Monks to be prohibited from engaging in politics

Monks to be prohibited from engaging in politics

Written by Staff Writer

25 Feb, 2014 | 9:07 pm

It has been decided to prohibit monks of the Amarapura Sri Saddhamma Wanshika Maha Nikaya to engage in politics, without permission.

The Sangha Council of the Chapter arrived at this decision when it met at the Welisara Kappina Walawwa Sri Ma Malakaya in Balapitiya on Monday.

Co-Registrar of Amarapura Sri Saddhamma Wanshika Maha Nikaya, Ven. Balapitiya Siriseevali Thera expressed the following views:

“We arrived at this historic decision after extensively discussing the activites of Bhikkhus at present. We arrived at this historic decision to stop monks from sitting on the streets, creating conflicts with the police in a sensitive manner, speaking in a manner unbefitting of a monk and other things so that we can bring forth a serene Bikkhu society.”

“We have decided that monks of the Amarapura Siri Saddhamma Wanshika Maha Nikaya will not be able to contest elections, engage in politics or any other activity that would bring disrepute to the respect of monks.”

The Registrar also remarked on steps that would be taken if this decision is violated:

“In the first instance they will be advised and instructed. In the event that they disregard such advise and continue to act in that fashion then we have decided to take action in keeping with the dialogue in the chapter and the constitution of the chapter.”

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