Award

Tipitaka Examination

Update : October 22, 2021

Background

  • Burma wanted to host the Sixth Buddhist Council to celebrate 2500 years of Buddha Sasana.
  • A Burmese Delegation (including Sayadaws) visited neighboring Theravada countries to seek advice and to solicit participation in the Council.
  • The Theravada Sayadaws expressed the need for a Tipitaka Sayadaw.

Burma invited interested Sayadawa to sit for Oral and Written Examinations for

  • Vinaya
    Monastic Rules of Conduct
  • Sutta
    Discourses
  • Abhidhamma
    Ultimate Reality
    The examination consists of two Parts
Mahasi Sayadaw and Mingun Tipitaka Sayadaw

Mingun Tipitaka Sayadaw

  • Mingun Sayadaw U Vicittacara served as an Examiner for the first Tipitaka examination.
  • One Sayadaw passed the Vinaya, but said that he would not take further examinations to concentrate on his Practice of the Dhamma.
  • Sir U Thwin requested Mingun Sayadaw to take the Tipitaka examination as preparation for the Sixth Buddhist Council.
  • Mingun Sayadaw passed with Distinction in all subjects, and was awarded “Tipitakadara Bandakarika”.
  • He served as the Chief Reciter / Respondent for the Sixth Buddhist Council held at Kaba Aye, Rangoon from 1954 – 56.
    Mahasi Sayadaw served as the Chief Questioner.
  • Mingun Sayadaw’s Memory Prowess is recorded in the Guiness Book of World Records in the 1950s.
  • Mingun Sayadaw donated back the Garawa Money and Gifts to the needy monasteries.
  • He later sponsored aspiring monks who had finished Dhammacariya to take the Tipitika examination.

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