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60th Anniversary of Indonesia~Myanmar

Sitagu opens Yangon academy

By Cherry Thein
June 20 - 26, 2011

Sayadaw Nyanissara, also known as Sitagu Sayadaw, speaks at the newly opened Sitagu International Buddhist Academy in Dagon township on June 17. Pic: Hein Latt Aung

PROSPECTIVE students are being invited to enroll in Buddhist literature degrees at Sitagu International Buddhist Academy’s new Yangon campus, which opened in Dagon township last week.

U Han, secretary of the Sitagu Buddhist Association, which runs the academy, said the new campus would eventually offer bachelor, masters and doctorate programs. Since 2006 Sitagu has run a small centre in Dagon township offering diplomas in Buddhist scripture.

He said there was a great deal of demand from the monastic community for formal Buddhist education.

“Today, many monks want to study Buddhist teachings. Some of the texts are really hard to learn but they manage to do it and there are even some who have nine or 10 degrees,” he said.

Sitagu International Buddhist Academy was established in Sagaing in 1994 to teach and train missionary monks. The association is building a third campus in Mandalay, U Han said.

“The three campuses will be able to accommodate many students when they’re all open. In recent years, students had to go to Sagaing to study but now they can learn in Yangon. Mandalay campus is under construction and will be of great service to monks in Mandalay, which has a large monastic community,” U Han said.

The association, which was founded by Sayadaw Nyanissara, is also involved in water, health and missionary projects.