EARLIER, TONE TONE’S FRIENDS WERE HAVING A DISCUSSION. IT WAS ABOUT MOUNT TANT KYI SAYADAW’S DHAMMA HALL DEDICATION CEREMONY. THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE THREE YEARS AGO IN AZUSA, CALIFORNIA.
FRIENDS WERE CURIOUS WHY U AYE THAKA DIDN’T PUBLICIZE THE SASANA DEDICATION. HIS INACTION, EVEN AFTER REPEATED REMINDERS OR REQUESTS ON THE INTERNET, INVITES CONJECTURES.
NATURALLY, THEY CAME UP WITH SOME GUESSES.
VIEWERS, TOO, ARE WELCOME TO COME UP WITH SOME GUESSES OF THEIR OWN.
Tone Tone and friends’ earlier discussion:
Friend: Look at these papers! I got them from the email.
Friend: What are they about?
Friend: They’re about Azusa Temple’s Libation ceremony. The ceremony took place three years ago.
Friend: Yes! It’s a dedication speech by Mt Tant Kyi Sayadaw. He had dedicated the Dhamma Hall to “Sasana.” Sasana is another word for religion.
Friend: That means the Hall had been dedicated to the general public. General public includes lay people and monks. It’s definitely not owned by certain monks or “monks in general” as some still believe.
Friend: These papers are excellent! Why didn’t U Ayethaka circulate these important dedication papers to the community? After all, they are his boss’ speech at an important and auspicious event.
Friend: You have to ask him. He publicizes everything. He has photos and videos galore! He takes pains to publicize his friends’ articles and videos that extol him.
Friend: Not everything. He is rather selective. Example: He won’t publicize the Temple permit. This permit is for only 130 attendees. This might make him look small.
Friend: Of course! For the same reason, he won’t put up a “maximum occupancy” sign in the Dhamma Hall even though it is required by law.
Friend: Coming back to the dedication speech, there were internet requests to U Ayethaka to publicize his boss’ Dhamma Hall dedication speech. For three years to now, he won’t do that.
Friend: I guess he has a reason. Probably, he disliked this dedication to Sasana. He was promoting a Sanghika dedication for monks’ ownership at the time.
Friend: I see. How selfish! Some monks have a clinging to possessions. However, per monks’ rules, they are supposed to rid themselves of material possessions.
Friend: I would venture a guess. Some monks would like to pass off to lay people and act as if they own the property.
Friend: What for?
Friend: Don’t you know? When lay people are impressed, they tend to donate more Nawa Kama moneys to the monk. “Phone ta goe gyi lo!” (Monk must have supernormal powers).
Friend: Some would like to show off to other monks, too.
Friend: Yes, bragging rights and putting the other monks down.
Friend: Well, naive people got impressed with monks who own a larger property. The saying goes, “A crow perching on a gold mountain is called a golden crow.” Probably, they have less esteem for a monk who doesn’t own a property or who owns a smaller one.
Friend: Is this what religion is all about? Owning property, showing off and passing off to lay people and other monks.
Friend: I have another guess. With the passage of time, nobody will remember this Sasana dedication to the general public.
After some time, it’s even easier for some monks to act out as if it’s owned by a monk or monks, if they feel like it. Who knows?
Friend: You might be guessing, but I am not guessing now. The fact that U Ayethaka won’t publicize this dedication speech even after repeated requests and after many years, doesn’t look good at all!
Isn’t this true?
Friend: In my opinion, he has something to hide.
Remember Thi Ha, the fella who jumped ship. He misused Azusa Temple’s sponsorship with the help of monks including U Aye Thaka.
U Aye Thaka is still keeping mum on this one, too.
Friend: Yes, we need to publicize this Sasana dedication for posterity and for newcomers.
Friend: Good! Nobody can mislead anybody, even if he wants to.
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