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Myanmar’s President confers honorary titles on SL monks

Myanmar’s President U. Win Myint has decided to confer the honorary religious title of “Aggamahāpaṇḍita” on four Sri Lankan Buddhist monks, and several other honorary titles on three Buddhist monks and one layman from Sri Lanka, in honour of the 73rd anniversary of Myanmar’s independence.

Ven. Mihiripenne Sobhita Thera of the Sri Maha Bodhi Maha Viharaya, Dehiwala, Ven. Dr. Kollupitiye Mahinda Sanha Rakkhita Maha Thera of the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya and the Kithsirimevan Raja Maha Viharaya, Ven. Tirikunamale Ananda Mahanayka Maha Thera of the Sri Amarapura Dharmarakshitavamsa Maha Nikaya, and Ven. Dodampahala Chandrasiri Maha Nayaka Thera of the Sri Kelayanivasa, Amarapura Maha Nikaya, have been conferred with the “Aggamahapandita” title.  

Buddhist and Pali University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ven. Gallelle Sumanasiri Thera, and Ven.  Prof. Medagampitiye Wijithadhamma Thera, of the Sri Jayewardenepura University’s Pali and Buddhist Studies Department, have been conferred with the honorary religious title “Aggamahasadhdhamma” Jothika Dhaja. 

Ven. Thumbowila Dhammaratana Thera of the Thumbowilapurana Maha Viharaya, Piliyandala, and Prof. Asanga Tilakaratne of the Damrivi Foundation, have been conferred with the honorary religious title, “Maha Sadhdhamma Jothika Dhaja”.   

“Aggamahāpaṇḍita” is an honorific Buddhist title conferred by the Government of Myanmar to distinguished Theravada Buddhist Bhikkhus, and means “foremost great and wise one”. A number of Sri Lankan Bhikkhus have also been conferred the “Aggamahāpaṇḍita” title by the Government of Myanmar in the past, and the latest title was conferred to Ven. Prof. Kotapitiye Rahula Anunayake Thera in 2020.