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The Kollupitiya police, who are investigating the activities of the controversial Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist Temple run by two laymen and a Japanese monk at the Liberty Plaza, said according to the statements given by 25 people they had paid more than Rs.10 million to learn ‘true Buddhism’.

Kollupitiya Crimes OIC M.P.D.I. Kulasekara told Court that the Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Ministry had in a letter to the Public Trustee requested that the registration of this organisation be cancelled to avoid attempts at degrading Buddhism.

The police said they would seek the Attorney General’s advice on legal action to be taken against the ‘temple.’ They told Court that extracts of the investigation report, where it had been alleged that several devotees who visited the place had been swindled and a complaint regarding child abuse would be forwarded to the AG.

Inspector Kulasekara under the instructions of the Kollupitiya OIC Sisira Peththathantri are conducting further investigations.

According to the trust deed, Rev. Shindo Nomura, Kyoko Komatsu and Nihal Nillegoda had been named as the board of managing trustees.

According to the deed of trust the objective of running the temple was to encourage the practice of true Buddhism and propagation of its essential teachings, specially the lotus sutra and its profound essence. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

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  • KOLONNAWA Friday, 07 October 2011 06:32 AM

    expensive truth..........

    kamal Thursday, 06 October 2011 02:31 PM

    this will open another chapter and all buddist will avoid making any kind of donations to temples, they will be scared

    simple sam Friday, 07 October 2011 07:31 AM

    it's our people's stupidity. somebody just made millions out of it.. how can people be so ignorant!!

    Big Ears Thursday, 06 October 2011 04:05 PM

    This is a notorious sect in Japan. Many Japanese keep off this sect as they are after your money.

    FadeToBlack Friday, 07 October 2011 09:22 AM

    People are using money for things that money cannot buy.

    Vajiragnana Friday, 07 October 2011 09:40 AM

    It is the duty of the Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Ministry to annouce that other than "pure" Theravada Buddhism there can be no other sects of Buddhists in Sri Lanka. If anyone wants to practice Mahayana or any other sects they have the liberty to move to a country that practice distorted versions of Buddhism, You have to put a fullstop right at the strat!

    Nagaragiri Kiththil Friday, 07 October 2011 09:51 AM

    No free lunches,no free rides to heaven either.

    Cheap Cheap, Cheap.

    David Tuesday, 11 October 2011 02:35 AM

    Is this a rogue temple or an official Nichiren Shoshu temple? Or a temple run by corrupt people.
    If this incident is a case of persecution of Mahayana Buddhism without regard for religious freedom, then I would like to know.
    Nichiren Shoshu has a long history and power grabs have occured in recent times, under the past HighPriest. They were spread in Japan and around the world by the Soka Gakkai who was excommunicated in 1991.
    It could also be the Soka Gakkai, behind this story as paid agitators or bribes.......because they are still obsessed with trying to make Nichiren Shoshu look bad, when they themselves are seriously in violation of true Nichiren Buddhism. The Soka Gakkai is very rich and pays politicians around the world. Nichiren Shoshu is not so rich. I would appreciate further explanations from Sri Lankans as to how they were swindled.

    sarath Thursday, 06 October 2011 08:13 PM

    You are out of your mind.

    sarath Thursday, 06 October 2011 08:13 PM

    you are out of your mind


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