7 December, 2022

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Mahavamsa- An Insult To The Buddha!

By Sharmini Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

Caution- The following is more suitable for the broad-minded and the wise. Others are kindly advised to pass!

Wonder if ours might have been a wiser, and a more ‘humane’ society, had our ‘ancient’ history, been based on Aesop’s Fables, instead of the Mahavamsa. For if not for the Mahavamsa, the Sinhalese may not have been endowed, with the reputation, of “Sinhalaya Modaya (The Sinhalese are Fools)”!

In this “wonderland” called Sri Lanka, and in this day and age, one still comes across ‘academically’ educated, and supposedly intelligent ‘Buddhists’, but sadly lacking in wisdom, who reverently believe, that the Buddha walked out of his mother’s womb, and walked seven steps, while lotuses blossomed, under his feet!

These very same supposedly educated, and intelligent ‘Buddhists’ also believe, that the enormous indentation, resembling a footprint on a boulder, at Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada to ‘Buddhists’), to be that of the Buddha. This would be in keeping with the conviction that the Buddha, was as tall, or perhaps even taller, than the Avukana Buddha statue, which stands above 40 feet (12 meters) in height!

Then, there is the ‘Dalada Maligawe’ in Kandy; most Buddhists believe, the tooth relic housed within, belonged to the Buddha. Some adorn the ‘tooth casket’ with mounds of gold jewelry, fervently believing, that they would earn merit, to the value of the gold they offer. The thought of donating the value of this gold, to feed and help, the poor, sick and the needy, that would be far more meritorious, never cross their minds!

There hangs a controversial question, over the authenticity of this ‘sacred tooth’. But then again, to those ‘educated and intelligent Buddhists’, devoid of wisdom, if the Buddha, was taller than the Avukana statue, and had a giant footprint, as on Adam’s Peak, then this ‘huge tooth’ could be his!

However it does not matter, if the tooth is over-sized, belonged to the Buddha or not, because he the ‘wise one’ asserted, that his followers must not revere, nor worship, any part of his physical self, nor idolize him. Had the Buddha wanted otherwise, he would have left not just a tooth, but his entire skeleton, for his followers to worship.

The annual Esala Perahera, in Kandy, is yet another case in point. This colourful and spectacular ‘parade’ of the ‘tooth relic’, atop a magnificent elephant, is nothing but an ego-boosting exercise, of small minded men of yore, and now, a tradition of small minded men of the present. The ‘Esala Perahera’ therefore, is no relation of Buddhism!

Then there are also those ‘Buddhists’, who on Full Moon (Poya) days, make a bee-line draped in white, to the temple, to ‘pray’ to ‘God Buddha’. They piously recite the ‘Five Precepts’ and other Buddhist verses, as in ‘praying’, facing a perceived image, of the miracle performing ‘God Buddha’. The Five Precepts- the basic code of ethics that the Buddhist laity, is required to abide by, cease to hold any value, beyond the temple gates!

They offer flowers, to clay and stone images of the Buddha, and light oil lamps, as it is an idée recue; believing by doing so, one earns enormous merit. Little do they understand the significance, of such customs; they fail to connect the similarity of flowers and the oil lamp, with their impermanent life – ‘anicca’.

Then they also go on to bathe the ‘Bo tree’ (Bodhi Puja), with pots of water, thereby encouraging tree-rot, expecting the ‘holy’ tree’ under which ‘God Buddha’ attained enlightenment, to bestow merit upon them to. During trying times, unable to accept their ‘karma’, they once again flood the ‘Bo tree’, expecting deliverance from their misery.

When this unique ‘brand’ of Sinhala/Mahavamsa-Buddhism fails to deliver, they next make a bee-line, to a Hindu kovil, break coconuts, praying for miracles, as well as cursing and damning to hell, fellow human beings. Then off they go, to a Christian church and light candles and then, to Sai Baba or even a Mosque (I have no idea what they do there). At all these places, promises (vows) are made, to various Gods, on a quid pro quo basis. Some, even resort to animal sacrifice!

Then, there are also those who believe, that the Mahawamsa was authored, by the Buddha himself!

All that the Buddha asked, of his followers, was to lead a life according to his noble teachings. But this, most find so hard to do, especially the ‘simple’ minded, Mahavamsa-Buddhist!

Mahavamsa Lies and Deceit

Perhaps nowhere in the world, might one find, this strange practice of Buddhism, other than by most Sinhalese; for it is neither a religion nor a philosophy. It is a unique ‘culture’, passed off as Buddhism, in Sri Lanka!

Who and what distorted the Buddhist philosophy, in Sri Lanka? I say firmly, the blame must be laid fair and square, at the feet of Mahanama thera, and his ‘book of Buddhist tales’- the Mahavamsa. For, it deals mostly, with mythical and supernatural tales of so called, Buddhist history, with some borrowed from the ‘Mahabaratha’ and ‘Ramayana’.

Through his Mahavamsa, Mahanama portrayed Sri Lanka, as the ‘Dammadeepa’; the chosen land of the Buddha, to protect and propagate his Dhamma. He, Mahanama said, (NOT the Buddha), that Buddhism will prevail, for five-thousand years, and the Sinhalese alone, must “protect” it.

Perhaps at a time, when Buddhism began to lose its popularity in India, The monks of the Mahavihara, especially Mahanama, might have panicked, and therefore decided to make Sri Lanka a ‘Buddhist Country’, in order to ‘protect’ Buddhism.

Thus, he created the Sinhala race, by bringing together, those from various tribes and ethnic groups, to create this one ‘supreme’ race- Sinhala-Buddhist; Buddha’s chosen people, Mahanama said, to protect Buddhism, for five-thousand years!

The Buddhist scriptures, Tripitaka, (Viniya, Suttaand Abhidhamma), and the Mahavamsa, were both written in the Pali language. Therefore the average Buddhist laity, who was not au fait with this language, would not have understood the difference between the Tripitaka, and the Mahavamsa. Hence when Buddhist monks preached the Mahavamsa, the laity accepted all that the monks said, as the true words of the Buddha.

From that day forward, 2600 years ago, the Buddhist clergy of this country, transformed the Buddhist philosophy, into an ‘ethnic’ religion of the Sinhalese, and propagated it as such, as per the Mahavamsa. Thus, over the past 2600 years, Buddhists, in this country, have been misled, misguided, led astray and lied to, by our Buddhist clergy, and their ‘bible’- the Mahavamsa!.

By converting the philosophy into a religion, Buddhist monks, also converted the Buddha, into a ‘God’, and themselves, as his ‘Messengers’, who must be revered and worshiped; totally disregarding the Buddha’s words-

Believe nothing, in the faith of traditions,
even though, they have been held in honor,
for many generations, and in diverse places.


Do not believe, a thing, because many people speak of it.
Do not believe, in the faith, of the sages of the past.
Do not believe, what you yourself have imagined,
persuading yourself, that a God inspires you.


Believe nothing, on the sole authority, of your masters and priests.
After examination, believe what you yourself, have tested
and found, to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.”
The Buddha

A case in point, as it is recorded nowhere, of the Buddha having said, is that alms must be offered to monks, in one’s home or at a temple, seven-days, three-months and one-year after a death, in one’s family.

This practice perhaps, originated through a custom, followed by our ancestors, that has today become sine qua non, for Buddhists-

2600 years ago, a Buddhist temple was the only venue, of social gathering, activity and entertainment, in a village. Hence, when a ‘Rite of Passage’ i.e. death in a family occurred, it was only natural, for the entire village, including Buddhist monks, to visit the bereaved family, and offer words and deeds of comfort and consolation, to them .

Sinhalese hospitality being such, all gathered, would be offered a meal, by the bereaved family, and the monks too, would partake of that meal. This, over the years, became part and parcel, and a ‘religious ceremony’, of the Sinhala- Buddhist ‘religion’.

With time, the Buddhist clergy, introduced a sense of ‘guilt’, to the Buddhist laity, that if such ‘alms-giving ceremonies’, were not held, the departed will be reborn, in ‘hell’. So once again, ‘debunking’ the Buddha’s theory, of ‘karma’ (unavoidable results, of our intentional actions), the monks carved a path of convenience, and reverence, for themselves.

So, according to Sinhala/Mahavamsa-Buddhism, even a murderer, rapist, child molester, and others as such, could circumvent their bad ‘karma’ and be reborn in ‘heaven’, courtesy alms and gifts, offered to Buddhist monks.

Coming from a family regarded as ‘pillars’ of the Buddhist temple, I have observed and been made to participate, in this ridiculous practice, of alms-givings, since early childhood. My paternal grandmother, in Galle, held an annual alms-giving, at her home, for a hundred corps d’elite of Buddhist monks. She had the best of the most expensive crockery, brass ‘padikkamas’, (spitting pots)’ et al, set aside, for the exclusive use of each of these monks. My grandmother, in Kandy was no different.

Today, no event of significance, for a Sinhala-Buddhist is held, without the patronage and ‘blessings’ of the ‘Maha Sangha’ (Buddhist monks). And our foolish laity, continue to believe, that the more you feed and spoil these ‘people’, the more ‘merit’ they, and their dearly departed, would receive!

Who will convince them otherwise, certainly not the Buddhist clergy!

Mahavamsa- a Sinhala-Buddhist Political Guide

If one was to go by the Mahavamsa, the Sinhala race came about, through a mythical union between a lion and a human princess. Perhaps that explains why, Mahavamsa-Buddhists, are so lethargic and bloodthirsty!

But in reality, the Sinhalese race, was a creation of the Buddhist monks of the Mahavihara, who themselves originated from India (unless they were aboriginal Veddhas).

The Mahavihara monk, Mahanama, projected himself as the Messenger of the Buddha- a 1000 years after the passing away of the Buddha himself.

The Mahavamsa was written at a time, when all Sinhalese were Buddhists and all Tamils were Hindus, long before other religions, were introduced to our country.

So, author Mahanama, designed the Mahavamsa to be, instead of a historical record of the Sinhalese and Tamils of Lanka, as a Buddhist canonical text, for the descendants of a Lion!

He took ‘bits’ and ‘pieces’ from Hinduism viz the caste system, idol worshiping, astrology, superstition etc., and projected the Buddha as a superhuman, or a God. This made it more appealing, to the average human psyche; as a religion is far easier to deal with, than a complex philosophy like Buddhism.

So today, we have Sinhala-Buddhists running around in circles, when facing a crisis, between, temples, kovils, churches, mosques and ‘others’ such, as Sai Baba.

Though the author intended the Mahavamsa to be, for the “serene joy of the pious” it contradicts itself, by condoning and equating the killing of human “invaders”, with “sinners, and wild beasts”.

He, Mahanama, in his Mahavamsa justifies, and glorifies the murder by Dutugemunu, of thousands of Tamils he called “invaders”, by equating them with “sinners, and wild beasts”. So, where is Buddhism in that? Thus, how can one regard the Mahavamsa, as a Buddhist guide?

If the Maha Sangha had been sincere, and honest from the outset, they would have disassociated the Mahavamsa, from Buddhism. Had they done so, Buddhism in Sri Lanka today, might have been practiced as the Buddha meant it to be; as per the Dhamma.

Therefore it is the linking of Buddhism with the Sinhalese, this text stands for, that has over the years, formed the mentality of the Sinhala-Buddhist psyche. It became a cast or a mould, of the Sinhala-Buddhist racist; a psychological tool, and a political guide of the Sinhala-Buddhists.

The Curse of the Caste System

What made all those Sinhalese who were originally Buddhists, turn to other religions?

The caste system, denounced by the Buddha, has been fostered by none other, than the Buddhist clergy of the Mahavamsa, themselves. They divided themselves between Nikayas, based on caste, and banned those Buddhists, they called ‘low caste’, from entering the temples, they administered.

Therefore, is it any wonder, that those Sinhalese Buddhists, would turn to a more compassionate faith, where caste, creed or ethnicity, has no place? Perhaps those Mahavamsa/Sinhala-Buddhists, like the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), their sponsors and supporters, ought to reflect on what they say and do, and ask themselves, why these Sri Lankans, who were originally Sinhalese Buddhists, renounced Buddhism, and embrace other faiths?

Strangely, in India, it is the ‘low castes’; Harijans/Dalits, once called “untouchables” or “pariahs”, who are Buddhists, and not the Brahmins of India, despite the Buddha, being a Brahmin himself.

To the Brahmins of India, one’s caste was a matter of vital importance, but one of utter indifference to the Buddha. He strongly condemned, the degradation, of the caste system. In his Order, Monks of all castes were united, as do the rivers in the sea. They lost their former names, castes, and clans, and came to be known, as members of One Community– the Sangha.

Once, the Buddha, while begging for alms, approached the house of the Brahmin, Aggikabharadvaja. The Brahmin, seeing the Buddha at a distance, shouted out: “Stay there, you shaveling, stay there you wretched monk, stay there you outcast.” The Buddha, gently asked the Brahmin: “Do you know, Brahmin, who an outcast is, and what are the conditions, that make one an outcast?”

To the dumbstruck Brahmin, the Buddha said, “”Birth makes not a man an outcast, Birth makes not a man a Brahmin; Actions make a man an outcast, Actions make a man a Brahmin.” (Sutta-nipâta, 142)

Thus, the Buddha admitted freely, into the Buddhist Order, all those he deemed fit, to lead the holy life, from all walks of life, castes and classes. Some went on to distinguish themselves, in the Buddhist Order. The Buddha was one, who united all those torn apart, by man-made differences, of caste, creed and class.

Today, save a few, where does one find these wise words, of the Buddha, practiced by our Sangha, of the Mahavamsa?

Mahavamsa Indoctrination-

I recall my first, school Buddhist text book, as a six-year-old in Grade-One. The cover of the book was illustrated with a picture, of a fully clothed infant Buddha, walking on lotus blossoms. After querying its significance, I was informed by my ‘Buddhism’ teacher, that the Buddha walked, soon after he was born and informed all, that he would be the greatest. And because of this, lotuses blossomed, with each step he took.

For a child, who was constantly seeing her newborn cousins, not capable of such miracles, this seemed like magic to me. So I asked my teacher, if the Buddha was a magician. I was severely admonished, as a “pow kareya” (sinner), and punished for being irreverent.

From that day forward, I became extremely cautious, of whoever tried to talk Buddhism to me, until I became a lay disciple, from childhood to adulthood, of the late Rev. Piyadassi Maha Thera. My ‘guru’ taught me Buddhism, in its original form, as per the Dhamma, and not its corrupt, Mahavamsa version!

From an early age, the innocent and pure minds, of Sinhalese Buddhist children, are ‘brainwashed’, by foolish parents and teachers, with Sinhala-Buddhist racism; Mahavamsa Buddhism!

They are taught, to regard, the ‘other’, who is not a Sinhala-Buddhist, as “an invader”. They are taught, not to trust this ‘other’, who does not belong to Sri Lanka, and is only a ‘guest’, of the ‘benevolent’ Sinhala-Buddhists.

Thus, they are taught, at an early age, that all Tamils, Muslims, Hindus, Christians (Sinhala Christians included) and others, must be chased away, from Mahavamsa-Buddhist Sri Lanka, just as in ancient times, when King Dutugemunu, killed or  chased away the “invaders”, to Tamil Nadu.

In Mahavamsa Buddhism, there is no place, for the Buddha’s Dhamma, of tolerance and compassion!

My ‘Accidents’ with Mahavamsa-Buddhism

My first school was a Convent, in Galle. Here, I was a very happy child, amidst a mélange of others, of various ethnic groups, and religions, including Buddhism.

With time, my Buddhist family thought it essential, for me to change to a Buddhist school. So there I ended up in an exclusive Sinhalese Buddhist private school for girls, in Colombo.

As an eleven-year-old, coming from a Convent, I was most unprepared for the ‘culture shocks’ that awaited me, at this private Buddhist school!

Coming from a family background, where displaying one’s wealth, was regarded as vulgar, as exposing one’s body, I was horrified, at the liberties afforded to the students, and teachers of this Buddhist school. Some tended to favour, students who displayed, their recently acquired family wealth; decked in gold, and dressed in ‘mini’ uniforms, and flashed money freely. They laughed and ridiculed those who appeared less privileged.

For instance, my father once dropped me in school, in his jeep, on his way to Galle. A teacher seeing this, (ironically it was my ‘Buddhism’ teacher), announced in class, that I had come to school that day, in a lorry. Of course as to be expected, I was ridiculed and made fun of, by most of my classmates. I wondered how they might have treated me, had I come to school, by bus!

The horror of studying ‘Buddhism’, in a Buddhist school, is a story by itself!

What was ‘taught’ as Buddhism, and passed off as ‘teaching’ was in fact, a self-teaching exercise, where we the students, were ordered to memorize, Buddhist verses in Pali, with no meaning of the verses offered, while the teacher napped, at her table.

This is how they ‘taught’ Buddhism, in a Buddhist school, that charged exorbitant fees, from unsuspecting parents, who believed their offspring were receiving, a ‘sound Buddhist education’. All this happened, thirty-five years ago (late 70s), and I sincerely hope, this situation has changed, for the better now.

Severely traumatised, by my horrifying ‘Buddhist school’ experience, my parents moved me back, to a Convent. And once again, I happily found myself amidst, a mélange of girls, of various ethnic groups, and religions.

With Mahavamsa-Buddhism, I seem to be accident-prone!

As a young adult, I came across many, who regarded the iconic Sinhala-Buddhist-Anagarika Dharmapala, as the next best thing, to Lord Buddha. Their hypocritical practice, of Mahavamsa-Buddhism, left a bitter taste, in my mouth, I yet feel to date.

Yet another ‘unfortunate accident’ I met, with Mahavamsa Buddhism, was when I tried to have my young son of eight years, admitted to a ‘Buddhist Sunday School’, at a leading Buddhist temple, in Colombo. The person in charge, of new admittance, was a short-tempered ‘gentleman’ of the Buddhist laity.

This ‘gentleman’ informed me, in an angry and loud voice, that I had no business, as a woman, admitting my son, though I was his mother, to a Buddhist Sunday School. He demanded that my son, be accompanied, by his father, if I wished to have him admitted, to this Buddhist Sunday School!

I wondered how, widows managed to admit their sons, to this Buddhist Sunday School.

Teach Comparative Religion in Schools

As a lay-student, of the world renowned most Venerable Piyadassi Maha Thera, I consider myself privileged, to have had such an eminent Guru, of the Buddhist order. Rev. Piyadassi, as I referred to him, had been a close friend of my family for generations, with whom we, as a family, had frequent interaction.

Here was a highly educated, intellectual Buddhist prelate, who would insist that we sit with him at table, and have lunch along with him, while I, as a curious teenager, bombarded him with questions on Buddhism, which he answered patiently and clearly. This type of interaction, with such teachers, is what is required today.

With Rev. Piyadassi’s demise in 1998, in my eyes at the time, he left shoes too big to be filled. But now I know better. For there are many Buddhist prelates and monks of his caliber out there, who are worthy of being revered and worshipped, as the true messengers of Lord Buddha’s philosophy, and they are those, who can guide Sri Lanka’s future Buddhist generations, away from Mahavamsa indoctrination, and on to the correct path.

Alas, such genuine Buddhist prelates and monks, never make news, and are often found in jungles, in deep meditation.

If Sri Lanka’s incumbent President, sincerely wishes to safeguard and foster Buddhism, in its pristine form, then it is his bounden duty, to bring forth a system, whereby our impressionable younger and future generations, are taught the Dhamma, by intelligent and educated Buddhist prelates, as opposed to those stick-in the-mud, Mahavamsa-Buddhist monks, who by no stretch of one’s imagination, are pristine models of Buddhism, to do the job.

The incumbent President has assured more than once, of “religious freedom for all communities, by enhancing interreligious harmony and tolerance”. If he is sincere, then he ought to consider introducing the subject of ‘Comparative Religion’, to all schools, whereby all would understand, the religion of the other.

This would ensure, from an early age, a deeper understanding of the fundamental philosophy of different religions, practiced in Sri Lanka, and that no religion, is above the other.

A child, who has undertaken such a course of study, will undoubtedly have a much deeper understanding of human beliefs and practices, and therefore be more tolerant of each other; not feel threatened by the religion of the other.

This would ideally lead, to our ultimate dream, of a peaceful Sri Lanka, for one and all!

However, the question begs, are our politicians selfless and sincere enough, to take up such a challenge?

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    Sach is a coward attached to a drama group by the name “Jana …………” which dances to the tune of politicians .He claims that he is intelligent. He is a regular contributor to Gossip sites such as “Go…. La…..”where he claims that he makes sensations and creates sympathy. Most of his comments, if not all , are more suited for gossip sites. He can be contacted on [Edited out] .He is a dump ( if i use the exact word it will be edited out) and a coward. Now he is contributing to this thread using the name Rohitha.
    Our country needs Dumps and cowards like him to make sensations and create sympathy especially when the elections are around.
    Please wish him well in his future endeavours.

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      Who the hell are you to comment on others names hiding behind a fake name. IF you cannot refute a person, throwing insults at him just shows how pathetic you are. Now i wonder whether you are REALLY the Wimal Modawansa.

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        Sach,

        Please do us and yourself a favour and follow your friend Jim Softy’s example. He has moved to other threads on CT to spew his s–t. You should do the same.

        You started by spewing your s–t at Sharmini, because she exposed you for the crook you are in a previous article of her’s, for trying to make a fast buck off a poor girl suffering from Alzheimer’s. So now (retribution)you are getting the hell beaten out of you.

        If you know anything at all about Buddhism, you will realise that the more s–t you sling at others, it will all boomerang on you.

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          I think your mole is also karawela. How can sharmini expose a person behind an anonymous name? I showed where i picked up the story and even pasted the link. What i said was targetting another needlessly is unwarranted. I understand many of you struggle to counter argue me. I will comment on anything i want.

          I didnt spew hatred at anyone, i just show the emptiness in one’s argument. This time the argument belongs to Sharmini.

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        fake name??????LOL

        Pot calling a kettle black.

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          I dont have any problem with a fake name, i too use one. but i come with only one and accpet and reply to any with my id in CT.

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        To Sach, Kirthi, Jim Softy and all those insulting Sharmini on this thread.This is my response to them-
        One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.” Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?” The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.” The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.” “If you want to stop hurting yourself, you must get rid of your anger and become loving instead. When you hate others, you yourself become unhappy. But when you love others, everyone is happy.” ― Since Shamini is not accepting it will belong to you -Sach, Kirthi, Jim Softy and all those insulting Sharmini.

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          Questioning and counter arguing is not insulting, modawansa. Thank you for your banapadaya. I will ignore you here after taking that into my mind

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    forget about mahavamsa garbage. in my opinion existence of chingala race itself is an insult to humanity. elimination of this sickening race should be given top priority.

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    Rama.
    I am afraid I dont agree with you.What we need is a reassesment of the Mahavamsa.This should be undertaken by the forthright interlectuals in our midst.Sharmini has more or less opened the Pandoras box.I have never seen so many responses to an essay on the Colombo Telegraph.

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      Sinhala Buddhist Mahawamse,

      boys sure luvs them the `Beastiality`! (^O^)|(^O^)

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        Sinhala Buddhist==[Edited out]

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    Buddhism is no religion it is more of catholic conversion.(^o^) ______________________________

    “Three Pure Ones”.–Tào Té Chīng-6th Cent.BC. “Old Master” was the teacher of the Siddartha Gautama, better known as the Buddha, or was even the Buddha himself.[13][21]He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy, which often refers to Laozi as Taishang Laojun, or “One of the Three Pure Ones”. 1.”When goodness is lost, it is replaced by morality.” 2.”The best people are like water, which benefits all things and does not compete with them. It stays in lowly places that others reject. This is why it is so similar to the Way.”—Laozi, Tao Te Ching __________________

    Siddhartha was brought up by his mother’s younger sister, So what happened to mom and dad??? [Edited out]

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    Hey guys, please check how it has changed to this date.
    We had a great respect towards buddhist monks 3 decades ago or so.

    Now they are like street culprits. Check it please .. I loved the song of Mohideen then…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yheaIfkGKA

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    buddha didn’t know [Edited out]

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    The writer wants to provoke a backlash and has much venom against Buddhists and Sinhalese.

    One glaring fact: The Harijans in India being Buddhist- this is a fact. Ambedkar and his follower Harijans embraced Buddhism not even a century ago. So these are neo-Buddhists. Original Buddhist tradition in India was wiped out by the invading Muslim hordes who ransacked Nalanda and other places almost a millennium ago.

    There are many other errors here. The reader is advised to ignore the woman, who is venting venom against Lanka.

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    This is a collection of lies and damned lies: mere self assertions without any supporting evidence.
    Mahavansa inspired the sustenance of a civilization in the face of external threats nearly 2600 years. That civilization may have lost certain inherent attributes but not yet has perished totally. What is needed is regain the lost glory.
    Whether one likes or not Sri Lanka belongs to Sinhalese Buddhists who saved the country sacrificing their blood and limbs. If one does not like it he or she should leave the country. Otherwise we will repeat Nandhikadal as much as and as many times as needed.

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    This is so well written. I was brought up in Sri Lanka in the Catholic Church. First, in Wattala, then in Matara and then, finally Galle (St. Aloysius).

    At the age of 11, I was taken to the US and slowly but surely lost interest in Catholic Traditions. In my 30’s I found myself looking into Budhism and it took hold. It made sense. It was only Budhism as I found in books and research conducted on the internet. Never saw the Mahavasma.

    I believe, the real Budhists of Sri Lanka have enough sense to take the Mahavasma with a grain of salt. Given the freedom to express themselves, the Christians and the Muslims would do the same with their books of “wisdom”.

    So, I believe, as a policy, no human being should be allowed to declare a religion for themselves until the age of 60. At which time, they can go off and meditate on their choice until they die; and do it by themselves.

    I agree with the author where until the age of 60, we have to get busy and truly “understand” all the religions out there and then make a choice,a “personal” choice. Definitely, no common prayer!

    Loved this article.. about time..!

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    You should read more on Buddhism and other most accepted religions. Discuss with religious leaders and Philosophers. Try to understand Thripitaka well before you come to conclusions.

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    Thank you so much for a good piece of writing.
    Regards, Marcus

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    Apologies for my ignorance. Is this writer a Buddhist?

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    God never make or write religion. Only our wise people with their dreams written all these religions. If there is a most clever person, let him write “MINISUWAMSAYA”.(How to talk, write, treat etc., with others). Then this minisuwamsaya wipeout all religion make only PAWANAWA.

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    Kumara, there are none who can claim to be Buddhist, because Buddha never left a Register. Anyone is free to practice his Philosophy. Although the labeled Buddhists have claimed that Buddhism will last a five thousand years in Sri Lanka, I doubt if it last another hundred years at the speed it is degenerated by a set of Olcot/Anagarika Buddhists selling Buddhism for their personal gain. The Greed, Hate, Viciousness and Intolerance they spread in the name of Buddhism, claiming they are trying to protect Buddhism will ultimately Destroy Buddhism. See the venom some are spitting at Sharmini for having brought out as to what is really happening, which is not Sharmini’s fault. See their reaction as if Buddhism belongs only to them alone. Little they realise that even Buddha said, ‘Ehi Passiko Opaniko, Pachchaththang Wesithabbo..’ These ignorant Olcot/Anagarika labeled Buddhists are a curse to this country and to Buddhism.

    Well done Sharmini for the record breaking response of comments that has not attracted for any other article in CT so far.

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      Today´s buddhist monks that we see from their behaviours in the country or on TV screens are more or less like the prisoners of Guanthanbe – many of them with XYY gentics.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yheaIfkGKA
      They are just criminals in safron robes.

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        Lanken MR regime sows seeds BBS like so called forces to breed easily.

        See, this BBS did NOT utter a single word about the drug issue that is being said to be investigated these days. This is going to be most dangerous situation for the youth of the country in future. But BBS´s silence proved that they rather belong to work with the regime. It is said to be the largest amount of Heroin found in the region and PM´s office of MR regime is accused to have dealt with the import.

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      gamini

      “Well done Sharmini for the record breaking response of comments that has not attracted for any other article in CT so far.”

      Perhaps you ought to revisit Bandu de Silva’s comment.

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    Sharmini,

    I havent read the whole of your Article but from the Heading I like to say that you may have touched the Untouchable and earned the wrath of the hard core buddhists like Salman Rushdie ( Wrath of Muslims )when he wrote the Satnic Verses.
    As a caring individual I hope they dont declare a Fatwa on someone like you with a HEART OF GOLD.

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    Lord Buddhas teachings must free its followers from incessant suffering, our history is marred by account on it. We over the years we have accepted suffering as normality and even created heroes. We now need to ask why are suffering for so many rears and continuing to do so. Their are three kind of proofs in Buddhism, namely documentary, theoretical and actual proof. The actual proof of happiness has been non existent for many hundreds of years. Starting from the domination by the Portuguese, then the Dutch then the English now the corrupt rulers of our own. We need to address the theoretical and the documentary proof which is the corner stone of our Buddhist nation in order create the wheel turning rulers of Gautama’s referance and create the actual proof of a happy and a JUST society.

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    Sharmini. You have written a very good article. Number of comments you get proves it. Keep on sharpening your view. There are people who open eyes with your views. I appreciate your brave idea and style of expressing opinions. I wish you all the best!!

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    If the majority Buddhists of Sri Lanka think and act like those spewing venom on this comment thread, it is just a matter of time before Buddhism as per the Dhamma, practised by the few, in Sri Lanka, and the Sinhalese as an ethnic group, become totally extinct.

    Despite what the Mahavamsa says, it is now obvious, that the Buddha did not chose this country, to preserve and propagate his noble teachings.

    The foolish and the ignorant, will cause the downfall, of what could have been a great civilisation and one of example.

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    My dear daughter,
    You are perfectly correct.I highly appreciate Your excellent and brave work.

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    A few points to make:

    1) Sharmini, in ending one of her previous articles referred to Sri Lanka as the thrice-blessed land, meaning that it had been blessed by the visit of The Buddha to Sri Lanka, three times but this itself is a Mahavamsa created myth. There is no historical evidence of such a thing happening.
    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/091213/Plus/plus_12.html

    2) The Buddha was not a Brahmin, as incorrectly stated in this article. As Siddhartha Gauthama, he was born into a Kshathriya family.

