Monday, September 25, 2017

Women-only Pali recitation comp to be held

The first competition testing the ability of nuns and laywomen to recite the text of the Pariyatti – the teachings of the Buddha on doctrinal practice – will be held early next year, organizers say.

Organisers at the Shwe Yadana Parahita convent in Shwe Pyi Thar township say it is the first competition of its kind in Myanmar and will be conducted in three levels: basic, intermediate and advanced.

The prescribed text for the February 2011 contest will be distributed to all nuns and women interested in participating.

Daw Pyinna Sari, presiding nun at the convent, said the contest aimed to encourage nuns and women to study Pariyatti literature, which she said all Buddhists should learn.

“It’s like the saying, ‘A hand that holds the cradle rules the world.’ Generally women are mothers and they pass on their knowledge to their children,” she said.

“The parents are the first religious teachers for their children and I think women should be well-versed in the teachings of the Buddha so they can teach their children well.”

The contest supported by the International Dhamma-cakka Foundation and the patrons are Taw Tike Sayadaw, Zee Gone Sayadaw and Ashin Zawana (Myittar Shin Shwe Pyi Thar) and head nuns from the convent.

Nuns or women who would like to take part in the contest or make a donation can visit the nunnery in Than Din Ward, Shwe Pyi Thar township or call (01) 611-523, 09-512-4408 or 09-512-7330. – Cherry Thein