'Excessive use of mobile phones by novice monks'
Many young Buddhist monks are in the habit of using mobile phones too
much and most of them find no time to study their lessons, said
Kurunegala District Dhamma School Chief Adviser Kadigamuwa Dhammadassi
Thera addressing a meeting at Bingiriya.
The mobile phone has become their life partner and this unnecessary
usage among novice monks has led to the downfall of their pirivena
Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Venerable Udugama Sri
Buddharakkitha Maha Nayake Thera too has pointed out the unwholesome
trend of mobile phone usage by novice monks.
"Only a limited number of Buddhist monks behave politely at
universities safeguarding greatness of the monkhood. Some occasions,
police officers have to use force to control impolite monks who study in
universities when they take part in demonstrations."
The monks should live and behave without causing any discredit to the
saffron robe, the Thera said. The government offers facilities to novice
monks for their betterment. Monks who enter universities should not be
misguided by anti-social elements, the Thera said.