Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanaratana Mahanayake Thera
In a statement, the Karaka Sangha Sabha issues a warning to the government, and condemns the so-called leftist politicians and society activists for criticizing Buddhist monks without looking into the veracity of what they say, and also calling them by only their names disrespectfully.
Signed by the Mahanayake of Asgiriya Chapter, Most Ven. Warakagoda Gnanaratana Thera, the statement says a monk can be addressed by name only by a monk senior to him.
Attempt to silence Buddhist monks
It accuses the government of ignoring racist remarks by certain politicians while trying to silence the monks who respond to those remarks, and says the government should take responsibility if the country faces unrest in the future.
The statement says attempts to change the existing laws will lead to social conflicts, and notes any shortcoming in the law should be discussed and decided on.
The Karaka Sangha Sabha of Asgiriya Maha Vihara understands the existing laws are adequate to curb any conflicting situations, it says.
Land-grabbing in the name of reconciliation
The statement alleges a land-grabbing in state reserves in the name of national reconciliation and a destruction of artifacts in the north-east, and urges the government to stop them.
It also asks the government to immediately adopt the Buddhist publications regulatory act that has been drafted to control publications that distort Buddhism and Buddhist culture.