Need a leader to represent Buddhist monks: Gnanasara Thera

2016-03-01 23:57:38

From any point of view Buddhist monks in recent history have lacked a strong leader, compared to other religions, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera said.

“We have leaders in our two Nikayas. As every other religion has its own leader, Buddha Sasana also needs to have a leader to represent all the Buddhist monks,” Thera said.

“The president we have is a Sri Lankan Buddhist but he is presented as a nominal figure,” he said.

He made these comments after he appeared before the Appeals Court today regarding a case filed against him. The next hearing had been fixed for March 28, the Thera said.

He said that although there have been responsible persons and authorities, Buddhist monks in the country have been silenced.

“This has caused the decline in Sinhala Buddhists,” he also said.

“No one is here to talk about the pressure that is exerted on the Sri Lankan Buddhist people by the Christian extremists. We have now severely been surrounded by the Christian extremist forces.

Therefore authorities should open their eyes to start a struggle to defeat the Christian extremist forces and to save Sri Lankan Buddhists,” the Thera also said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  Comments - 26

  • Ravi Wednesday, 2 March 2016 01:05

    Politicians my friend has to stay neutral. The devotees, the religious teachings, and the religious leaders are the ones to protect a religion. On the other hand what happened to the angelic sources that Buddha left to protect the sasana?

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    Jiffry Haniffa Wednesday, 2 March 2016 01:49

    Yes you are the correct person for this post

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    Ram Wednesday, 2 March 2016 02:07

    For once I agree with Gnansara. BBS needs a deputy leader to lead when the leader is in custody

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    Wise Donkey Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:56

    There are no Buddhist extremist, Christian extremists,Hindu extremists or Muslim extremists except you! Everyone fears you that you will create unrest in this peaceful island.

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    lankan Wednesday, 2 March 2016 02:51

    Ane hamuduruwene Which Christian force and doing what Identify please. Buddhist are living peacefully dont disturb them. via DM Android App

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    rajs26 Wednesday, 2 March 2016 04:33

    you are supposed to preach the teaching of Buddha and not to practice politics.

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    Top Cat Wednesday, 2 March 2016 04:33

    Sorry, the Buddhist have the best leader and that is no other than the Philosopher Load Buddha. This leader is immortal.

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    Tony Wednesday, 2 March 2016 05:26

    what have Christians done to prevent proper gratin of Buddhism? Can you be more specific than using a broad brush to tarnish Christianity please?

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    Imtias Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:08

    Sounds like a memory loss after the prison life. Where are the Muslim terrorists ? Where did they suddenly disappear? Or did they pay him to keep them off his media statements?

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    Hamlet Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:09

    "From any point of view Buddhist monks in recent history have lacked a strong leader,..."Gnanasara, If there was such a Leader you would not be allowed to desecrate the Sacred Saffron Robe!

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    BV Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:41

    THANKSBUT NOT YOU. via DM Android App

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    naushi Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:47

    Yes dear hamuduruwane! need religious leaders who can guide people in proper path not thugs

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    Shiraz Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:51

    Oba thuma kaththa karana kota hari pinwath patai / seelacharai. Oba thuma e widiyata hesirunanan neda hoda

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    pras Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:52

    He is very correct. All the others have a voice but not Sinhala Buddhist. Its time we really wake up via DM Android App

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    keen Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:53

    Religions are protected by God not any leaders or religious leaders.

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    srilankan Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:54

    Lord Buddha is your leader follow him and his preaching via DM Android App

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    ANTON Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:59


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    Shan Wednesday, 2 March 2016 10:02

    These BBS thugs need to go back to the temples to meditate and pray.They need to be leaders of Buddhism not politicians. Now they are imagining.christians are out to get them. They must follow the teachings of Buddha. And stop being rabid anti Tamils. It is groups like these that fostered Prabhakaran and enabled him to do what he did. via DM iOS App

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    Shan Wednesday, 2 March 2016 10:07

    Thank you Tony. Well said. These monks are part time thugs. They have to go back and retake lessons in Damma. via DM iOS App

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    rasheedomar14bab521 Wednesday, 2 March 2016 11:39

    Yes, you have finished with the Muslim extremist, now you target the Christians exremist.

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    arnold Wednesday, 2 March 2016 11:45

    Folks, this guy was given a mission by Gota to create chaos in Sri Lanka so that MR clan could continue to steal billions while everyone is busy talking about communal problems.

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    tj Wednesday, 2 March 2016 11:48

    Buddhism is something you fellow and take refuge in your own heart and mind. its dead when you let it go. via DM Android App

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    Sincere Wednesday, 2 March 2016 12:31

    Now he has started singing the same old lyrics with a new tune!

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    Ranjit Wednesday, 2 March 2016 13:08

    Get lost.

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    Sincere Wednesday, 2 March 2016 13:36

    They have been silenced in and around courts of law against unruly behaviour. Where else have they been silenced?

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    Nilhan Jayawardene Thursday, 3 March 2016 06:57

    One of your organisars of your party shot, Now trying to get rid of evidanc.

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