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OPEN LETTER TO Mr. WIMAL ADIRIWIRA

Devapriya Peiris

Dear Mr. Ediriwira,

Government's "bribes" of luxury plane trips and luxury hotel rooms for Buddhist monks violate the monks' Vinaya rules

It is doubtful whether it will be possible for Mr. Wickramasinghe to find some time to answer your letter. Hopefully he will answer you in the due course. In the mean time I have some comments regarding the above mentioned subject detailed by you in LankaWeb.

As you know, there are seats reserved for clergy in public transportation such as busses and trains. In private buses, even though there are no seats reserved, it is our practice of offering a seat and showing our respect. It is our intention for monk travelling comfortably. Now the question - whether the monk is violating Vinaya by accepting the seat ? If so, the monk could refuse the offer.

Therefore, in my view, offering a first class seat or a comfortable hotel room to a monk by anyone could happen as a respect and it is completely up to the clergy refusing so called luxury offer if it is against Vinaya. By not doing so and then complaining civilian who had the good intention can be a wrong approach.

Yours sincerely,
Devapriya Peiris



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