Only Nikayas can prevent Bhikkus from entering Parliament - Thera
‘It is not acceptable to ban monks from entering Parliament unless it
is decided by the various Buddhist Nikayas. One day such organizations
will say that doing politics needs to be banned for monks. Nobody can
influence against Buddhists monks, Buddhist Cultural Center Director Ven
Kirama Wimalajothi Thera said.
A massive conference will be held in Wanduramba, Galle on June 24,
the Thera said. It has been named Bodu Samuluwa.
Ven. Wimalajothi Thera was addressing the press organised by the Bodu
Bala Sena Organization at the Buddhist Cultural Center in Colombo
“Many Non Governmental Organizations and certain elements which have
Buddhist faces are against Buddhism. At present, most have forgotten
that around 95 percent Buddhist monks in the country supported the
election of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It enabled to eradicate 30
years of terrorism,” the Thera said.
“If this situation continues,one day Buddhist monks might to go
Geneva asking for their rights,” the Thera said.
Chief Secretary Ven Galagodaaththe Ganasara Thera said the Hela
Uruymaya came forward to counter the various anti-Buddhist activities of
many NGO’s. “Due to their entry into Parliament, Ven. Bhikkhus ,such as,
Ven Ellawala Medhananda Thera was able to bring to light archaeological
findings in the North and East. These are the heritage of
Buddhists.Other individuals had attempted to pass a Bill against
Buddhist monks entering Parliament, “the Thera said. “In 2003, the
Indian government banned 404 NGOs which operated in their country due to
unethical conversions. Now these organizations are activated in Sri
Lanka. They had been registered here under Company Registration Act.
They launched their activities to convert people from other religions.
It has an impact on all religious practices in the country,” the Thera
“As Buddhist monks, we have a duty. We are the protectors of the
nation from historical times, the Thera said.
Bodu Bala Sena National Organizer Ven Vitharandeniye Nanda Thera,
Bodu Bala Sena Deputy Organizer Embilipitiye Vijitha thera and Ven
Aluthwewa Ananda thera also participated in this event.