15 August, 2020

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Ampitiye Sumane’s Slap Fell On The Civility Of The Sinhala Buddhists!

By Lakmal Harischandra –

Lakmal Harischandra

Ampitiye Sumana, the well- known saffron clad thug from the East – rhymes aptly with Aggona Chandare and rightly so, in terms of their behavioural strength – rowdism and thuggery. These days, he is on the social media for having behaved like a street thug chasing out like a ruffian, a Christian pastor and his evangelical group, in scant regard to the rule of law. He was seen to slap another Christian preacher asking an innocent question from him while the law enforcement are looking helpless. Still, he is a cinema hero among many among his like-minded followers who will whistle at his antics, and compliment him for his rude and violent vitriolic behaviour towards other communities including spitting out raw filth, contrary to the dignity of his robe. The Police personnel are just spectators to his vile and criminal behaviour. Who has given him the authority to take the law into his hands and pass judgement? Where are the Mayanayakes of the Main Chapters speaking out against this unruly behaviour on the part of this Saffron thug, unbecoming of a Buddhist clergy, in contravention of the Vinaya Pitaka? When will the Sinhala Buddhists of Sri Lanka  take the likes of most respected Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero and Ven Galkande Dhammananda Thero  as their role models of Buddhist way of living? Aboo-dhassa Kaaley- as it is said in Sinhala of these changing times to the worst!

Watch the video below:

If the pastor or any other person is commits a socially unacceptable act or even a crime, it should be left to the law enforcement and the arm of law to inquire into and act on the case. This trend of un-official policing by this rogue monk, is nothing new as there are many videos in the social media where he abuses Tamil speaking government officers and even Police in raw filth, in the presence of even ladies. This type of same behaviour happened some time ago in Trincomalee as well, when another monk abused a Tamil lady too and the Police did not take any action. As a community, it is incumbent upon all of us as Sinhala Buddhists to put a stop to this type of rogue monk behaviour as it undermines our faith and culture which reigned supreme for over 2500 years. Rather than basking on past glory, it is important that Sinhala Buddhists make the peaceful message of Buddhism relevant to the current times

These types of rogue sangha heroes have come out in numbers, after Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) swept to power in December, riding on the explosively emotive racist campaign, based on Sinhala Buddhist supremacism. This fever wasn’t new as it initially took wings during the tenure of office of his brother  Mahinda with many hate groups cashing on the triumphalism after the end of the war against the Tigers of the North. At that time, temples decorated their walls with pictures of the Rajapaksa brothers. Money flowed for radical Buddhist groups. BBS and its sister groups started off a well-orchestrated hate campaign against the Muslims who were living in harmony for over 1000 years with the Sinhalese. It subsided during the initial period of Yahapalana rule, only to rise from the phoenix to drive fear once again into the hearts of the Muslims during that period too. The tempo of anti-Muslim hate increased exponentially after the disastrous Easter Sunday. This hate wave of course worked to the advantage of GR and Pohottuwa, as the Saffron Brigade exploited it to stir a Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian consciousness among the Sinhala peasants to bring a ‘Sinhala Buddhist king’ to power, towards establishing a Sinhala Buddhist State, along the same lines Modi chose to create a Hindutva India.

Today, with (almost) a fully Sinhalized cabinet and a civil administration team, the whole State machinery is much active in this direction. Moves are afoot that National Anthem will only be sung in Sinhala. If true, this is a sad development  as it will once again further polarize the nation. As Colvin R De Silva said : one language- two nations and two languages- one nation. For some unknown reason , perhaps strategically until the Parliamentary elections,  there is a lull in all Muslim hate activities and program of action such as canards about sterilization through Wanda Pethi, brassieres, underwear and stories ‘Shafi’ tactics with regard  to making Sinhala Pregnant women infertile, have all been put on hold. Even Tamil extremist activities in the North such as commemoration of death of Tiger cadres and desecration of statues of Sinhala kings and Queens are not been given publicity. Hiru and Adha Derana are very selective of the news they carry! Any possible Sinhala Buddhist politician deemed as a threat to GR’s political destiny is being mercilessly subdued even leading to intra-conflicts within the Sangha community; Patali was one such victim.

Other saffron clad experts and thugs have also once again hit the streets of Sri Lanka. Ven Medatissa for example held a press conference recently about a booklet about sex education written by subject experts, alongside a monk who had charges of child abuse involving a samanera. These monks did not object to degeneration of morals by the TV stations through telecasting semi nude clad women dancing and Indian Teledramas. Saffron thugs like (Ven) Gnanasaras, Ittekandes and Dayaratnes, Ampitiye Sumanas and the likes (calling them as Venerable is an insult to Buddhism) are in an upbeat mood, assuming their past un-official policing roles, and in their own ways undertaking raids and pointing fingers. Some are announcing the dismantling their hate outfits, in the light of the accomplishment of their mission of forming a ‘Sinhala State’. These Devadhaththas are insulting and destroying the essence of the peaceful message of the Gauthama Buddha, which we hold in highest regard.

