19 September, 2020

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Buddhist Spiritual Guidance Helps Nurture Noble Values

By Harold Mandel – 

Harold Mandel

In an era of the witnessing of the disintegration of of basic human values with more government corruption, brutality, wars, poverty, starvation and homelessness seen on the planet than ever before the teaching of human values by the Buddhist clergy is more valued than ever by many people. In Syracuse where a microcosm of the world’s problems exists with it appearing more families struggling to survive on the fringes of existence than ever seen, Buddhists have been looking towards the Buddhist clergy for guidance to help them cope with the harsh realities of the world around them.

S M Wijayaratne of the Kurunegala Daily News has reported for The Buddhist Channel “Buddhist clergy inculcates noble values.” Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena at Wellewa Bodhirukkaramaya ancient temple at Polgahawela in the Kurunegala district of Sri Lanka has said “Noble human values exist in the minds of the people because of the spiritual guidance offered by members of the Buddhist clergy. The MahaSangha have always guided rulers to govern our country by utilizing the greatest teachings of the Buddha, whose compassion towards humanity was boundless. If there were no virtuous members of Buddhist clergy, we would have become bankrupt in human values by now and behaved like beasts in the forest. Therefore, our duty towards such noble human beings must be fulfilled without further delay.”

Health Minister Sirisena has also said “It is a matter for us to be proud of our Buddhist scholars who spread the noble message of the Enlightened One in many foreign countries. “We live in a just society in peace and harmony today because of our Buddhist monks and the religious dignitaries of other faiths. We all should explore ways for fostering noble human values in the minds of university undergraduates and schoolchildren. Parents and teachers should take the lead in this regard and it is a task of national interest. Everybody should participate in the task of moulding the characters of youngsters.” It is very true that we should be proud of our Buddhist scholars who help us attain more noble values in our troubled world.

*Harold Mandel is a Buddhist who has earned a medical degree (MD) and who feels spiritual awareness is an essential component of overall good health. He also writes as the Syracuse Natural Health Examiner.

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    Another payee in the hands of Bell Pottinger & Co. putting his two cents worth to mend damages caused recently to MR & Co. Harold Mandel a doctor in medicine has become a Buddhist and is extolling the virtues of the Buddhist Sangha, for the people to be advised as to overcome the present impasse of govt. corruption, brutality, wars, poverty, starvation and homlessness seen on the planet. Obviously for reasons best known to him, he sees salvation through the Buddhist Clergy and not admonishing the corrupt Rulers to refrain from committing abuse. The laity to be advised by the Sangha would have been aplicable then, when the laity were illiterate and the Sangha was the only literate in society. However today the laity is more knowledgeble and educated, thanks to the British making Education available to all, more than the Sangha on Religion and matters mundane. As the Buddha said, Harold Mandel please turn the search light towards you, as it might do you some good.

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    Well illustrating the adage, Never greater a fanatic than one converted, Robert Mandel conveniently turns a blind eye to the Buddhist sangha and those bhikkus who have indulged in violence, child abuse and drunken-ness. The corruption of the sangha seems to go hand-in-hand with the corruption of the State.

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      Mr Harold,
      Pl forgive these nuts.Metha,Karuna,Muditha,Upekska!

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    [Edited out] LIKE ROY WINTER UNFORTUNATELY CAN’T UNDERSTAND THE TRUE VALUE OF GREAT RELIGION LIKE BUDDHISM. THESE BUGGERS HAVE ONLY DOWNSTAIRS FUNCTIONING VERY WELL UPSTAIRS NOTHING JUST A EMPTY SHELL.

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      Lal with due respect you are truely displaying your cultured self, guided by this great philosophy as a great Human being and us as lesser mortals. I presume CT had to edit your comment for that reason. Thank you for educating us.

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    Max Silva here too in the meditation room as well as in the cesspit! This cockroach is sprinting around internet like an ant with hind part removed together with its private parts!!

    We feel sorry for Harold Mandel. His intentions are not yet clear, however on the face value he is caught up in a few borrowed words of a corrupt minister of a corrupt government. When a hungry villager came to Buddha to hear a sermon the Buddha first gave food for the villager because a hungry person may not understand the deep expedition into himself.

    By preaching useless “Bana” the country’s countless problems created by the Rajapakshas and their corrupt politicians cannot be solved. This country needs a new government of incorruptible entities, restoration of democracy, reconciliation and accountability measures and implementation. It will take many more years for the people to be able to really listen to a Buddhist sermon and grasp true meaning of Buddhism because this regime has implanted barbarism into every aspect of life on this unfortunate country!

    First people have to purge Rajapakshas from this country, then Mahinda Chinthanaya and then pigs like Max Silvas. Only after that can there be a space for people to reclaim the values they have lost!!!

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      Bogus Silva,
      Your mama told me not to reply to you in English because you only understand the scavenger language.Is it true that you hold the world record for the back stroke in the cesspit?You stinking little rat!

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    I feel this is a paid article. No Analysis. How can we tolerate this brutish and vulger Manhinda Dyanasty.

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    Mr Herold,
    The Maha Sangha Had always guided rulers to govern our country by utilizing the greatest teachings of the Buddha,
    THAT IS PAST TENSE.
    Now Businessmen like Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena and other KUDDAS [heroine Dealers},Thugs , Murderers, Who Has Become M P s are guiding our rulers to How to Rob, Squeeze The masses and to Destroy the our Mother-Land.
    Most of Buddhist Sangha ARE NOT religious dignitaries.
    It is better to Enlightened ourselves Fallowing LORD BUDDHA’S TEACHINGS..

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