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