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The controversial Japanese Mahayana Temple located in an apartment at the Liberty Plaza in Kollupitiya said it would continue its religious activities in Sri Lanka despite an attempt by some Buddhist monks to stop them.

A woman worshipper yesterday rejected allegations that the temple was a fraud and said it was purely a place where one could practice the teachings of the Buddha.

She said the temple which had been operating for 17 years was registered with the Public Trustee as a Buddhist Centre. The Temple owned by a Japanese lady known as Ms. Komotso is married to a Sri Lankan and funds the temple and pays a monthly rent of Rs.100,000 to the Liberty Plaza.

Last week several Buddhist monks and laymen protested outside the temple premises during a prayer session conducted by the Japanese monks.

“The Buddhist monks forcibly entered the premises shouting out that we stop our prayer session. The monks said we should only have Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and not Mahayana,” the worshipper said.

She said worshippers had to spend nothing more than Rs.7,000 for a Pooja though some of its detractors had claimed that worshippers were asked to pay more than Rs.500,000.

The worshipper said this kind of interference by Buddhist monks had occurred on three separate occasions and the protests were led by a person  alleged to be a Peradeniya University Professor who had been visiting the temple since late last year.

“We found out that the so-called professor who was asked to leave the university now works as a tuition teacher,” she said.

Meanwhile police spokesman Maxie Proctor said the police had come to the premises because of a breach of peace and said no one was arrested and no action was taken against either party with regard to Saturday’s incident. (Olindhi Jayasundere)

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  • sparks Friday, 30 September 2011 03:06 AM

    What Lord Buddha preached is a practice and not what dishonest human beings have created as Mahayana or Therawada. Sinhalese Buddhism is an insult to the preaching of the great teacher Lord Buddha where we ingrain our selves in 99% rituals (mainly copied from Hinduism) while totally alienating true Buddhist practices in our life style. Thus, when we are not actually true Buddhists, what right do we have to question others of the same? This incident itself shows the gravity of knowledge our monks have.

    Dinesh Thursday, 29 September 2011 01:52 PM

    Why worshippers have to pay money to follow the religion?

    Sara Thursday, 29 September 2011 03:24 PM

    Practicing Mahayana is not allowed.

    globetrotter Thursday, 29 September 2011 03:32 PM

    How will the religion be able to fund itself? From building lavish temples, churches, kovils and mosques to all the other services it does?

    shameer Thursday, 29 September 2011 03:38 PM

    therawada monks trying to grab that fortunes...


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