In Sri Lanka, it is shame that Sinhala people, who are the inheritors of the values of Theravada Buddhism, incited by some rogue radical monks, have entered an era of militant tribalism. Thereby they, and particularly their leaders, are betraying the Buddhist value of non-violence, let alone kindness and compassion. Many analysts cite changing socio-political trends for the radicalization of the Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka. While many monks uphold values of inclusivism, peace and non-violence, more radical groups became increasingly influential with the electoral victory of a Sinhala nationalist government in the 1950s. It attained a new high during Rajapaksa’s regime in Post-war Sri Lanka and ecstatic peak after the victory of GR. To find the underlying causes of this violence, one need only look at the changing position of the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lankan society. Over the last several decades, Sri Lanka’s traditional Buddhist leadership, composed of nearly 30,000 monks has become more fractured and more political. The dismantling of the Buddhist hierarchy coupled with a shortage of material resources encouraged many monks to embrace radicalism. There is no control of the young monks too by those in authority. Vinaya Pitaka is a non-starter. Monks tend to embrace a more radical message. The effect of this has been a general increase in both the radicalism and political activism advocated by monks. Controversies over the role of Buddhist monks in society have circled around their involvement in political parties.

Many hate groups such as BBS, Sinhala ravaya, Ravana Balaya and even Pohottuwa-linked, Abharayarama temple-based rogue Sangha groups and even communal parties such as  JHU and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya are internally divided and composed of monks seeking individual notoriety by appealing to the ethnic insecurities of their base. Their fodder today is anti-Muslim hate. These organizations are evidence of the extent to which the Buddhist religious economy has become a free market dominated by entrepreneurs whose fortunes are limited only by their radicalism and rhetorical skills. Faced with a resource deficit and the autonomy to preach as they please, Sri Lanka’s Buddhist clergy have both the means and the motive to promote radical anti-minority rhetoric. The island’s political environment will continue to reward such rhetoric as long as competition among Buddhist monks is encouraged by a “free market” approach to religious leadership. Alternatively, should political actors move to undo the fragmentation of the sangha, the competitive incentives so important for encouraging anti-minority violence could be curtailed.

Then, there is the case of raw impunity when Buddhist monks are involved in crimes or anti-social activities. There is widespread abuse of young saamaneras in temples by senior monks and when Ranjan Ramanayake revealed its depth, he was incarcerated by the Maha Sangha although it is a reality. Then we have the case of Ven. Gnanasara who was released after receiving Presidential pardon against all legal norms, after being in jail for contempt of court. The significance of Gnanasara’s recent exoneration is diminished only by the significance of his original arrest in June 2018, when, for a period of weeks, the island was fixated on the monk’s fate. From the capital city, Colombo, to the some of the island’s most remote towns, Buddhist monks and lay leaders held rallies and demonstrations, accusing the government of attacking Buddhism and trammelling on the sacred institution of the Buddhist monasticism. At one point, hundreds of saffron-robed monks turned one of Colombo’s busiest intersections into a traffic-stopping protest gathering. Support for Gnanasara merged with demands for law reform. Protestors also used the idea of a monk being forced to disrobe as evidence of a state-led legal campaign against monastic law, or Vinaya.

It is increasingly evident that it is this fallacious narrative of otherness that the BBS led Sinhalese Buddhist extremists seem to want to embed deeply within the majoritarian mentality. There is a dual impact that this seeks to achieve; a majoritarian mind-set of extremist Buddhists emboldens their rhetoric, which in turn seeks to weaken a community who would be beset by minoritarian (for want of a word) feelings of otherness. It is the failure of the governments to institutionalise law and order specially when the fences(Sangha) themselves are eating the crops, after the end of the war ,and is a damning indictment on the governments that the virulent rhetoric of the radical groups led by rogue monks have stooped to lowest levels, reflecting adversely on the peaceful religion of Buddhism. Coming to power of GR is now being taken by these divisive forces as an open licence to indulge in anti-minority activities as they deem fit and will. One of the worrying factors is that extremist organisations are seen to collaborate across borders.  Myanmar’s face of Buddhist terror Wirathu and BBS connections are well known.

