless of their political affiliation. Colour and nationalities do not matter.
I would like to personally encourage you to go and see for yoruself. You will
like it. There are many meditation centres following different techniques
Yours with metta,
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> Dear Bhikkhus,
> I am seriously thinking of applying to the International Theravada Buddhist
> University in Myanmar for a course of study with the idea of ordaining after
> it is complete.
> I understand that Myanmar has had politic unrest in past and need to know if
> it is safe for an American to be there at the moment. My ethnic background
> is AfroAmerican so I wont be presenting the typical image that most of the
> world sees as representing Americans.
> I also would like to know about the quality of the education one would
> expect to receive at this institution.
> Thanks in advance,
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