24 October, 2017

Inhuman Attacks On Rohingya Refugees, The Buddhist Sangha & Remnants Of Feudalism

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

The recent violent attacks in Colombo mainly by Buddhist monks against a small group of desperate asylum seeking Muslim Rohingyas have brought the Burmese reality into Sri Lanka. The Mahanayakas or the chief-priests of the Buddhist Sangha (monks) have not condemned the extremist incidents, although the incidents constitute the polar opposite of the basic tenants of Buddhism and Ahimsa (non-violence), not to speak of Metta (compassion). It is quite unlikely that they would condemn, or criticise, other than condoning directly or indirectly because of the reasons that this article is going to discuss.

This is not the first time that Rohingya Muslims have appeared in Sri Lankan shores as asylum seekers, although compared to the numbers who have reached India or Malaysia by boats, these are quite insignificant. Minister Mangala Samaraweera has given the details in a statement condemning the attacks. Like in all the previous instances, they are under the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) care, and would be repatriated to a third country because Sri Lanka is unfortunately not in a position to take them as refugees.

Inhuman and Backward

That can be considered understandable, given Sri Lanka is a poor country with its own internal problems. However, that is not a reason to be inhuman when they reach here or when they are processed by the UNHCR  to be sent to a third country. In recent times, we have seen pictures and videos of thousands and thousands of Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar (Burma) to Bangladesh including children, women, sick and old. They are not coming here, to be too alarmed. They are also now facing resistance in Bangladesh showing that these problems are intertwined with poverty, insecurity and political conflicts.

Whatever the reasons triggered the recent events, as a person who have visited some of these areas for work and research purposes, and who has written on them, the conditions of these ethnic minorities are quite appalling both politically and socio-economically in Myanmar. This is particularly the case of Rohingyas. Of course the conditions are no better of the majority Buddhist Burmans particularly as a legacy of the army rule and Myanmar being a poor country. That is one reason why they should unite, and not fight each other. The army officers function in that country as feudal lords and the Buddhist hierarchy as their close associates. 

It is only 31 persons, with 16 children and 7 women, who were kept under the UNHCR care in this case at Ratmalana. They were rescued by the navy in April. Given what is happening all over the world, Sri Lankans and, particularly the Buddhist monks, should have a more compassionate attitude on the refugee question and other human issues, but this is prevented because of their unbridled narcissism. How come they are so backward, narrow minded and selfish? These are the broader issues that I am raising in this article. Is it lack of education, awareness, knowledge about the international affairs or Metta?     .

As reliably reported, Sinhala Ravaya was the main organization behind the violent protests on 26 September against Rohingya asylum seekers. Sinhala Ravaya is one of the brotherhood organizations of the Buddhist extremist ‘969 Movement’ led by Ashin Wirathu in Myanmar. They were behind many provocations and violent atrocities against Rohingyas. Wirathu was even sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in 2003, but released in 2011.   

It is quite inhuman that one organization chase a particular group of people from one country, and when they come to the other country, the other organization protest against them violently. As both organizations are led by some Buddhist monks, serious questions arise about the Buddhist Sangha, no social analyst could easily ignore.

Broader Issue

Why Buddhist Sangha are so extremist on religious, ethnic, political and social issues? Is it possible to ignore the tendency as limited to some Sangha? Then why many others and particularly Mahanayakas are silent? Or have they ever stood for any democratic or progressive cause?

There is no question that almost all religions have extremist and violent tendencies. This is why some philosophers (i.e. Karl Marx) have criticised religion in general, and people in many democratic countries have become non-believers or secular. It has been a common phenomenon in premodern societies of all countries, that religion was used by authoritarian rulers as an instrument of ideological control. That is how religion and state became closely linked to each other in addition to feudal links. Therefore, the separation between the state and religion was considered a necessary task in democratic transformation. 

If religion can serve a purpose in spiritual harmony, then it can also serve a purpose in social and political harmony as well. That is what Dharmasoka intended in promoting Buddhism and introducing Buddhism to Sri Lanka. His edicts are very clear on this subject. However, for various historical reasons the purpose has become almost upside down or Sangha have placed Buddhism on its head. It is extremely doubtful whether these protesting monks have any harmony!   

