Theological premises of Maha Sangha raise questions

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 February 2010, 10:24 GMT]
The Sri Lankan government should overlook the alleged crimes committed by General (retd) Sarath Fonseka, as the government has taken in its fold 'criminals' such as Karuna and Pillayan, who 'massacred' Bhikus at Aranthalawa, launched a bomb attack on Dalada Maligawa and killed Sinhalese civilians and military personnel. Hence the government should overlook the alleged offences committed by the Sri Lankan Genreal (retd) Sarath Fonseka, who almost lost his life to 'safeguard the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka' and so it surely can overlook the alleged offences committed by him, said a statement signed by the chief prelates of the four chapters of the Buddhist Maha Sangha. Tamil circles question whether the statment outlines the principles of 'practical theology' of the Maha Sangha in the island.

The government surely can overlook the alleged offences committed by a man who made enormous sacrifices to unite and safeguard the territorial integrity of the country, the statement said.

“We cannot accept the arrest of a brave officer who played a major role in eradicating terrorism, due to petty political differences,” Buddhist prelates have stated in the letter.

The letter signed by Most Ven.Tibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayaka Thero of Malwatte Chapter, Most Ven. Udugama Sri Rathanapala Buddharakkitha Mahanayaka (chief prelate) Thero of Asgiriya Chapter, Most Ven. Dawuldena Gnanissara Thero, the chief prelate of Amarapura Nikaya and Most Ven. Weweldeniye Medhalankara Thero, the chief prelate of Ramanna Nikaya, was sent to the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday.



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