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The Opening Ceremony of "International Conference on Buddhist Meditation Practices and Buddhist Psychology Focusing on Emotions (Cittānupassanā)" held at ITBMU.

International Conference on Buddhist Meditation Practices and Buddhist Psychology Focusing on Emotions (Cittānupassanā)" was held at the International Theravāda Buddhist Missionary University at 9:00 am on 14th December 2013. The opening ceremony was attended by the Chairman of the State Saṁghamahānāyaka Committee, Rector Sayadaw, Pro-Rector Sayadaw (Academic) and Pro-Rector (Admin) of the International Theravāda Buddhist Missionary University, Dean Sayadaws, Professors and Venerable Sayadaws from the meditation centres, the Union Minister for Religious Affairs H.E. U San Sint, and the Minister for Social Affairs of the Yangon Region, Dr. Myint Thein.

The conference was also attended by the scholars from Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Vietnam, scholars from universities, teaching staff, students and observers.

At the ceremony, Chairman of the State Saṁghamahānāyaka Committee, the most Venerable Bamo Sayadaw Baddanta Dr. Kumārābhivaṁsa (Abhidhjamahā-raṭṭhaguru, Abhidhajaaggamahāsaddhamajotika) delivered the Opening Speech, ovādakathā. Then Aggamahāpanḍiṭa Baddanta Dr. Nandamālābhivaṁsa, The Rector of the International Theravāda Buddhist Missionary University, delivered a keynote speech.

Then, the Union Minister for Religious Affairs, H.E. U San Sint delivered the welcome speech.

The Pro-Rector Sayadaw (Academic) Baddanta Dr. Candāvarabhivaṁsa and Pro-Rector (Admin) Dr. Thant Zin Naing of the ITBMU, offered and presented the gifts to the sayadaws and invited guests.

Paper reading session began in the afternoon. The international conference was held from 14th to 16th December, 2013.