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Bhikkhus beg alms in support of tsunami victims

by Chamikara Weerasinghe, Lanka Daily News, Dec 31, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The city of Colombo gleamed with yellow robes yesterday as Buddhist monks from Mahamevuna and distant forest monasteries, went from house to house with their alms-bowls, begging alms from householders in keeping with their ancient Buddhist tradition.

The round of alms-begging continued until 12 noon with a request to rally as one nation to help the tsunami victims and not to forget the disaster in a couple of weeks or months.

The bhikkhus were led by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thera. Among them were Viharadhipathi of Washington Vihara Ven. Maharagama Dhammasiri Thera, Ven. Pitiduwe Siridhamma Thera, Ven. Kolonnawe Sumangala Thera and 50 monastery bhikkhus.

The bhikkhus set off from the Asapuwa at the Sulaiman Terrace with their alms-bowls. Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva and Inspector General of Police were also present.

The bhikkhus went from house to house and begged alms through the passage across Thimbirigasyaya junction until they reached Kollupitiya. Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thera told the Daily News that they were determined to build houses for tidal wave victims throughout the country from Colombo to Jaffna.

Commenting on the disaster, he said the sea had given signal to us that we should abstain from all evil actions and set on the path of righteousness.

"We asked the people to extend their kindness to tsunami victims," the Thera said.

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