NAY PYI TAW August 25
An annual ceremony of families of Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air) and well-wishers to donate rice,edible oil, salt, gram, medicines and cash for nine prerequisites to Pariyatti monasteries, nunneries and homes for the aged across Nay Pyi Taw Council Area, was held at Maha Withutayama Zaygon Monastery in Pyinmana Township, this afternoon, attended by Presiding Nayaka of Zaygon Monastery Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru Bhaddanta Kavisara and members of the Sangha. This kind of donations has annually been made by the families of Tatmadaw and wellwishers since 1996. The collective donation ceremonies have been held in eight townships in Nay Pyi Taw Council Area, including Pyinmana,Tatkon and Lewe townships, since 2006.
Also present on the occasion were Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army)Vice-Senior General Soe Win and wife Daw Than Than Nwe, Union Minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe and wife, and Union Minister Lt-Gen Sein Win and wife, Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo and wife, Commander-in-Chief (Navy)Admiral Tin Aung San and wife,senior military officers and their wives from the Offi ce of the Commander-in-Chief, the commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command and wife, and well-wishers.
Firstly, the Senior General and congregation took the Five Precepts from the Presiding Nayaka of Zaygon Monastery and Metta Sutta recited by members of the Sangha. The Senior General and wife offered alms to the Presiding Nayaka Sayadaw of Zaygon Monastery.
Afterwards, the Vice-Senior General and wife donated offertories to Abbot of Mingalazeyon Pali Tekkatho Monastery Bhaddanta Vimalabhuddhi, and the UnionMinisters and their wives, senior military officers and wellwishers,offertories to members of the Sangha and nuns.
Next, the Senior General and wife offered 624 bags of rice and 1,872 viss of gram donated by families of the Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air), the Vice-Senior General and wife, 187.20 viss of edible oil and 1,872 viss of salt donated by Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd and well-wishers, rice, edible oil, salt, gram and medicines to the Presiding Nayaka Sayadaw of Zaygon Monastery.
The Senior General accepted cash for alms donated by families of the Tatmadaw(Army, Navy and Air) through General Mya Tun Oo and well-wishers. The well-wishers then presented cash donations to the Vice-Senior General and the Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air).
After that, an official supplicated on purpose of donations. Later, the Senior General and congregation took a sermon delivered by the Presiding Nayaka Sayadaw of Zaygon Monastery and shared merits gained.
At the today’s ceremony,they donated Ks-21 million for the fund of alms, 843 bags of rice, 197.20 viss of edible oil, 1,872 viss of gram, 1,872 viss of salt, 2,100 packets of chilli powder, 1,000 packets of turmeric, 1,000 packets of spices, 500 boxes of instant shrimp-paste, 5,600 bottles and 360 packages of assorted medicines and other offertories.