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Mahanayake expresses dissatisfaction with situation in country

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The Ven Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera, the Mahanayake of the Malwatta Chapter, yesterday, expressed his dissatisfaction with the situation in the country

‘We are not satisfied with the current situation in the country, we have informed the President of this on several occasions but to no avail,” the Mahanayake Thera said during a meeting with a group of young SLFP parliamentarians led by MP Namal Rajapaksa yesterday at the Malwatta temple in Kandy.

“Deterrent punishment should be given to persons found guilty of child abuse. The law of the country should be enforced. Some Buddhist monks are in the habit of seeking positions. The government should not entertain their requests unless they are eligible. A Buddhist monk should not hold any post in the government excepting that of a school teacher. It is not advisable to appoint Buddhist monks to government posts. Requests from Buddhist monks for driving licences should not be entertained. I have made a request in this regard to the Commissioner of Motor Traffic as well,” the Mahanayake Thera said.

The Mahanayake Thera further said, “Public funds allocated for development programmes should be spent gainfully and purposefully without wasteful expenditure. The government must implement an effective programme to help Dhamma schools. Dhamma schools in remotes areas are facing many hardships. They need state patronage. Senior Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, when he was Prime Minister, promised to appoint Dhamma school teachers who had passed the Dharmachariya examination, as government teachers, but his proposal has not yet seen the light of the day”

Mr. Namal Rajapaksa promised to convey the Ven.Thera’s sentiments to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said a programme was underway, in consultation with the prime minister, to boost social values. He pointed out that the government had focused special attention on the incidents at Tangalle and Akuressa.

Meanwhile the Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatta Chapter in a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that although in bygone days the government always gave the first place to Buddhism, the current situation was completely different.“…but today that policy has been changed and although it is mentioned in Sri Lanka’s Constitution we have to check whether the position acquired by the other religions has been received by the Buddhism. Lacking that type of background we can see that this Buddhist Island is heading towards a deteriorated condition. The country’s condition was adversely affected by the invasions of the imperialists and the administrative lapses that occurred after independence and after the recent war. The revolutionary changes that took place due to these occerrences were immense,” the letter said.

The Mahanayake also said that Buddhist values and gentle good qualities had deteriorated due to imperialist activities and present day political strategies and that they should be revived by the government, the educated elite, the venerable monks and laymen in a concerted effort. He wanted the President to organise a social recreation programme immediately.

“The Government should come forward to start a religious renaissance and a massive programme without the feelings mixed with political targets and with a righteous feeling. This should be done not tomorrow, but today. If the government took action according to the instructions given by us on national, religious and social issues the present day religious and social problems would have been solved easily,” he had said. (J.A.L.Jayasinghe and Shane Seneviratne)

 
 

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-6+199 # Cobra 2012-07-17 07:24
All the people are expressing their dissatisfaction about what is happening in the country and against those who are responsible by protests, through the media and the thousands of web comments we see every day. But they do not hear because their ears are clogged with colonies of dust mites!!!!!
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-5+89 # shanthi 2012-07-17 09:37
You are very correct and well said , it's now too late , gone from bad to worse.who is to be blamed???
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-1+2 # kanthi 2012-07-17 13:08
Sri Rohana Janaranjana holders & presenters plus those who seek 'miracles' and 'spells' from the stick (on their way to the land of milk and hunny).
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-12+4 # gel-la 2012-07-17 16:10
USA
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-13+104 # CHANDRAPALA 2012-07-17 08:02
Now it is two late. The country has already fallen in to the deep hell. How many times have they been advised by the prelates regarding the present situation of the country?
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-2+20 # cindymontrose 2012-07-17 15:02
The so called people in the government do not want to hear any thing good for the poor people.. they are very happy their pockets are getting filled every day. Mahanayakas should be strong and courageous to tell the people of this governemnt how to behave as proper human beings and to serve the poor people.
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-10+95 # Manisha 2012-07-17 08:07
Dear Ven. Sir we expect more involvement in your counterpart to protect Buddhism than general affairs i.e monks in the partiament and pradeshiya sabhas, thousands of Buddhas rising through out the county, the inconsistent teachings by different bhikkus and people who preach they are enlightened etc.

