Myanmar, or Burma as the nation has been known throughout history, is
one of the major countries following Theravada Buddhism. In recent years
Myanmar has attained special eminence as the host for the Sixth
Buddhist Council, held in Yangon (Rangoon) between 1954 and 1956, and as
the source from which two of the major systems of Vipassana meditation
have emanated out into the greater world: the tradition springing from
the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw of Thathana Yeiktha and that springing from
Sayagyi U Ba Khin of the International Meditation Centre.