Baltimore Buddhist Temple Members File Legal Complaint against Resident Monk

July 24, 2002

Source: The Daily Record

On July 24, 2002 The Daily Record reported that "two active members of a Baltimore-area Buddhist temple have secured a restraining order against its resident monk, on allegations that he amended corporate documents to allow him to seize power and property for himself and other monks of his choosing... Sangha U. Kissayana, the resident monk... allegedly drafted and adopted new bylaws... [with] provisions that grant monks property ownership [which] could endanger the organization's tax-exempt status, according to the complaint... The Myanmar Buddhist Meditation Society was founded in 1992 by the late Ven. Ashin Kelatha of Silver Spring," Maryland.