Bellanwila Prelate criticises "political" monks

By K.S. Fernando, The Daily Mirror, Dec29, 2009

Panadura, India -- The Anunayake Thera of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Nikaya, Chief Incumbent of the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya and Lecturer of the Sri Jayewardenapura University, Ven. Dr. Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera said it was a matter of serious concern that many Buddhist monks were engaged in politics against the wishes of the laymen.

Delivering a s ermon at the opening of the Preaching Hall of Mahindaramaya temple, Wadduwa the Ven Thera pointed out the Buddhist monks who took to politics forgot their responsibility to propagate Buddhism and to lead the laymen along the right path.

"It is not easy for a Buddhist monk who resorts to politics to get rid of that bad practice.

The Buddhist monks should be concious of their duty to the society," Ven. Wimalarathana Thera said.