In observing extremist tendencies and violence in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Cambodia, the present author previously raised the question whether Theravada Buddhism has a tendency towards extremism and violence, associated with ideological sectarianism? The article was titled ‘Some Questions About Violence and Theravada in Buddhism.’ In that article what was not discussed were the social bases of Sangha’s conservatism and, one may say, reactionary tendencies. These social bases are primarily feudal and those are the profound reasons why these Sangha and most of the Mahanayakas are resisting necessary social and political change in the country today. 

One may ask the question, what is the connection between the recent Sinhala Ravaya protest and feudalism? The connection is via the type of ‘nationalism’ that Sinhala Ravaya, Ravana Balaya, the BBS and many others are advocating. It is not the type of ‘nationalism’ that the modern era witnessed (modern nationalism), or scholars like Earnest Gellner (‘Nations and Nationalism,’ 1983) or Eric Hobsbawm (‘Nations and Nationalism since 1780’) identified; uniting economies, different communities, liquidating feudal order and giving priority to the citizens. It may be ‘imagined communities’ to a large context, given the fact that most of the other feudal elements are now liquidated. However, it is out and out feudal and archaic in ideological terms.

Feudal Roots

Can there be any doubt that Thri-Nikayas are the continuously remaining feudal institutions in Sri Lanka? Some of the other Maha Viharas (big temples) must have changed; some continuing from the landed feudal roots, and others thriving through donations and commercial ventures, but mentality and practices primarily being feudal.

This is not to underestimate the progressive and enlightened role that some of the modern educated Sangha have played and still playing in the socio-political sphere. A particular mention should be mentioned about the Vidyalankara group in the Left movement in the 1930s and Ven. Udakandawela Siri Saranankara. Ven. Walpola Rahula Thero also played a major role in emphasising the philosophical side of Buddhism against ritualistic orientation. ‘What Buddha Taught’ written by him is one example. I was privileged to be recruited to the Vidyodaya University in early 1969, as a lecturer, under his Vice Chancellorship, and interviewed by him.

There was no question that under colonialism, the Buddhist Sangha had to undergo enormous difficulties and even humiliation. However, that is not a reason to go back to the feudal age or feudal nationalism after independence. When SWRD Bandaranaike stepped into nationalism in 1930s, although he thought it would be ‘modern,’ he himself invoked the ‘Genie.’ Although he wanted to rally the poor and disadvantaged Sangha, under his five constituency movement (Sanga, Veda, Guru, Govi, Kamkaru), those who took over the control were the feudal hierarchy, and they still try to control the state and politics.

When Bandaranaike wanted to give reasonable use for Tamil language (it was too late of course), who opposed? Who forced him to tear off the BC Pact? Who conspired and assassinated Bandaranaike? What is not so known is the Sangha opposition to the land reforms that Philip Gunawardena spearheaded. Finally they were spared from the land reforms then, and thereafter under Mrs. Bandaranaike under pressure. This is how the feudal power of Maha Sangha kept intact. Therefore, there is no doubt why they are so conservative and resistant to change and wanted to control the state and politics. This is nothing personal, but institutional and structural, however they are responsible for their conservative and parochial ideas. 

This is not peculiar to Buddhism or Buddhist organization/s in Sri Lanka. This was the same in feudal Europe, Christian monasteries and abbeys possessing land and controlling the state and politics. However, this became largely changed through reformation and also democratic and parliamentary reforms. However, this remains still the case in some Buddhist countries. Sri Lanka is one and Myanmar is another. In the case of Thailand, the Buddhist Sangha also constitute a feudal remnant or force other than the Throne. Klumsuksa Itsara and Sulak Siwarak have revealed these feudal forces in their works, ‘Tearing Off the Mask of Thai Society’ (1981) and ‘The Unmasking of Thai Society’ (1984), respectively. They are Thai writers and not Westerners! 

