Great Buddhist Council, Sixth

   Following the precedent set by King Mindon (r. 1853-1878), Prime Minister U Nu convened the Sixth Great Buddhist Council in May 1954 to produce an authoritative Burmese language translation of the scriptures, or Tipitaka, from the Pali original. Held at the Maha Pasana Guha, an artificial cave built on the grounds of the Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda in Rangoon (Yangon), it brought together learned members of the Sangha and completed its task by 1956. The Council, which is also known as the Sixth Buddhist Synod, coincided with the 2,500th anniversary of the attainment of nibbana by Gotama Buddha.

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