Aug 04, 2017

Inamaluwe Thera didn’t practise what he preached! Featured

The Rangiri Dambulu Vihara had continued to sell tickets to foreigners to visit the historic Buddhist site although it had declared in 1993 that charging a fee was against Buddhism, ‘Ravaya’ reports.

Writing to the Central Cultural Fund on 27 December that year, the then trustee of the temple Inamaluwe Sumangala Thera had wanted a halt to the sale of tickets.

Accordingly, the director of the CCF ordered a suspension with effect from 01 January 1994.

However, from 1999, a foreigner visiting Rangiri Dambulu Vihara had to buy a ticket for Rs. 1,500.

The earnings in a 16 year period until 2015 were Rs. 38,534,500, according to a report by the commissioner of Buddhist affairs.

That report says the daily visits by foreigners to the temple did not exceed five persons.