September 20, 2017

The Eleventh Plenary Meeting of the Seventh State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to be held from 13th to 14th July 2016

The State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, the highest level of all Sangha Organization, comprising 47 chief members of the Sangha (Mahatheras) represent over five-hundred thousand members of the Sangha residing in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. According to the fundamental principles which were passed and adopted by the very First Successful Congregation of the Sangha of All Orders of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in 1980. The State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar shall hold its plenary meeting at least three times in a year.
We all Buddhists throughout the Republic of the Union of Myanmar know that altogether six Congregations of the Sangha of All Orders leading and contributing to the purification, perpetuation, propagation and promotion of the Buddha Sasana were successfully held by arrangements and support of Buddhist people and the previous Governments of the Union of Myanmar. In accordance with the objectives and guidelines laid down by these successful congregations of the Sangha of All Orders, the very first unity of the members of Sangha could be formed in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar within one hundred years.
We all Buddhists all over the world know that altogether six great Buddhist Councils (Synods) leading and contributing to the purification, perpetuation, propagation and promotion of the Buddha Sasana were convened after the noble demise of the Omniscient Gotama Buddha over 2558 years ago. The Fifth Great Buddhist Council was held in Myanmar in the year 2415 of the Buddhist Era (1871 CE) and attended by 2400 Mahatheras, and the Sixth Great Buddhist Council was also held in Myanmar in the year 2498 of the Buddhist Era (1954 CE) and attended by 2500 Mahatheras from the Five Theravada Buddhist nations, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. The Buddhist peoples from those Theravada Buddhist nations were greatly pleased and honoured for successfully holding the Sixth Great Buddhist Council in the Buddhist world.

Because of different schools and sects, there appeared many unlawful views (Adhammavadas) which were contrary to and incompatible with the Pitakas of the Theravada Buddha Sasana. In reality, these unlawful views endangered true Buddhism.
Therefore, all the Buddhists felt worried about the situation of true Buddhism. They really want to purify. perpetuate, propagate and promote the Theravada Buddha Sasana.

It was felt that without the unity of the Sangha, it was impossible to execute purification, perpetuation, propagation and promotion of the Buddha Sasana. As different schools and sects of the Sangha of All Orders appeared separately, they were not able to unitedly implement the noble task of purification, perpetuation, propagation and promotion of the Buddha Sasna. In reality, all members of the Sangha and devotees want the everlasting unity of the Sangha of All Orders. They frimly believe that it only can be possible to purify, perpetuate, propagate and promote the Sasana by the unity of the Sangha. The Buddha, Himself urged the members of the Sangha to unite in order to carry out His Teachings.
In fact, the main objectives of holding the First Great Buddhist Council (Synod) through the Sixth Great Buddhist Council (Synod) were to purify, perpetuate, propagate, promote and preserve the Buddha Sasana. Although altogether Six Buddhist Councils (Synods) were held, it was found that different schools and sects still appeared. They were not united and they parted from each other.
Because of different schools and sects, there appeared many unlawful views (Adhammavadas) which were contrary to and incompatible with the Pitakas of the Theravada Buddha Sasana. In reality, these unlawful views endangered true Buddhism.
Therefore, all the Buddhists felt worried about the situation of true Buddhism. They really want to purify. perpetuate, propagate and promote the Theravada Buddha Sasana. According to the history of Buddhism, it is learnt that schisms and split of schools and sects usually occurred among the Monastic Orders whenever some members of the Sangha of Orders were in trouble through dispute and mutual misunderstanding.
To rebuild the unity and mutual understanding between different schools and sects of the Sangha of All Orders is deeply needed for the welfare and interest of the nation as well as for the Buddha Sasana. Altogether Six Greet Buddhist Councils (Synods) were held to establish the unity of the Sangha of All Order so long as the Buddha Sasana exists. All the Buddhists firmly believe that without the unity of the Sangha, it is impossible to promote the Buddha Sasana. An old saving goes, “Whenever religion is pure, the society prospers”. The situation of the nation was well-developed and prosperous in those golden times when the members of the Sangha of All Orders unanimously practiced the Vinaya Law and fulfilled their religious duties.
The First, the Second, the Third, the Fourth, the Fifth, the Sixth and the Seventh Congregations of the Sangha of All Orders of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar successfully have rebuilt the unity of the Sangha of All Orders with the support of Buddhists and Government since 1980. A single Sangha Organization could be formed in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar for the first time in one hundred years.
In accordance with the prescribed terms of the Sangha Organizations of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, The eleventh Plenary Meeting of the Seventh State Sanghamahanayaka Committee of the Sangha of All Orders is fixed to be held at the Meeting Hall on Siri Mangala Kaba Aye Hillock, Yangon, from 13th to 14th July 2016. The meeting will be attended by 47 members of the State Sanghamahanayaka Committee of the Sangha of All Orders.
The main objectives of the Eleventh Plenary Meeting of the Seventh State Sanghamahanayaka Committee of the Sangha of All Orders are to strengthen more efforts for purification, perpetuation, propagation and promotion of Theravada Buddha Sasana throughout the world. It is further learnt that all necessary arrangements and requirements for holding the Eleventh Plenary Meeting of the Seventh State Sanghamahanayaka Committee of the Sangha of All Orders of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar have already been made by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and authorities concerned.

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