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The Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera and the Buddha Sasana Karya Sadaaka Mandalaya, a leading Buddhist organization, has opposed certain sections of the Interim Report on the new Constitution that was presented by the steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly recently.

A statement issued by the organization said the report has suggested the inclusion of "Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is a free, sovereign and Independent Republic (aekiya rajya/orumiththa nadu) consisting of the institutions of the Centre and the provinces which shall exercise power as laid down in the Constitution’ when defining the nature of State.

However, it said the Tamil word ‘orumiththa nadu’ means united. The organization said this could be an attempt to achieve federalism. Additionally, it said it was opposed to an alternate section being included in the report on the status of Buddhism in the country.

Accordingly, the organization said it is opposed to the wording that had been included which states that other faiths would not be discriminated against while giving the foremost place to Buddhism. “It is not clear as to this applies in this situation when other religions are not subjected to discrimination even now".

The statement has been signed by Venerable Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera, Venerable Welihitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thera, Venerable Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera, President, All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Dr. Praneeth Abeysundara and Jagath Sumathipala along with a host of other monks and laymen. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Vernon Friday, 29 September 2017 08:41 AM

    Buddhism is a philosophy, and hence please limit your role to teaching the philosophy to the masses,

    ajith Friday, 29 September 2017 01:38 PM

    Sri Lanka's variance of practice of Buddhism or Sinhalese Buddhist culture inherently interlinked with Bikku Shangga involvement of national issues. The historical role played by Bikku Shanggas had made their marks in protecting Sri Lankan Identity and Culture over centuries unless to you should have noted Buddhism would have wipe out by western invader or south Indian centuries ago from this land. . So no one can not asked be silent on other issues and concentrated only in Teaching Dhamma. If you want learn more clarifications, please read the book Bikku

    ajith Friday, 29 September 2017 01:38 PM

    Sri Lanka's variance of practice of Buddhism or Sinhalese Buddhist culture inherently interlinked with Bikku Shangga involvement of national issues. The historical role played by Bikku Shanggas had made their marks in protecting Sri Lankan Identity and Culture over centuries unless to you should have noted Buddhism would have wipe out by western invader or south Indian centuries ago from this land. . So no one can not asked be silent on other issues and concentrated only in Teaching Dhamma. If you want learn more clarifications, please read the book Bikku

    ajith Friday, 29 September 2017 01:38 PM

    Sri Lanka's variance of practice of Buddhism or Sinhalese Buddhist culture inherently interlinked with Bikku Shangga involvement of national issues. The historical role played by Bikku Shanggas had made their marks in protecting Sri Lankan Identity and Culture over centuries unless to you should have noted Buddhism would have wipe out by western invader or south Indian centuries ago from this land. . So no one can not asked be silent on other issues and concentrated only in Teaching Dhamma. If you want learn more clarifications, please read the book Bikku

    ajith Friday, 29 September 2017 01:39 PM

    Sri Lanka's variance of practice of Buddhism or Sinhalese Buddhist culture inherently interlinked with Bikku Shangga involvement of national issues. The historical role played by Bikku Shanggas had made their marks in protecting Sri Lankan Identity and Culture over centuries unless to you should have noted Buddhism would have wipe out by western invader or south Indian centuries ago from this land. . So no one can not asked be silent on other issues and concentrated only in Teaching Dhamma. If you want learn more clarifications, please read the book Bikku

    Sumangala Thero Friday, 29 September 2017 01:53 PM

    Even philosophers are welcome if they can save the nation from the danger.

    FREEDOM FOR ALL Friday, 29 September 2017 08:57 AM

    PEOPLE SUPPORT A SECULAR STATE TO BRING FORTH A FREE SOCIETY AND END VIOLENCE AND INTOLERANCE. THIS WILL ALSO END A CERTAIN SECTION OF THE SOCIETY OPENLY TERRORISING ANOTHER WITH IMPUNITY.

    Prof. R.M. Tennakoon Friday, 29 September 2017 09:05 AM

    Mahanayaka Theros

    Nalaka Friday, 29 September 2017 09:09 AM

    Sri Lanka needs only amendments to the current constitution to address minority issues. Period.

    Vernon Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:16 PM

    Who created anyone called minorities? It is by registering people as Sinhalese, Tamils etc. See what it has created now?

    Herath Friday, 29 September 2017 09:11 AM

    A govt that denies citizens right to franchise has no right to make new constitutions.

    Piyasoma Friday, 29 September 2017 09:18 AM

    Maha Nayakas must oppose the interim report as it is backed by hostile foreign nations

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 29 September 2017 02:02 PM

    Who invented the legend of "Hostile Foreign Nations"? This can only have been someone who wanted to distract from internal problems. Sri Lanka is much too small and unimportant to make other nations enemies.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 29 September 2017 09:32 AM

    Federalism should be practiced not only inside the country but even inside our homes, where the wife kids servants and even animals should have their rights, decision making, self develop, responsibilities, respect etc. Incompetency, racism and ignorance are reasons for persons failing to change but to build their comfort zones not allowing anyone to develop. "when other religions are not subjected to discrimination even now" the Maha Nayake's are clearly far from knowing reality or simply trying to create their comfort zones.

