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ဓမ္မစာစုများ (Quotes)


မကောင်းမှုမှန်သမျှ မပြုလုပ်ခြင်း
ကောင်းမှုမှန်သမျှ ပြည့်စုံစေခြင်း
မိမိစိတ်ကို ဖြူစင်စေခြင်း

ဤတရားသုံးပါးသည် ခပ်သိမ်းသော ဘုရားရှင်တို့၏ အဆုံးအမ သြဝါဒပေတည်း။

  1. Missionary tasks at home and abroad are to be carried out effectively and widely
  2. Missionary tasks are to be based in hilly regions and extended to other necessary regions
  3. Efforts are to be made energetically for promotion and propagation of the Sasana in all parts of the world
  4. Tasks of translation of Pitakas, international relations, rendering assistance to Buddhist missionary schools, compilation of Buddhist Treatises, giving talks and lectures, are to be carried out systematically in support of missionary work.

Historical Background

According to the new administration scheme (15-3-72), the Ministry of Home and Religious Affairs strived for prevalence of law and order , community peace and tranquillity, admin-stration, security, religious affairs, with the participation of unit departments including the Religious Affairs Department.

In religious sector, for implementation of the three objectives of purfication, prepetuation and propagation of the Sasana, it is necessary to strive for development of promotion and propagation of the Sasana in hilly regions with added momentum. So in order to carry out the tasks of promotion and propagation of the Theravada Bud-dhist Sasana at home and abroad effectively and successfully, the Departmemt for Promotion and Propagation of the Sanana was established on 9 May 1991 with (32) officials and (337) staff, totalling (369).


The following divisions are organized under the Department for the Promotion and Propagation of the Sasana.

  1. External Missions Division
  2. Internal Missions Division
  3. Administrative Division
  4. The State Pariyatti Sasana University (Yangon)
  5. The State Pariyatti Sasana University (Mandalay)

Tasks carried out
Tasks carried out of The Department for the Promotion and Propagation of the Sasana

The Department for the Promotion and Propagation of the Sasana is a Department established in order to promote and propagate the Theravada Buddhist Teachings at home and abroad and the following duties are to be done.

  • Striving for promotion and propagation of the Buddhist Sasana in the Union of Myanmar.
  • Striving for promotion and propagation in all parts of the world.
  • Rendering assistance to missions at home and abroad.
  • Rendering necessary assistance and aid to the State Pariyatti Sasana Universities for their maintenance and development.
  • Rendering assistance to Buddhist Sasanika buildings and missionary sayadaws.

  1. Striving for promotion and propagation of the Theravada Buddhist Sasana by having relations with international Buddhist associations and the persons concerned.
  2. Translation of Pitaka treatises and Buddhist literature into major languages of the world.
  3. Giving assistance for opening meditation centres, building pagodas and monasteries, renovation and missionary work.
  4. Translation and publication of Pitaka literature into various languages of nationalities.
  5. Compilation of Buddhist literature and scriptures.
  6. Arrangements are made to get passports, entrance visas and exit visas for native missionaries, bhikkhus, samaneras, nuns, and for foreign bhikkhus and laity to come to Myanmar for meditation, studying Buddhist literature and missionary work.
  7. Collection and preservation of books, ancient palm-leaf inscriptions, folded-paper manuscripts, Kammavacas in Research Library. Library staff render necessary service to the researcher.
  8. Collection, preservation and displaying of various kinds of images, photographs and charts, etc. are carried out in the Buddhist Art Museum.
  9. Missionary Sayadaws, nuns and lay persons are appointed at missionary centres in necessary regions and maintenance of religious buildings in these regions.
  10. Raising the qualification of missionaries and rendering assistance to them.
  11. Striving for increasing the number of samghas in the State Pariyatti Sasana Universities (Yangon/ Mandalay), who are fully endowed with the following qualifications as adopted by the First Congregation of the Samgha of All Orders.
    1. To have high morality and uprightness
    2. To be well versed in Pitaka Scriptures
    3. Learned and skilled in Pali
    4. To be clever at Myanmar literature
    5. Emergence of Samghas who are able to do missionary work at home and abroad, and to instil in trainee-bhikkhus the missionary spirit to work for the Sasana in any place, be it economically developed or not, or be it rural area or a city.
  12. Carrying out the tasks of monastic education schools and monastic education (nuns) schools.


Buddhist Minissionary Centres opened in border and hilly regions of Myanmar. Following the establishment of the Department for the Promotion and Propagation of the Sasana the number of the missionary centres have increased to 457 in volving 537 Buddhist monks and 41 Buddhist nuns.

In addition to these hard- working missionary monks and nuns there are 1036 laymen to carry out missionary activities on a broader scale under any conditions in the regions. Training courses in missionary work were conducted wherever necessary with the aim of speeding up missionary work, and up to the present there have been courses turning out successful trainee- monks, nuns and laymen.

The efforts of these missionary workers have borne fruit in the form of 144054 persons becoming Buddhists.