There is a danger that the exclusivist and extremist narratives used by powerful forces such as Sinhala Buddhist radical groups and forces seeking to divide rather than unite people, could have serious long term implications for peace and order in Sri Lanka. Given the history of ethnic and terrorist violence, it is imperative that the government and community and religious leaders devise policy measures for countering religious agitation and militancy. Sinhala Buddhist extremism and radicalism cannot be an antidote or a countering force against Wahhabi extremism and radicalism. Both are equally detestable and should be rooted out.  A counter-narrative is needed to alleviate growing tensions between the Buddhists and other communities specially the Muslims in present times.  The State should get the leading Buddhist monks who are seen as having the authority, along with other religious leaders to provide narratives and counter-narratives to eliminate hate and bigotry as well as intolerance and mutual mistrust. In this mission, Ven Galkande Dhammananda Thero and the likes should be made to give lead to heal the wounds of war and violence and build bridges. This reverend monk rightly says that the Bhikkhu Order is wounded and should be treated first before treating the ‘hate’ disease of the masses.

Further, there is a need to prepare the Buddhist monks to face the emerging challenges effectively to promote peaceful co-existence. The objective of religious education should be broadened from an effort to inculcate particular religious’ values, to include the understanding of other religions and the promotion of respect for other faiths. However, repeated efforts of the State to reform Pirivena education have failed, leaving the monks with limited resources to attempt to deal with a rapidly changing world. A reform of Pirivena education that would provide monks with a more relevant base of knowledge and enable them to consider ethnic, sectarian and cultural diversity as an important part of national heritage is the need of the hour. It could contribute to better relations among the different faith groups in Sri Lanka.

Over the centuries, there have been tremendous changes to Buddhism. Indeed, change is one of the foundational principles in Buddhism: all is impermanent. Some changes are in concert with modernity, others are in reaction. Today, monks in Myanmar and Sri Lanka continue to interpret their religion different to what Gauthama taught and even fight violently presumably to ‘defend’ their religion and call their followers too to action – a far cry from the message of  Buddhism. It appears that the cycle of violence perhaps continues in this final stage of the cycle of time: the Kali Yuga, the Age of Destruction. The earlier we reverse this cycle, it is good for the image of the Sinhala people and the country at large.

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  • 14
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    Do you blame the Tamils for the LTTE? Or the Muslims for the Easter bombings? No, you blame individual Tamils and Muslims and insist that most of them are innocent people being blamed for the acts of criminals. In the same way, don’t blame the Sinhala Buddhists for the acts of this thug, blame the Government for not enforcing the Law.

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      By the way, it is time kick out evangelists and other Christian promoters. They are there as a part of espionage network to reduce Sinhalese Buddhist population and open door for Tamil Tigers to destroy Sinhalese nation. Sinhalese Buddhists have sole legal rights to direct government to get rid of them completely.
      They don’t have take law onto hand but Sri lanka is a Buddhists country and have duty to protect Sinhalese Buddhists nation from harm

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        There was an attempt to make conversion illegal but that did not materialize.
        So evangelizing or even converting is not against the law of the land. Anyone having a problem with this can go F themselves under a Bo tree.

        A’Holes.

    • 11
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      Sorry to point this out but your argument does not hold water. Tamils or Muslims cannot separate themselves from their race or identity. Muslims did the worst they could do to one of their own that is not bury the church bombers with religious rites.

      This moron is not just a Sinhala Buddhist but someone that wears a robe and represents the religion. The Religion has three or more Mahanayakes if they are just puppets they should step down if they are not then step-up and put their house in order.
      This is not the first time this A’hole has acted up. Has the Sinhala Buddhist done anything? Sinhala Buddhists should take responsibility for condoning his actions. Don’t say Tamils condoned the LTTE because they did not but they were made helpless as LTTE was armed and the govt washed its hands on the Tamil population of the N/E.

      • 6
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        Burt
        You are right.
        When Sinhala Buddhist ex- President Ranasinghe Premadasa armed the LTTE, the NE Tamils were rendered helpless.
        The LTTE then in return for his kindness killed him and continued to point it’s gun on the heads of the Tamils until it got eliminated in Nandikadal.
        But as the Tamil saying goes “marathalai vilunthvanai maadu mithitha mathiri” , the fate of the Tamils today is much worse like being in the mouth of the Sinhala Buddhist crocodile.

    • 5
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      No one is blaming all the Sinhala Buddhists here. It would be good if the same intelligent approach was given to ALL Muslims and Tamils too.
      The articles about the Muslim terrorists show comments attacking their religion, and equating terrorism to all. Ugly.

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        Really? Have you read the response from Tamils?

    • 5
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      Dear All,

      Please write to the UNHCR and report this ASAP. Do your duty before Gota gets you. He can kill a few but if we all band together he cannot.

      freedomofreligion@ohchr.org

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      Adrian

      Please stop patronising.
      Tamils, Muslims and liberal Sinhalese didn’t have political nor state power to keep LTTE, Easter bomber, …. saffron thugs in check.

      The state is manned by majority Sinhalese, the government is essentially made up of Sinhalese, Mahasangha is mostly control by higher caste Sinhalese ….. if they do not have control over unruly saffron brigades then who has?

      This is a Sinhala/Buddhist problem, need to resolve it before it becomes a Sinhala/Buddhist/fascist problem.

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        So Native Mr Somapala, the average Sinhalese on the street is responsible for this thug’s actions. Makes perfect sense to a Tamil racist.

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          Adrian

          “So Native Mr Somapala, the average Sinhalese on the street is responsible for this thug’s actions. “

          Didn’t they vote for the strong man Gota who is supposed to have supreme authority over all state institutions, including police, STF, ….

          Why is the police reluctant to arrest the saffron thug?
          This what Gota’s Defense Secretary said immediately after his appointment

          ““Police officers and relevant officials have been instructed to be cautious over national security in the coming days. People should continue their day-to-day activities without any fear as necessary measures have been taken to maintain peace and interfaith harmony in keeping with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision,”
          “Regardless of title or position, stringent legal action will be taken against any individual who attempts to disturb national peace, “
          Single handed General Kamal Gunaratne
          Daily Mirror
          21 November 2019

          Where is he now?

          Mahinda Rajapaksa is the Minister of Defense
          His other brother Chamal Rajapaksa is the State Minister of Defence.
          Don’t they get intelligence briefings.
          What are the Rajapaksa brothers doing about it.
          -.
          Then the Mahasangha is supposed to keep them disciplined. If they can’t they should dissolve their respective Sangha and transfer all its assets to the state.

          The small number of people supporting these saffron thugs are exclusively Sinhalese.

          This is a typical Sinhala/Buddhist problem, widespread all over the country yet you blame Tamil Racism.

          You may be suffering from developmental disorders and you should see a psychiatrist, as far as I can see you have a problem identifying right from wrong.

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            Its very simple Vedda, even you can understand. If all the Sinhala Buddhists are responsible for this thug’s actions, then all the Tamils are responsible for the LTTE and all the Muslims for the Easter bombings.

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            Vedda

            ‘You may be suffering from developmental disorders and you should see a psychiatrist, as far as I can see you have a problem identifying right from wrong.’

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            Really? Read your own words –

            ‘The problem is not the thug but:
            Those who defend his thuggery in this forum.
            The state institution which is supposed to protect people has failed in its responsibilities.
            The state as a whole failed to act.
            The politicians who think they are the guardians of Sinhala/Buddhism……
            Then the Maha Sangha who are supposed to be experts…..’

            You are saying its the Government and the leaders, not the Sinhala Buddhist people.

    • 2
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      In my childhood in SL, i mean in late 70ties or so, I experienced this thing.
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      Those out of control thugs, got killed by themselves. I wish the same to happen to this monk. Then we could start eating kiribath as HAMBANTOTA thugs have been upto.
      .
      Today, they are speechless about BANK ROBBERY INVESTIGATIONs, why ? They perfectly know that RAJAAKSHE FAMILY is complicit to that high crimes, whatever lanken media spread for their day today survival.
      :
      SIRISENA sand robber, former President, protected Rajakashes bum, not having released those recommendations of investigations, for ONE reason, it was to give a support to RAJAPAJSHE and their hidden men.
      :
      Today, THEY ARE SPEECHLESS about free fertilizer issue – with 4.8 Billions of dollars tob e paid for the first time in that size, will hard up lanken state, for sure, if they would give lot more reliefs. Not Rajakshes but former govt gave lot more reliefs to the nation, was overshadowed by lanken MEDIA handled by RAJAPAKSHE goons.

    • 2
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      Look at the small samaneras in the picture. Imagine the impression created in their impressionable minds. To them their head monk could do no wrong.

      For every offensive word or action uttered or executed by this irrational monk – and given the complete silence of other monks who matter – some young monks of the future would have made up their minds already to react much worse when their time comes.

      Is that how peace could dawn?

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    The Gota-Mahinda regime cannot lift a finger to stop this or prosecute these people because it is beholden to them. They are both beholden to nativist-nationalists and chauvinist monks for the presidential and pending parliamentary election victories. Populism-Nationalism-Militarism form a tight nexus in fascism and in regimes like the current one in SL.

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      KD,
      How about in commie states (China, N Korea, Cuba, Vietnam)?

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      Dear All,

      Please write to the UNHCR and report this ASAP. Do your duty before Gota gets you. He can kill a few but if we all band together he cannot. Just do it.

      freedomofreligion@ohchr.org

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      Exactly the truth Prof. KD – they woul dnot utter a single word against the out of control thug in monkhood. No matter anything to any level would have been damaged, Ballige puthas would not do, we perfectly know how they reacted prior to 2015.
      Last hope is, nature to punish MAHINDA JADAYA and leave us in please. Now or later, he will end up in avichi maha apaya. People are like head nodding cows. People are made so, together with their biased media channels. Not a single channel bring any coverage against Rajakashes s SILENCE about the monk s brutal facistic nature. Why ?

  • 9
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    It is disgrace to Buddhism. This what so-called Singhala Buddhists wanted by voting Gotbaya as President. More rowdyism to come. Other countries will laugh at Sri Lanka. such incidents will happen so long as Gota is there as President Let the parliament clip his powers I wish that voters will not make mistake gain

  • 5
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    Unless it is not needed to the violent Sinhala Buddhists, who the hell else in this earth can benefit from Jesus’s teaching of “if one beat you on one cheek, you offer him the other one too”. It is a badly needed teaching to Sinhala Buddhist like Ampitiye.
    Is he Ampitiye or Amanapitiye, a Nirvani who has no shame.

  • 8
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    I’m shocked.
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    Actually the first 30 seconds or so of the video I saw on Friday or so (today being the 20th by the calendar). It was sent to me by a Muslim “friend”. The word is within quotes because I haven’t yet met him, although we’ve had a few long phone chats. It’s a person whom I got to know owing to Colombo Telegraph comments and articles.
    .
    Now that I’ve quickly gathered the context, let me state (my usual handle is “Sinhala_Man”) that I’m aware that for most of us America is a bogey, and we have contempt for the “Tele-evangelist” sort of Christians who are buying Buddhists and Hindus over with money.
    .
    .
    Earlier this evening I had a chat with my Bandarawela neighbour who is neither Muslim nor Christian, nor Buddhist. Now don’t imagine that he must, therefore, be a Hindu – all beside the point. He does profess a religion, though!!
    .
    What he was saying was that today all moral standards are disappearing not because of evil people (the bhikkhu sure looks one!) but owing to the average person having become indifferent. The fault, dear readers, is with you! That’s what my neighbour said in relation to not enough responses having come from the two Uva schools referred to in this article of mine.
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/some-thomian-pharisees-are-adamant-on-the-need-to-cheat/
    .
    As T.S. Eliot said, “the world will end, not with a bang, but a whimper.”
    .

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      I’m sorry, the calendar date today is, of course, Sunday, 20th 2.20 a.m. now.

      That comment was hurriedly posted. My apologies to all those running CT for adding to your headaches.
      .
      Having written the three sentences above, I’ve looked once more at Mr Lakmal Harischandra’s article. I wish to confirm, that it is only the date that I’ve got wrong. Target now: hit my pillow in ten minutes after checking on a couple of e=mails.

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      A few years, Evangelists asked Dalai Lama “how much he would allow evangelists to convert Tibetan Buddhist into Christianity if U.S free Tibet and make Dalai Lama prime minister.”
      There are people who love of Buddhism for sure. But Western governments inviting Dalai Lama have different goal.

      Western countries still run underneath by Colonialists and Christian fundamentalist who ran mass murder across the globe. To make it better, they added Jews in 50s. Evangelists are main component of global Zionists movement in U.S

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      May be, who knows a day may come when a nativist-nationalist chauvinist creep like this one, becomes so impatiently mad, to hide a pistol within his orange robes, and targets a Gota -Mahinda, then the nexus in populist nationalist militaristic fascism in SL would unravel and become un-fashionable.

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      Panini Edirisinhe / December 29, 2019,

      Why are you shocked? Did you wake up only this morning ? Have you seen monks behaving during the 1958 riots? What about Monk Somarama, -a member of the “ Sangha”, shooting down SWRD?

      This is Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism” , that is a distortion of Buddhism and an insult to the Buddha.

      The Para- monks have redefined themselves as the “Sangha”, when it fact, it originally referred only to the Bodhisattva.

      The Para imbeciles, mean IQ 79, cannot comprehend this deception, and prostrates to those imbecile monks.

      Suckers!.

  • 11
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    It is not only the Sinhala Biddhists that voted for Gota.
    And it should be noted that only a minority of Sinhala Buddhist go down to
    Ampitiya Sumana’s level. If Gota Idenitifies with this lot it will be a grave mistake.

    If the President does not apprehend this thug and act according to the law of the land it could be taken as evidence that Gota has not reformed.

    The Rajapakshas could expect 1/3 of the votes instead of 2/3 majority at the general election.

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      This is the most sensible and accurate post yet. GR must not make the same mistakes that his brother made. Only time will tell.

  • 11
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    This is shame on Buddhist monks. what kind of Buddhism is he is talk about it. Now Buddhist monks are so arrogant After defeat of LTTE. what a stupidity is this: he is going to ask him a theological question about what will happen to soul after it depart the body. Buddhist and Hindus believe in incarnation and yet, Christians believe in Hell and Heaven. Let them produce evidence and argue about it. It shows defeated mentality of these monks.

