8 December, 2021

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Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, And Maduluwawe Sobitha

By Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

This article has two sections; the first part is related to my previous articles. The second part is about Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, and Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera.

The recent articles written by Shyamon Jayasinghe, Mahendra De Silva, and Kapila Abhayawansa demonstrate the snowball effect of the conversation that I started on Buddhism. The Buddhist in me constantly struggle not to undress people in public with my words, but if you are trying to tell me that you do not believe in God, first, convince yourself and ask yourself, “Have I ever asked God’s or gods’ assistance; have I ever prayed to the Buddha when I was totally helpless?” God is transcendental, beyond name and form, and beyond human description. God is protean and take many forms. In Shyamon, Mahendra, and Kapila, God has taken the name and the form of the Buddha. I do not have to be a professor or pundit, and have a Ph.D. in God or Buddhism to talk about God and Buddhism. I began my ferryboat journey with Kalama Sutra. As far as Buddhism is concerned, like Christianity and Islam, the truth is that nobody can ever produce the original words of the Buddha, Jesus, or Mohammed with absolute certitude because they were illiterate, and did not write anything for posterity, even though all of us venerate them as if they were God, except Mohammed who is just a messenger of God. All articles are very thought-provoking and interesting and deal with different facets of this subject, but none has the authority due to paucity of authentic texts. We can conduct a scholarly textual analysis or comparison, but we do not know the authenticity of any canonical texts in Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. In one of my very first articles, I talked about pseudepigraphy, which scholars have extensively studied in Christianity; most Sri Lankan scholars who study Buddhism are reluctant to open the door of pseudepigraphy in Buddhism because even a mere suggestion of pseudepigraphy evokes a violent reaction in people who suffer from neurosis caused due to the infantile and puerile attachment to Buddhism. My thoughts on Buddhism and politics in Sri Lanka have produced both positive and negative reactions; I have not seen a lukewarm response or an attitude of insouciance when people comment; most people enjoy reading my articles, but that does not mean that they agree with everything that I have to say; that is exactly what it should be. Those who write schizophrenic gibberish are just mental patients. Schizophrenia—the Prevalence Rate is approximately 1.1%—is a serious mental disorder; I have worked on Central Nervous System (CNS)-related diseases for nearly two years. External factors such as reading the articles that I have written can precipitate Schizophrenia, so if you have a vehement and uncontrollable reaction that causes you to spew schizophrenic gibberish when you read my articles, please see a psychiatrist immediately because schizophrenia is highly treatable. So when you are reading my articles, you are inadvertently being tested for schizophrenia.

I am aware of the limitations in any categorical knowledge, and its affirmation or negation. Most scholars, pundits, and professors want “to take their stand upon” the knowledge that they have “grasped,” but I on the other hand am aware of the limitations of human knowledge, its boundaries, categorical affirmation, or negation. There is an unbridgeable gulf and schism that exists between the transcendental level of experience and the level of sense-experience. We are having this experience—this discussion—at our sense-level, not at a transcendental level. Our ongoing discussions are similar to the parable of the blind men and an elephant. We are blind, but not stupid enough to punch each other in the groin. As the commenter “Bruz” has said, like Bruz, I too, “appreciate the different ways of looking at things differently and with a positive, practical approach.” Reading these different ways of thinking gives me enormous, inimitable pleasure. Bliss can be due to stupidity or wisdom; the difference is, with bliss of wisdom, you can float in your bliss, but with stupidity, you will drown in your own bliss.

Rig-Veda declares: Truth is one; sages call it by many names: we are told that the Buddha has said the same thing. And in Dhammapada, we are told: Speak the truth; yield not to anger; when asked, give even if you only have a little. By these three means one can reach the presence of the gods; if you speak or act with a corrupted heart, then suffering follows you; those who mistake the unessential to be essential and the essential to be unessential, dwelling in wrong thoughts, never arrive at the essential; though all his life a fool associates with a wise man, he no more comprehends the Truth than a spoon tastes the flavor of the soup; just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame; a few among men are those who cross to the farther shore. The rest, the bulk, only run up and down hither the bank.

Well, there are more verses in Dhammapada that are pertinent to our ongoing discussion, but I will let you read Dhammapada; there are only 423 verses; when I studied at Nalalnda,  I had to memorize about one-third of the Dhammapada for my GCE/OL. Here is my own thought: Those who think that Buddhism is infallible and cannot see beyond Buddhism are born idiots; those who know that Buddhism is fallible and can see beyond Buddhism are wise. This is true for all other religions and dogmas.

The commenter, who identifies as Punchisingho, asked the following question:  “Dear Jagath! Kalakarama Sutra or kalarama [sic] Sutra?

Dear Punchisingho, I think you meant Kalama. I was talking about Kalakarama Sutra, not Kalama Sutra in my previous articles. But I have made a plethora of allusions to Kalama Sutra in all of my articles. All my articles are based on both Kalakarama and Kalama Sutras. It is also true about the rest of the teachings of the Buddha, even though we do not know the authenticity of Buddhism: It is also true of other Sutras and other religions.

I think most Buddhists are aware of Kalama Sutra, so that is why I have made numerous allusions to Kalama Sutra to evoke a subliminal reaction: One of my favorite Sutras in Buddhism. The Buddhists who constantly seek for truth, wisdom, and knowledge—but vehemently oppose blind faith, dogmas, and circuitous, specious reasoning—always refer to Kalama Sutra as their source of authority.

Here is the basic question: How are you going separate truth from untruth. The Buddha’s answer was: Rely on your direct knowledge, experience, and constant questioning and testing to identify and separate truth from untruth.; furthermore, the Buddha had admonished not to make your decisions on the veracity of any dogma merely because of history, traditions, hearsay, scripture, supposition, opinions, pundits, and teachers. Even though I have not directly articulated my approach to my own life, it is pretty obvious that I have been following Kalama Sutra since I left my childhood; particularly, since I became a teenager.

Here is Today’s Question: If we are a true Buddhist nation and the protector of Buddhism, why cannot we elect a Buddhist monk as our President? There is only one Buddhist monk who cannot be intimidated by the Rajapaksa clan: Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera. Everybody knows where Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera stands when it comes to our constitution and corruption. He is not only a Sinhala Buddhist, but also an erudite Buddhist monk: a two in one situation. So, what is the purpose of reelecting Mahinda Rajapaksa for the third time? Let’s elect Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera and change our corrupt democracy into a clean theocracy.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa recently invited Pope Francis—an erudite, decent, wise, spiritual leader like Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama is to Buddhism as the Pope is to Catholicism. So why cannot Gotabaya invite Dalai Lama at the same time so that Pope Francis and Dalai Lama can have a spiritual discussion in Colombo about the plight of Sri Lanka. I would love to be in that audience. I think Mahinda and Gotabaya—there is a possibility that both are working for the American government—are scared of China and have become China’s slaves, sycophants, and brown-noses.  Think of what China has done to Tibet. Sri Lanka is a strategic harbor and an airport for the incipient Chinese hegemony, so Sri Lanka will end up like Tibet because we have borrowed so much from China: our next step is slavery. All Sri Lankans should think about this possibility. Do you want to keep borrowing from China to build unnecessary airports and harbors for Sri Lankans but useful for China in the future when we become their slaves? Of course, China is giving unlimited amount of loans to Sri Lanka because, soon, Sri Lanka is going to be next Tibet, and we will have a plethora of Sri Lankan children who look like Chinese men and women: If it is fine with you, then it is fine with me, too. So our only hope is America. I am certain that the chameleon American eyes are fixed upon on our nation.

I have been following politics in Sri Lanka, and it seems to me that the Buddhist monks have enormous political power. Whether it is water in Weliweriya, cocaine of D. M. Jayaratne, or Packer’s casino complex, when Buddhists monks are involved even Gotabaya cannot shoot them. I think the UNP must seek the support of the Buddhist monks—not Mangala Samaraweer’s stick; it is not a good idea for Ranil Wickramasinge to depend on Mangala’s and his sycophants’ sticks; you cannot change a government by using your stick, use your brain, instead; organize massive Satyagrahas (“soul force” or “truth force,”) to protest against corruption and nepotism and challenge the Rajapaksa regime. It seems to me that the Buddhist monks can cow and defeat the Rajapaksa clan; there is no need for another Somarama incident, but Sobitha Thera can defeat the Rajapaksas using his “soul and truth force.” Even the JHU will jump ship; JHU, like the rest of the UPFA, is eagerly waiting for an auspicious occasion while keep fooling the Rajapaksas by giving them the false impression that the JHU is fully behind Rajapaksas. Remember only politics can turn chicken shit into chicken fillet in a picosecond.

Soon, Dalai Lama and Pope Francis will have a public discussion. I have been following both traditions. Pope Francis can learn from Buddhism and Dalai Lama from Christianity. Dalai Lama is the only Buddhist monk who genuflects in front of his followers and devotees. Have you ever seen a simple monk like Dalai Lama in Sri Lanka since Mahind arrived in Sri Lanka in the third century BCE?

I know that most Sri Lankans are very intelligent and they know what the current regime is up to. So, most Sri Lankans are enjoying this charlatan-toad eaters—and their magic show knowing that they are watching an illusion, a maya; only the brain-dead, in a coma like state, keep supporting, yapping, prating, and prattling absurdities with the greatest seriousness about the current regime.

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    Jugshot,

    “an erudite, decent, wise, spiritual leader like Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama is to Buddhism as the Pope is to Catholicism.”

    The Daisy Lama is not a Rin Poche neither is he the spiritual leader but the `Political Head` of the Tibetans.

    ` Schizophrenia`

    [Edited out] even the very best in the west knows only 10% of the brain. You are like the nurse who thinks he/she is surgeon and if that is the case then industrial engineers are the real mavericks.

    You speak the truth and sandwich it with lies- politician.- [Edited out]

    Jagath Asoka is Sinhala Slang for [Edited out].

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      [Edited out],

      ` Schizophrenia`

      Its all lies in your [Edited out].

      Your origin, Vijaya of Bestiality breed-

      like BSE mad cow disease [Edited out]

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    [Edited out],

    You think you are the very best writer but are not even slightly bombastic because you have not read the classics like Boris to be one.

    You are the classic kawun kana Sinhala mottaya.

    If you think you are that great why not write something like `Satanic Verses`? Guaranteed you won’t sell like Salman Rushdie and neither would you receive a Booker prize award.

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      Asoka,

      You have come out with another crap, in first para showing your emptiness, no where close to scholarly writings of some other names you mentioned.

      You are not a scholar of Buddhism or any other religion for that matter but come out with few English words here & there, borrowed from somewhere & try to figure out yourself as a scholar, but readers are more intelligent & understand you better, somebody writing rubbish, perhaps with some mental problem.

      Your second para’s corruption/waste of this govt. the most corrupt ever is okay & they will find it’s own downfall in a matter of time only, provided UNP comes out with a new leader & change of image.

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        Stop eating the crap that I feed you with. My crap is only for pigs, why are you eating it?

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          Asoka [Edited out], Don’t desecrate CT just leave this for God’s sake.

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          CT is not for [Edited out] like you

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    Jagath:

    I enjoy your articles because gravitas is veiled with humour. And humour is intelligence.

    PS: typo, coma not comma

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    Dr Asoka has come up with the brilliant idea of electing Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera as our next president. Even people of the calibre of Dr Kumar David have talked about this most sensible possibility many months ago. Yes, people will like this idea wholeheartedly but how can they convince Sobitha Thera to accept the challenge.

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    “As far as Buddhism is concerned, like Christianity and Islam, the truth is that nobody can ever produce the original words of the Buddha, Jesus, or Mohammed with absolute certitude because they were illiterate, and did not write anything for posterity, even though all of us venerate them as if they were God, except Mohammed who is just a messenger of God”.

    Dr Asoka

    How can you say with certainty that they were illiterate?

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      Silly question as very few people in those days were able to write! There is NO historic evidence (correct me if I am wrong of them writing anything down. That was done by specialized people who were trained to do just that. Paper or other item similar and ink were rare. On the other hand it is just speculation, they may have been able to write but never did.

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    I don’t know which Mohamed Jagath is referring here, there are so many Mohamed’s around (good ones and bad ones).

    Jagath writes I quote “but we do not know the authenticity of any canonical texts in Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam” with this singles statement with reference to “Islam” Mr. Jagath has made over 1 billion Muslims fundamental belief on “sunaa” (authentic documented sayings of Prophet Mohammed PBUH) unauthentic.

    I suggest Jagath stick what ever his belief’s in Lord Buddha and god in Buddhism without writing half truths about other religions.

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      Correction “stick to”

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    Asoka,
    You have come out with another crap, in first para showing your emptiness, no where close to scholarly writings of other names you mentioned.

    You are not a scholar of Buddhism or any other religion for that matter but come out with few English words borrowed from somewhere & try to figure out yourself as a scholar, but readers are more intelligent & understand you better, somebody writing rubbish, perhaps with some mental problem.

    Tour second para is okay, this govt. is most corrupt ever & find it’s own downfall, it’s a matter of time only.

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      correction “your second para is ok..”

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    Dear Dr. JA,

    I came across the following article on the web. It explains (if I may use the word) most of the facts you talk about, but in a different way.

    Can you please go through it and say what you think of it.

    It is an article on a lecture by Bikkhu Buddhadasa, called “No religion”.

    The link is given below.

    Thank you.

    http://www.abuddhistlibrary.com/Buddhism/B%20-%20Theravada/Teachers/Buddhadasa/No%20Religion/NORELIG.HTM

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      I will try.

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    The day Sri Lankans grow out of Democracy (Mob Rule) that’s the day the aspirations of all citizens will blossom. Until such time kleptocracy in the name of Democracy rules.

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    Jagath Asoka says:
    “God is transcendental, beyond name and form, and beyond human description. God is protean and take many forms. In Shyamon, Mahendra, and Kapila, God has taken the name and the form of the Buddha.”
    It is obvious from this statement that Dr Jagath Asoka hasn’t bothered to read my piece, which has nothing even near to what JA states. I had openly stated I am an atheist.
    If one is not bothered to read what others say one must desist from making public pronouncements like this. He has obviously tersely praised my article as “edifying” without reading it. I am very tolerant about others’ opinions; but this kind of behavior (to rephrase JA’s words) is simply not edifying and I hope JA retracts and returns to his laptop to re-read my article. Cheers!

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      It is very unfortunate Shyamon that even for a moment you thought of this man in any other way. Having read your reply, I was dismayed to note how Jagasoka taking -pardon my flattery- a respected journalist and an intellectual like you for a ride..

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      MR Jayasinghe,

      This error might have been an oversight on the part of Dr Asoka; you cannot jettison the whole article based on this can you?

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      Mr. Shyamon Jayasinghe

      I thought you had a very good sense of humor; but I was wrong; your sense of humor and tolerance have become punier than your own ego. Do not do it to yourself; from one professional to the other. I would still read your articles with alacrity, but I would not reread articles. CT needs people like you, the one with a good sense of humor, not with an inflated big ego because they are a dime a dozen and ubiquitous like God. Look at what people are saying about me; that is fine with me; if I cannot take the heat, I will get out of the kitchen; do not take this path or open this door just because you have the key because you will not be able to get out of it once you are sucked in. Instead, spend your creative energy to edify others, not to inflate your puny ego. Let’s leave at that; I would give you the benefit of the doubt, perhaps this was a facetious remark.

      Our role is different; I warned in this article about neurotics, and their the comments prove my hypothesis which has become a theory with this empirical evidence. let the schizophrenic prattle of neurotics entertain all of us; this is an experiment; I do not know about you, but I am having a great time with these hateful comments.More the merrier!

      Good luck with your future articles; I am looking forward to reading them; I am not going to make any direct or indirect reference to you from now on. If you are not going to feel like that in the future, just trust me; I am not going to write about you, but some of the things that I am going to write will also apply to you. Nothing personal, it is just writing.

      There is more to what your eyes see and your ears hear! It is just a maya. After all, you, an atheist Buddhist, have known this all alone. Remember, if I had ever thought of you as unworthy babbler, I would not have mentioned your name in this article. Let’s leave it at that! Good Luck!

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        Jagath/Shyamon,
        You two guys have lot to offer to readers like us.. Let go :-)
        Anura

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          I have; thank you, Anura; I wrote it out of sincere professional respect; it sounds a bit nasty; the truth is words can penetratenournhearts like arrows even when they are deliverd with love, not with poison; you will see that I will not do this similar thing to any writer again. Look at other comments from neurotics, I do not even read comments by certain commenters; I just skip them; they have to take another pseudo identity, for me to read their comments. I respect this man, he is a good writer and that is why I took the time to respond to his response; when I thanked him for his edifying article, I sincerely meant it; when I responded to him, I was still sincere.

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      Below is the definition of Schizophrenia.

      buddhists and the Eastern thought believes that one’s habits and behaviours are a collection of that person’s dominant behaviours in that person’s samsara.

      So, pharmaceutical can not give a permanent solution to these problems. The only solution is accept the reality and work along that path.

      There is a Jew, who was a former RENOWN Sergeon – now a Psychiatrist – Dr. BRIAN-L-WEISS he is now using PAST life Regression to treat some difficult to manage mental disorders. Read the bo0k “Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives “

      He was a JEW, He was a very good Sergeon. Above is not the only book, read and see.

      My anger with you is only temporary, I sympathize with you read and learn.

      I don’t think you understand what I wrote.

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      Jagath Asoka does not even the differences of the words ATHIEST and AGNOSTIC as well as He does not know the WORDS ALMIGHTY aka CREATOR GOD and the Gods believed in Hinduism and by Buddhism.

      HE has mixed both together and had made a mess here.

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      JAgath Asoka does not know even the differences of the words Athiest and the

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        HE does not know the difference between the Atheist and the Agnostic.

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      Jagath Asoka,

      We all understand that we are not perfect, and as humans, we all make errors. Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Einstein and many others have made errors, and we all need to learn from out errors, correct and move on. Shaymon Jayasinghe is pointing out one such error on your part.

      However, thank you and please do keep writing, and bringing the issues of illusions and delusions to the forefront.

      Since the theme this past month touched upon Buddha, Buddha as God, God, Buddhist Philosophy, Gods in other religions, and of course the distortions by Monk Mahanama of Mahawansa, well articulated by Ms. Shamani Serasinghe, I would recommend three well written books over the past 30 years, so that you may pick up some good points.

      1. COSMOS by CARL SAGAN ( 1980, Random House)
      ISBN 0-345-33135-4

      2. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (2008)
      ISBN 13-978-0-618-91824-9

      3. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (2007)

      ISBN 978-1 84354 574 3

      Enjoy and Cheers!

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        I have read the second one, thx.

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    Is it that the powers that be are not aware of what China is up to?

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      China had two greats (man of the mountain) Tao 550BC (man of the sea) Confucius, 551 BC – 479 BC. Gautama was a student too.

      Chinese don’t have faith they are objective. While democracy needs the animal faith to run.

      CT has lost staff its belching and farting before it comes to a full stop.

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    Well, Buddha’s said only to rely on direct knowledge and experience to separate truth from untruth. Therefore Pseudepigraphy is redundant when it comes to Buddhism ins’t it really? After all you are not relying on someone else’s opinion.

    Its widely believed Rajapaske’s are corrupt. Although until you have definite proof they must have the benefit of the doubt isn’t it really?

    Buddhist monks, Prabarkan, the International community all poke their fingers because people’s representatives keep failing. The solution therefore is to train these politicians before they accept the job isn’t it really? If an accountant needs a degree to become employed why does a normal Joe Blow coming off the street needing multidisciplinary skills can become a politician?

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    A Buddist monk for President! A Bikkhu police force! What next? An all- Bikkhu cabinet!, Bikkhu led armed forces and.an all- Bikkhu judiciary!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Then SL will be the first official Gay Nation.
      :-)

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        Correction: A happy and gay nation ;-)

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      Dr. Rajasingham Narendran:

      Let me quote your own words: “Profound thoughts of a thinking man….”

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        While most thoughts can be profound, others can be be moribund. What is profound should be praised, while the moribund should be questioned. The fact that Dr. Asoka is a thinking man is of course beyond question.

        Dr. RN

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      I agree with the author that monk Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera is much better and suitable person for President than the horrible, nasty, murderous Rajapakse. Rajapakse regime regime uses Buddhism for his benefit but Sobitha will use Buddhism for the benefit of the people. The country. It is not about Religion come into politics, it is about purifying the dirty politics in the name Buddhism.

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      Doc;

      Read my articles with a sense of humor because that is my mood when I write them; do not believe everything that you read;there is more to everything, more than what your eyes can see. I do not take myself seriously, and I think you are like me.

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      Hehe daactar Raja,

      Interesting idea! Saffron coloured uniforms instead of police Khaki uniform. The armed forces – will they wear saffron coloured tunics? How about head gear on shaven heads. Peaked caps, berets and what not, all saffron coloured. And the judiciary, will they wear the nappy looking wigs – needless to say saffron coloured.

      Now don’t laugh. The clergy who ran Tibet had it all that way until the Chinese drove them out. Such a fate is a distinct possibility in Sri Lanka also.

      And I may also add; anything is better than murderous democracies that we have had since independence.

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      Sobhitha Thera is a highly principled Buddhist Monk who thinks that there is only one human race and we are all human beings and not Sinhalese, Tamil or English. The highly respected former Peradeniya University Engineering academic Dr Kumar David has been suggesting this brilliant idea of making Sobhitha Thera the next presidential candidate. One should bear in mind that the common candidate should be able to get a majority of votes from the majority Sinhalese. This is the reason why we should have someone who can win the hearts of everybody. Otherwise, a principled Hindu Priest or Justice Wigneshwaran would be an ideal common candidate too. The main aim is to change this horrible constitution which has given this idiotic leader the power to do all misdeeds.

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        We had Bikkhus as political manipulators first. Then they became leaders of the likes of nurses unions. This led to them becoming provincial councillors and members of parliament. It appears now that they have ambitions of creeping and monopolising the system of governance from top to bottom.

        Dr.RN

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          It is highly unlikely that Sabitha Thera has such ambitions. Its people like Prof Kumar David and Jagath Asoka and us who want Sobitha Thera as the common candidate and not Sobitha Thera. The Thera has vehemently opposed the suggestion. If we people fail to bring in this sensible candidate at the next presidential elections, Rajapaksas will be the leaders of Sri Lanka for the next 30-40 years as there is no one else to beat the present president.

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            The concern is not about Sobitha Thera, the person, but Sobitha Thera, the monk!

            If he gives up his robes and embraces the world , he would be acceptable. He cannot and should not be encouraged to be a monk-politician or Monk-President on any count. A monk has at least symbolically renounced the world. The yellow robe announces this renunciation to the world.

            Getting rid of the Rajapakse government, may be a priority, but that end should not justify any means. Such an approach will only aggravate our problems further. We may be falling from the frying pan into the fire.

            Dr. RN

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      Is this Buddhism?

      Is This Sinhala Buddhism?

      Is this Monk Mahanama Buddhism?

      Is this Monk Mahanama Sinhala Buddhism?

      So, a New Tipitaka is also needed. Make Buddha God as Well. Let monks marry as well.

      Revisit Aluvihare Temple?

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    You are nothing more than a [Edited out] Jagasoka. The sad irony is you seem to enjoy this role immensely.

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    Jagath Asoka,

    You best article so far has been ‘English: Opens More Doors Than College Degrees’.

    Perhaps you should consider writing more on those lines.

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    Jagath Asoka seeking some cheap popularity with controvercy.
    This is how you score brownie points.

    Now he is more popular than RudraKumar in the USA.
    Nevertheless, He won’t be taken to court for stupidity.

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    what a waste of web space!

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      For CT Hard Drive space is cheap in order to upload this kind of CRAP.

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    Jagath

    You should spend more of your time learning to play tennis .

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      That is funny.

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        I think the greatest happiness is in the movement of the bowels!

        I don’t infringe into another profession as it is not a necessity. For example take A Roy an architect; she gives it up for writing
        – since of late she is very pro-government .

        We generally chew away articles so in that case where would you place articles? they definitely are not the greatest happiness.

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    In my humble opinion, Dr.Jagath Asoka is analyzing all the subjects he writes about with an open and broad mind. He doesn’t seems to have any bias for or against a particular subject- be it religion, politics or science or he’s beating around the bush with nonsenses like some ‘frog in the well’ types who just cannot digest rational arguments even for an argument’s sake. The schizophrenic, infantile religious fanatics will never accept any intelligent opinions or arguments but stick their heads in the sand and refuse to see or hear anything that they consider to be ‘blasphemy’. That makes the difference between great thinkers, philosophers and the intolerant followers of blind faith. Having faith in anything one believes, be it any god, religion or another person is healthy and makes that person a good human. That’s more than enough to lead a peaceful life. I think when Dr. JA suggested about making Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera as the President, he was only mocking the majority of the so called sleazy ‘Sinhala’ Buddhists with his usual subdued humor to make them wake up and act to stop the carnage taking place in the country. That’s also why I think he brought Dalai Lama and Pope Francis into the picture. Why not we try and understand what he’s really implying with his writings. He’s just very outspoken unlike many others, with controlled emotions pouring out from his thoughts and arising out of disgust due to the atrocious things happening today in our nation. He is a real patriot in my eyes and not the white clad politicians or the saffron clad thugs is disguise. We must learn to look at things differently, as much as possible without blindly following the fake followers who only profess but hardly follow or do just the opposite. At the same time, everything in this world cannot be dissected, analyzed or understood. Certain things have to be left alone as it is, which are not understandable with all the science available today and by ordinary human beings. They are Godly, to say otherwise and let us not mess around there. The best motto is to trust in oneself, believe in something you like, love yourself, even if you couldn’t do anything good, do not think or harm others and trust me, your life will be filled with peace and bliss. It’s a simple teaching of Lord Buddha and most religions. Let’s bring an honest and real peace to our battered nation and people.

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      So you plan to send the whole nation up the gum tree as if it isn’t stuck there already!

      What a qualified Architect and Distinguished writer Arundhati Roy has found impossible to achieve and is now converging with the administration do you think this general science school teacher would make a difference??

      If he does then Sinhalese are the classic burros who believe in Bestiality of origin.Hitler in concept=Sinhala!!Achetung.

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      Please see my comment that I made about you in my next article; you have to write articles; I cannot do this alone; humor and wisdom are as rare as kalunika among Sri Lankans. Please write articles! I will be your fan!

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    [Edited out]…. esay you hear things and write them down …show all your CT articles as evidence

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    JAgath Asoka again has proved that he is an IDIOT who does not know what he is talking.

    HE should understand that Buddhists are not ATHEISTS. Buddhists are Agnostics and they believe in “GODs” as per se but, they BUDDHISTS DO NOT BELIEVE in THE CREATOR, the ALMIGHTY. IT is only the TWO MAJOR thiestic religions both of which believe that those are the ONLY TRUE FAITHS wants believers to believe in the ALMIGHTY – the CREATOR.

    From Lay people, you should not expect perfectness. they go to gods and ask favours. that is the human nature who are mentally weak. Thise habits are cultural and human. YOU SHOULD NOT ISOLATE ONLY THE BUDDHISTS FOR THAT. IT IS THE CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS WHO PRAY TO THE NON-EXISTING GOD ASKING FAVOURS.

    Buddhists never pray to the Buddha. We always say BUDU SRANAI, which means we find refuge in you, and DEVI PIHITAI, which means we ask your help. So, understand we are not praying to the Buddha we only ask favours the GOD which are similar to angles in christianism. YOU SHOULD NOT INTERPREST THAT AS BELIEVING IN THE CREATOR AND ASKING FAVOURS FROM THE NON-EXISTING CREATOR THE ALMIGHTY.

    IN BUDDHISM THE REPLACEMENT FOR THE CREATOR IS KARMA AND ONE’S MIND.

    WITH RESPECT TO YOUR SAYING THAT NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE ORIGINAL WORDS OF THE BUDDHA, JESUS OR MOHOMAD IS LIKE SAYING NO ONE KNOWS WHO YOUR REAL FATHER OR MOTHER is, because some one in the maternity -labour room may have replaced with another child. so, if your find by politically influential parents, it could be just mere chance that you have this life.

    you talk about Schizopherenia. IF you are capable, just check how the list of mental disorders in the west has grown for the last ten years or so. West is in complete loss about to those.

    Just tell us why the eastern world does not have that many mental diseases. just tell us why they use meditation as the cure for many mental disorders.

    IF you can understand even the

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    JAgath Asoka again has proved that he is an IDIOT who does not know what he is talking.

    HE should understand that Buddhists are not ATHEISTS. Buddhists are Agnostics and they believe in “GODs” as per se but, they BUDDHISTS DO NOT BELIEVE in THE CREATOR, the ALMIGHTY. IT is only the TWO MAJOR thiestic religions both of which believe that those are the ONLY TRUE FAITHS wants believers to believe in the ALMIGHTY – the CREATOR.

    From Lay people, you should not expect perfectness. they go to gods and ask favours. that is the human nature who are mentally weak. Thise habits are cultural and human. YOU SHOULD NOT ISOLATE ONLY THE BUDDHISTS FOR THAT. IT IS THE CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS WHO PRAY TO THE NON-EXISTING GOD ASKING FAVOURS.

    Buddhists never pray to the Buddha. We always say BUDU SRANAI, which means we find refuge in you, and DEVI PIHITAI, which means we ask your help. So, understand we are not praying to the Buddha we only ask favours the GOD which are similar to angles in christianism. YOU SHOULD NOT INTERPREST THAT AS BELIEVING IN THE CREATOR AND ASKING FAVOURS FROM THE NON-EXISTING CREATOR THE ALMIGHTY.

    IN BUDDHISM THE REPLACEMENT FOR THE CREATOR IS KARMA AND ONE’S MIND.

    WITH RESPECT TO YOUR SAYING THAT NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE ORIGINAL WORDS OF THE BUDDHA, JESUS OR MOHOMAD IS LIKE SAYING NO ONE KNOWS WHO YOUR REAL FATHER OR MOTHER is, because some one in the maternity -labour room may have replaced with another child. so, if your find by politically influential parents, it could be just mere chance that you have this life.

    you talk about Schizopherenia. IF you are capable, just check how the list of mental disorders in the west has grown for the last ten years or so. West is in complete loss about to those.

    Just tell us why the eastern world does not have that many mental diseases. just tell us why they use meditation as the cure for many mental disorders.

    I don’t write in detail about that. that will be very complicated.

    IF you can understand even the Evolutionary theory written by a westerner is not complete. As many western academics are learning eastern philosophy which is buddhism, some westerner will understand logically what the truth will be. Until that easterners should keep silent as our way of presentation would be different.

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    With respect to what JAgath Asoka saying Original words of th religious leaders,

    you should understand as there no books in those days, the order was carrying teachings by the word of mouth. That is why in buddhism every suthra is started by saying AVAN ME SUTHAN or THUS, I HEARD.

    On the other hand, the BIble and QURAN are complete fictions because, those books were written later by different people. Besides take how different the different editions of the bible are. Old testament of the some editions talk about killing the Infidels.

    With respect to Bible or the QUran,never those say that the teachings of the two founders were carried from generation to generation by word of mouth.

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    JAgath Asoka got it wrong. You can say buddhists and some buddha -sangha are fallible. But, you cannot say that about Buddha or buddha dhamma – if that is what you meant by Buddhism in in fallible.

    Buddhism is infallible. if you can prove it that buddhism is fallible. Buddha’s day to day life was the most transparent. buddha -dhamma is untimely and it is fitting as long as the world exists.

    If you can, take the what Buddha talked and buddha’s life prove it the fallibility.

    Jesus and Mohomad are not like that. Though Jesus was a humanitarion and only good wishes for the poor Romans, Jesus was very much like a lay person. don’t compare Buddha with Jesus or Mohomad.

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    Jagath has stated that “in Shyamon, Mahendra, and Kapila, God has taken the name and the form of the Buddha “ Please note that what I said in my article was that I agree with Jagath and Sharmini that most of the ordinary people regard Buddha as a God. But in reality Buddha was a human being who has developed his mind to the highest level possible. For me personally I do not bother about the historical background of Buddha, or any label’s such as “Buddhists” Sinhalese” or “God”
    As advised in Kalama Sutra I examine the Buddha’s teachings and take whatever the logical things I could incorporate in to life. I found that concepts like impermanency, suffering, and especially the concept that there is no “Soul” within us is widely accepted by modern scientists. The connection between Buddha’s analysis of mind and latest discoveries in neuroscience are very much similar. You could verify my statements clearly if you are interested. I am not supporting Buddhist teachings just because I was a born Buddhist. I reject most of the practices in Sri Lanka and other Asian Buddhist countries, where they believe rituals are part of Buddhism. There was a time I condemned such practices, but now I am evolved enough to sympathise with them. I do not believe you can change things with resistance. but only by understanding. I also realize that these rituals and also regarding Buddha as a God is a psychological requirement of a person who has not developed much understanding of the teachings. I agree with you that these rituals and praying for God definitely help one to recover, when meets with a disaster in life. Even modern Psychologists always recommend it in crisis interventions. Like you I respect all religions and I have a great regard for teachings in New Testament. I find great comparison with Buddha’s teaching and that of Jesus in many ways except with regard to concept of creation of the world by God. However in Luke 17:20-21 says: ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.’ I wonder whether the “Kingdom of God” is in fact your own mind. If we accept this we would find a huge similarities and lesser differences within faith based religions and Buddhism. When you pray to God or Buddha, you’re conveying the message to your own inner consciousness. The faith can do wonders in life. But in Real Buddhism it is your own mind power that is being used and not an external power. Buddha’s teachings say that we are the creators of us and the world. You can exploit your mind power more by controlling your emotions and following Noble 8 fold path and 4 noble truths. I strongly advise Jagath to study Buddhism well before you write stuff on that. You have the background to understand Buddhism and I am sure you could do it. This could bring a vast change in your perception and attitudes in life. There are some great articles and information about the neuroscience of psychological well-being and spiritual grow in this site. Please go to
    http://www.wisebrain.org/

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    Remember I don’t think there is anything that Dalai mama can learn from christianity. YOu should have written what those SHOULD be. Other wise, you are just making vague statements without any weight to it. Just writing CRAP.

