Meeting of 7th State Sangha Committee concludes

The second day of 17th meeting of the 47-member 7th State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee held in Yangon yesterday. Photo: MNA
The second day of 17th meeting of the 47-member 7th State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee held in Yangon yesterday. Photo: MNA

The 17th meeting of the 47-member leading committee of the 7th State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee held its second day meeting at the Wizaya Mingalar Dhammathabin Hall on Kaba Aye Hill in Yangon yesterday.
Joint Secretary Sayadaw of the committee Agga Maha Gandavasaka Pandita Bhaddanta Nandasara acted as the Master of Ceremonies.
During the meeting, the members of the 7th State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee reviewed the decisions by sub-Sangha Maha Nayaka committees over disputes, and discussed religious and educational issues carried out by State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (first sub-group) before giving final decisions over the issues.
Before the meeting came to an end, the Joint Secretary Sayadaw sought the approval for a brief report on the accomplishment of work done by the working group of the leading committee on its performance in the fifth period.
The meeting was attended by Chairman Sayadaw of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Abhidhaja Maharattha Guru Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Bhamo Sayadaw Dr. Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa and members of Sangha, as well as, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko, Director-General of Religious Affairs Department U Myint Oo, pro-rector (Admin) of International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU) U Khin Maung Win and officials and staff from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture.
The meeting was presided over by Chairman Sayadaw of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Abhidhaja Maharattha Guru Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Bhamo Sayadaw Dr. Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa. On day one of the meeting on Friday, Chairman Sayadaw Dr. Kumara Bhivamsa urged the regulatory bodies of the Sangha in region and states to carry out their tasks effectively in attempts to prevent some monks and novices who have been acting against the religious rules of Theravada Buddhism. There are about 500,000 members of the Sangha in Myanmar. Nearly 90 per cent of Myanmar’s population practices Theravada Buddhism, the more conservative of the two major branches of the religion.— Myanmar News Agency

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