The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture held the 3rd rice donation ceremony at Mingalar Byuhar Sasana Beikman in Pyinmana Township of Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory yesterday.
The donation aimed for the monasteries and nunneries in Pyinmana and Pobbathiri townships.
Five monks, including Ovadacariya of Uppatasanti Pagoda Board of Trustees Patron Sayadaw Agga Maha Pandita Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotikadhaja Bhaddanta Vimala Bodhi of Mingalar Zeyone Pali Takkattho Monastery and Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Ko Ko, the Permanent Secretary, Directors-General, Deputy Permanent Secretaries and other officials attended the ceremony.
Firstly, the Union Minister and party took five precepts from Presiding Sayadaw Bhaddanta Vimala Bodhi of Mingalar Zeyone Pali Takkattho Monastery and listened to Yadana Sutta, Metta Sutta and Pubbana Sutta recited by Sayadaws.
Then, Union Minister presented the donations for the monasteries in Nay Pyi Taw, especially in the COVID-19 pandemic— 852 rice bags in May 2020, 914 rice bags in October, reopening of pagodas across the nation starting 8 February 2021 and efforts for the propagation of Pariyatti, Paripatti and Sasana.
The Union Minister and party donated the offertories and rice to Sayadaws, and Sayadaw Bhaddanta Vimala Bodhi delivered a sermon.
The Ministry donated a total of 214 rice bags— 113 rice bags to 10 monasteries and 4 nunneries in Pyinmana Township and 101 rice bags to 6 monasteries and 3 nunneries in Pobbathiri township.—MNA