Even in China before the revolution, the Buddhist and Daoist monks were linked to feudalism, particularly through landlordism. Instead of reform, they were unfortunately controlled or suppressed. Dalai Lama became escaped and he himself has become reformed fortunately. He was one of the first to condemned or disapprove the treatment of Rohingyas in Myanmar. A similar suppression to China happened in Cambodia under Pol Pot, quite distortedly. While Buddhism is now resurrected, the monks are not allowed to enter into politics and even debarred from voting. Sri Lanka or even Myanmar should not go to that extreme, but refraining them from politics might be useful. 

What Can be Done?

It should be admitted that the prominent Sangha influence in politics at present is detrimental to the democratic process and progress. Not all, but some are playing a dubious role quite harmful to peace and harmony in the country. There are others who are ‘taking fire under water.’ I am using a Sinhala idiom.

Take for example what particularly Asgiriya Nikaya is saying about a new constitution. It is not only about preserving the foremost place for Buddhism in the constitution. They are trying to dictate terms on all other matters and on devolution. My previous article on the subject was ‘Is There a Sangha State Behind the State?’ Is it acceptable in a democratic country, in the 21st century, to keep the minorities under the yoke of the majority rule and/or religion like in Myanmar? The Sinhala Ravaya attacks on Rohingya refugees are only another tip of the ice burg. The other issues underneath are more profound.

In symbolic terms, if the foremost place is preserved for Buddhism as a historical recognition, that can be acceptable. However, the present attempt is to link the State more closely to the Sangha. A link is already there through the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and the Vihara Devalagam Ordinance which is the feudal link. Even this can be acceptable, if the Sangha refrain from hegemonic dominance in politics.

One advantage in possible deconstruction of the situation is the most sophisticated philosophy in Buddhism. It is not only about Metta (compassion) or Karuna (kindness), but also about critical questioning of all what the controversial Sangha says and the feudal privileges that they unjustly entertain. This is about the application of Kalama Sutta. What I have not discussed here is the apparent unbridled narcissism that marks the ideology and behaviour of Sinhala Ravaya, Ravana Balaya and Bodu Bala Sena, leaving it for another day.                              

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    President calls for action to protect archaeological sites

    President Maithripala Sirisena said all parties should fulfill their responsibilities for the preservation and conservation of archaeological sites.

    Sirisena calls for action on archaeological sites but he cant condemn the rasthiyadoo kara cheevaradaiyo monks.

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      WHO IS A BUDDHIST?

      Can someone answer?

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        These brutal/savages are not Buddhist goons they are degenerates plonkers;
        “unbudhist demons” the government should make them productive hard “slave”labour prison workers. A civic strategy to the nation of Sri Lanka and Burma.

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    Wirathu was called the Face of Buddhist terror”, which anyone else would be ashamed to earn that title. After all, it is going against the tenets of what Buddhism really is. Extremism, in any religion, is harmful, and has no place in this world, and it has been used as a tool by some nations, to topple governments, cause ethnic strife, and make the rest of the world fear and hate the religion.

    If the present Sri Lankan government does not nip this in the bud, have harsh penalties, and sentences, for those spreading hate against other religions in this country, spreading fear, provoking, organizing attacks, and ending up with hate crimes,
    this country is doomed. We have just raised our heads after decades of war, bloodshed, and fear, and these thugs are simply dragging us back to the days of terror. It may serve some politicians to have ethnic strife and communal clashes, to further their evil agendas, but they are simply pouring oil into a smoldering fire, that always burns in our tiny island. We cannot progress, and have peace, until the rabble rousers, and those deliberately spreading ethnic strife, are dealt with. If politicians truly cared for this country, and not for their selfish ambitions, they would promote campaigns, to unite this country, and it may have to start at schools. The fact that people of all religions belong here, and are part of this country, must always be emphasized, to avoid incidents just like this. Deal with anyone promoting hate severely, and that includes
    saffron robed thugs.

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    Sampanthan and Abraham STILL believes that they could bring a new constitution and solve Tamils’ national question. What sort of modayas they are !!

    When are the Tamil leaders going to realise that Tamils will have no future so long as monks controls the State.

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      I agree with you. It seems Prabhakaran was right. That is why he never wavered from his position for a separate state.

      When the LTTE was around the Sinhalese ultra nationalist , racist and chauvinist were like pussy cats. Now as there is no LTTE once again they have started prowling like wild lions in the jungle called Sri Lanka.

