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No Buddhist monk should be given nomination for the upcoming general election or any other election in the future, Mihintale Rajamaha Viharaya Chief Incumbent Walawahengunawewe Dhammaratana Thera said yesterday.

The Thera said he requested President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and leaders of other political parties not to appoint Buddhist monks to the parliament from the national list either.

The Thera told a news conference held at the Temple that President Rajapaksa was elected by the majority with the belief that he would protect the country, nationality and the religion and added, he expected that the President would carry out his duties in keeping the confidence. (Athula Bandara)

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  • ravin Saturday, 23 November 2019 01:32 PM

    All will agree with you your honour. Clergy in all religions must be function only in advisory capacities.

    Sokrates Saturday, 23 November 2019 01:49 PM

    I never thought that one of these degenerate men in Orange would make such a correct statement

    harsha sk Saturday, 23 November 2019 01:56 PM

    Many moderate Buddhists will totally agree with the Venerale Monk. Monks should stay away from politics and work together with leaders of other religions to inculcate good values amongst citizens.

    W.Katugampola Saturday, 23 November 2019 01:59 PM

    Well said monk. I am a Buddhist and the duty of the monk is to preach Dhamma to lay people and not to dabble in politics. Please take the cue from other religions.

    Karu Sunday, 24 November 2019 08:33 AM

    Hindhu priests don't indulge in Politics. Cannot say for the other religions.

    Be Fair Saturday, 23 November 2019 02:07 PM

    Rev Thero, I bow my head in respect and admiration of your statement, which is LONG overdue

    Hassanda Saturday, 23 November 2019 02:54 PM

    Hats off to you Sadu Not only buddhists monks also other religious Clergy men

    NDJ Saturday, 23 November 2019 02:55 PM

    Well said Thera! Did Lord Buddha ever advise monks to get involved in politics!! They have lost their path.

    Dev William Saturday, 23 November 2019 03:34 PM

    Very good suggestion. Saadu! Saadu!! Saadu!!!

    Voter Saturday, 23 November 2019 03:36 PM

    We greatly appreciate the move by Ven.Walawahengunewewe Dhammaratne Thera and there is no doubt all Buddhist in the country will wholeheartedly approve this.

    vithura Saturday, 23 November 2019 04:13 PM

    Can someone enlighten the readers as to why a religion requires 'protection', when the whole concept of spirituality is to do with the 'self' within or is it theocracy and not spirituality that the prelate is concerned about.

    Rufus Norton Sunday, 24 November 2019 06:16 PM

    I raise my hat to this priest. this is something that should have been said a long time ago. Clergy of all religions should confine themselves to religious matters, not politics.

    Gummay Baiyya Sunday, 24 November 2019 10:24 PM

    We don't have Buddhist monks in Parliament. what we have are a few monkeys who have stolen and draped itself with robes.

    jayaraj perera Monday, 25 November 2019 06:12 AM

    Hope the current MP "annasiwaththe rathna" understands it.

    Terrence Monday, 25 November 2019 08:35 AM

    You have spoken a mouthful of wisdom

    anoosh Monday, 25 November 2019 12:29 PM

    Rathne;s should resign.

    Jayaseeli Christiansen Monday, 25 November 2019 12:37 PM

    I am glad to hear at least just 1 Buddhist Priest spoken from the heart! This is the way to be! It was a big mistake to allow Buddhist monks to come to political stages and scream from the lungs with all kinds of filthy words! Buddhist monks duty is to preaching Buddhism and help people to have a better life, while providing advisers to the politicians doing the right thing to the country!


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