Veteran actor Sanath Gunathilaka has obtained the yellow robe under the name of Hanguranketha Wimalarathana last Thursday (22) at Benthara Sri Sapugoda Maha Vihara.
Ven. Wimalarathana thero who entered the Buddha Sasana on the 22nd at the auspicious time of 7.22am, will be a novice monk under ven. Dr. Iththapane Dhammalankara thero.
Wimalarathana thero who would be fulfilling all the tasks of a Buddhist monk for a week's time, will end his temporary life as a monk by disrobing himself on the 29th August.
In an inquiry made by !r. Gunathilaka before becoming a monk about the reason for this attempt, he said that he is going to enter in to the Buddha Sasana to both understand the real value of a life of a clergyman and to get an understanding about the character of a monk for an oncoming shooting of a movie.
Leader of the JHU ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobhitha Theosays that Sanath Gunathilaka's entering in to the Buddha Sasana is an insult for the whole Buddhist clergy.
Sobhitha thero says that his action has put the role of the Buddhist monk to a low level and that no one, either layman or clergyman, who has any feeling about Buddhism would not approve such things.
Pointing out that one should not enter in to a life of a clergyman only for acting purposes, ven. Sobitha thero says that if one wants to become a clergyman, he should give every worldly things up.