      We are being told that the majority Sinhalese are against these people. But we dont see them standing up against them.

      It reminds me of this quote by Edmund Burke who said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

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        jmmy

        “Now as there is no LTTE once again they have started prowling like wild lions in the jungle called Sri Lanka.”

        End of VP is the end of clan. Dr Gota’s scare mongering does not work any more so is Dayan’s.

        End of VP is the end of power, income, status, ……………. for the clan except among their b***s carriers.

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    Dominant Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka and Myanmar seems to be barbarians and a curse to the noble teachings of Buddha.

    With this kind of clergy controlling the governments in both these countries peace and prosperity are difficult to come by.

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    Dr. Laksiri,
    A very well thought-out and logical piece from a true Buddhist.
    “This is not peculiar to Buddhism or Buddhist organization/s in Sri Lanka. This was the same in feudal Europe, Christian monasteries and abbeys possessing land and controlling the state and politics. “
    This is quite true. Even Catholic countries like France and Mexico forcefully suppressed the Church. For a while , the clergy was not even permitted to wear their robes in public. But in Sri Lanka these very robes are the focus of worship, not the uncultured ruffians wearing them.
    The French and Mexican (and Russian) revolutions were against the power of the feudal church and the landlords who were hand-in-glove with it. In our country, land reform did take place without bloodshed, but the people are too brainwashed to see what the so-called Sangha is up to.
    It is interesting what Communist countries have done to keep prelates in their place. China has a local Catholic Church with a government-approved clergy , and the same for the Buddhist establishment. Vietnam has a stricly controlled Buddhist Order. Perhaps this is the reason Vietnam is already far ahead of SL, in spite of being bombed back to the stone age.
    (cont’d)

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      old codger

      I think we must demand Colombo University conferred honorary doctorates on saffron clad street thugs who are also trying to defend the island’s sovereignty bring peace to the neighbourhood as did the Rajapaksa brothers, “who rendered an immense service to the country by bringing an end to the nearly three decades of war that bled the country and even disrupted the university education.”

      The three Grant Dukes of Maha Sanghas deserve Nobel Prizes for every year, in all 6 categories.

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      CT, I have read your comments policy and am writing the considered comment below without descending to the gutter occupied by scum like Nativa Veddah and Old Codger. Though one’s religion should not matter under normal circumstances, due to the clear pattern of an army of Muslims and non-Buddhist undry like van der Poorten and Saimon Saparamadu using the CT website to attack Buddhism and the Sinhalese in general. They use vocal monks for this purpose. I wish to point out that Old Codger calling Laksiri Fernando “a true Buddhist” is a deliberate attempt to deceive. His calling Fernando a Buddhist is like calling Emil van der Poorten, who is a Jew, a Muslim! Since it really matters, it must be pointed out that Laksiri Fernando is not a Buddhist. He is in fact Catholic.from Moratuwa with some book knowledge of Buddhism. Though we don’t care about his religion, those who attack Buddhism in this manner should be required to reveal their ‘true colours’. Hope you will agree.

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        O wise Umpire,
        Can you in your wisdom prove that Shyamon Jayasingha is not a Buddhist, for example? Or Sharmini Serasinghe? Both have written many articles about the degradation of Buddhism by the so-called Sangha.
        Do non-Buddhists have no right to comment on the antics of a bunch of ruffians in yellow? To brainwashed dumb scum , even a Buddhist cannot comment on rapes, murders, thievery committed by anyone in a yellow robe.
        Mr. Umpire, nobody is attacking Buddhism here. We are only criticizing the way it is practiced in this country by hooligans claiming to be Buddhists. If you can’t see the difference, I am sorry for you.

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          Umpire,
          You might also note that I have criticized the Christian establishment in the above post, and Muslim extremism in another. I don’t have coloured blinkers on, whatever you may think.

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        Vampire

        What is your point if there is one?

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        Umpire, you may be conventionally right saying I am not a Buddhist. But you are wrong in saying I am ‘in fact a Catholic.’ If you really want to know my background, I was born in an Anglican family, but even my father was a nominal Christian. His brother (my Mahappa) became an announced Buddhist in 1955 and influenced me a lot. Even otherwise, Ven. Moratuwe Sasanarathana Thero was a relative from my father’s side. I believe he was a true Buddhist. Of course, my mother’s brother also was an Anglican priest, Rev. Harold De Mel. He never influence me. I have never gone to a Church except for one or two funerals or weddings after my age of 16. I was not married in a Church. My son was not baptised. Do I need a religious label?

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    (cont’d)
    We cannot have an unelected clique dictating terms to a legitimate government in this 21st century. But we have leaders who are given to worshipping trees and running to kovils in India at the slightest personal crisis. Our ignorant voters will never vote for anybody different.
    The solution is to impose strict standards on the quality of education given to aspiring clergy (as the Christians do), STOP recruiting children, and set up mandatory disciplinary bodies for the Sangha.
    But will our spineless politicians show as much interest as they do in their car permits?

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    MR & Bros & Sons Co is still in political business both retail & wholesale.. They use many front lines to promote their business. Use of Maha Sangha, race & religion will continue to bring Maithiri-Ranil -JVP -TNA….. coalition down.

    Few years back they used Agalawatte. Now used Galkissa and in desperation.

    Soon they may stage violent protests some where else. May be in front of Parliament.Presidents Office, PM’s office

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    This attack on the Myanmar Muslims is not really against them. This is really targetted against srilankan Muslims. This is continuation of what started after 2009 . Buddhist fundamentalism is now headed by both gota and marina Rajapakse group in order come back to power. Muslims and Tamils should realise the long term threat they face from Buddhist fundamentalism. Unless they unite both communities will be eliminated from this island.

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      Jimmy the dimwit

      Thanks.
      Brilliant.

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      Keep it up dumb jimmy

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      Jimmy the dimwit

      Thanks.
      Brilliant.

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    This has nothing to do with Feudalism and everything to do with the defective genetics of Sinhalese who descend from bestiality. The Sinhalese have a lot of problems that need to be sorted out as they’ve proven themselves to be nothing more than a nation of drunken enraged rapist murdering looting apes.

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    Way to go Sinhala Ravaya, Ravana Balaya & Bodu Bala Sena, the masses will see that there is nothing to add to their knowledge in being better human beings from these so called Buddhist teachers and drift away from their influence and realize that the only dividing factor in this world is the good and bad of a person, and for striving to be a good person, one does not need any religion, as is being seen by the conduct of Atheists the world over.

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    The question or the issue here is not attacking Rohingiya refugees….
    It is why Buddhists priests are leading these protests ?

    Few Arabs …may be 100 – 200 …who came into this Country accidentally in the 8th -12th Century married to local Tamil women and colonizing in western Coastal areas ….12th century Mughals invaded India looted and destroyed Hindu temples killed all Hindus who refused to convert…spread as far a South India..However their influence lasted in South lasted only for about 150 years as the regrouped Tamil kings regained their territory… The converts who stood by their faith were chased from South India and they landed in the East Coast of Sri Lanka ..they were identified as Marakkals that later became Marakkala

    Today after 1000 years ..the few is a large Community in East and pockets of Western Coast influential group in Politics above the majority Sinhalese Buddhist Community……but the irony is that though this Cummunity lives in Sri Lanka is in favor based on their religious faith with rich influential Countries with same faith where Buddhists have become a minority in that respect in their own country..

    The reason to receive the Kings favor in 8th..12th ..15th Centuries by the Arabs..Marakkals is the lack of information or knowledge of the activities and political objectives of this faith …IT IS DOUBTFUL THAT THESE ASSYLUM SEEKERS WOULD HAVE EARNED KINGS FAVOUR HAD THE KINGS OR BUDDHISTS MONKS KNEW ABOUT THEIR OBJECTIVES …..therefore it is a crime to identify the protests of the present day Buddhist monks as religious intolerance bashing them in public by the Buddhists …today at the press of a button anyone can learn religious polarization making Buddhist in the world a minority …Sri Lanka is worst..

    Therefore the critics should act with AHIMSA …METTHA….. IT IS THE RULERS OF THIS COUNTRY appointed by the Buddhist majority that should address the concerns of Buddhist monks than making vociferous statements and declaring War on Buddhist monks…

    Besides …the Laymen have no right to criticize or bash a Buddhist monk in public …it is against the Buddhist principles values ..because it is those Buddhists profess hatred and creat religious intolerance…

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      Lion

      Given your ability to pick history from thin air probably the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists might commission you to write not only the continuation of Mahawamsa but a speculation of 1000 years of future history.

      Congratulations. Wish you well.

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      Lion,
      “Besides …the Laymen have no right to criticize or bash a Buddhist monk in public …it is against the Buddhist principles values “
      If you actually believe what you have written above, you are a brainwashed idiot. NOBODY is above criticism, certainly not deprived children dumped in temples , given yellow robes, and now claiming to be saviours of the nation.

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    I think the so called Rohingya problem aka Bengali speaking muslims Myanmar trafficking into Sri anka is a scam. Buddhist monks know the problem. Some foreign country and foreign spy organizations are building block votes here and ways to dilute Sinhale-buddhist population. All these NGOs, christians and Wahabis are upset. Bengali speaking muslims in Sri lanka is a human trafficking problem. AS they are shia muslims, Rishad Bathiuddin like people became rich, destroyed the wilpattu. There are other Yahapalana, probably mahinda Rajapakse govt too profitted from that.

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      Jimsofty dimwit

      “I think”

      Congratulations, since when did you start thinking?

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    In India the BJP Lawmaker Varun Gandhi (a grandson of Indira) spoke his heart the other day on the Rohingya refugees. He said India must consider giving asylum. Promptly the Union minister of state for home affairs Hansraj Ahir criticised Varun saying ` “…………..those who have national interest in mind should not make such statements…..”. The man just cannot see the suffering humans.
    Home minister Rajnath Singh last week had said Rohingyas were not refugees who have applied for asylum in India but illegal immigrants who “will be deported”.
    Watch this space to be informed of the low level of morals Hindu-bigots will replace the secularity of India.
    In SL even though the violence against the refugees was only verbal, Ministers Mangala and Rohita have expressed their feeling and no leader of note have labelled them traitors. Wimal has not suggested that the sexual assault by a policeman on a 15 year old refugee was self-inflicted.
    Will we ever learn and accept that the “danger to Buddhism” is from inside – not from outside.

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    buddhism is dead when u have monkeys leading. the asgiriya and malwatha are genocidal as usual.

    bunch of morons trying to stay relevant.

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      JEHAN: Do you kow that Allah is Lord buddha and there are nine more gods who are worshipped as Allahs. Do you know muslims have that suspicion,

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        Jimsofty,

        Don’t try to portray yourself as a know it all. Based on your comments most of the readers know your level of intelligence.

        English: GOD
        Sinhalese: Deyyo or Dewiyo
        Tamil: Andawan
        Hindi: Khuda
        Jewish: YHWH

        Every language has a word for God and in Arabic it is Allah. First and foremost Buddha never said he was God and further he never said there was a god. So it seems that you dont even know Buddhism in the first place and you are claiming to protect Buddhism.

        The Arabic Christians use the word Allah for god. If you are a Arabic Buddhist and If you believe Buddha was a god then you would have used Allah to describe Buddha.

        I know you wont get it because it is far too complex for people like you.

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          The Sinhalese word Deyyo or Dewiyo is a derivation from the Tamil “Deivam” which is the word for God.
          Note the closeness between the languages to describe the same idea.
          Now don’t pick up a fight with me for implying that GOD is just an idea.

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            Uthungan

            “Now don’t pick up a fight with me for implying that GOD is just an idea.”

            Did you mean SJ?

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      The sad part on all this is by attacking helpless refugees these morons scored an own-goal against Buddhism.
      Majority of Buddhist who know right from wrong will have to carry this shame even if they don’t show it.

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    LION SIR!
    In July 1983 my house at 233/5 Cotta Road, Borella was attacked by a gang led by murderous “Venerable” Buddhist monks. . I lost everything except my life – luckily I was away at that time. What harm did I do to Lord Buddha or His Faithfuls? Except that as a Legal professional I helped , pro bono, all my neighbours – Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims. Having lost everything, including my professional attire, I fled the country, as a destitute . My friend Vasantha Obeysekere (Yes, the eminent Film Director, who left us in May, this year) sheltered me and helped me to flee -Not b’cause he was a Buddhist, but b’cause he was human. So much for AHIMSA, METTHA and MALARKEY !

    As an oppressed people in Sri Lanka, the Tamils empathize with the Muslim refugees and condemn Buddhist brutality against the Rohingyas in Myanmar.

    BTW, the Tamil word MARAKALAM means WOODEN BOAT, the equivalent of KADDUMARAM (Catamaran in derivative English)

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      July 83 riots were instigated by the Politicians posing themselves as true Buddhists …If the politicians are such pious buddhists why subsequently they declared war against LTTE…?
      Many still stand on their convictions that the Tamils should have been given self autonomy which would have avoided carnage…they still believe… But on that issue the politicians took refuge in Buddhism and Buddhists monks. BUT LORD BUDDHA NEVER SAID TO KILL PEOPLE TO DEFEND TERRITORY…his advise to Rulers were to discuss….It was the UNP with the present PM that were in Power…

      So who are the real perpetrators…? Even Rohingiya refugee is a political issue that the Givernment elected by majority Buddhist votes discussing against the wishes of the voters …The Govt has no policy when accepting refugees….

      Look at Australian policy on refugee or economic migration…

      Therefore stop bashing Buddhism & Buddhist monks…

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        Lion

        “BUT LORD BUDDHA NEVER SAID TO KILL PEOPLE TO DEFEND TERRITORY…his advise to Rulers were to discuss….”

        Did he ask you to burn down houses, business premises, library, vehicles, humans, … ?

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    Dr. Laksiri: The caption of your article states ” Buddhist Sangha”. Why are you not capable to identify and make a clear differentiation between the “Buddhist Sangha” and the “Saffron Clothed” thugs and hooligans? Being a well educated person, I believe, you should be capable and be able to call a spade a spade. Please don’t in future name these thugs and hooligans as “Buddhist Sangha”. Please also do remember that all those clothed in “saffron clothes” are NOT Buddhist Sangha. We need to protect, and respect the “Buddhist Sangha”.

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      Douglas

      Good to see you back in these forum. How are you?

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      Douglas, caption is not only about the incident but also about its background and the whole article. Yes, I could have said ‘saffron clothed thugs’ as you suggest or as ‘thugs in robes’ as the Minister named them. But is that the reality? Of course, there is a possibility that some ‘thugs’ or ‘extremists’ could wear robes to deceive people. But these are not that. These are ordained monks in some form and I am sure they strongly believe that they are true Buddhist monks. They must be thinking that they are fighting for Buddhism. In their temples and localities they must be considered as such by the people. Therefore, in my opinion, there is a larger problem that needs to be addressed like in all other religions. As I have said, this is not only in Sri Lanka but also in some other countries, Myanmar in particular. I admit that there is a difference between the ‘true Sangha’ that you and I believe in, and these misguided ‘Sangha.’ However, the disease that I try to point out is widespread although all don’t resort to violence or agitation. Therefore, we have to uncover the ideological and social roots. I wish the true Sangha would come forward and express their dissent and explain true principles of Buddhism, Karuna and Metta. As I have said, my part is as a social analyst.

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    How ironical, the saffron clad thugs doesn’t realize that the origin of the Sinhala race starts when the banished bengals-vijaya and crowds landing in this island, now after thousands of years, the Sinhalese are ill treating their own ancestors.

    Evil will only beget evil

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    Native Vedda: Thank you. I am doing fine. Was away in Jaffana on a observation tour at my own cost. No “Sponsors “. Will share the experiences in near future. Thank you again.

