July 7, 2019
The 22nd Waso Robe Offering Ceremony for the Members of Sangha in the eastern side of the Thanlwin River was held yesterday at the Wailuwan Pariyatti Monastery in Tangyan Township, Shan State.
Under the arrangement of Central Committee to Implement the Development of Border Areas and Ethnic Nationals, Ministry of Border Affairs organized the Waso Robe Offering Ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by members of Sangha in Panghsan, Wankaung, Narphat, Manmansai, Narwi, Metmung, Hopan, Mongmaw and Nantit regions led by Presiding Sayadaw of Wailuwan Pariyatti Monastery Sadhamma Jotikadhaja Bhandanta Vicintta.
North-East Command Commander Maj-Gen Aung Zaw Aye, Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut, Shan State minister for Bama ethnic affairs Dr Aung Than Maung, Chairman of Leading Body for Palaung Self-Administered Zone U Win Kyaw, representative of Leading Body for Kokang Self-Administered Zone U San Lwin, “Wa” special region (2) committee member U San Maung, deputy directors-general from Ministry of Border Affairs, officials from Department for Development for Border Areas and National Races, departmental officials and local people also attended the ceremony.
The congregation first received the Five Precepts from Presiding Sayadaw of Panna Dipa Monastery Maha Sadhamma Jotikadhaja Bhandanta Canda Siri, followed by the recitation of parittas by Sayadaws and Members of Sangha. Afterwards, the North-East Command Commander and wife, the Deputy Minister for Border Affairs and attended donors offered Waso robes to the Members of Sangha.
The congregation also listened to the sermon delivered by Presiding Sayadaw of Kinekone Pariyatti Monastery Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotikadhaja Bhandanta Kusala, and shared merits they gained. The ceremony then concluded after reciting “Buddhasasanam Ciram Titthatu” three times by the congregation.
Over 3,000 members of Sangha were offered with 2000 sets of robes at the ceremony. Shan State government donated K 1 million, North-East Command Commander and wife offered 50 robe sets, and other organizations offered 555 sets of robes.
The deputy minister and party then donated cash to the monasteries and nunneries in the region, and also donated clothing and stationaries for the students learning at the monasteries and nunneries. The Department for Promotion and Propagation of Sasana of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture also donated 400 robes for nuns.
Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar