24 August, 2019

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Expanding Our Tool Set To Build Utopia (Drawing A Line With Religion)

By Kasun Kamaladasa

Kasun Kamaladasa

I decided to write on this subject despite the heavy criticism I may face from some people, because I remember a time when Buddhism was a philosophy that brought peace, calm and joy to me. It made me think about the world in a much broader sense, helped me understand and appreciate the differences in people at an age I did not have access to the world and its vast knowledge of many philosophies and sciences.

The temple was a place that accepted all people no matter what they wore (Black, White or another Color, dress, saree, shorts…. In theory even naked) or who they were (Devotee, Beggar or Stranger), it was a place of calm and quite, a place where one might get lost in his own thoughts. The huge open areas of sand would bring the feeling of a beach and a few lit lanterns would give an ambience of mystique. The simplicity Dharma preached was shown with a naked tree that gave shade and a padura to sit down and relax.

Today Buddhism has turned into religion that has no resemblance to its teachings. Temples are noisy places with judgmental people. People who completely ignore searching for self-enlightenment and instead concentrate on how to enlighten (control) others. Dictating how people should dress, demanding for undeserved respect, ordering people how to behave and endorsing politicians and the rich, presenting them as saints and saviors of the poor and mistreated.

The philosophy part of Buddhism is practically non existing with monks catering to a fearful society and its fear mongering politics, demonizing everything that is not agreeable to the devotees, who regularly donate time and money to them.

The Question. 

I don’t really know when exactly or how but I no longer identify myself with any religion. It could simply be that I was disgusted by the lack of empathy and understanding I saw in these groups. How they wrapped themselves in an “Egoistic attire”, myths and superstitions, how they would try to protect traditions and NOT people, how they arose in politics and forced/demanded everyone to respect them just because they wore some sort of special robe. I guess It might be a combination of all of that and also seeing how people who had no such religion (prior commitment to serve god or dharma) were much sincerer, truthful and abided the law.

Nonetheless almost all of my friends do identify with some religion so I do get asked one question form almost every single one of them.

“What is wrong with believing in something, if it makes you feel good and harms no one else?”

Since it has multiple questions within it let me breakdown the question and start with the feeling good part.

Feeling good.

When I was young and thought monsters lived under my bed and was afraid to sleep, my mother taught me a Buddhist prayer and told me monsters cannot harm you if you say this before you sleep. I started saying the prayer and after that day both me and my parents could sleep without my monsters waking us up. Looking back, I know there were no monsters and that Buddhist prayer really didn’t do anything but make me feel like I had a tool powerful enough to ward the monsters away.

But what happens when these monsters are real and we are no longer 5 years old? What if the monster is your local politician who wants a commission of whatever you are making? If it is a thug who waits to take your money in the street? What if it is the local temple monk who thinks he has the right to do anything he pleases since the police will not punish him as they would to any other person who does same crime? A prayer (or hope of Karma) might ease our minds. but will keep us as constant victims of these monsters. We will also enable similar monsters to haunt our next generations.

Belief 

It is a common misunderstanding that science is an alternate opinion just as valid or even less valid than religion, and that both explain the world in different ways and that both could be right. 

Science isn’t really an explanation rather a continuous exploration and an endless reevaluation of our understanding, so comparing the two is like comparing a rock with a cow. 

Science does have a certain amount of belief mixed into it, for example in a hospital a doctor should be able to trust (believe) a lab result. He or she should trust that the patient was obedient to the instructions, the nurse who took the sample was careful not to contaminate it, the lab it was used to test was adhering to all guidelines, heath care company that made the lab equipment have done so without error and of cause that the medical literature he had referred to understand the result was up-to-date.

But unlike religion, all these steps are repeated all around the world and we have roughly the same results, all of these steps will change with time when we find better solutions and most importantly all these steps are overseen and certified by independent companies, groups and ministries (I do realize for those of you who understand politics of healthcare in Sri Lanka, it isn’t the best example to give because we do have a religious attitude towards doctors, hence the problem of correcting its faults)

While all Religions evolve around a single persons’ idea, science is evolved with ideas of many such people. People who can be questioned, criticized, scrutinized and even ridiculed (because their ego isn’t threatened if they are wrong)

Harm of religion

Most people think religions are benign at worst and at best do more good than bad, while I cannot deny that there are good aspects of religion I do not think that just because there are positive aspects of something that we should ignore the negative. Because if a rapist has done so much good in his life and has been invaluable to society it does not justify the rape.

I cannot cover all harm that religion does in one article but I will try to explore a few negative aspects of it.

1. Education and Understanding

In current society the main foundation of any religion is that it contains the absolute truth. That it is ancient therefore sacred and should not be scrutinized. This is the absolute opposite of what science based education is where there are no absolute truths and where everything is supposed to be questioned over and over again. (Fun fact: there are 4000+ religions in the world with all of them claiming to be the absolute truth)

When people believe in absolute truths they will naturally lack understanding of other peoples’ interests, differences and histories. Trying to take away freedoms of other people so they too will follow absolute the truth that the religion believes in.

Today this has caused many problems. Lack of understanding basic biology has led to discrimination of LGBT groups, lack of understanding of history and society has led to discrimination of ethnic groups, lack of understanding of sex, embryology and circumstances lead to criminalizing abortions and criminalizing sexual fetishes and sex work, lack of understanding of political systems and history to rising support for death penalty, punishment and public humiliation. The list goes on.

2. Disrespecting the laws.

It has for a long time in history been so that clergy of all religions have had different set of rules and enjoyed comforts that only royalty would otherwise receive. This throughout history have given clergy a sense of power and righteousness to disobey the law to “protect” what they deem necessary. Dark ages were a prime example how Christian clergy succeeded in this, today we see Arabic countries with extremists doing the same thing and we fear it. Yet when it comes to Buddhist clergy doing the same everyone keeps silent or use cover-ups and ignore/delay. Classic example would be 119 calls for the Sri Lanka Police not being responded when the complaint is against a clergy/ temple, the law enforcing institutions too, trying to save an already fallen, vanishing and undeserved respect.

3. Political power for the corrupt.

One of the main reasons todays (Applied to Kings and Queens of the past as well) failing politicians remain in power is because of endorsements from corrupt clergy. As long as Dhaham Pasal are given better treatment, Temples are exempt from taxes, Donation boxes unregulated, Ample gifts are given, clergy will keep convincing uneducated people to vote for those corrupt politicians.

4. Attractiveness of Superstition

From rewards in afterlife (or Next life) for bribing Religious institutes to wearing trinkets that grant wealth and health; From women being made inferior and sinful to cows being more sacred than dogs, we have lots of superstition promoted from religion.

These things make us feel good about ourselves. I mean how great is it to be proud to be a man and think It’s great not to be a woman or to look at a different culture that eats dog meat and say we are better than you because we eat chicken or goat so we are more cultured than you.

How great is it not to work your ass off and be able to buy a golden trinket that will give you everything you wish for and deserve?

How great is it to think that all who harmed you will be harmed by Karma if not this life at least in the Next one? Maybe that is why when all of the world was rising against kings and were fighting for freedom, we were sacrificing our lives for them so that our kings could rule and their sons to follow, keep exploiting generations to follow. Because we believe a bad king will be punished by the Universe.

5. It’s real because it’s easy to make Sense.

Scientific pursuits are hard. they take time, they require funding, they require collaboration of thousands of people, they require years of studying subjects and sometimes decades of research to finally come up as something as simple as having connections with friends and family make you happy and live longer or something as complex as how evolution works.

But even today many people think that evolution is a hypothesis just as valid as god creating all living beings, because it’s so easy to understand how a magical being just imagined the world rather than reading thousands of research papers and books that you don’t really know how to make sense of.

6. Lack of searching for solutions.

Recently someone asked me what do you think if you met with an accident suddenly? Isn’t it your Karma? So maybe you should collect Positive Karma points to avoid an accident?

Maybe those were not his exact words but we can see the folly in this way of thinking. If I am to avoid accidents best way to do so is to learn the rules of the road, avoid drinking and driving, avoid drinking and wondering in the street, convince the police to enforce traffic rules, invest in road safety related policy making, do not use a motorbike till government actually takes action for motorbike safety, try to find new better ways to reduce accidents in community.

So instead of doing all that hard work of reducing accidents in society as a whole, we think that feeding a stray dog or using a loudspeaker to annoy our neighbors with all-night pirith round will give us positive Karma to have a longer life.

7. Lack of responsibility and accountability 

One reason why temples are such devoted places for the corrupt is because temples have no accountability for what they do. If an individual or private company is responsible for a crime, it would take the police no time to report to the place stop the ongoing crime and give a warning, fine them or take them into custody.

But a temple has a protection for anyone who wishes to do a bad deed. A village full of blind devotees to lie for them, hide them or stand against the police that reports to the area. We also have monks who has made it a crime against religion to take action against them personally (Which is hilarious to anyone but blind religious person).

This kind of unchecked power has led to child abuse, rape, bribery and all sorts of problems that go under the radar. 

8. Waste of Time and Money.

Most religious leaders preach about a simple minimalistic life yet if you visit a temple it is filled with statues that are worth millions, gold plated gates, tables full of fruits and flowers all to be thrown in garbage at the end of the day. We also have thousands and thousands of devotees spending half of their life praying for a better next life rather than improving the current one.

These millions that are spent on statues that I’m sure religious leaders would never condone could be used to build businesses or improve lives of the community. The gold wasted to gates that guard the simplicity could be better used in industries. Tables full of fruit could be given to the poor or animals that need them more than we do. Flowers left in trees that make them beautiful or at least used for some better purpose than rot.

The time people waste away praying for a better life could be spent actually working for a better one. It doesn’t have to be a job, it could just be for yourself by making a home garden for your needs, learning new things, cooking healthy meals, etc.

9. Jealousy when living a simple life

It’s easy to imagine a life without any responsibility as a fulfilling one, yet for many reason a simple life is not really as sweet as we imagine it to be. It is a life with many difficulties of its own sorts. 

Imagine you were a man or woman living in an Island with no commitments what so ever and you want to have a simple meal. Even to eat a chicken curry is going to be tough, requiring you to find a chicken, feeding it and looking after it for a long time (Not to mention you might have to manufacture antibiotics first of all so it will grow large enough), after it grows you have to kill it without feeling sorry, remove all the feathers (which is a tedious task), Now provided you get someone to deliver the spices, you might need an hour or two to start a fire. For those of you who are going to say It’s simple I will not eat chicken, I’m just going to assume you have never been a farmer who grows multiple vegetables enough to feed himself every year.

If you really can understand how complex it is to live a simple humble life away from societies structures, you’d probably know why you’d feel jealous when someone who is just responsible bring you, your spices, gets to eat the same chicken every day he pleases by just going to a shop. Saving months of his life to do anything else.

If we move away from hypotheticals and talk about a real world scenario this same selling of simplicity was done by the Christian church of Germany before world war 2. They collected money from Christians for the church while Jews were spending money for businesses according to their religion and getting wealthy and powerful. This triggered jealousy of Germans (brainwashed by church with how to live simple and please the lord) they were easily convinced by Hitler; to March for war against the people who were having a better life than them in “their own lands”.

It wasn’t me

The typical response of a religious person is; “It wasn’t me so why blame me for the fault of others”. The truth is that this is what exactly we all say; as Doctors instead of speaking out against corrupt medical institutions and mafia groups of doctors, we just keep our heads down and say don’t blame me it wasn’t me. Teachers keep silent and look the other way against child abuse (of various sorts) and say teachers are good, it’s just the system and a few individuals. Politicians say the same, yes he is in my party, we gave him power but we can’t be responsible for all that he does…. So with this logic I guess none of us are really responsible for anything that happens.

A simple solution.

Please do understand I am not blaming anyone personally because I personally see everyone as simply humans and nothing more or less. Everyone has just cherry picked what they like about religion and ignored what they do not. No-one is really a Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or a Christian. Under scrutiny no one will be able to say that they live by the values that their religion preaches. Simply because, there is no religion with such universal values that are the same across all the different sects they have.

We all have to accept at some point of time, these labels of religion have given power to some very corrupt human beings and institutions, who mislead us, lie to us, try to control us, they lack understanding of the modern world, they have taken us for fools for thousands of years, destroyed our humanity, self-worth and ability to do good just for the sake of doing good so that they can live comfortable lives at our cost.

Let’s stop giving power to those who corrupt the things we love. Whether our goal is to protect the teachings and deep philosophies of religion or to be free from institutionalized craziness, I believe the best option is to do away with labeling ourselves with names of religions and just be called a human.

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    Excellent ……you are an individual with a clear view (Samma Ditti) and only a few bit of dust in your eyes.
    ““What is wrong with believing in something, if it makes you feel good and harms no one else?””
    I sense a bit of ‘Egoistic nature ‘ within this sentence. ‘Believing’ is not knowing for sure, but experiencing ‘here and now’ does not leave you any doubt (vichikichcha), the second fetter to ‘Nibbana’.
    Do not get distracted by the evil, the ‘Mara’, ‘Sati Sampajanna’ is the only avenue.

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      Kasun Kamaladasa ,

      RE:Expanding Our Tool Set To Build Utopia (Drawing A Line With Religion),

      “I decided to write on this subject despite the heavy criticism I may face from some people, because I remember a time when Buddhism was a philosophy that brought peace, calm and joy to me.”

      Thanks. This Article is one of the best opinions, to come for some time, with a very clear view of religion, science and philosophy. It is more enticing because it was written by a younger writer, possibly below 30 Have you hear the expression, don’t trust anybody over 30, especially if they are politicians?

      When I read the article, my mind raced through all those at earlier times, who tried to draw a line between religion, philosophy and science. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Al-Farabi, Avicenna, Ibn Rushd (Averroes), Maimonides, Aquinas, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Descartes, Kant and many others who battled with Religion, and tried to draw the line separating religion, science and philosophy.

      However, all the scientists and philosophers battled the established religious dogma, that allowed the priests, monks and Ulama to perpetuate their hegemony That battle still continues, with non-demonstrated promises of after life and rebirth

      I like the image of the monkey, with the long tail, because humans evolved from primates, by evolution. Suggest that you keep the Image of the monkey with the tail, and make the Title, Common Sense, සාමාන්ය දැනීම sāmānya dænīma, பொது அறிவு Potu aṟivu, and make your write up the First Chapter, and expand on your 9 points as 9 chapters

      Common Sense, by Thomas Paine, written in 1775, and impact on the American Revolution

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

      Common Sense was a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies.

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      Yes his analysis is ineed one of well faceted ones.
      :
      But many of you guys have not noticed it, lankens are born in to their regligions just because their families were adherents of buddhism, christianity , Hinduism and Islam.

      This is common to even on rich soils – be it in Europe or America not many would consciously choose their relgion ( not even 5% ).

      What parents and family circles were inherited by the next generations. No matter the size of harm each of the religion or doctrines may have done, but what parents practised are passed to their offsprings, those offsprings totheir offsprings etc.
      This has been a chain reaction occuring automatically.

      In srilanka almost every buddhisthas become buddhist just because of their own families. This is 100% the truth.

      The buddhism lankens of today is regarded as just a living style thing than following buddha s teachings.Even ones being in ROBEs do more or less the same.

      Those monks have been linked to HIGHLY ABUSIVE politicians for their selfish gains. That is seen also in the parliament.

      Finally, this has lot to do with the greater difference between CIVILIZED and uncivilized groups (two groups) that have been contrast in the country today. Civilized would respect dignity of life and law and order while others not.
      Unfortunatley, UNCIVIIZED are the majority and they would do anything being close to ABUSIVE polticians.

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    Excellent! Something to be read by all, and then followed to the extent of one’s ability. Thank you Mr. Kamaladasa.

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    Lofty goal indeed. I agree with you.

    But the sad truth is that people suffer from crowd mentality: They want to belong to one crowd or the other. Even if they don’t want it many are blindly forced into it at young age.

    Humans are incorrigible in this respect: Don’t forget that religion is the oldest industry in the world.

    Good luck to you.

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      No monkey, no computer can be as easily programmable as a human being.

      Soma

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        somass

        “No monkey, no computer can be as easily programmable as a human being.”

        You may have to update your knowledge in computer programming, artificial intelligence, …………..

        Monkeys have flown into the space, are able to use tools, ……………. in worst case scenario monkeys also be able to be patriotic, fascists,… talk about mythical history, happy to be permanently in a state of paranoia, …………. Gene editing may to certain extend help cure certain genetically transmitted diseases, ………… please give it a try.

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          NV
          What do you call a cross between a monkey and a Tiger?

          Soma

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    Organised religion is a crown worn by a tribe who are ready die or to kill to keep it in balance on their heads.

    Soma

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    There is a miraculous coincidence in every man/woman’s life. One finds that, by sheer chance, he or she is born into the most noble, most truthful religion. And the right deomination in that religion and correct chapter in that denomination too. How wonderful?

    Soma

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      Soma;
      I find that whatever Religion you are born to, It is HOW you interpret that Religion, which is Important! It does not matter what Name the Rest of the World gives that Religion!

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    Kasun Kamaladasa very good articel.
    Howevr you should qualify that you are referring to Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhism. The Sinhala politicians have corrupted the Buddhism and created Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhism.
    There is a famous saying I can resist anything but Temptation.

    The guardians of the Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhism aka “The Buddhist Monks” could not resist the temptation; Hindu priests and priests of other religions are also guilty of straying from self discipline in to the luxury of the modern willing.

    The difference is that the Buddhist monks the guardians of Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhism Monks are used as a political leverage by Sinhala politicians so much so that monks turn in to thugs and thugs dress up as monks.

    else where there is a news item about another young politician, Sri Lanka-born Khamshajiny Gunaratnam, who is the current Deputy Mayor of Norway’s Capital Oslo…..she is currently on a tour of Sri Lanka reaching out to young people of all color , religion, caste .

    Her message to all the youngsters of Sri Lanka ….get out of your comfort zone and talk to youngsters from other community and race and religion

    Ranil, MY3, Mahinda etc are all old and corrupt and of one political class.

    Only your young generation can save this country.

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    Kasun from your profile picture you seem to me much younger to me. What took that many years for me, you had figured in such young age. I had been in conflict with in self about the need and role of religion in my life.After many years of seeing what was going around me in the name of religion finally made me to realize there is no more goodness in it. It is the same view I have about politics too. I do realize even though I may try to off load these extra baggage (at this point of life), I may not be totally free of it. I have had the fortune to travel extensively , live and experience different part of world. This has not helped in changing my views about religion. Along with politics religion HAS now BEEN converted to WMD

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    One is so confident of the truthfulness of one’s religion , he/she wishes if only the others listens to him/her or read their book (s) . But when it is proposed that let us teach all religions to our children and let them choose when they grow up that rock solid confidence slowly vanishes into thin air.

    Soma

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      somass

      Alright, alright, alright, ……………..

      However elsewhere your fellow clever dick Taraki said:

      ” Buddhism alone should be taught and should be compulsory in all Government schools. Children of other religions should be excused from classes if this is the wish of their parents. Other religions should be taught at church/mosque/kovil or in private religious schools. This is how Christianity is treated in Britain.”

      What do you think?

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    International schools produced people who can write in english. But, the International School did not make them read in order to be made them to be WELL READ. If yo are not biased in your eyes, read your article in another 40 years may be. then you will understand how brillient when you were young. Just read about why many scientists in the west prefer buddhism. Western Science may be dumb, but are the Scientists too ?

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    You have ridiculed compassion meditation without knowing anything about you. FYI: RHYS DAVIS like people, the whole family, husband and wife both, anglicans, came to Sri lanka to ridicule buddhism. But, Rhys Davis after understanding buddhism became a Bhikku and the wife became the Translator for the royal Asiacitc socity (British chapter) I suppose. They were PhD holders at that time. Read and see. Others are Dr. Richard Gombrich. Another is Colonel Olcott. there are many like that and even at this moment there are educated Westerners practising buddhism in Forest monastries in Sri lanka. go and check. Get their views and compare with yours. That is why I said, they taught you to pass the examination in english but not to become well – read.

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      SORRY; It should be corrected as followshave ridiculed compassion meditation without knowing anything about it

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    Dear Kasun,
    I am really glad to read your article and proud of you. You are going through a critical period. I wish you will continue to explore the truth and be confident and thorough of your goal.
    In this short essay I would try to explain my understanding.
    There are no Gods, rebirth,destiny ( KAMMA) and God’s blessings or curses. Truth is we have one life, live it happily. Make others happy too. We are human, a kind of animal and we are all same/equal. We all have to work hard without exception.We do not know where we come from and where we go. We all have same beginning and end.
    Due to some reasons people were used to believe in Gods,rebirth,kamma and blind spiritual blessings or curses. We can discuss the reasons another day.
    No any religion is capable enough to make the world successful. That is why we have science,politics,law etc have come in to effect.
    Most of religions are dominated by male, and their survival is based on inculcating young generation and make them fear of unknown. That is why people are fear of Gods,rebirth and kamma. People are made to believe that there is a life after death and if you dot believe in god you will go to hell, if you do bad deeds you will be a victim of rebirth. We do good things believing we get good results. We donate or give arms expecting merits. Why we find a partner of same religion when we get marry. Specially in Islam. All these are because of fear.
    Your God is yourself. Believe in you. Your rebirth is understanding the reality and unearth your hidden skills. Kamma is the results (positive or negative) of your actions that you and society would enjoy in this life.

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    JD for every person who self converted there are many who left. So please stop making childish comments like “many scientist/many westerners” . We are tired of it. Educated westerners have tolerance to learn and respect other religions. That may be the reason they are called educated. But you are not. You the bigot just wrote a comment else where regretting that Lankan soldiers should have taken care (murder) of rest of Tamils.

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      MODA CHIV: Chinkala Army and Mahinda Rajapakses are Heroes. Go an check forests monasteries in Sri lanka, Myammar and Thailand for that.

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    Kasun
    Great to see a young person who sees beyond the normal SL interpretation of Buddhism.
    Your mention of the dress code in temples brings back memories when I was holidaying in SL Many years ago, I visited my local temple whilst meeting up with friends in the neighbourhood & my daughter, who was only 10 years old at the time, wandered off in the grounds while I was talking with the head priest whom I had known since my childhood. She came running back in tears soon after as some women in the temple had been verbally abusive because she was wearing jeans & sneakers when she should have been dressed in white & barefoot. She couldn’t explain in sinhala that she did not purposely wear jeans to temple & not used to walking barefoot in the grounds but due to that experience, she will not step foot in a temple in SL even today . Years later, I accompanied an European friend who was interested in Buddhism, to purchase some books to a shop near the ‘Thunmulla’ junction & we were told to take off our shoes before entering the shop. A shop may have it’s own rules but to expect customers to take off their footwear just because it sells religious materiel seemed rather over the top. Furthermore, a SL friend who lives near a temple has to put up with the noise of loud speakers blaring poems & religious songs (not even ‘pirith’) every Poya day. Isn’t this going too far in the name of a tolerant religion?
    Buddhist monks are involved in politics & some enjoy perks, such as, duty free luxury cars, & most modern day monks have even militant tendencies & racist views. Some historic temples even fleece money on entrance tickets.

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    NV
    What do you call a cross between a monkey and a Tiger?

    Soma

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    Can you meditate under a tree in a jungle where Tigers are roamimg?

    Soma

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    I have read lot of articles from International school graduates. What I notice always is their English is good and that is all. There is nothing worth while to read in their article. All BS. English is made for Christians. So, any words used in english does nost describe or explain buddhism. Besides, Buddhism is a practical religion. You need to practice it in order to understand. buddhism cannot be understood just by reading the Holy books. Western Science has lot of Crap. Some religious devotees can not grow up because their beliefs (Faith) are stuck in one place.

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      I don’t know much about Kasun Kamaladasa, but he is no International School graduate obsessed with English. Scroll to the bottom of this article (which I don’t seem to have liked very much!) and you will find indications that he probably has Russian as a language:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/what-a-husky-golden-retriever-chihuahua-can-teach-us-about-sri-lankan-educational-system/
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      Why don’t you respond to the content of the current article rather than making generalisations which have nothing to to with this wonderful article?
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      I have just discovered that Kasun has been reaching out to Sinhala readers as well:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/kasun-kamaladasa-14-august-2018/
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      This is something that is terribly important, but he must contribute those articles to some other fora as well: perhaps the “Lankadeepa” or the “Divaina”. I have little idea of how to communicate with monolingual Tamil speakers, but they, too, are our people.
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      Guys like me are too old to achieve much; why can’t “our three leaders” – Rajapaksa (hero of Soma and you), Ranil and My3 understand that we must soon depart? However, it is exciting that we have young people like Grusha Andrews and Kamal who are at least bi-lingual and still spontaneous and idealistic now emerging.
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      I notice also that Uditha Devapriya has decided to give us his ideas about schools of all sorts. I’m hoping that he will give us accurate facts about the last two hundred years of education in Sri Lanka. I’m thinking of the practical ramifications: the only two grandchildren whom I have, aged 5 and 3 began schooling last week. No, not in an International school, and up to now they were abroad.

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      Dear JD,
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      You’ve said it!.
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      ” English is made for Christians.” Why are you using it?
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      Other corollaries:
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      1. Buddhism was made for the Sinhalese. Why are so many books in Pali?
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      2. Sinhalese was developed to spread Buddhism. Why don’t we further mortgage our country and spend all that we have to teach Sinhala to the whole world?
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      Methinks it is your Faith that is “stuck one place”.

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    Thanks, Kasun Kamaladasa.
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    By now I have come to expect clear thinking from you. Although it’s time I retired for the night, I decided to read this article. It was so easy to read. That must surely be a sign that you’ve become an excellent writer apart from all else.
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    A great deal of common sense in this, but then, that is thinking that is so very uncommon. It was a delight to read, and it has rejuvenated me to continue to speak my mind out on these topics with greater confidence.

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    Soma the cross between monkey and tiger is our own JD. Instead of throwing tantrums and acting out he needs to stop being childish. JD, half of your comments are edited out. At times incoherent. My suggestion is seeing the astrologer of MS. May be she may have the answer for JD.I doubt others have any to offer. ANY ONE????

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    JD you are one of the reason why Kasun like youngsters question the validity of the religion. Did you get it ???????? In a comment elsewhere you wished the Sri Lankan army to murder the rest of Tamils.You the sick racist coming out in these forums and try preaching others.

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      MODA CHIV: What you say listen to others as if you were listening to the Almighty and do not question. But, in buddhism, LORD BUDDHA had said question everything including what BUDDHA TAUGHT. So I am here.

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    Dear Kasun

    Your dad Asoka is my good buddy. He should be so proud that you have now reached giant heights. What a journalist you are son!

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    Dr Kasun Kamaladas (MBBS), Dr Aoska, Nisha are good sound people orignally from Kochin Kerala, South India. The famous poet Vinothan Subash Kamaladas must be a grand grand uncle of Dr Kasun?

    By the way VS Kamaladas is related to my family too and we are very proud of this (my mum’s father’s elder brother). His portratit is hung at the entrance to our palace in Wellawatte.

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    Dr Thamodaran Thampo Velu

    I trust you refer to the great Kerala poet Vinothan Subash Kamaladasan?

    They are related to my family too – we are the Majestic Bootworks people of Colombo 4.

    My grandfather, VS Kamaladasan’ s brother, swam across the palk strait from Dhanuskody in the 1920s. The rest is history – he built one of the best footwear empires in the country.

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    Nonsense. Jeyaluxmi talks about Kamaladasans. Yes, they swam across the Palk strait. This Kamaladasa is fine pedigree. Superb Sinhala Buddhist family. The young bloke has a fine future ahead of him as Lanka’s No 1 journalist.

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