As an organization the leadership of the Bodu Bala Sena and its Secretary General, Buddhist monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara are famous for setting controversial trends, such as introducing a new tradition for Buddhist Monks to consume their alms in restaurants.
Monk Gnanasara is pictured here enjoying a “Pan Fried Monkfish” meal at the famous Barefoot Garden Café in the presence of an acquaintance.
The trendy upmarket garden restaurant Barefoot, states in its website “The Garden café is an oasis in the heart of Colombo and an ideal venue to relax with friends. The blackboard menu displays the daily lunch specials. Try the legendary Black Pork Curry or the notable Spinach Quiche and we also have a fine selection of wines and beers. We have live Jazz every Friday evening and on Sunday afternoons. The famous Colombo Pub Quiz takes place on Wednesdays from 8 pm. The space is also used to host cultural events, private dinners and parties at night”.
It was barely a couple of years ago that Colombo Telegraph uploaded a similar story when a delegation of BBS Monks were pictured enjoying a lavish meal in New York.
Authorities in Sri Lanka then announced plans to draw up new guidelines for donating food to the country’s Buddhist monks amid concerns about their weight and health.
The Health ministry said the faithful, who offer alms as a religious tradition, tended to give food that was too high in fat and sugar and monks were developing preventable health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
“The Medical Research Institute had been asked to prepare menus that could be used for alms givings,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that the new guidelines were to be issued then.