Steering Committee meets to hold Waso Robe Offering Ceremony of Union Government

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Vice President U Myint Swe, patron of the Steering Committee for holding the Waso Robe Offering Ceremony of the Union Government, addressed a coordination meeting held at the meeting hall of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture yesterday afternoon.


The 12-member Leading Committee for Holding the Waso Robe Offering Ceremony was formed in accordance with Notification 78/2019, dated 24 June 2019, issued by the Office of the President and the Working Committee for Holding the Waso Robe Offering Ceremony was formed with 18 members and four work duties assigned to it.
In this year’s Waso Robe Offering Ceremony of the Union Government, a total of 68 Sayadaws, including 47 State Sangha Maha Nayaka Sayadaws and nine Tipitaka Kovida Sayadaws, one Cetiyahitakaraka (Shwethuwon) Sayadaw and 11 Ovadacariya Sayadaws of the Board of Trustees of the Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw have been invited.
Speaking at the meeting, Vice President U Myint Swe stressed the need to make all necessary arrangements for the Sayadaws and attendees as in past years.


He also called for preparing healthy and hygienic meals for the Sayadaws and accompanying laymen and urged the health sub-committee to provide health care to the Sayadaws. LED boards were to be installed as in the past years to show the ceremony in progress and committee and sub-committees were to do their best, based on past years’ experiences.


As the Waso Robe Offering Ceremony of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar was a Union-level ceremony, relevant sub-committees were to systematically manage and coordinate their work, said the Vice President. Next, Thura U Aung Ko, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture and Chairman of the leading committee, Deputy Minister U Kyi Min, Secretary of the leading committee, reported on preparations made and work remaining to be done.


Afterwards, various sub-committees explained about their sector wise work. Vice President U Myint Swe, gave detailed comments to ensure proper coordination on the discussions made, and the meeting came to a close with concluding remarks by the Vice President.


At the very advent of the Buddha Sasana, the Gautama Buddha allowed Sanghas to use only three robes during the rainy season. Visakha, the lady who donated the Pubbaryon Monastery in the land of Savatthi asked the Buddha for permission to donate extra robes to monks.


At the request of Visakha, the Gautama Buddha allowed monks to accept robes in accord with religious code of conduct. The Waso robe was named after the event of offering in the month of Waso and Waso-robe offering became one of the Myanmar festivals during Waso.


Being a robe offered in accordance with strict codes set by Buddha, the Waso robe offering is a noble donation and donors may get special benefits according to Buddhist scriptures.


The following senior officials attended the above meeting: Thura U Aung Ko, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture and Chairman of the leading committee, committee members Dr Myo Aung, Chairman of the Nay Pyi Taw Council, Deputy Ministers for Maj-Gen Aung Thu, U Kyi Min, U Kyaw Myo, Dr Tun Naing and U Maung Maung Win, Member of the Nay Pyi Taw Council U Aung Myin Tun, Deputy Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command Brig-Gen Maung Maung, members of the work committees, members of the 10 sub-committees and officials.