Sangha Council advisor flays govt. for taking a western contract to control monks
Posted on January 19th, 2016

By Harischandra Gunaratna  Courtesy The Island

Advisor to the Sangha Council, Ven. Wepathira Hemaloka Thera, yesterday said there was an international conspiracy to wipe out Buddhism from the country and the Sirisena-Wckremesinghe government had taken on the contract to help achieve that goal by enacting new laws to control the Maha Sangha.

The monks representing the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya vowed to launch a fast unto death with the help of the members of the Maha Sangha if the government went ahead with enacting laws to control Buddhist monks.

Addressing a news conference at the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya head office at Pita Kotte, Ven Hemaloka Thera said the government had no moral or legal right to impose strictures on monks and there was a separate code of conduct for monks and there was a Sangha Council to deal with the issues pertaining to Bhikkus.

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“There are bad eggs in every segment of the society and it was the same with the Sangha as well,” he said.

Maha Sangha had been in the forefront in dealing with numerous national issues faced by the country and had provided leadership to national struggles, he said.

“At times we have taken on governments for the sake of the country. The present government was trying to stymie our efforts to resist its international contract to wipe out Buddhism,” he said.

Leader of the party Udaya Gammanpila said that for indiscipline or violating the code of conduct the highest punishment which could be meted out to errant monks was to expel them from the order and if they continued to wear a robe and pretend they were monks then they could be dealt with under the normal laws of the country.

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