December 15, 2016

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The great grand Religious Title-Presentation Ceremony of 2016

In order to carefully preserve the noblest task for purification, perpetuation, propagation and promotion of the Buddha Sasana (the Teachings of the Omniscient Buddha) at home and abroad, the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar always attaches great importance to the implementation of this noblest task.
In this regard, we all Buddhists throughout the country are very pleased and greatly honored to learn that the President’s Office of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar issued the Notification 1/2016 on the Independence Day of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar which falls on the 4th January 2016, regarding religious titles presented by the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanamr.
According to the Notification No. 1/2016 of the republic of the Union of Myanmar, the respective religious titles have been presented as follows to internal and international outstanding Buddhist monks, Buddhist nuns and laypersons who earnestly carried out this noblest task for purification, perpetuation, propagation and promotion of the Buddha Sasana at home and abroad.
Religious titles for distinctively fulfilling two Dhuras (duties), Gantha Dhura (duty of learning and teaching of the Pitaka Scriptures) and Vipassana Dhura (duty of engaging in meditation)
(a)    Abhidhajamaharatthaguru title to five eminent Mahatheras (Chief Buddhist monks)
(b)    Tipitakadhara Dhammabhandagarika to one eminent Mahathera
(c)    Aggamahapandita title to fifteen eminent Mahathera including two Mahatheras from abroad, Thailand
(d)    Mahadhammakahtika Bahujanahitadhara title to one eminent Mahathera.
(e)    Dhammakahtika Bahujanahitadhra title to one eminent monk.
(f)    Aggamahaganthavacakapandita title to fourteen eminent monks and one eminent nun.
(g)    Mahaganthavacakapandita title to fourteen eminent monks and two eminent nuns.
(h)    Ganthavacakapandita title to twenty-two eminent monks and one eminent nun.
Religious titles for excellent missionary works on Buddhism
Both internal and international outstanding Buddhist monks, nuns and laypersons who distinctively carried out this noblest task of the excellent missionary works on Buddhism at home and abroad have been presented these religious titles as follows.
(a)    Abhidhaja-aggamahasadhammajotika title to six eminent Mahatheras (Chief Buddhist monks) including two eminent Mahatheras from abroad, India.
(b)    Aggamahasaddhammajotikadhaja title to twenty-five eminent monks including two eminent monks from abroad, one from Thailand, and one from France.
(c)    Mahasaddhammajotikadhaja title to sixteen monks including two eminent monks from abroad, one from the People’s republic of China and one from the United States of America, two eminent nuns including one from abroad, Nepal and two male laypersons.
(d)    Sadhammajotikadhaja title to twenty-three eminent monks including three eminent monks from abroad, one from laos, one from Bdngladesh and one from India and one eminent nun and two male laypersons.
(e)    Aggamahakammathanacariya title to two eminent monks
(f)    Mahakammathanacariya title to three eminent monks
(g)    Kammathanacariya title to five eminent monks.
Religious titles for excellent missionary  works on Buddhism (only for laypersons)
The outstanding laypersons who generously donated and provided the four requisites for this noblest task of excellent works on Buddhism at home and abroad have been presented the respective religious titles as follows. It is learnt that these religious titles have been presented since 1990.
For male
(a)    Aggamahasirisudhammamanijotadhara title to one male layperson
(b)    Sirisudhammamanijotadhara title to two male laypersons
(c)    Sihasudhammamanijotadhara title to one male layperson
(d)    Sudhammamanijotadhara title to ten male laypersons
For Female
(a)    Aggamahasirisudhamma Theingi title to one female layperson
(b)    Sirisudhamma Theingi title to three female laypersons
(c)    Sihasudhamma Theingi title to fourteen female laypersons.
(d)    Suddhamma Theingi title to nineteen female laypersons
The great grand religious titles presentation ceremony for presenting those religious titles to the above-mentioned title recipients will be held at the precinct of the Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of republic of the Union of Myanamr on the Fullmoon day of Tabaung 1377 ME (on 23rd march 2016). It is learnt that the State Ovadacariya of the State Central Working Committee of the Sangha of All Orders and all title recipients have already been invited to attend this very auspicious ceremony.
It is further learnt that the auspicious ceremony for offering of provisions and various articles to the title-recipient members of the Sangha including the invited members of the Sangha and title-recipient elder nuns, will be held on a large scale at the precinct of the Uppatasanti Pagoda in the late afternoon on the day.
All Buddhists, donors and well-wishers are cordially invited to attend this very auspicious ceremony for paying profound respect to the members of the Sangha and sharing merits of good deeds.

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