‘Ven. Vīrañāṇi began to practice meditation in 1979, as a scientist and conservation biologist in Hawai’I and New Zealand. In the mid-1990s, she began to practice more intensively, and in 2003 took novice ordination in the Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw beginning a four-year period devoted to intensive practice. She took permanent ordination in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita on New Year 2006, and now mostly resides at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre North of Yangon. She teaches loving-kindness and vipassanā meditation retreats worldwide.
She was one of the editors (for Pali and English) of the translation from the Burmese of Mahasi Sayadaw’s Manual of Insight recently published by Wisdom Publications.
In 2008 she co-founded Metta In Action, a charity devoted to offering Burmese people in need the means and skills to help themselves.”