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As many as 728 Buddhist monks who obtained higher ordination and 940 novice monks had disrobed themselves last year posing a threat to the existence of the Buddha Sasana, and the government should take serious note of this situation, the UNP said in Parliament.

Speaking during the debate on the committee stage, Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Ministry, UNP MP for the Kurunegala district Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said that though the government spent millions of rupees for various pageants in view of the Sambuddatwa Jayanthi, nothing had been done to address the real issues confronting the religious institution. Mr. Perera said that the government should have given money for the welfare of Bhikkhus looking after temples amid financial difficulties.

"I ask the Prime Minister to give a monthly allowance of Rs.5,000 for such monks. I know of monks who do not have enough robes to be worn. They run their temples amid difficulties. It will be a great meritorious task if they are given such an allowance. That should be done in view of the Sambuddatwa Jayanthi,” he said.

He said, “We have seen a large number of young Bangladeshi Buddhist monks living in Sri Lanka. However, they do not conduct themselves in conformity of religious obligations. There are complaints that these Bangladeshi monks even eat beef.”

Also, he stressed the need to introduce tough laws to act against treasure hunters. He said that treasure hunters had damaged Buddha statues in a desecrating manner in search of valuables in recent times. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 5

  • Athula Saturday, 03 December 2011 01:21 PM

    There is much you can do about it . The truth will never cease.

    Daniel Saturday, 03 December 2011 02:57 PM

    The attraction of 'worldly life' - sex,alcohol,wealth etc., are too strong to resist for those who became samaneras at a tender age of 10 years, to renounce the 'worldly life' before they were capable of understanding same.
    In Burma, monks are out collecting alms in public, early morning. Monasteries where they live, get donations of sacks of rice, vegetables etc. They really practice the code of ethics laid down by the Buddha, for his followers/disciples.Laymen are allowed to become monks for temporary periods upto two years.
    The "great" philanthropists here,who seek nirvana by erecting statues & temples, will attain it sooner by supprting the sangha,without publicity.

    Chris de Silva Saturday, 03 December 2011 03:25 PM

    We should be happy that they have disrobed without actingf as decoys for all sort of nefarious characters including the JHU, The UNP and the UPFa.and becoming businessmen in robes seducers of girls and boys narcotic dealers.

    Amrit Saturday, 03 December 2011 04:22 PM

    The minister has made an inappropriate statement about young Bangladeshi Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka. He has failed to notice that large numbers of Bangladeshi Buddhist monks have been studying at several universities and Privenas in SL. And many of them have completed their studies and came back to society and contributing for Buddhist affairs and social well-being in Bangladesh and around the Buddhist world. There is no guarantee that 100% can be perfect. There are monks who may do certain misbehaviour, but he can't generalize it for all Bangladeshi monks. If any individual monk doesn't behave appropiately SL goverment should take action aganist him irrespective of nationality.

    kira Sunday, 04 December 2011 02:35 AM

    Better disrobe and live the life you want, Than stay in an lie to your self.


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