Okay. Before, I attended government school and I’m 18. 1988 at the time our school was closed by the government at that time. My father asked me – my father wanted me to be an educated person. At that time he told me, now our school was closed by the government, so I want to send to the monastery. I want you to learn the monastery education.
So at the time, okay. I agreed. My father was -- So at that time I went to the monastery. So until 1998, at that time that I am in novicehood. And then later, then I study Buddha’s teachings a lot. In my village I attend the Buddha’s teachings in three years. And then I moved to the big monastery to study Buddha’s teachings a lot.
So at that time I started our library. Our library’s name is the Best Friend Library. And because in our country most of the monks hadn’t had a chance to learn about the political and also the real situation, so I founded a library in the state university. I always organized a lot of monks. They are interested more and more about our country’s real situation. I explained a lot. And I copied a lot of political books. And I opened it two years in that state university.
And in 2000 I went to Dala because I want to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi went to our native place. They blocked Dala city. So I was trying to meet with her, but I cannot meet with her because the SPDC [State Peace and Development Council, official title for the Burmese military regime] cannot allow to meet with her, they blocked. And then I asked him, "Why? I want to meet with her."
So at that time that the senior soldier in, ”Okay, we only understand about our orders. So our senior ana [authority] cannot allow to meet with her, so you need to go back to your place.” So at the time we cannot say more.
So at that time that we came back to our state university. But the SPDC sent the information [about] where we arrived in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s place. So at that time that they discussed about where we arrived in that place, and the professors or lecturers all lectured and discuss[ed] about our case.
So at that time they told me, “Okay, we cannot allow you to open your library any more in our state university because they can close our university also.” So at that time – “We don´t assist your library, cannot allow it to open here.” So at that time, I’m trying to close our library in that state university. And then I moved to my village. And I don’t want to live in that university, because they can try to fail [me] in the examinations. So at that time I can leave from that university. So I decided to leave from that state university. So I moved to my village, and then I opened a library again in my village. And then I want to study more and more. So at that time I moved to Mandalay. And I lived in New Masoeyein Monastery – a very big monastery, over 3,000 monks live in that monastery. And I studied Buddha’s teachings.
My pen name is – Burmese name -- is Minthunya. Min is King, Thunya is Zero. And I used “King Zero” because King is “good leader,” Zero is “nothing.” When I use this as a pen name – in our country, it’s never had a good leader. So when they see my pen name, they need to try to remember, okay, we need to try to get a good leader for our country. So I used that name. I always remember when I see my pen name: okay, I need to try to get a good leader for our country. So I decided to choose that King Zero name.