August 19, 2016

Religious titles conferred on prominent monks, nuns

President U Thein Sein offers a religious title to a Buddhist monk. Photo: MNA
President U Thein Sein offers a religious title to a Buddhist monk. Photo: MNA

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein and his wife Daw Khin Khin Win attended a ceremony to confer religious titles and insignia on prominent monks at the Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Chairman Bamo Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa administered the fivefold Buddhist precepts of virtue to the congregation.
President U Thein Sein, Vice President U Nyan Tun, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint, Union Chief Justice U Tun Tun Oo, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Union Election Commission chairman U Tin Aye and high-ranking officials presented religious titles and insignia to members of the Sangha.
Missionary titles and insignia were also conferred on laypersons.
The religious titles presented at the ceremony included Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru, Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika, Agga Maha Pandita, Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika, Aggamaha Ganthavacaka Pandita, Agga Maha Kammathana Cariya, Maha Saddhamma Jotikadhaja, Maha Ganthavacaka Pandita, Maha Kammathana Cariya, Saddhamma Jotikadhaja, Kammathana Cariya, Dhamma Kathika Bahujanahitadhara and Ganthavacaka Pandita.
The ceremony was followed by a food-offering event, in which the congregation, led by the president, donated food and monastic offertories to monks and nuns.
The religious titles and insignia were conferred on 152 monks and seven nuns, and missionary titles and insignia were conferred on 18 men and 37 women.—Myanmar News Agency


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