ACT NOW OR NEVER
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-1+9 # citizen junior 2012-07-17 17:31
Manisha, correct, leave the useless politicos out ; what are our clergy doing ?, they are unable to put their own house in order ,let alone correcting layman, through proper preaching-
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-7+125 # Ramanan Sivapathan 2012-07-17 08:33
Ape Hmuduruwane........ We have felt this long time ago. The unfortunate thing is that many Sri Lankans realises this very late
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-0+1 # Nodrog 2012-07-17 08:53
Glad to see at least one Monk waking up to reality unlike the many others greedy for positions, power and materialistic possessions / idealogies.
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-3+46 # Arachchi 2012-07-17 09:17
Too late..Too little...
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-55+41 # indi 2012-07-17 09:20
Malwaththe haamuduruwoma thamayi kiwwe warak.
This President should be the leader for the country forever.
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-4+5 # perera 2012-07-17 23:37
dont be such a fool.
no one should have anything for life.
it is upto the people to elect them or kick them out
are you a democrat or a stupid communist idiot
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-4+35 # Al Rasa 2012-07-17 09:37
Ven. Mahanayakw thero please understand that all what you have mentioned started long ago but when it happens and when it was let to happen , remedial measures are in a snail speed.
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-7+26 # saman 2012-07-17 11:23
Stop blaming each other, we all should get to gether and change the LAW of the country. If go to courts it will take more than 10 years to get a result . Then people try to solve their problems on their own.
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-7+45 # aaa 2012-07-17 11:37
It is not correct to mention other religions when they talk about Buddhism.
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-3+11 # Fayad 2012-07-17 14:46
very true, also against the teachings of lord Buddha
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-2+25 # roochshiam 2012-07-17 13:45
What took them so long.
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-3+21 # kiribath 2012-07-17 14:49
wait for 25 years and talk, ha ha ha, hooo ha.
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-3+11 # Banda 2012-07-17 16:51
It's a curse that this country is facing...
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-9+4 # citizen junior 2012-07-17 17:39
whos country ? Prabhakaran's or ours - the curse is our short memory
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-2+10 # RajasH 2012-07-17 17:57
it's seems you cant erase Prabakaran from your memory and move forward
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-3+6 # jagath 2012-07-17 16:58
hamuduruwane bana kiyanna epa oya minissunta
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-2+3 # Dayan 2012-07-17 17:23
The biggest issue of our NATION is to implement GOOD GOVERNANCE from POLITICAL LEADERSHIP to RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP as we all can witness, when we try to choose the HEADS for Dalada Maligawa and Sri padha
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-4+5 # Chenamana 2012-07-17 17:23
the politician know how to make poly tricks and how to cheat the people once the election on the way. Until GOSL solve the tamils issue non f the sinhalese is going to live with peace. The souls of the nearly 200000 killed tamils will not allow you to live peacefully in SL. Even though you say there are people living happily, that is a show only. In their heart there are not.
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-12+3 # Senna 2012-07-17 18:02
It is not too late. OnlY Two Years after the brutal war with LTTE. Country may be shifting lttle bit away from the normal state because of the massive development programmes, interference from Western Countries & Tamil Nadu and massive assistance from China and Russia & Pakistan-some quarters don't like that? Govt should keep a balance and eradicate corruption and consult relevant Ven Mahanayakas and other Religious leaders time to time.
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-2+8 # Janaki Kalansuriya 2012-07-17 18:23
Venerable Sir, your statement is not a very firm one. like they have been before. You come under pressure and succumb. Please be steadfast and make a bold decision and not worry about what happens to you. Believe in your "SELF" like the Buddha did and you'll see the results. No one is going to be dumb to harm you physically. Once you have made your stance known to the whole country and stay steadfastly, the people will rally round you.
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-1+4 # Jayasekara 2012-07-17 18:30
To improve law and order only punishing persons found guilty will not do as this government withdrew cases against their supporters when the publicly attention is gone so all these cases against their supports only till the public attention is there
If they had continue the rape case against the MP many things would have been different
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-4+10 # senavi 2012-07-17 18:52
ordaining children should be stopped
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-2+5 # Em 2012-07-17 20:58
Any country will be at a great shape when there are no religions involves in the governance.
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-2+2 # shan 2012-07-17 23:03
This is God punishment to us
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-1+2 # SARATH ANANDA - GAMP 2012-07-18 13:05
H.E VENERABLE SIR, WE HAVE NO WORDS THANK YOU.YOU ARE ALWAYS ABOVE THE POLITICIANS. YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY AND ALSO THE POWER & AUTHORITY TO INSIST THE DIRTY POLITICAL PINGUTHTHARAYAS TO DO AN HONOURABLE SERVICE TO THE NATION. PLEASE ORGANIZE BUDDHIST THEROS TO GET TO GETHER WITH BUDDHIST LAWYERS AND FIGHT AGAINST THE CORRUPTED DIRTY POLITICOS WHOSE ACTIONS, BEHAVIORS LEAD TO DESTROY OUR SINHALA INNOCENT BUDDHISTS.
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-0+2 # Anura 2012-07-18 13:48
sounds like more duty free vehicle permits are on the way...You just wait.......la la la la la lal lallah
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-0+1 # L.b.ALUVIHARE 2012-07-18 14:25
I feel its the clergy who spoils the politicians who are powerful to get things done at the expense of the people, they need not be under obligations they represent the the greatest of all the Lord Buddha. Budusaranai, lanka apita.
I am personally proud of the Mahanayake thero of the Malwatta for being true to himself.
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