Kotte Sangha Sabha angered by unreasonable criticism of monks

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In a strongly worded letter written to the President, the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Sangha Sabha opposed moves by certain political leaders and extremist organizations to criticize monks without reason in a manner never seen in the history of the country, insulting Sangha institutions and the acquisition of property belonging to the Sasana.   

The letter was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena after a delegation comprising the Mahanayake of the Sangha Sabha, the Ven. Dr. Ittapene Dhammalankara Thera and Anuanayakes the Ven. Dr. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera and Ven. Dr. Kotapitiye Rahula Thera met the President for discussions on Wednesday.   

The Sangha Sabha has rejected in strong terms the ‘false’ statements made by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga regarding the Sri Lankan Buddhist identity. “We feel these actions are aimed at fulfilling individual aspirations and do not contribute to the welfare of the wider society. It can be seen that some are engaged in a process of branding Buddhists as extremists who are sowing hatred among other religious communities. They are also engaged in condemning the 2,500-year-old Sri Lankan Buddhist culture. Therefore the Monks and the Sri Lankan Buddhists are faced with a pathetic situation today regarding the protection of their culture that was safeguarded for thousands of years. We express our displeasure to the government for not probing and stating the truth about the statistics and statements on the wrongs that are perceived to have been done by the Buddhists of the country against other religions. We do not agree with alternate proposals and unnecessary discussions regarding the position bestowed in the Constitution for Buddhism and the unitary state concept where all communities are living together in accordance with a Sri Lankan culture. Therefore the Sangha Sabha has submitted a set of proposals to be considered by the government on the present problematic situation. The Sangha Sabha proposes to establish a commission of acceptable learned persons who are devoid of extremist views to look into these matters,”the letter stated.