Ma Ha Na appeals for unity among Buddhist clergy
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.