Wednesday
Dec072016

There is no "chief" monk in M'sia

This is an insightful article about the so-called title of "Chief" monk of Malaysia.

These titles are often bestowed by the various Buddhist monastic authorities of Sri Lanka upon overseas Sinhalese monks in order to honour their role in propagating Buddhism in foreign countries like Malaysia and Singapore. Many individuals may be conferred the same title.

It must also be clarified that these titles are communal by nature and are not universally recognised by other non-Sinhalese Buddhist monks and Buddhists in general.

In Malaysia, we do not have any national organisation comprising all local Buddhist monks. Therefore, there has never been any consensus for a monk to be appointed or elected as the “Head of the Monastic Community in Malaysia and Singapore”. Presently, such an office does not exist in Malaysia.