NAYPYI TAW, September 17
Aceremony to donate rice,oil, salt, peas and cash to the funds for rice and medicine to members of Sangha at Pali University Nyaungdon Monastery in Bahan Township, Yangon Region this morning, and was attended by Presiding Sayadaw of Pali University Nyaungdon Monastery Agga Maha Pandita Agga Maha Gandavasaca Pandita Bhaddanta Pawarabhivumsa and members of Sangha.
Also present on the occasion were Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, Commander-in-Chief(Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Maung MaungKyaw and wife, senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services (Army,Navy and Air), the Yangon Command commander and wife, government officials, wellwishers,social organizations,and invited guests.
The Senior General and congregation received five precepts from the Pali University Nyaungdon Sayadaw,and members of Sangha recited Sutta. The Senior General and wife presented offertories as well as rice,oil, salt and peas donated by families of Tatmadaw(Army, Navy and Air) to the Sayadaw.
The Commander-in-Chief(Navy), and the Commander-in-Chief(Air), senior military officers and well-wishers presented offertories to members of Sangha.
The Senior General accepted cash donated to the funds for rice presented by Adjutant General Lt-Gen Myo Zaw Thein on behalf of families of Tatmadaw (Army,Navy and Air), as well as cash donated by well-wishers. The Commander-in-Chief(Navy),and the Commander-in-Chief(Air) accepted cash donations made by well-wishers.
Then, dean of lecturers at Pali University Nyaungdon Monastery, member of Central Working Committee of the Sangha HlaYadanar Monastery Sayadaw Agga Maha Gandhavasaca Pandita Citiyingana Passarasiri Maha Dhamma Guru Bhaddanta Narada Bhivumsa delivered sermons, and the Senior General and congregation shared merits gained, and offered meals to members of Sangha.
The Senior General and party also visited livitadana Sangha Hospital in Bahan Township this morning and presented foods and cash donations to multi-purpose funds donated by families of Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air) and well-wishers.
Regarding the purpose of donation, the Senior General said families of Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air) and well-wishers have made donations for the sake of race and religion since long time ago. As the livitadana Hospital, opened as a free clinic in 1940, today provides free medical treatment for monks, nuns and patients of all religions for their longevity and health, Tatmadaw is glad to make donations together with well-wishers. Though the donations will not cover all the expenses, he said, it will contribute partially to health care services provided by the hospital. Only with good health, one can study and work well. Health is therefore critically important for everyone, and without good health, no matter how rich a person is, he will not be able to enjoy the life. The Senior General acknowledged those working at the hospital for their contribution to public welfare and the race and religion. He hoped that the hospital workforce would be able to serve public welfare more in the future.
The Senior General handed over cash donated by families of Tatmadaw (Anny, Navy and Air), and the QuartermasterGeneral handed over foods,and a well-wisher handed over cash donations on behalf of other well-wishers. The chairman of the hospital administration board U Win Lwin and officials accepted donations. Vice-chairman of the hospital administration U Than Tun spoke words of thanks.
A total of Ks-23,124,000,11 bags ofrice, 34.90 viss of oil, 10 bags of peas, 17 viss of salt, various medicines and other offertories were donated to Pali University Nyaungdon Monastery, and a total of Ks-10 million to the funds, 1,140 sachets of Nan Myaing coffee and Shwe Phi Oo tea were donated to the livitadana Hospital(Yangon).