The great grand and auspicious paying homage ceremony for conferring the noblest religious titles on the outstanding Buddhist-monk candidates who distinctively got through the 67th Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination in the year of 2015

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[dropcap font=”0″]W[/dropcap]e all Buddhists across the Republic of the Union of Myanmar know that the 67th Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination was successfully held at the Mahapassana (Great) Cave on the Siri Mingala Kaba Aye Hillock, Yangon, Myanmar from 28th December 2014 to 29 January 2015 and it took 33 days.
It is further learnt that altogether 360 entitled Buddhist-monk candidates sat for the exam. Out of them, 200 Buddhist-monk candidates took the oral examination and 160 candidates, the written examination. Out of them, only 54 candidates and 36 candidates got through oral and the written examination respectively.
In this regard, the great grand and auspicious paying homage ceremony for conferring the noblest religious titles on those 90 outstanding Buddhist-monk candidates who distinctively got through the examination will be grandly held at the Mahapasana (Great) Cave on the Siri Mingala Kaba Aye Hillock, Yangon, Myanmar on the 16th May, 2015. It is further learnt that the eminent Mahatheras (Chief monks) will be present at this very great grand and auspicious paying homage ceremony including 90 outstanding Buddhist-monk candidates.
In order to hold successfully this ceremony, all necessary arrangements and requirements have already been conducted by the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Government of Yangon Region.
It is known that the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has been a predominantly Theravada Buddhist nation in the world for nearly one thousand years, and over 90 percent of nation’s population has taken faith in Theravada Buddhism since then. Furthermore, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has been recognized as a permanent higher learning centre of genuine Theravada Buddhism not only in the Buddhist world but also throughout the world. According to historical records of Buddhism, the Fifth and Sixth Great Buddhist Councils (Synods) were successfully convened in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar with a view to ensuring purification, perpetuation and propagation of the Buddha Sasana (the Buddha’s teachings) all over the world. The Sixth Great Buddhist Council, which was attended and participated by Mahatheras (Chief monks) from Five Theravada Buddhist Nations, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, was successfully held in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in 1954.
In order to carefully preserve genuine Theravada Buddhism, a great number of Buddhist Monastic Institutions and learning Centers of Buddhist Scriptures have been established in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar for years. For the time being, the two Pariyatti Sasana Universities, one in Yangon and another in Mandalay have been so far established to promote and propagate the Theravada Buddhism throughout the world. At present, Buddhist monk students are attending these two universities, and if they have got through the prescribed examinations held by these Universities, they will be conferred Takkasila Dhammacariya Degree (Bachelor of Arts) in Buddhism and Tekkasila Maha Dhammacariya Degree (Master of Arts) in Buddhism respectively. And now, the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, the very first one in the Buddhist world has been also already established in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in order to propagate, promote and flourish genuine Theravada Buddhism throughout the world, and to share the knowledge of Buddhism both in theory and practice with the peoples of the world to promote their happiness and moral well-being.
According to the Pariyatti (learning canonical Texts) Education System of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, there are seven kinds of religious examinations including the Sacred Tipitakakovida Selection Examination yearly held by the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. The seven kinds of religious examinations are as follows:-
(1)    Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination
(2)    Dhammacariya Examination
(3)    Phthamagyi Examination
(4)    Pathamalat Examination
(5)    Pathamange Examination
(6)    Abhidhamma/Visudhimagga Examination (only for Laymen and Nuns)
(7)    Five Nikaya Examination
Out of these seven kinds of religious examinations, the Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination has been separately held by the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar since sixty six years ago. Buddhist monk candidates who wish to appear for this Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination must have passed at least the Pathamagyi Examination. In fact, the Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination is quite different from other religious examinations because the candidates have to take 33 days to sit for this examination. They have to take both oral examination consists of Pali Texts, 8,026 pages of Tipitaka canons and the written examination consists of Pali Texts Athakatha (Commentaries) and Tika (Sub-commentaries) of 9.934 pages of Tipitaka canons respectively. Only the candidates who have got through both oral and written examinations will be presented the Title of Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida (the Title of Religious Heroes). Up to now, only thirteen outstanding members of Sangha (Bhikkhus) (Religious Heroes) were presented the Title of Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida within over 67 years’ duration of the Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination.
It is learnt that many members of Sangha throughout the country appeared for the Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination from year to year. However, most of them were not successful. In fact, the Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examiantion is the most difficult of the religious examinations which are yearly held in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Such Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination can be held only in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar which has carefully preserved the genuine Theravada Buddhism for nearly one thousand years. It is learnt that such examination cannot be held in other Theravada Buddhist nations.
Members of Sangha, multifarious Buddhist people and Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, hand in hand, are striving to propagate, promote and flourish the genuine Theravada Buddhism not only in homeland but also at abroad. We all Buddhists know that the Sasana is of the three kinds, viz (1) Pariyatti Sasana (Learning the Buddha’s teachings), (2) Patipatti Sasana (Practical application of the Buddha’s teachings) and (3) Pativedha Sasana (Realixation of the Buddha’s teachings). Out of them, the Pariyatti Sasana is the most important one which mainly leads to the purification, perpetuation and propagation of the Buddha Sasana (the noble teachings of the Buddha). The aims and objectives of holding the Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination are to preserve, promote and flourish the genuine Theravada Buddhism all over the world.
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