Two Mahanayakas condemn monks’ election bid

The country’s top two Buddhist prelates yesterday condemned the decision by a section of Buddhist monks to contest in the forthcoming general election.

In a joint statement, the Most Venerable Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi Maha Nayaka thera and the Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Maha Nayaka thera said, “It had been said in the media that Bhikkus are going to contest the forthcoming general election citing various reasons.

“This is the beginning of a grave calamity to the Buddha Sasana. Therefore for no reason can this be approved. Both the clergy and the laity who are concerned about the Sasana are astonished by this move. They are distressed.

“When considering the historical background it is clear that Bhikkus have served as advisors and mentors to those who governed while attending to the spiritual needs of the people.

“Therefore the responsibility of the Bhikkus is to act in an advisory capacity as aforesaid,” the two prelates stated. [ColomboPage]

Written on February 24, 2004