    Another point, is Buddhism is not a Religion and it is a way of living. For example, even the POPE FRANCIS can practice buddhism while praying to the CREATOR and while protecting the hegemony and the massive wealth of the Catholic church.

    Because, the ESSENCE of Buddhism is “DON’t DO BAD, IMPROVE UPON GOOD THAT YOU DO and ALWAYS PURIFY YOUR MIND”. TELL ME WHY POPE FRANCIS CAN NOT PRACTICE THE ESSENCE OF THE BUDDHISM.

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    Jagath Asoka has proved how low he is by talking Politics and mixing with religion and religious leaders.

    Even though I don’t believe in Catholicim, I repsect Pope Francis as a Leader and a man with a good heart. Dalai Lama is also the same. They both are very respectable people. You have included the names of Sri Lankan politicians and Gotabaya Rajapkse name in this. That is complete LOW-NESS and STUPIDITY in You.

    YOu have mixed RIG-VEDA which is nothing to do with religions. RIG Veda is ancient indian – scholars’ knowledge and it is not even HINDUISM as you would say.

    Only thing articles by you and Sharmini Serasinghe prove is that you both are ANTI- BUDDHIST. You two think Rajapakses and Sri Lankan buddhist monks are a barrier to your need of christianizing Sri Lanka.

    REMEMBER, we also Don’t think that Mahinda Rajapske is doing anything to preserve the Sinhala-buddhist civilization in Sri Lanka. So, get rid of him. We are not worried about that.

    You think, your your little knowledge make you a buddhist. Sharmini Serasinghe thinks that attending a Buddhist school at point of her child life makes her a Buddhist.

    You know how you ridiculed Buddhism and Buddha. IF you know Buddhism, you would respect it. Only the ones who don’t know Buddhism would ridicule it.

    Similarly, Sharmini Serasinghe thinks she is Buddhist but when her Tamil -friend is in trouble she remembers SOUL and toe GOD and not the KARMA and the SAMSARIC JOURNAEY of Humans.

    YOu two NAKED liars and don’t know and don’t want to understand that you two are – a naked KING and NAKED QUEEN – who do not understand who they really are.

    THE VERY HONEST CONCLUSION OF ME ABOUT YOU TWO IS YOU BOTH ARE CULTURALLY LOST and confused people. IF NOT, YOU BOTH ARE PATHOLOGICAL LIARS. You people don’t know anything properly but you pretend you know every thing.

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    Below is the definition of Schizophrenia.

    buddhists and the Eastern thought believes that one’s habits and behaviours are a collection of that person’s dominant behaviours in that person’s samsara.

    So, pharmaceutical can not give a permanent solution to these problems. The only solution is accept the reality and work along that path.

    There is a Jew, who was a former RENOWN Sergeon – now a Psychiatrist – Dr. BRIAN-L-WEISS he is now using PAST life Regression to treat some difficult to manage mental disorders. Read the bo0k “Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives “

    He was a JEW, He was a very good Sergeon. Above is not the only book, read and see.

    My anger with you is only temporary, I sympathize with you read and learn.

    I don’t think you understand what I wrote.

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    It is unlikely for the US, EU and the UN to let Maduluwawe Sobitha become the Dalailama like figure for SL for China to perform an encore as times have changed and China too is being asked to prevail upon the GOSL for it to arrest the ongoing rot. I trust many would much like to hear from our prophetess par excellence Thisaranee Gunesekera what here views are on Jagath Asoka and Kumar David’s suggestion of Maduluwawe Sobitha’s potential to oust MR when he has the 18th amendment, Electoral Commissioner and the Chief Justice to do his bidding even without asking with a mere wink.

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    The learned “Dr Asoka” says
    “God is transcendental, beyond name and form, and beyond human description. God is protean and take many forms. .”

    How do you know this. Have you met God ?

    If you are a scientist as you claim to be, you will know that metaphysical concepts such as God can neither be proved nor disproved. It is all speculation

    Goes to show that you are SPECULATING just like the others (including religious leaders and prophets) about stuff that you don’t know a darn thing about. So it is not exactly ethical for you to expect others to hang on to each and every one of your “great ideas” because the fact is you are groping in the dark just like the rest of us

    If you have too much time to waste please read something on HUMILITY

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