  • 10
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    I urge all non Buddhists and forigners to BOYCOTT VESAK

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      I concur.
      First for their own safety. Sri Lanka has had tourists murdered and raped. Majority are like animals and now with the Rajapaksa’s in power its going to be worse because goons and skinheads have authority without accountability.

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    BIKSU – (BIKKU ) IN PALI means BEGGER.. So these kavi beggers became Kaavi Rowdies , also GAYS . RAPISTS AND RACISTS .. No one can stop them unless uneducated ,blind belief sinkeala buddayas realise about the truth .

  • 9
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    What a “Slapdash” Monk, this is not the fist time; – I have no respect for him.

  • 11
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    Somass, KASmaalam, Lol Loo, wannihami, Taraki, Blind Eagle Eye, ….

    This saffron clad thug has done something that makes every Sinhala/Buddhists as well as Sinhala/Buddhist fascists proud, hopefully former Minister of Buddha Sasana Wijeyadasa Rajapakse flies from Colombo to give him a photo opportunity.

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      Admitably the tone and the words are harsh, indecent and abusive and action unwarranted. If expressed in ‘diplomatic language’ what is the ‘message’ he is attempting to convey?

      Soma

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        Soma,

        The message this bugger is trying to convey is all other religious groups and minorities should bow down to Sinhala Buddhist Thugs.

        The uncivilized monks like Sumana can do what ever they want.
        The police have no say.

        Even moderate monks have no say.

        If this continues Sri Lanka will end up like Iran where religious nut cases rule the country.

        Today the Iranian general public is suffering because of these religious nut cases.

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        somass

        This is a psychopath who could not control his mind, words and actions. He should not be allowed to occupy a holy place, removed his robe and thrown into a mental asylum along with his supporters, protectors, admirers, …. and you.

        What was his message again?

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        “what is the ‘message’ he is attempting to convey”

        In Sri Lanka what is portrayed as Buddhism is a fraud. People are recognizing this and walking away from it. This fraud is my only livelihood and the threat to it is making me insecure and unstable.

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    I’m not yet asleep, and not sure how I happened to chance on this interview from January 2015:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmbhjfCU8bY&feature=emb_title
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    I find it amazingly prophetic, although it is only Tamils that MIA is (understandably) concerned about. I find also, that I had made a quite sensible comment myself that time.
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    Looking desperately for some silver lining, let me hope that Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President surprises us all in a way that is going to be quite different from how Sirisena was giving us a nasty shock a day for his last year in office.
    .
    We ridiculed Gota before his election; I’ll be among the first to hail him as a possible saviour if he changes completely.

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    most catholic and christian singalease voters voted to elect a strong leader called GOTHAPAYA thinking that he and his semi army government will protect them from so called MUSLIM EXTREMIST after the ester sunday incidents.NOW CARDINAL MALCOM RANJTH who in the pocket of GOTHAPAYA will have to open his mouth and bring about a settlement to safe his priests from EXTREME MONKS like this AMPITIYE SUUMANA .some time CARDINAL will keep silent since all CATHOLIC PRIESTS WHO ARE GETTING DOG LIKE TREATMENTS IN EASTERN PROVINCE ARE TAMILS AND NOT SINGALEASE. over to all peace loving budist brothers in srilanka.

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      So I am not the only person who feels this way about the Cardinal. He only will speak out if he thinks he will get publicity.
      Everyone knows that he has spoken volumes about Easter Sunday bombings but not have said a word about the thousands of Catholics including women and children in the N/E. Many priests and nuns are still missing not a word about it.
      Has he at least said a mass for these souls?

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        Very true, Burt.
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        There are over a million Catholics (I guess you know that an arrogant guy like this Cardinal doesn’t like his flock called “Roman Catholics” – wonder if you know why?)
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        Some Catholics are rich, many are very poor. Most are examples of piety. But not this fraud.
        .
        By contrast you have what was the Established Church in the final manifestation of Colonialism: the Anglican Church. At Independence they numbered over a lake of a total Sri Lankan population of 7 million. Today there are but 24,000 of 21 million Sri Lankans. I know that Wikipedia says there are 50K. Pure fiction.
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        Professor S.R.H. Hoole is one of the strong Anglicans, which is why he is concerned about what’s happening. Most of the debilitated clergy live like princes. As for the Bishops, read the Hoole article. I will give you the links later.

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          Sorry, the number of Christians at Independence was 100K. My Android phone corrected the Indian word lakh to lake.

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    If This Rajapaksas Government can’t arrest a terrorist monk how can they say they were in a position to prevent the Easter Sunday terrorist attack??? They have the Army on high alert too… shame shame false propaganda with no concerns for the citizens of Sri Lanka… previous government even with internal saboteurs did a way better job..

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      If GR cannot control these bullies in saffron robes, how is he going to safeguard the minorities? Or maybe he does not want to. Keep in mind it was the previous lot that jailed the fat terrorist BBS thug, not this regime. GR even opened the new BBS office, as if to endorse them.

