I have read through a good portion of this book. It is apparent that the level of corruption at Na Uyana is absolutely horrendous. If the text is to believed there is a litany of parajikas, sanghadisesa etc going unanswered and unpunished. It reads like an absolute horror story.
Poisoning, Drugging, and Neglecting
For someone in mental cultivation, the sensitivity should increase not only about the internal drama but also the gross onethat going externally, but for Ven. Ariyananda, the latter one is a threat. He dwells comfortably when bhikkhus do not knowthings about Nā-Uyana according to reality (yathābhūtam na pajānāti). Sometimes, he know that they know, but just pretends that he do not know that they know. So in the end, both parties pretend that they do not know, and live happily ever after in an artificial ignorance. The Buddha called this 'harmony by non-Dhamma' (adhammena samaggaṃ). But if someone stepped outside this dilemma, showing that he do know, then things get worse by putting his own self in danger.Several years back, Ven. (Digana) Sugatavaṃsa refused those fake dhyanas given by Ven. Ariyananda and accused Ven.Ariyananda and his students as cheating and not having any dhyanas or real practice. This made Ven. Ariyananda more than unhappy, where he blamed and embarrassed Ven. Sugatavaṃsa publicly. Later, the latter left the monastery out of fear of losing his life, claiming that he was poisoned.In 2005 rains retreat, Ven. (Māpanawature) Sumedhālaṅkāra got terribly sick with several occurrences of severe heart attacks. This continued with blood vomiting for several days, and caused him rolling from side to side on a bed. Ven.Ariyananda not only paid no attention to the sick bhikkhu, but also did not allow the monastery vehicle to be used to bring him to hospital. However, on the next day, Ven. Ariyadhamma and Ven. Ariyananda went to attend the birthday celebrationof Mr. H.G. Āriyaratna's wife by the very same monastery vehicle. Later, some bhikkhus managed to bring the sick bhikkhu to hospital by a hired vehicle. However, within a short time, he passed away because of his already failed heart. Doctors accused the other accompanying bhikkhus, asking: “Why knowing that he was critically ill but did not bring him earlier? If you did so we would have save his life.”Ven. Janānanda, an elder bhikkhu just a few vassa younger to Ven. Ariyadhamma. Unlike other elder bhikkhus in Nā-Uyana,he is known for not rejoicing and supporting Ven. Ariyananda's bad behaviours for the sake of survival in Nā-Uyana. Several years back, he was struck with a sudden sickness which made him even unable to get out of the bed. Even though this went on about a week, with attending bhikkhus begging, Ven. Ariyananda to take him to hospital, he allowed only after a visitingdoctor forced—under the request of some residents—him to do so. However, after recovery, Ven. Janānanda left the monastery. Once, Ven. Ariyananda came to a difficult situation of instructing Ven. Ariyavisuddhi with regard to his meditation, wherehe tried to avoid in several sessions redirecting the latter to Ven. Samita. This made the bhikkhu quite uncomfortable,because of bringing him this far but abandoning thereafter. He desperately said: “If you do not give me instructions, I willgo to Ven. Ariyadhamma and complain to him.” During the coming days, he found that certain things were going against him, such as although his hut was far away, he was assigned to sweep Ven. Ariyadhamma's hut, in spite of this duty is normally done by young junior bhikkhus or novice monks. And one day, a henchman gave him some food, saying that he got them from the village. However, several hours after eating, he fell sick with a sudden high blood pressure even without any prior case history, and was unable to stand still for several days. Out of fear for his life in his old age, he left the monastery.Ven. Saddhammālaṅkāra was a bhikkhu who knew much of Ven. Ariyananda's dark side, due to his position as the Sangha store keeper and the involvement with management. He even went so far as to express his unhappiness about Ven. Ariyananda publicly.
Once, Ven. Saddhammālaṅkāra had to be operated for appendicitis, and admitted to government hospital, whereas at the same time a favourable bhikkhu of Ven. Ariyananda was admitted to a private hospital with bettercare for the same sickness. However, Ven. Saddhammālaṅkāra had a week body and was in poor health for many years due to some unknown reason. Doctors recommended him to have expensive check-ups but was unable to do due to receiving no support from Ven. Ariyananda. In the end of 2008, he suffered a sudden death. Before that he told bhikkhus that he was having a continuous stomach pain since several days. However, Ven. Ariyananda advised the bhikkhu who representing Nā-Uyana in the post-mortem as he was present at the moment of the death of the deceased, saying: “There is no need to mention to the coroner about the medicine—a high energy stomach medicine—that I gave him.” Later, Ven. Ariyananda told the other bhikkhus that the deceased was born as a tree deva. Once, he told a foreign bhikkhu who were having a chronic health problem to stay away from Nā-Uyana for some time. To another local bhikkhu who informed Ven. Ariyananda that he had repeated chest pains spreading towards the hand—suspecting it is related to heart attack—he simply replied: “Take aralu.”
This aralu powder, a laxative with a very strongsmell and taste, known among the bhikkhus as Ven. Ariyananda's panacea for all monastery ills. He regularly prescribes this to bhikkhus in high dosages. Once, a foreigner given this in a high dosage, after several shots of diarrhoea, fainted down and had to be admitted to hospital. The doctors were amazed to hear the overdose given. Hearing this, Ven. Ariyananda exclaimed: “What do they know!” There was one old bhikkhu who had certain kind of physical weakness, the doctor advised to inject 1.5 ml of insulin daily for him. One day, another bhikkhu noticed that Ven. Ariyananda was filling a syringe even passing 15 ml. Even though Ven.Ariyananda gave insulin to that old bhikkhu every day, he said that he mistakenly filled it that day. Nobody knows whether he repeated the same mistake on any other day. However, one time, this old bhikkhu had to be admitted to hospital due tohis symptoms became severe. While in the hospital, he angrily claimed to the doctor that he was poisoned when living inthe monastery.Other than these, there were number of cases of mixing certain drugs (e.g. sleeping tablets) into food and drinks of some bhikkhus which caused short-term adverse effects in the targeted bhikkhu. Even though Ven. Ariyananda treat the bhikkhus who in the enemy list cynically, when comes to the opposite, it also change contrarily. Once, Ven. Sudhammācāra's father was admitted to hospital and Ven. Ariyananda used the monastery vehicle and personal to send him food, until the patient dismissed from the hospital. Once, when a rich Singaporean donor wassick, Ven. Ariyananda invited her to come to Sri Lanka, promising to treat and support her