Myanmar Buddhist Titles

On 12 March 2017, his 80th birthday, Sītagū Sayadaw U Ñāṇissara was awarded Myanmar’s highest Buddhist title, Abhidhajamahāraṭṭhaguru, for his tireless, selfless work in the promotion of Dhamma through education, health care, and disaster relief. Previously, Sayadaw also received the following titles: Mahādhammakathika Bahujanahitadhara,  Aggamahāsaddhammajotikadhaja, Aggamahāpaṇḍita, and Aggamahāganthavācakapaṇḍita. To date, five institutions of higher learning have also conferred honorary PhDs. For a brief bio, see this page (up to 2013).

With that, one may wonder what other religious title are awarded by the Myanmar government. Following is a list of said titles sorted according to the category in which they belong. 1

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  1. After hours of pouring over Myanmar government websites and romanising the titles, I stumbled across this Wikipedia page with the work already done, and made minor spelling corrections. This table is based on that. Thanks to Venerable Ānandajoti for the English renderings.


Carpenter Bee 17 Aug 16“As a bee gathers honey from the flower
without injuring its color or fragrance,
even so the sage goes on his alms-round in the village.” – Dhp 49

“Yathāpi bhamaro pupphaṁ,
Paleti rasamādāya,
evaṁ gāme munī care.”

“ပျားပိတုန်းသည် ပန်းပွင့်ကိုလည်းကောင်း၊ အဆင်းအနံ့ကိုလည်းကောင်း မပျက်စီးစေဘဲ
ပန်းဝတ်ရည်ကိုသာ စုပ်ယူပျံသွားသကဲ့သို့ ရွာ၌ ရဟန်းသည် ပန်းတည်းဟူသော သဒ္ဓါတရားနှင့် အဆင်းအနံ့ဟူသော စည်းစိမ်ဥစ္စာကို မပျက်စီးစေဘဲ ကျင့်ရာ၏။”

“Như ong đến với hoa,
Không hại sắc và hương,
Che chở hoa, lấy nhụy.
Bậc Thánh đi vào làng.”


Carpenter Bee ©Ashin Sopāka 2016