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Uninvited “Visit” by Bodu Bala Sena Irks California’s Sri Ratna Viharaya Management Committee

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(Text of Statement issued by the Management Cmmittee of the Sri Ratna Viharaya of Anaheim California USA)

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The Management Committee of the Anaheim temple would like to issue the following statement regarding the visit of the Bodu Bala Sena:

We are deeply disturbed and disappointed by the actions taken by Ven. Sumana in allowing the “Bodu Bala Sena” representatives to stay at the Anaheim temple, organizing a ‘Buddhanussathi Pooja’ and a get-together.

This was organized with the consent of the Ven. Sumana by two individuals without consulting the Management Committee of the temple and we had no prior knowledge of this visit until last Thursday. Since then, the Management Committee has met and spoken to Ven. Sumana requesting not to provide accommodation to the representatives of this group and not to organize a bodhi pooja or a meeting with them.

It is our position that Sri Ratana Viharaya should not support “Bodu Bala Sena” which advocates against the rights of minorities in Sri Lanka and resorts to violence, mob action and intimidation to advance their cause. The temple premises should not be used as a platform to promote hatred and/or to promote an extremist group like “Bodu Bala Sena”.

Therefore, the Management Committee requests our devotees not to participate in any of these activities and not to support this extremist group now or in the future.

The Management Committee of the temple

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