According to a decision taken at a discussion of higher authorities of Buddhist Affairs headed by Ven. Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Nayaka Thera, the Chancellor of Kelaniya University, steps will be taken by Buddhist monks to visit houses for alms as it was done during the time of the Buddha.
Ven.Kadigamuwe Medhankara Nayaka Thera, the Chief Advisor of Pirivenas and Dhamma schools in the Kurunegala district revealed this at a meeting of Dhamma school teachers held recently at the Bingiriya National School.
The thera said that the bonds and faith between the Bhikkus and laity will be strengthened by reintroducing the begging of alms by Bhikkus by visiting houses in their respective areas with their begging bowls as the noble tradition was now vanishing from the present society, he said.
The thera said that Minister of Religious affairs Pandu Bandaranayake has consented to offer his fullest co-operation for the traditional begging of alms by the monks. The minister has already taken steps to propagate the tradition throughout the country under the guidance of all Buddhist prelates in due course.
Bingiriya Divisional Secretary E. M. Ruparatne also addressed the meeting.