- Ba Sein (Religious Affairs)
In order to carefully preserve the noblest task for purification, perpetuation, propagation and promotion of the Buddha Sasana (the Teachings of the Omniscient Buddha) at home and abroad, the Government of the Republic of the Union of
Myanmar always attaches great importance to the implementation of this noblest task.
In this regard, we all Buddhists throughout the country are very pleased and greatly honored to learn that the President Office of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar issued the Notification No.1/2017 regarding presenting religious titles on the Independence Day of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar which falls on the 4th January 2017.
According to the Notification No.1/2017 of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the respective religious titles have been presented as follows to internal and international outstanding Buddhist monks, Buddhist nuns and laypersons who earnestly carried out this noblest task for purification, perpetuation, propagation and promotion of the Buddha Sasana at home and abroad.
Religious titles for distinctively fulfilling two Dhuras (duties), Gantha Dhura (duty of learning and teaching of the Pitaka Scriptures) and Vipassana Dhura (duty of engaging in meditation)
(a) Abhidhajamaharatthaguru title to five eminent Mahatheras (Chief monks)
(b) Aggamahapandita title to thirteen eminent Mahatheras
(c) Dhamakahtika Bahujanahitadhra title to two eminent monks
(d) Aggamahaganthavacakapandita title to fifteen eminent monks
(e) Mahaganthavacakapandita title to eighteen eminent monks and three eminent nuns.
(f) Ganthavacakapandita title to sixteen eminent monks and three eminent nuns
Religious titles for excellent missionary works on Buddhism
Both internal and international outstanding Buddhist monks, nuns and laypersons who distinctively carried out this noblest task of the excellent missionary works on Buddhism at home and abroad have been presented these religious titles as follows.
(a) Abhidhaja-aggamahasaddhammajotika title to four eminent Mahatheras (Chief monks)
(b) Aggamahasaddhammajotikadhaja title to thirty-two eminent monks including five eminent monks from abroad, one from Thailand. one from Bangladesh, one from Cambodia, one from Nepal and one from the Republic of Korea.
(c) Mahasaddhammajotikadhaja title to twenty-two eminent chief monks.
(d) Sadhammajotikadhaja title to twenty-six eminent monks, three eminent nuns and one person from abroad, the Republic of Korea.
(e) Aggamahakammathanacariya title to four eminent monks including one form abroad, Thailand.
(f) Mahakammathanacariya title to six eminent monks
(g) Kammathanacariya title to three-eminent monks.
Religious titles for excellent missionary works on Buddhism (only for laypersons)
The outstanding laypersons who generously donated and provided the four requisites for this noblest task of excellent works on Buddhism at home and abroad have been presented the respective religious titles as follows. It is learnt that these religious titles have been presented since 1990.
(a) Sirisudhammamanijotadhara title to one layperson
(b) Sudhammamanijotadhara title to six laypersons
(a) Sirisudhamma Theingi title to one layperson
(b) Sihasudhamma Theingi title to five laypersons
(c) Sudhamma Theingi title to fifteen laypersons
It is further leant that the great grand religious titles presentation ceremony will be held at the precinct of the Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Republic of the Union of Myanmar on the Fullmoon of Tabaung 1378 ME (on 12th March, 2017). The religious — title recipients at home and from abroad will be officially invited to attend this very auspicious ceremony to receive their respective religious titles which will be presented by the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar for the year of 2017.