Written by Bella Dalima
13 Aug, 2014 | 7:02 pm
A group of government ministers visited the Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter of the Siam Sect in Kandy on Wednesday morning where they briefed him on the activities of certain Buddhist monks.
A group including Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Mervyn Silva, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, Salinda Dissanayake and Duminda Dissanayake met with the Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter, the Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thero on Wednesday.
The ministers’ discussions with the Chief Prelate were closed to the media.
UPFA Minister, Mervyn Silva said:
[quote]It may be because this monk does not know how to speak. Moggallana Thero saw a large man approaching and informed Lord Buddha. This person’s robes were on fire and he was walking in sin. Why? Because he did not know how to speak. When he spoke, worms fell from his mouth.[/quote]
[quote]Words that come from the mouth of a Bhikkhu must be pure as words that would come from the followers of Lord Buddha. When this Bhikkhu uses words like this, an opinion is formed in the world that these are words ingrained in Buddhism. This destroys the Buddha Sasana. It is derogatory to the Dhamma. We are not taking action against this Thera. We are condemning his actions. We condemn his words. We condemn his conduct. We condemn his behaviour. This is an action that is being taken to destroy the Buddha Sasana, having obtained a large sum of money from somewhere. We are against this. I am against it. All of us are against it.[/quote]
UPFA, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said;
[quote]The Chief Prelate accepted that the step we have taken is the correct step. He also advised us. He gave us his approval noting that in the context, the word monk does not apply, and he even demanded that we take whatever action within the law against the wrong statements that have been made. He said that we must take what steps should be taken. Not only, that, he, the Chief Prelate, also noted that he too would take stern action in the future, to ensure the discipline of the monkhood. He asked that not only the Bikkhus but also the laity, organize ourselves to oppose this and protect the Buddha Sasana.[/quote]
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