Temples face closure
A large number of temples situated in the North Western Province face
threat of closure due to the lack of residential Buddhist monks.
In a recent survey conducted by the Buddhist Affairs Ministry, it was
revealed that the number of Buddhist monks giving up robes has increased
rapidly during the past five years. Nearly 2500 Buddhist monks have left
the order in the period 2007-2011.
The number of Buddhist monks registered with the Buddhist Affairs
Ministry in the period 1993-2011 is 42,803 novices and 10,538 who
obtained higher ordination.
The number of temples registered with the Ministry upto 2010 is 9654.
According to the temples' chief incumbents in the Hiriyale area, the
main reasons for monks giving up robes are conflicts arising between
brother monks, seeking of jobs due to family problems and