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    Dr. Laksiri: Thank you for the response. As you say “they” could have been ordained priests; but the fact remains that if they do not live a life and strive to be a “Buddha”, there is no need to recognize or name them as “Sangha”. It is time for the people to identify the genuine ordained “Sangha” of the “Buddha Dharma” – because as at present majority who have been ordained live a life far fetched from “Buddhas Way” and worst mislead the laity to “Adharma” in unthinkable proportions.
    nimal fernando: There are no BUDDHISTS. The Gauthama Buddha wanted everyone to be a “Buddha” and that is the ONLY WAY to know the Teachings.

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    [Edited out] Laksiri, why do you spin the real incident to attack Buddhism and Sinhala Buddhist. Read the following actual report according the police reported this morning;

    “Five suspects, including a woman who was arrested on Saturday in connection with the incident in Mount Lavinia on September 26, in which a group of protesters allegedly harassed the group of 31 Myanmar refugees, were remanded till October 9 by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate Court today.

    The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) arrested a 42-year-old woman who is a resident of Mount Lavinia on Saturday afternoon while another four men were arrested Saturday night in connection with the incident.” Daily Mirror

    [Edited out] , there is a huge difference between the words ‘ Allegedly Harassed” and your words “Inhuman Attacks”. [Edited out]

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      SSL

      Stupid man/woman/it.

      “there is a huge difference between the words ‘ Allegedly Harassed” and your words “Inhuman Attacks”.”

      We indeed know the difference between the two. Tell us as to why the police state “Allegedly Harassed” while the truth can be completely the opposite?


      By any chance you are max’s step brother?

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        Native Vedda: Do you know any one called Rathnayake mudiyanselage amarasiri married to a muslims woman ?

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          Jimsofty dimwit

          “Do you know any one called Rathnayake mudiyanselage amarasiri married to a muslims woman ?”

          Is he your abusive absentee father? If he is he must be about 110 years old.
          Anyway I will let you know if I catch him.

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        N.V.

        You are another idiot, not just an idiot; illiterate and warped minded idiot, who has been sowing poisonous comments in this forum. You have been spinning the truth for a long time with poisonous and vulgar comments.
        Can you relate your existence at least to a single grain of sand in our beloved country.

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    SSL

    Where did you get the idea I am genius, literate, with untwisted mind? Only a stupid fascist like you would have assumed I am.

    The truth is out there all to see, experience, feel, hear, ………………….. If you have problem with truth please stay in forest monastery for four weeks. It might do you some good.

    “Can you relate your existence at least to a single grain of sand in our beloved country.”

    I am not going to compare my ancestral right to this land with the size of your brain.

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      Indirectly, you have admitted that you are an illiterate and ignorant . Hence your comment about fascism and fascists are ignored. I understand your sentiment as you are an ardent disciple of Laksiri Fernando. He too identify Sinhala Buddhists as Fascist. You are not alone so dwell in the La La land with your bunch of crappy buddies. It is best to ignore your comments.
      Nevertheless in conclusion of this dialogue with you, remember My beloved motherland was not built or developed by Fascists or Fascism.

      It was built by the Sinhala people on the the principles Buddhism and under the guidance of Maha Sangha. The great cities, Temples, Tanks, Irrigation canals, economic , advanced cultural traditions and above all security and safety were built with the blood/sweat and ultimate sacrifices made by our Sinhala Buddhist sons and daughters. It will remain that way until eternity. So remember Buddhists and Buddhism cannot be separated from Sinhala people and Sri Lanka forever.

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        SSL,
        “advanced cultural traditions and above all security and safety were built with the blood/sweat and ultimate sacrifices made by our Sinhala Buddhist sons and daughters. “
        Oh really? I really cannot resist deflating pompous “sinhala buddhists ” like you.
        Security and safety???? Ha HA…. Even your sacred Mahavamsa records that 70% of the rulers were murdered by their own relatives or died in battle. So what peace are you talking about?
        Advanced cultural traditions? The ability to spend more money than you earn, then to borrow some more, and finally when all else fails, to sell your women to the Muslim Arabs, whom you then proceed to condemn as terrorists?
        I cannot think of anything more advanced, dear SSL.

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          History books say that a Sinhala king recruited Chola Warriors to control his Sinhalese populace. Isn’t that right?

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            Yes, these are the jackals now posing as lions.

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    At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, when having
    my breakfast coming yet again to read other news.

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