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    There are many videos of his antics on youtube.
    In the following video he abuses a female police officer then tries to hit her, but is restrained by the male officers on the scene:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIq0fHBV6yg

    In the following video we can see him assault two people, one who appears to be a caretaker and the other a member of the electricity board? That after using the most vulgar language:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKRKgBEJPho

    In the following video at around 2:45 you can see him sitting on the fence and making hooting noises:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riX8HyEkavo

    This monk has the endorsement of several sinhala celebrities like Iraj Weeraratne and Lasith Malinga.

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      Oh my God! how can the law be enforced on the public when this monk is running riot? Does he think he is ruling Batticaloa?

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      This saffron robed thug seems to be mentally deranged. He should be shipped off to a mental asylum because he needs medication badly.

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    Dear Lakmal Harischandra,
    It is a sorry state of affairs in Sri Lanka. The Administration and the Country’s dignity is in question. Look at the several robed youngsters looking on. I wonder if the top executive can place these people with robes and abusive tribalism above the Law there is no doubt Sri Lanka will soon be another Myanmar?

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      They want it to be. It does not help countries like Israel, are interfering and getting their trolls to encourage it too. Remember Israel supplies Myanmar with weapons that are used against helpless civilians. It also advices them, and helps spread disinformation, in social media.
      We should be very cautious and alert to what is happening here.
      It is vital for the security of our country.

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    Thank God Budda is dead.

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      Nothing wrong with the Buddha.

      Only these nut cases like Sumana.

      He should be sent for psychological assessment.

      He could have been sexually abused when he was a samanera.

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        Citizen Silva

        “Only these nut cases like Sumana.”

        It is not a good excuse.
        When he first started terrorising people in mid 2005 the police would not touch him. He is connected to the top echelons Sinhala/Buddhist establishment, the ruling party, the police officers were threatened by this thug, and he commands support from local Sinhala People, and and most of the noisy Sinhala/Buddhist Fascists. He was once arrested for his unruly behaviour and released immediately. No charges were brought against this thug.
        Who are the protectors?
        Best part is that Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe gave him a photo opportunity immediately after one of his showdown with people and police. Wijedasa flew all the way to Batticaloa from Colombo to honour this thug.
        Please Read:
        Justice minister and his secretary contradict each other : Wijedasa’s boorish conduct shakes judiciary to its foundation !
        https://www.lankaenews.com/news/1811/en

        I wonder why the do gooder Sinhalese miss such news items.

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    The Slap should have vibrated in Colombo that the Cardinal/Politician has gone silent.

    If a person of some other religion slapped a Buddhist and abused the religion in filth we would have had the three Mahanayake’s screaming with their robes tide unto their head even the Cardinal coming out with a statement.

    Oh man this is the state of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. I would say that its gone to dogs but then I will be insulting a loving and loyal pet.

    What happened to the guy you all elected to bring law and order. LOL

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    This is Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhism.

    just referring to Mahinda Rajapakse writing about
    “Ideas Being Introduced Into The Minds Of Children To Be Scrutinised”

    see the child monks in a state of shock when the saffron thug slapped the poor guy

    is this what Mahinda Rajapakse talking about?

    the child monks should be cheering instead of demonstrating a state of shock and disbelief?

    Welcome to “Rajapakse Sri Lankna”

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    Ampitiye Sumane should have been born as a wildest of the water buffalo clan.
    He’s so uncouth and thinks that he’s gods of every denomination gift to mankind.
    The sad truth of reality is that he and his flock of mangy flea infected MOrons are nothing but a liability to the whole global mankind.
    What on earth does he derive from behaving in this uncouth wildest of buffalo’s disgusting behavior? ?
    He and a few members of the Buddhist clergy both in Bangladesh, Myanmar and shitty sorry Lanka have made themselves into the worlds most cursed after tribe on this sweet planet that we are privileged to abode in.
    The government both the present and the previous one by their signs of playing to the venomous deliberately inflicting pains of every done pain and torture inflicting criminal acts of the lowest orde by their Ignorance have created a malignant fatal cancer that has to eradicated by any methodology.
    The armed forces/police along with most of the Batala eating petty-minded Ku Klux racists by their feigning ignorance are only giving encouragement to many more horrid acts to be done with impunity.
    The present government should disrobe these buggers of ill repute and allow them to roam about the countryside in their thin see-through AMUDE’s for the whole island to their midget liabilities.
    In a finale, this mangy flea-ridden parasite of a wild buffalo should be made to be ceremoniously named as the shitty sorriest Lanka’s first Vesa pon GON HARAKA the first.
    Cheers in disgust,
    R. J., the one & only only on this planet.

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    Buddhist monk slapping an ordinary person means, “That is Buddhism” under Gota’s Government.

