UCA News

Do some Buddhist monks bring disharmony to Sri Lanka?

Monks have issued veiled threats to leaders that if their ways are not adhered to, they will oust them
Do some Buddhist monks bring disharmony to Sri Lanka?

Buddhist monks pray at the historic Kelaniya Temple in Sri Lanka on Jan. 14. Sri Lanka largely belongs to Buddhist clerics and the other faiths are tolerated to live in a friendly manner. (Photo: Ishara Kodikara/AFP)

Published: January 24, 2020 10:58 AM GMT
Updated: January 24, 2020 11:00 AM GMT

Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean central to the region’s sociopolitical situation. Its rich cultural heritage is a resource that is seen as a vantage point for political powers seeking to capitalize their hold on Sri Lanka due to the island’s strategic position.

The superpowers are keen to gain power in the region at the expense of the people of Sri Lanka. So they are caught up in a situation of confrontation with the superpowers.

Though the island boasts many natural resources, almost five centuries of colonialism have stunted its development and, after independence, corruption among political leaders and party rivalry have hindered the advance toward prosperity.

Among the population, followers of the Lord Buddha form the majority, coming to these shores from India when King Asoka propagated the religion in Sri Lanka.

Click here to read the full article


Help UCA News to be independent
Dear reader,
Trafficking is one of the largest criminal industries in the world, only outdone by drugs and arms trafficking, and is the fastest-growing crime today.
Victims come from every continent and are trafficked within and to every continent. Asia is notorious as a hotbed of trafficking.
In this series, UCA News introduces our readers to this problem, its victims, and the efforts of those who shine the light of the Gospel on what the Vatican calls “these varied and brutal denials of human dignity.”
Help us with your donations to bring such stories of faith that make a difference in the Church and society.
A small contribution of US$5 will support us continue our mission…
William J. Grimm
UCA News
Asian Bishops
Latest News
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia