October 21, 2017

Waso robe offering ceremony held in Nay Pyi Taw

President U Htin Kyaw, First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi offering ‘soon’ to Sayadaws as part of the Waso robe offering ceremony.  Photo: MNA

Myanmar’s Waso robe offering ceremony was held at the Maha Sasana Beikman, Upatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with President U Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi paying homage to Sayadaws and offering Waso robes and other offertories.
Also present at the ceremony were the Chairman Sayadaw of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Dr Bhaddanta Kumarabivamsa, Vice-Chairman of the SSMNC Abidhaja Maharattha Guru Bhaddanta Obathabivamsa and Reverend Sayadaws.
Prior to the ceremony, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi paid homage to the Buddha in the Sasana Beikman, offering food, fruits, flowers, water and candles.
Audience present at the ceremony received five precepts administered by the Chairman Sayadaw, listening to the parittas recited by members of the Sangha.  Afterwards, the President and his wife donated a Waso robe and offertories to the Chairman Sayadaw, followed by the offering of the Waso robe and offertories to the Atulakari Hsinmin Monastery Sayadaw by the State Counsellor.
Vice President U Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet Htay offered a Waso robe and offertories to Vice-Chairman of SSMNC Yaydashay Sayadaw, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint and wife Daw Cho Cho donated to Konethar Sayadaw Bhaddanta Vilasa and Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than and wife Daw Nant Kyin Kyi to YayU Sayadaw.  Following that, Union Chief Justice U Htun Htun Oo donated a Waso robe to Vice-Chairman of SSMNC Dr Bhaddanta Pinnya Nanda, and Senior General of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla donated to Kanthonesint Sayardaw Bhaddanta Gunikarbhivamsa.
In addition, Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal U Myo Nyunt and wife Daw Htay Yi, Chairman of the Union Election Commission U Hla Thein and wife Daw Aye Thida, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice- Senior General Soe Win and wife Daw Than Than Nwe, Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Aye Tha Aung and wife Daw Thein Yin, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission Chairman Thura U Shwe Mann and wife Daw Khin Lay Thet also offered Waso robes and offertories to Sayadaws.
Making Waso robe donations and offertories to members of the Sangha were Union Ministers, the Union Attorney General, Union Auditor General, Union Civil Service Board Chairman, Central Bank of Myanmar Chairman, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman and Nay Pyi Taw Command Commander.
At the end of the ceremony, Vice-Chairman of SSMNC Atulakari Hsinmin , Monastery Sayadaw preached the sermon and shared the merits of the deed. Finally, President U Htin Kyaw and wife Daw Su Su Lwin, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and guests offered food to the Sayadaws.—Myanmar News Agency

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