Daw SUU KYI SPEAKS ON Unity — Virtuous leaders serve public interests with genuine affection: Chairman Bhamo Sayadaw

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi presents offertories to Bhamo Sayadaw as she seeks advice from Members of Sangha Maha Nayaka.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi presents offertories to Bhamo Sayadaw as she seeks advice from Members of Sangha Maha Nayaka.

VIRTUOUS leaders always act in the best interest of all citizens in their delivery of public service with genuine affection, State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Chairman Bhamo Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa said giving his words of advice to State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon yesterday.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi sought advice and guidance from prominent monks at Kaba Aye Pagoda in the former capital.
The chairman Sayadaw expressed his delight at the state counsellor’s New Year speech, in which she vowed to lead the country with affection and accountability, echoing her father General Aung San’s words in an address.
The state counsellor’s visit to members of the Sangha for advice comes just over one month after the government took office. The chairman Sayadaw expressed his belief that her actions would enable the government to earn the trust and affection of the Buddhist population. Over 88% of the country’s population profess Buddhism.
He encouraged the state counsellor to shield and promote the Sasana, the Buddhist religious faith.
In her articulation of the government’s policy to prominent monks, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that her government holds the responsibility to commit itself to fulfill the rational wishes and ambitions of the people of all different races and faiths.
The state counsellor vowed that her government would spare no effort to accord great esteem to the religious instruction that reads ‘Never go against monks and people’.
The execution of that responsibility can be interpreted as the protection and promotion of the race and the Sasana, she said.
The state counsellor also described pure love, pure compassion, pure delight and pure disregard as the four virtues of Buddhism, stressing that the exercise of these virtues would keep at bay the act of discrimination on the grounds of race, gender and/or religion.
She also guaranteed the rule of law, equality and human rights based on these virtues as a safeguard against moral corruption. She highlighted the need to establish trust and understanding to ensure peaceful coexistence among different ethnic groups and faith groups residing in the country.
“This is the only way we can build a peaceful, prosperous nation,” she said.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that she was happy to see the Order of Sangha flourish under the leadership of the Sangha Nayaka Committee at all levels, describing the achievements as a significant milestone in the history of preserving Sasana.
The ceremony came to an end with a sermon delivered by SSMNC’s Secretary Sayadaw Bhaddanta Chandimabhivamsa, followed by the sharing of merits by the congregation.

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