    Sharon Friday, 29 September 2017 09:36 AM

    Obawahanselata bohoma pin...

    daham Friday, 29 September 2017 09:50 AM

    rajitha, mangala wage ayagen api ahanne me haamuduruwaru anthawaadeeda?

    max Friday, 29 September 2017 10:05 AM

    Oba Vahanselata Pin for giving the real picture to the public about the proposed constitution.

    Pf Friday, 29 September 2017 10:12 AM

    We should never forget this country has been safeguarded by the Buddhist monks. So listen to them pl. via DM Android App

    Sofia Friday, 29 September 2017 05:46 PM

    Not in the recent past that I can recall. Only Maduluwawe Sobitha Himi came forward.

    shameer Friday, 29 September 2017 10:34 AM

    There is no wrong in including "Other faiths would not be discriminated against, while giving the foremost place to Buddhism." Hope they are aware that other religions are being subjected to discrimination now.

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 29 September 2017 10:46 AM

    Stay in your temples, concentrate on religious activity and keep your corrupt fingers out of politics. If you had only a little knowledge of democracy, you would know that federalism also means a united country and that a democracy works only well if no religious community demands a foremost position.

    Gayan Friday, 29 September 2017 08:02 PM

    Common feeling of non buddhists.

    DISCRIMINATION ! Friday, 29 September 2017 10:50 AM

    “It is not clear as to this applies in this situation when other religions are not subjected to discrimination even now". -- come on - ask any right thinking person.- and you'll will get the righ answer. People in seclusion need keep their ears on the ground to know the situation (on the ground)

    WEERA WICKRAMA Friday, 29 September 2017 11:35 AM

    Listen to Maha Nyakas. That was a tradition of the country where Buddhist monks are the force behind for UNDIVIDED SRI LANKA..

    ceylon Friday, 29 September 2017 12:23 PM

    monks dont follow buddhism.they are talking about constitution.first follow buddhism as monks. via DM Android App

    Gayan Friday, 29 September 2017 08:03 PM

    This is what non buddhists want.

    Hautaum Friday, 29 September 2017 01:25 PM

    How was this Island before ruling of European ?So federalism is the unity of the Island now. The constitution should not be influenced any community or religion. it should be same meaning in all languages

    ceylon Friday, 29 September 2017 01:40 PM

    these maha nayakas for buddhism or politics.they are failers for both. via DM Android App

    leel Friday, 29 September 2017 04:20 PM

    when last time Buddhism was disappeared from the country a Tamil king sri wikrama rajasinhe (adopted Sinhalese name) help to revive it.

    leel Friday, 29 September 2017 04:21 PM

    when last time Buddhism was disappeared from the country a Tamil king sri wikrama rajasinhe (adopted Sinhalese name) help to revive it.

    leel Friday, 29 September 2017 04:21 PM

    when last time Buddhism was disappeared from the country a Tamil king sri wikrama rajasinhe (adopted Sinhalese name) help to revive it.

    yaka mahathaya Friday, 29 September 2017 04:48 PM

    secularism is the only way out for sri lanka to become a truly democratic country. take singapore for example. they have not mixed up the constitution with religion. our people simply doesn't have common sense to think out of the box. to think beyond their bootlaces.. to act wisely. to empathise others. to go beyond their comfort zone. talk about development ? wishful thinking .!

    Justin Friday, 29 September 2017 04:53 PM

    I am one who believes religion in SL should not be politicised. Bhiku should preach and practice Buddhism not politics. He must stick to the limts of his mandate.1. "Free, sovereign and independent Republic..." very well defines the nature of SL and not any other descriptionm.2. How could "Orumitha Nadu", which means United Country, lead to Federalism? 3. Bhikku argument on faiths exposes their ignorance. of DiscriminationObviously, the Bhikkus are trying to incite Sinhala Buddhist hatred against Tamils against the law of SL on hatred. The GSL should take legal action against the Bhikkus

    ceylon Friday, 29 September 2017 07:01 PM

    buddhist organisations.is there any in lanka.where are you.thug monks are distroying buddhism openly and dailywhere are youwhat ate you doing. via DM Android App

    Gayan Friday, 29 September 2017 08:04 PM

    Non buddhists like you have no right to say such thing.

    shiromi Saturday, 30 September 2017 02:59 PM

    That means only Buddhisy has a right to talk about this country's contititutiob. - You are admitting that you are a racist or religious fanatic!


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