Original Article: By Pheonix Buddhism (Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD) The body of Venerable Luang Pho Daeng was photographed for this article on January 8th, 2015. He sits upright
In ancient days, according to the records of history, the welfare of the nation and the welfare of the religion were regarded as synonymous terms by the laity as well as by the Sangha. The divorce of religion from the nation was an idea introduced into the minds of the Sinhalese by invaders from the West, who belonged to an alien faith. It was a convenient instrument of astute policy to enable them to keep the people in subjugation in order to rule the country as they pleased.
Ancient Chinese Buddhist and Daoist vegetarian practises given credence through modern scientific research carried-out in both China and the West.