Betraying Buddhism And Undermining Sri Lanka

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“If they come with sword, we answer with sword. If they come with kindness, we answer with kindness. Otherwise you cannot live in this world. Even Lord Buddha approved of this and said that you should not remain silent in the face of provocation…..” – Ven. Ellawala Medhananda, founder-leader, JHU ()[i]

In January 2014, Stanley J Tambiah – whose ‘Buddhism Betrayed?: Religion, Politics and Violence in Sri Lanka’ became a hate-symbol for people who rarely ventured beyond the first two words of its title – died.

Mahinda R colombotelegraphThat same month, the Pew Research ranked Sri Lanka among the 20 countries with the highest levels of religious hostilities in 2012[ii]. Sri Lanka’s Government Restrictions Index (which ‘measures government laws, policies and actions that restrict religious beliefs and practices’) increased from 5.4 in December 2011 to 5.9 in December 2012. Her Social Hostilities Index (which ‘measures acts of religious hostility by private individuals, organisations or groups in society’) jumped from 7.1 in December 2011 to 7.7 in December 2012.

That sudden spurt in anti-Muslim/Christian/Hindu violence happened with the behemothic advent of the BBS into the national scene. Today attacks on religious minorities have become a Lankan norm as extremist entities (JHU/BBS/Sinhala Ravaya/Ravana Balaya) try to outrank each other in inanity, irrationality and violent-intolerance, in a climate of official permissiveness and impunity.

In the teaching of Gautama Buddha there is no concept of holy war, no justification for promoting/protecting the Dhamma through force, violence or compulsion. Classical Buddhism accepts that violence is a part of statecraft; a Buddhist ruler may employ violence[iii]  but that violence is of the secular and not religious variety. The one who used political power to entrench himself was not the Buddha but Devadatta, who utilised King Ajasattha’s might to promote his ‘teaching’ and attack his opponents.

Given this crystal clear and unequivocal stance, Buddhism was (and continues to be) betrayed not by Prof. Tambiah but by those who use a teaching premised on ahimsa to justify war and violence.

According to the Buddha’s teaching the killing of any living being is a sin and those who commit such deeds have to suffer the consequences in this and subsequent births. The dilemma caused by this belief system to the Lankan kings is easy to imagine. They needed armies to protect their thrones and/or to extend their politico-geographical holdings. But if true Buddhism took root in the island, finding soldiers to fight their wars may have become next-to-impossible.

Sucharitha Gamlath, in his erudite biography of the Buddha, opines that a somewhat similar problem cropped up even during the Buddha’s lifetime. Quoting Mahavagga (Vinaya Pitakaya), Prof. Gamlath writes that a group of warriors serving in King Bimbisara’s army became concerned about the sins they were committing as a part of their military duties and decided to seek salvation in Buddhism. They abandoned their military service and obtained higher-ordination from Buddhist monks. This ‘act of insubordination’ angered the military chiefs who complained to the King. The King asked the judges about the appropriate punishment for those who ordain a person engaged in royal service. The judges pronounced that such persons deserve a tortuous death. Armed with this ‘verdict’ the King approached the Buddha and told him that if warriors are ordained as monks, non-Buddhist (‘heretical’) rulers might harass all monks.

It is reasonable to surmise that the Buddha would have seen through the King’s wily efforts to prevent the gradual denuding of his army and his power. It is also reasonable to surmise that the Buddha realised that rejecting the royal request would pit his teaching (and its adherents) against all secular powers. The King’s request was granted. Prof. Gamlath points out that even today, during the higher-ordination ceremony, the samanera monk is asked whether he is a ‘soldier of the king’ (na ci rajabato); higher-ordination is granted only after he replies in the negative (natthi Bhante)[iv].

What the Buddha did was to draw a clear line of demarcation between religion and secular power and accept that each should have its own set of values. It is instructive that the Buddha never asked his royal disciples to create Dharma Rajyas (any more than he asked them to use their armies to propagate Buddhism). In fact the only kind of governance which seemed to have met with his unqualified approval was the collective, consensual and quasi-democratic rule of the Vajjis[v].

None of these would have served the purpose of Lanka’s absolutist, warlike Kings. They needed a different type of Buddhism. That necessity coincided with the Mahavihare fraternity’s need for royal patronage against the rival Abhyagiriya. The Mahavamsa project was probably born out of the confluence of these twin needs. It is perhaps no accident that its author, Bhikkhu Mahanama, was the uncle of the reigning monarch, Datusena.

Sinhala-Buddhism (with its Consecration Myth, the Lebensraum Myth and the Sinless War Myth) was thus a result of a Faustian Bargain between politics and religion. Buddhism was distorted, debased and betrayed to provide the kings with a religious justification for their violent power-projects, in return for royal patronage and protection for Theravada Buddhism and the Mahavihara fraternity.

The myth of Dutugemunu’s conscience was used to bridge the epistemological divide between the Buddha’s teaching and Sinhala-Buddhism over the First Precept. Mahavamsa makes a clear distinction between ordinary monks (Bhikkhus) and those who had attained arhathood (arahants). Bhikkhus accompanied Dutugemunu’s armies; but the justification for killing unbelievers to protect Buddhism was delivered by arahants.

That anyone who justifies the breaking of the First Precept (on a humongous scale) cannot be an arahants would be obvious to any Buddhist. Still, the atrocious lie about Dutugemunu’s conscience continues to thrive, undisputed.

Mahanama’s Shadow

With a single story, the unscrupulously brilliant author of Mahavamsa created a nexus between war, race and religion and consecrated the task of protecting the faith as the raison d’être of kingship. Bhikkhu Mahanama’s ancient betrayal of Buddhism not only played a seminal role in creating the modern ethnic problem and in igniting the ongoing violence against religious minorities. It also enabled Mahinda Rajapaksa to win the Premier-stakes and, by extension, the presidency.

Mahavamsa, while admitting that Elara was a good and just ruler, indicates that killing him was Dutugemunu’s religious duty because only a Buddhist should rule Lanka. This ancient myth caused Lakshman Kadiragamar to lose the premiership to Mahinda Rajapaksa, a millennium later. Mr. Rajapaksa’s main advocate, the JHU, did not deny the outstanding abilities of Mr. Kadiragamar; following the Mahavamsa-tradition it merely argued that that the Prime Minister, who is just a heartbeat away from the presidency, should be a Buddhist[vi].

Future lost to the past; the primordial vanquished the modern. That ill-fated victory presaged the direction Sri Lanka was to take from then on.

According to the CPA’s survey, Democracy in Post-war Sri Lanka, in 2013, 59.7% of Sinhalese considered religion to be the most important component of their identity[vii]. The Rajapaksa plan of using Sinhala-Buddhism to promote their dynastic project thus rests on solid ground. Its success will happen at the cost of the Buddha’s teachings and the country’s future. But such considerations hardly mattered to Lanka’s rulers, ancient or modern.


[i] Rev. Medhananda, made this comment in an interview with ‘The Nation’ (22.7.2007) when he was asked, “As compensation for defamation you have requested Rs. 2.5 billion. Why such an exorbitant amount? Wouldn’t a public apology suffice?” Rev. Medhananda, who has been awarded the National Honour, ‘Puravidya Chakravarthi’ epitomises the sort of parochial archaeologist Prof. Tambiah had commented on. Committed to finding archaeological evidence in consonance with the Mahavamsa’s ‘mythohistory’ of Lanka, he works at discovering archaeological ‘proof’ of the Sinhala-Buddhist nature of the North and the East.

[iii] The Buddha’s main royal disciples waged several wars, including against each other, during his own lifetime.

[iv] Buddha Charithaya – Prof. Sucharitha Gamlath

[v] The Vajjis were said to have followed the Seven Imperishable Values: Collective rule; consensual rule; abiding by existing laws and avoiding the imposition of abnormal laws; respecting the elderly and following their advice; not molesting married or single women; honouring their traditional places of worship; and protecting and looking after arhants.

[vi] Mr. Kadiragarmar was expected to be nominated prime minister after the UPFA won the parliamentary election in 2004. He had the backing of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and the JVP. Educated, intelligent and articulate, he opposed the LTTE and defended national sovereignty; he associated with temples and monks and his second wife was both Sinhala and Buddhist. But in the end, none of these could outweigh Mahinda Rajapaksa’s birth and his willingness to use brute force. Mr. Rajapaksa who had been angling for the job for years as the indispensable stepping stone to the presidency organised for his supporters to come to Colombo and demonstrate outside the President’s residence. Unwilling to antagonise the hardline Buddhist lobby, the President caved in.

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54 Responses to Betraying Buddhism And Undermining Sri Lanka

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    Buddhism is for those renounced worldly things, if Sinhalese follow it to the letter others christians /muslims would destroy Sinhalese.

    John
    January 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm
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      John: Why do you constantly have to prove to us that you are in fact a “John” serving the oldest profession in the world?

      Palayang yako!
      January 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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        Palayang Pako! John says the truth only, so you [Edited out] just call names, that’s all.

        John
        January 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm
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      Wot a classic article. very well written. well done Tisaranee Gunasekara.

      Maithri Mario De Silva
      January 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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      Rajapaksa facilitated the deaths of Kadirigamar and Janaka Perera. SL’s best actor is not Joe Abeywickrama, Gamini Fonseka or Tony Ranasinga, it is Percyval Rajapaksa.

      Naide Appu
      January 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm
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        Naide Appu “SL’s best actor is not Joe Abeywickrama,” He is my favourite actor, means he is the best as well.

        Native Vedda
        January 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm
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          Native, I am making a joke, going by the above picture and many public dramas including his ‘God-Fearing’ talisman display during election times. Yep, Northern Tamil, Kadir was shot in a high security zone from a government rented flat. Maj. Gen. Janaka was refused the due security a retired war hero deserves by this criminal politico. This fellow was scaired to go to war, it was the JVP (& JHU) that pusshed him to it. Village thug’s foul mouth had spat’p**eng gahanda’ and Somawansa Amarasingha had to say ‘if thats what has to be used’.

          Naide Appu
          January 28, 2014 at 3:49 am
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        @Naide Appu, I have been saying the same thing and it sounds absurd to many. Kadirgarmar and Perera were all finished off by the Rajapakses. CBK wanted to promote LKadir to PM where MR would have been left to clean toilets which he is qualified to do. LKadir was shot at close range with a low powered hand held pistol, NOT a rifle. Also there was no cordon and search operation for two hours after the shot was fired. Also Janaka was not a threat to the LTTE…….he was retired. The LTTE did not go after people who were retired. He was a threat to MR. Rest is up to you all to figure out.

        Tamil from the north
        January 27, 2014 at 8:06 am
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      In other words, John, your view is that Buddhism is flawed. If it is followed to the letter others would destroy its adherents. Not a very good religion/philosophy/way of life is it?

      Sulaiman
      January 27, 2014 at 1:34 am
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        In this materialistic world with all are fighting for supremacy, Buddhism in it’s true letter perhaps not practical, since all but a very few follow Nirvana. So it’s sward for sward would only survives followers like Sinhalese people.

        John
        January 27, 2014 at 11:01 am
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          Correction, “since none but a very few follow Nirvana “.

          John
          January 27, 2014 at 11:05 am
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      According to John, Buddhism is deficient and Sinhala race is stronger.

      Goral a
      January 27, 2014 at 6:10 am
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        Well, may I say Sinhala race is supreme, Buddhism is secondary.

        John
        January 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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    Tisaranee Gunasekara, You together with Shirani Serasinghe should start a revolution in Sri Lanka to debunk the myths of Mahavamsa and lioberate the Sinhala minds free to follow modern civilized norms of behaviour.

    Thiru
    January 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm
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      Thiru I get your point. History informs us men have failed, failed miserably. Why do men now want women to start a revolution while attempting to hide behind them? The failed nationalist Tamil men are now hiding behind Ananthi. Why don’t the men both stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese retire from their active destructive role and retreat to kitchen? You men ought to be ashamed of yourself.

      Native Vedda
      January 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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        I agree with you the men have become impotent and they need some kind of Viagra to get them going. In the meantime let the women lead, get your veddah women too, are they topless like some of the African tribes? It will be even more striking.

        Thiru
        January 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm
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          Hate to give a thumbs up to you :D

          Dick Erikson
          January 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm
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          Thiru “get your veddah women too, are they topless like some of the African tribes?” When did you last see a Veddah woman topless? You are confused with topless club and Veddah land. FYI, Most fascinating are the five Vädda “Mahages”, that is, women who are heads of presumably Vädda villages and also engaged like their male counterparts as guards at watch posts, contradicting all of the latter day information of Vädda women as shy creatures kept under strict protection by their men folk. The tradition of female Vädda chiefs is indirectly confirmed by Lawrie who mentions a Vädda woman Ambi as the founder of Ambitiyava village. Now for the final thrust: Lawrie refers to a Vädda King of Opaigala who married the daughter of a Sinhala king, Vira Parakrama Bahu, a strategic alliance between two kings. His son was significantly named Herat Bandara in Sinhala style and he founded the village of Udugama and was perhaps the ancestor of distinguished Kandyan aristocrats, the Udugamas and Ellepolas. It therefore seems, that as far as the Väddas of Matale are concerned, they were as internally differentiated as the Sinhalas though they probably did not have anything approximating the latter’s caste system; and some were clearly already adopting high status Sinhala names. Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere Colonial Histories and Vädda Primitivism Part Three: The Spread and Dispersal of Vädda Lineages http://vedda.org/obeyesekere4.htm

          Native Vedda
          January 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm
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            Great, I learn a bit more about veddah history.

            Thiru
            January 27, 2014 at 6:02 am
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              Thiru “Great, I learn a bit more about veddah history.” Good, I am glad you are learning.

              Native Vedda
              January 27, 2014 at 1:36 pm
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        Prabhakaran sent girls, some were pregnant, to blow up many people while he was hiding in a 32 feet deep bunker.

        M.Sivananthan
        January 26, 2014 at 6:43 pm
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          M.Sivananthan “Prabhakaran sent girls, some were pregnant, to blow up many people while he was hiding in a 32 feet deep bunker.” Sinhala/Buddhist needed him when they wanted to kick the IPKF out of my ancestral land and win elections. He was a useful tool when need arose while their men folks were hiding behind their women folks. By the way here we are discussing about women leadership and not cannon fodder.

          Native Vedda
          January 26, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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            Native Vedda, We are still trying to recover from the traumatic ‘leadership’ of CBK :) lol

            Jazz
            January 27, 2014 at 10:41 am
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              Jazz “We are still trying to recover from the traumatic ‘leadership’ of CBK” Most of her advisers and bureaucrats were ugly moronic men including her uncle.

              Native Vedda
              January 27, 2014 at 9:32 pm
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          Sivananthan you Muslim: Man if you hadn’t spied for the Sinhala Army the LTTE wouldn’t have driven you out of Kolumbuthurai and you wouldn’t be languishing in a Ghetto in Canada and pouring so much scorn on Freedom Fighters. For your information LTTE would never stoop so low down and send pregnant Girls as suicide bombers unlike you ” Thopi Piradi”. When are you going to come to your senses and accept that the World is now beginning to treat former LTTE members as respectable. Just look at the treatment afforded to Ananthi who has Tiger Blood running through her vein. Mr.Rapp meets her followed by Miss.Sison ( Gotha threatened to rehabilitate her the Sri Lankan way of silencing )who has guaranteed her safety. Now she has been invited to give evidence at the forthcoming UNHCR meeting. Mahintha representing GOSL and Ananthi representing the Tamils each representing two separate Nations. Wake up you fool.

          kali
          January 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm
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      Thiru, I’m all for womens equality & empowerment but NOT ‘overpowerment’. If we go back in Biblical times, remember the role that ‘Eve’ played? Eve tried to start a ‘revolution’ sensing Adam’s weakness and to this day, we are all paying for it:) Just thought you should know that T.G’s nickname is ‘Eve’… What an amazing coincidence.So, please do not encourage her. Btw, it’s always interesting when a non-Buddhist like T.G. embarks on preaching ‘Buddhism’…

      Jazz
      January 27, 2014 at 10:31 am
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    Their is over 150 kings ruled Sir Lanka..is all off them sinhala Buddhist extremist ..place read Indian news paper.how many rapes daily.how many dia for cold.how many children die because no food. And see who control India.all Christian Oxford degree holders.don’t hate Buddhist just they keep their religion more than 2500 years.

    dilantha
    January 26, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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    Non-Buddhists expect not to react when Muslims, Christians and others attack Buddhists. Tissaranee failed to write anything about the Catholic Chirch which is the handler of LTTE. Even Rajapakse is silent against the atrocities of the Catholic Church. Catholic/Christian priests directly involved in Bank robberies in Sri Lanka along with LTTE. Does Tissaranee expect Buddhists must maintain silence when Catholic Church attack Buddhists and Hindus? Buddhists maintained silence for thirty years and we know how the LTTE and its partner LTTE grew up and their damages to the nation. Ahimsa Moorthy Mahathma Gandhi asked to kill even a cow when it try to kill you. He asked women to fight against rapists and abusers. LTTE killed Kadirgamar. Tissaranee must ask Rayappu, Malcolm Ranjith and Thomas Soundaranayagam and not Mahinda Rajapakse or other Buddhist monks now!

    M.Sivananthan
    January 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm
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      Well said, Siva. Catholics /Christians destroyed our mother land through LTTE is a fact & Sinhalese just kept quiet & now is the pay back time for them.

      John
      January 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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      Sivananthan you Muslim: Man if you hadn’t spied for the Sinhala Army the LTTE wouldn’t have driven you out of Kolumbuthurai and you wouldn’t be languishing in a Ghetto in Canada and pouring so much scorn on Freedom Fighters. For your information LTTE would never stoop so low down and send pregnant Girls as suicide bombers unlike you ” Thopi Piradi”. When are you going to come to your senses and accept that the World is now beginning to treat former LTTE members as respectable. Just look at the treatment afforded to Ananthi who has Tiger Blood running through her vein. Mr.Rapp meets her followed by Miss.Sison ( Gotha threatened to rehabilitate her the Sri Lankan way of silencing )who has guaranteed her safety. Now she has been invited to give evidence at the forthcoming UNHCR meeting. Mahintha representing GOSL and Ananthi representing the Tamils each representing two separate Nations. Wake up you fool.

      kali
      January 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm
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    . Does anyone know why Dalai Lama is not allowed in Srilanka? :-)

    aratai
    January 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm
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      aratai “Does anyone know why Dalai Lama is not allowed in Srilanka?” He demands EELAM Tibet from Middle Kingdom.

      Native Vedda
      January 27, 2014 at 1:50 am
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      Why? Aratai,- Because Sri Lanka is so much under Chinese Rule!

      Rationalist
      January 27, 2014 at 3:52 am
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      Yup… because there are no ‘BUDDHIST SUPER POWERS” at least in the books… duh… I lost my own point of view…. yes – I think I do…. Sad… Sad… Sad….

      Panikkiya
      January 28, 2014 at 4:22 am
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    As Buddhism in its original unadulterated version was a way of life and a philosophy that encouraged virtuous practice, it became insufficient as a tool in the hands of oppressors. Hence the enthusiasm to sow seeds of discontent and subvert the religion for their sake through their agents and sponsors….

    Lasantha Pethiyagoda
    January 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm
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    Another article by Tisaranee Variation on a theme – No. 87643 Sri Lanka is an evil country Sinhala-Buddhists are demons Imperialists come and deliver us with your R2Pee

    Kutti Machan
    January 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm
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    None of these religions and practices are helping Lankan people attain anything but create chaos, intolerance, crime and everything against all the religious teachings. Until the religion is separated from politics and left alone to survive on it’s own merits, nothing good will happen, but will create more and more unsolvable problems. A country cannot grow spiritually, ethically, technically, economically or develop and become anything useful. A country like Sri Lanka should practice secularism like India to be prosperous. Sri Lanka was the envy of many South Asian nations and today it’s considered one of the pathetic ‘Pariah’ state, with all the crimes and vice enveloping the entire country, bringing disrepute to even the Buddhism practiced. Unless and until religion is separated from politics, this “Miracle” of Asia will only be a mirage for ever…

    Bruz
    January 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm
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      Cruz@ -please look at the picture above -pic is worth a thousand words- that gives the feeling that the president is overflown with sacred BAKTHIYA – buddha-intoxicated feeling (I wish I could know what goes through his head in the very moments????????????)… but have his actions ever shown the same nature (I mean buddhist nature) ?

      GambaraAththo
      January 27, 2014 at 7:31 am
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    Buddah watched as his follower the king bimbisara killed his own sakyas . You cant expect the Sinhalese to do the same .

    Abhaya
    January 27, 2014 at 3:10 am
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    For sometime, TG was was making DUMB statements and there was no need to respond to that. Buddha LEFT Dhamma, that is Buddhist Canon, as the teacher and not any one else. JHU monks are trying to protect Sinhala-buddhist civilization from the expanding, not encroaching or establishing, they are expanding. All these FAKE-Buddhists who were taught in CONVENTS OR CHRISTIAN SCHOOL are mis -interpreting the Buddhism. TG’s arguments are stupid and self-serving for political needs.

    JimSofty
    January 27, 2014 at 6:14 am
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      Jim Sooty, What are you a Fake Christian ( Jim)or a Fake Buddhist. May be neither Could be a Muslim like the guy Sivanathan from Canada.

      kali
      January 27, 2014 at 9:37 pm
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    Brilliant analysis – as usual!

    Peter
    January 27, 2014 at 7:02 am
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    Leaders in general respect their religions. This is common rich states to poor states across the globe. Many of them are compliant to at least the basic principles of their religions. Depending on the problems arising the country, also these leaders react promptly and take due actions religions to be safeguarded accordingly. From what we got to observe in the past, none of above are the steps taken by current leader of the nation. Churches are being vandalized – Mosques and muslim adherents are being attacked, violent buddhist segments are being mobilised, none of these seem to be closely examined neither by president or respectives ministries. This is the reason why many of the folks feel today, – that the leader of the nation and his actions saving the religions is similar to his shawl (or better known as loin cloth) around the neck – since it is just to show the world – that he is principled and religious.

    GambaraAththo
    January 27, 2014 at 7:23 am
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    CORRECTED: ANY of these seem to be closely examined neither by president HIMSELF or respectives ministries. It is no secret, that no ministries or ministers are independent under the MR administration, so if he is pressed by all his agendas, why not he allow JUSTICE minister to take appropriate actions against…

    GambaraAththo
    January 27, 2014 at 7:26 am
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    Even though some buddhist monks may have engaged in Buddhist things in the name Sinhala-buddhist civilization, They are better than Many Popes who instigated Crusade wars and work against Jews and brought mayhem to the society by saying that God is responsible for every thing. Those monks that they not enlightened; they mistakes in Samsara and finally learn when they enlightened. The difference is those Buddhist monks are strong and believe in something and they do. On the otherhand, TG is dishonest in order to promote christian culture in Sri Lanka, TG is asking Buddhists to be buddhists. then the Christians can eliminate them easily. Anglican church is bankrupt and there is nothing to say. Evangelical Church is another Ideology which is trying to destroy the World. Evangelical church is homophobic but some of their priests are HIV-AIDS positive.

    JimSofty
    January 27, 2014 at 7:58 am
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    TG READ THIS STORY Don’t want to be hassled by creationist teacher? Give up Buddhism, Louisiana public school says. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/23/dont-want-to-be-hassled-by-creationist-teacher-give-up-buddhism-louisiana-public-school-says/ A public school in Louisiana allegedly advised a Buddhist family to change their beliefs if they didn’t want their child to face harassment from zealous teachers. Sixth-grade teacher Rita Roark has told her students that the universe was created by God about 6,000 years ago, and taught that both the Big Bang theory and evolution are false, according to the lawsuit. She told her students that “if evolution was real, it would still be happening: Apes would be turning into humans today.” One test she gave to students asked: “ISN’T IT AMAZING WHAT THE _____________ HAS MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” The correct answer was “Lord,” but C.C. wrote in something else. Roark responded by scolding the boy in front of the entire class. When informed that C.C. was a Buddhist and therefore didn’t believe in God, Roark allegedly responded, “you’re stupid if you don’t believe in God.” On another accusation, she allegedly described both Buddhism and Hinduism as “stupid.” When the outraged parents confronted Sabine Parish Superintendent Sara Ebarb about the incidents, she allegedly told them “this is the Bible belt” and that they “shouldn’t be offended” to “see God here.” Ebarb advised that C.C. should either change his faith or be transferred to another District school where “there are more Asians.” The parents, “hoping to save him from suffering additional psychological harm,” decided to transfer their son to another school, according to the lawsuit. The school is 25 miles away from their home. “The treatment this child and his family have endured is not only disgraceful, it’s unconstitutional,” said Heather L. Weaver, senior staff attorney for the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. Other teachers and faculty members also push Christian beliefs on their students. Prayer is often lead by teachers in classrooms and during school events. Religious literature that denounces evolution and homosexuality has been distributed by faculty members to students. The school’s hallways are filled with Christian iconography and electronic marquee in front of the school scrolls Bible verses. “Public schools should be welcoming places for students of all backgrounds,” said Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana. “No child should be harassed and made to feel like an outsider in his own classroom, and students should not have to endure school officials constantly imposing their religious beliefs on them while they are trying to learn.”

    JimSofty
    January 27, 2014 at 9:02 am
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    Tisaranee: Where do you find these pictures as each one you produce speaks a Thousand words. Why don’t you give it to Callum ( Just like the Soldiers who provided Channel 4 with pictures of the Killing Fields) so that he can get the maximum exposure. In this one the King looks like a Raging Bull praying to the Tree for more strength about to go on a Rampage I mean a killing spree. I hope he kills the War Criminal Karuna, the Looter Douglas Devanantha the Cheater Pillayan.

    kali
    January 27, 2014 at 9:27 pm
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      The photo is Simply TG’s HATRED towards Mahinda Rajapakse. Has not TG ever knelt in front of Jesus or Allah ?

      JimSofty
      January 28, 2014 at 12:05 am
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    Jim Sooty Who loves you babe- May be Kojak

    kali
    January 28, 2014 at 3:16 am
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    Excellent point from Thisaranee! Buddhism and Soldiering are two different things, which has no connection to each other. Similarly, Buddhism and a Race too are two different things. To the best of my knowledge, Siddhartha Gauthama’s research in to how suffering can be eliminated did not entail any kind of armed activities. Nor did it have anything to do with a Race. However, he did nor document his research. Five hundred years later someone from Sri Lanka did it. The rest is history.

    D Peiris
    January 28, 2014 at 6:02 am
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    Tissaranee is a Sinhalese only by name, and is either a defeated tiger or an enraged elephant writing just to show her writing skills. A beast with hatred for Buddhists and Sinhalese, probably most handsomely paid by the LTTE since the 1980’s.

    carlion
    January 28, 2014 at 6:31 am
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      Carlion, Similarly Karuna is a Tamil only by name otherwise he is either a Bhikkhu or paid millions to be a Traitor.

      kali
      January 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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        kalistani Didn’t your stupid people celebrate him as the greatest Tamil military provo (much lower in caliber to VP) when he was butchering Muslims, surrendered policemen, and innocent Sinhalese and Tamils? The word traitor comes cheap. Could you now discuss VP’s treachery for a change? VP always worked for the Sinhala/Buddhist establishment, hoped in return Sinhala/Buddhist armed forces would treat him kindly when he decided to surrender. VP received millions to fight a war against IPKF and billions to elect MR. VP also effectively facilitated the armed forces to its final whole sale victory. No wonder Karuna followed in his thalaivar’s footsteps.

        Native Vedda
        January 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm
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          Foreign you Idiot, If you have any sense I am sure even with your tiniest Brain would have worked out by now that the Tamils adore Praba. That is why even the CM had to sing the Tiger song to get elected. Ananthi who is a Tigress polled the second highest. If you believe in democracy you will respect peoples verdict. You racist lot voted for the born Racist MR so what is wrong with Tamils celebrating a freedom fighter. Whether you like it or not the World has seen you lot for who you are and that is why they have ignored all that was attributed to the LTTE as terrorists and are starting to accept them. The Ontario PM is talking to former members of the LTTE, Cameron talking advice from them. The mighty Americans are talking to Tigress Ananthi and she has been invited to give evidence at the next UNHCR meeting. Mr.Rapp visiting Eeelam followed by Miss.Sison both talking to elected Tamil Representatives recognising Eelam. MR representing Sinhalese and Ananthi representing Tamils at UNHCR. Karuna is your Minister and although he single handedly killed thousands of your soldier brothers you have forgiven him and accepted him. You can keep him as we don’t need him. So Foreign Wake Up and accept the new reality and we are parting company. GOOD BYE

          kali
          January 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm
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