20th Shwkyin Nikaya conference was held at a monastery in Hmawbi Township, on the outskirts of Yangon yesterday.
Shwekyin Nikaya is the second largest monastic order of Sangha in Myanmar.
The Head of the Shwekyin Order, Sayadaw Abhidaja Maharattha Guru Aggamaha Pandita Bhaddanta Vijota, presided over the conference, which focuses on purifying, preserving and propagating Theravada Buddhism.
Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko and Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein attended the opening ceremony of the three-day conference which will end on 31 January.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko expressed his delight for the gathering of the Buddhist monks for making decisions and suggestions for purification and preservation of Buddha Sasana.
He also pledged that the government would work together with the Members of the Sangha to preserve the Theravada Buddhism.
In the morning session of the conference, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein handed over K3 million donated by President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin through Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko.—Myanmar News Agency