Meeting with the Most Venerable Malwatte Mahanayaka Thero
The Malwatte Chief Prelate Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero was kind enough to grant us an audience to discuss the social and religious upliftment work we were planning and how to make improvements. He is the head of one of the Nikaya’s and is respected as an outspoken person with strong principles and beliefs.
Appointment of senior Buddhist monks to the Mahanayaka position in Malwatte Chapter in Sri Lanka also began with the re-establishment of Upasampada (higher ordination in 1753) on the initiatives taken by Sangharaja Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero during the reign of king Kirti Sri Rajasinha of Kandy. Since then this tradition has continued up to date.