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    This is a grave criminal act committed by a thug hiding behind the yellow robe. Bring the lowlife along with the onlooking cops who were not doing their job, to book without any delay or hesitation.

    The time has finally come to free thinking Sinhala Buddhists to free themselves from the senseless acceptance of anyone wearing yellow robe as a representative of the great religion. Think twice… or more than that next time.

    To me., Sumane’s slap is a painful one to Buddhism and all Sri Lankans, who now look stupid in front of the whole world.

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    Now that the BBS thug has quietened down, this skinny thug must have appointed himself the successor, to continue the bullying. Who appointed these saffron robed creatures to become the thugs and bullies now roaming in these areas? Why are Buddhist monks allowed to behave this way, and why are these police officers afraid to intervene, and stop this abuse? They should arrest these disgusting thugs who disgrace their religion. No one can lay a hand on another citizen that way. We should not look to the new president to be fair in this matter, he will not dare go against his Buddhist base, even if it means laying down the law. These fake Buddhist monks think they own this country, and are taking it upon themselves to act like vigilantes.

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    This yellow robed thug is a disgrace to the Buddhist Philosophy.,hence he should be de robed and charged in court and sent to jail

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    Just imagine if the same thing happens to a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk in foreign countries. After all Buddhism encourages non-violence. Famour Buddhist leader Dalai Lama said that his religion is love and kind. If the rulers are keen on taking political revenge, no wonder there will ne no one to question the Buddhist monks. Now the purpose of celebrating Wesak has no meaning. ‘Buddham Saranam Kachchami ……………..’

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    swrd was not killed by a layman
    he was killed by a buddhist monk
    sometimes we reap what we have sown

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    What does Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has to say about this attack by this Buddhist Priest and the other group of hooligans monks. Disgraceful. Is this the message of Lord Buddha.. Utter filth being used by the priest.Country is heading for disaster.

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      There was a single woman who confronted that Sivru clad mad Buddhist monk in that slap video.
      He abused and ranted her in foul language despite the presence of the police who just kept mum as though deaf.

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    He continues his rampage against minorities. Show this to the world community.

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=753685021777245

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    Respect this thero.
    He has guts to stand up against a imposter.

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      So crude, rude, thuggish monks, impress you eh? It shows your standards.

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      OK Pasqual,
      you can lick his bum
      if that is your wish.
      Afterall this is a democratic country.

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    Lakmal Harischandra,

    “Today, monks in Myanmar and Sri Lanka continue to interpret their religion different to what Gauthama taught and even fight violently presumably to ‘defend’ their religion and call their followers too to action – a far cry from the message of Buddhism. “

    Thanks for your article.

    What we have in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho is Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism “ that is a distortion of Buddhism and is an insult to the Buddha. The Para-Sinhala politicians are fine with it, as they can control the imbecile masses, mean IQ 79, as they prostrate to the imbecile monks . The monks want a society where the imbecile masses and the politicians prostrate to them.

    There are Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists” and Buddhists.

    This was not the case with the first 6 Para-Kings and the populace. With the introduction of Buddhism in the 3rd century BCE, the Monk hegemony was established, and they grabbed 10 percent of the fertile land from the Kings.

    What you describe, is a continuation of this trend.

    By the way, over the past 2,300 years has any Para-Buddhas got to Nirvana or Nibanna with conclusive proof? Not to my knowledge .

    On the other hand, there are reports that the Devadatta type monks, may be headed to Hell, if true, like Monk Somarama who killed SWRD. Isn’t that the reason why he became Catholic before being hanged to escape from Hell?

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      Lakmal Harischandra,

      Correction:

      By the way, over the past 2,300 years has any Para-Buddhas got to Nirvana or Nibanna with conclusive proof?

      CORRECTED

      By the way, over the past 2,300 years has any Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhist” got to Nirvana or Nibanna with conclusive proof?

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        Amarasiri, your comments show that you know nothing about Nibbana or Buddhism. Nibbana is not a place to go to. Please don’t make me mention that much quoted IQ of yours.

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          Adrian,

          Do the Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhist “ monks and laymen know anything about Buddhism and Nibbana/Nirvana? No they don’t. All they know is distortion of Buddhism and insulting the Buddha.

          Example: Originally, the triple gem meant Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha (the Bodisatva). This was distorted to include in the Sangha, all the saffron clad imbeciles monks, and the imbecile laymen prostrate to them, and their brains migrate to their asses.

          This is take over of Buddhism by the imbecile monks, to maintain their hegemony. The imbecile populace, mean IQ 79, goes along with it.

          It is like the Pope calling without error, Infallible.

          For the Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists “, who are insulting the Buddha all the time, prostrating to imbecile monks and calling them Sangha is fine.

          No wonder, they call them Sinhalayo Modayo, to prostrate to imbecile monks.

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