Burma’s Buddhist Council, Police Raid Monastery in Land Dispute.

A gate at Rangoon’s Kaba Aye Pagoda, to where monks evicted from the Maha Thanti Thukha monastery have been taken. (Photo: JPaing / The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — Police and Burma’s state-backed monastic council sealed off a Buddhist monastery in Rangoon’s Tamwe Township at about midnight on Tuesday, evicting monks who reside at the site.

The ownership of the Maha Thanti Thukha monastery has been in dispute since earlier this year, with both the abbot, U Pyinya Wuntha—also known as Penang Sayadaw—and the council, the State Sangha Maha Naya, both claiming to be the rightful owner. The monastery was reportedly donated to the abbot by Burma’s former military junta.

From about 9 pm Tuesday, about 300 police besieged the monastery and monks from the council read an eviction order to the monks inside, said acting abbot U Ottara, adding that property was also confiscated from the site.

U Pyinya Wuntha is currently on visiting Japan, but the Sangha ordered the monastery sealed off purportedly so that the dispute to be solved in accordance with the law, U Ottara told The Irrawaddy.

The monastery’s monks, whose number is not known, were taken away on buses to Kaba Aye Pagoda.

2 Responses to Burma’s Buddhist Council, Police Raid Monastery in Land Dispute.

  1. homeless monks now

  2. I cannot understand why the Monks’ Council is interested in possessing the monastery. The Council members have their own monasteries; and they have the proper apartment-hostels at Kaba Aye for use on their visit in Yangon. And Can’t they talk to resolve problems, if any? Why this legal fight? And it should not be on the question of proprietorship. For Buddhists monks, by code of discipline, possess only the seven paraphernalia of monks, all donated by relatives or other people. Monastery is not in the list, monks are by their own ethics, constant travelers.

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