Ma Ha Na ap­peals for unity among Bud­dhist clergy

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - AUNG KYAW MIN aungkyawmin@mm­times.com

The chair of the Sangha Maha Nayaka Com­mit­tee, which reg­u­lates and over­sees the Bud­dhist clergy in Myan­mar, urged monks to unite be­hind Bud­dha’s teach­ings.

THE chair of the gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed Sangha Maha Nayaka Com­mit­tee, which reg­u­lates and over­sees the Bud­dhist clergy in Myan­mar, urged monks through­out the coun­try to unite be­hind Bud­dha’s teach­ings.

“If Bud­dhism, which is be­ing wor­shiped by the ma­jor­ity of Myan­mar’s cit­i­zens, di­verges from Bud­dha’s teach­ings, Myan­mar can­not achieve sta­bil­ity, peace and de­vel­op­ment,” said State Sangha Maha Nayaka Com­mit­tee (Ma Ha Na)’s chair Dr Bhad­danta Ku­marab­hivamsa.

On Novem­ber 10, a meet­ing of the 47-mem­bers lead­ing com­mit­tee gath­ered for the 7th State Sangha Maha Nayaka Com­mit­tee held at Kabar Aye Kone Myae.

All the Sangha (clergy) have to be united and have the duty to sup­port the peo­ple in ac­cor­dance with Bud­dha’s teach­ings so that Myan­mar as a whole will at­tain peace, tran­quil­ity and de­vel­op­ment, said the chair of the meet­ing Dr Bhad­danta Ku­marab­hivamsa.

“To over­come dis­unity and un­rest, I as­sume that the Sangha have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to help peo­ple in Myan­mar to live peace­fully to­gether with un­der­stand­ing and com­pas­sion among each other, in ac­cor­dance with Bud­dha’s teach­ings,” he said.

In the past, in Myan­mar where nearly 87 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion is Bud­dhist, peo­ple lived peace­fully in ac­cor­dance with Bud­dhist cul­ture, tra­di­tions and the way of liv­ing taught by Bud­dha. There was also unity among monks, ac­cord­ing to Ma Ha Na’s chair.

Union Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Af­fairs and Cul­ture Thura U Aung Ko urged all Sangha or­gan­i­sa­tions, from the state Sangha Nayaka to vil­lage Sangha Nayaka com­mit­tees, to meet once or twice a year to foster unity and en­sure con­stant di­a­logue.

“Only in this way can Sangha or­gan­i­sa­tions re­main aware of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and make in­formed de­ci­sions which are ben­e­fi­cial to the reli­gion,” he said.

Sangha or­gan­i­sa­tions aim to work to­ward good re­li­gious prac­tices by su­per­vis­ing each other, and to pre­vent the spread­ing of all writ­ings and talks which are against the Pi­takas (scrip­tures), added the Union Min­is­ter.

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