Opposition Leader creating schism among Sangha:
Letís unite and strengthen Presidentís hands - Mahanayake
*Saddened by Opposition Leaderís remarks
*No moves to affliate Viharayas to Sri Rohana Chapterís
*As long as President in office no damage to religion or Sangha
Mahanayake of Shiyamopalee Chapter and Mahanayake of Sri Rohana
Chapter Venerable Aththudawe Sri Rahula Thera said he was very saddened
to hear the remarks of the Opposition Leader who referred to an alleged
attempt to affliate Southern Viharayas belonging to Malwathu Chapter
with Rohana Chapter.
He said, there is no such necessity nor an attempt of that nature.
Mahanayake Thera made this clarification in response to newspaper
reports where Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had referred to
threats by certain monks to take over Viharayas belonging to Malwathu
Chapter in the South under the charge of Sri Rohana Chapter.
Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters are the two main Buddhist Chapters in
Sri Lanka. The Chief Prelates are closely associated with it.
The respected monks were referred to as Paviddas by the Opposition
Leader. This is causing disrespect to the Sangha.
He talks of a division among Sangha. This is also highly revolting
and also a sinful act.
Using the names of these Mahanayakeís is only a political strategy.
It is the Opposition Leader who tries to crete division among these
members of Sangha.
I request the politicians and intelligent people of this country to
be mindful of these highly contemptible moves to cause damage to
Buddhism which we have well-preserved for over 2,500 years in the
What is needed today is unity. We must think of the country without
petty considerations of party politics, he said.
As long as the President is in office, there wonít be any damage to
the our religion or Sangha. Therefore, letís join hands to strengthen
the President at the forthcoming General Election, Mahanayake of Sri
Rohana Chapter Aththudawe Sri Rahula Thera said.