The teaching of Buddhism has dominant influence on the Myanmar way of life. Thus, Myanmar is also well known as the best-preserved tradition of Buddhist country. The people have great respect for elders and reverence for Buddhism.
The Tipitaka is one of the foundations on which Buddhism is sustained and King Anawrahta (1044-1077) who, with the monk Shin Arahan, first established Theravada Buddhism in the kingdom of Myanmar, brought back from Thaton to Bagan city thirty sets of the Tipitaka on thirty-two white elephants to sustain and promote Buddhism. Later Myanmar kings also promoted the study of Buddhism by making copies of the Tipitaka on palm leaf and offering them to monasteries.