Ven. Ratnapure Wimala Buddhi thera, self-proclaimed “Vishwa Buddha,” has once again found himself in legal trouble as the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested him on January 21. This arrest follows a series of statements made by the monk that were deemed disrespectful to the Buddhist faith.

The General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Ramagngna Lineage has confirmed that measures are being taken to expel Ven. Ratnapure Wimala Buddhi thera from the Ramagngna Buddhism Lineage. The decision to expel him comes in the wake of the monk’s controversial online presence and alleged insults to Buddhism.

The Gangodawila Magistrate Court has remanded Ven. Ratnapure Wimala Buddhi thera until January 26th. The court proceedings will determine the course of action regarding the charges brought against him.

This incident has sparked discussions within the Buddhist community, with many expressing concerns about the impact of such controversial figures.

Last month, the CID had initially arrested Vishwa Buddha for posting offensive content on social media platforms, including TikTok, prompting public outcry and numerous complaints. Later he released on bail. Despite his earlier arrest, the individual continued to make statements allegedly demeaning Buddhism, leading to renewed police intervention.

Sources indicate that the arrest took place in Thihariya Kalagedihena, where law enforcement officials acted on public complaints and gathered evidence related to the monk’s controversial statements. The robed figure, who identifies as Vishwa Buddha, has been taken into custody for further investigation into charges related to insulting the Buddhist religion. (