    3) People do not necessarily go to temples, churches, mosques and Sai Baba just to fulfill vows or for material gains. They also do so for spiritual inspiration and upliftment as well, which the author is apparently ignorant of. An explanation and discussion of this would be quite lengthy and would need a whole article space itself.

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      Sammy,

      “1) Sharmini, in ending one of her previous articles referred to Sri Lanka as the thrice-blessed land, meaning that it had been blessed by the visit of The Buddha to Sri Lanka, three times but this itself is a Mahavamsa created myth.”

      “Thrice-blessed land” has nothing to do with the Buddha’s three imaginary visits to Sri Lanka. You should do your homework before displaying your ignorance on a public forum.

      “2) The Buddha was not a Brahmin, as incorrectly stated in this article. As Siddhartha Gauthama, he was born into a Kshathriya family.”

      The Buddha himself denounced the caste system, so why are you splitting hairs here about the Buddha’s caste? Why does it matter so much to you?

      “3) People do not necessarily go to temples, churches, mosques and Sai Baba just to fulfill vows or for material gains. They also do so for spiritual inspiration and upliftment as well, which the author is apparently ignorant of…….”

      If Buddhists have to go to “temples, churches, mosques and Sai Baba for spiritual inspiration and upliftment” then they must be Mahavamsa-Buddhists who have no understanding of the Buddha’s teachings.

      It appears you have read Sharmini’s article with the sole purpose of picking holes in it. The message she conveys obviously goes way over your head.

      Btw, do you belong the same gang as Jim Softy, Sach (a.k.a. Leela), K.A. Sumanasekera, Banda, Kirthi Jayasekera, Hela, Vibushana etc., or are you one of them with a new pseudonym?

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    When I read the comments on this thread, I found the highest number from a person by the pen name Sach who is very aggressively defending himself and his views on this article and in doing so he is contradicting himself at many places. There is a famous Sinhala saying “Kanta hitunama ‘Kabaragoyath’ penne ‘Talagoya’ wagey” (When one feels like eating even the [poisonous] water monitor appears like the [relished] ‘iguana’). This adage perfectly fits people like Sach.

    Congratulations Ms Sharmini Serasinghe for a record breaking article, the comments have exceeded 700 and still not over. Great work, please compile all your work and think of writing a book. I am sure many people will appreciate your great service to the Buddhists in Sri Lanka and the world at large.

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      Silva

      What is the purpose of writing a book or an article only for the chattering classes who tend to discuss her work after having good wine and bellyful of unlimited food?

      All her writings should be translated into Tamil and Sinhala to be distributed at the local temples, vihares, mosques and churches.

      All politicians should be force fed with this article and at the end tested on their knowledge of their own Mahawamsa knowledge.

      Those who fail “Serasinghe test” should be permanently exiled to possibly Bihar, Kalinga or South India.

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    Buddhist monks getting into politics in Sri Lanka has not done any good either to religion or politics. To move the country forward it is essential to ban any religious leader getting into politics, either directly or indirectly, specially these racist monks.

    Whenever people like Ms Shamani Serasingha and Dr. Jagath Asoka raised this issue there were so many supporters of these rouge Buddhist monks saying Buddhism is being insulted. These brave men and women have only raised the necessity of taking these hora ganayas out of politics. That would have done something good to the country.

    However, after reading these comments I realizes the importance of banning hora ganayas in engaging in politics. Restrict them to temples. Then everyone will be happy.

    I have all my respect for Sir John Kothelawela for saying we should apply tar in the head/buttocks of Buddhist monks who engage in politics.

    For example, the only Buddhist monks most people in NE have seen are the militant monks who want to establish Sinhala Buddhist hegemony over them. Thus Buddha statues and Monks have come to be viewed as symbols of state oppression rather than those of love and peace. They are yet to see the benevolent face of Buddhism.

    This post of mine is no disrespect for the REAL Buddhist priests. I always respect the true Buddhist monks who follow the footsteps of Buddha preaching the Dhamma he preached. I have no questions about the Buddhist philosophy or anything with such true Buddhist monks. I know even today we have such Buddhist monks living in villages genuinely serving their communities. It is not difficult for the Buddhists to differentiate between the two groups, to draw a very clear line between the genuine Buddhist monks who live their life according to the way Buddha advised.

    However, there is another kind of ‘Buddhist’ monks who do things Buddha never preached and behave in the exact opposite manner he advised, by promoting violence in the society. These are the set of people who try to push Taliban society on us. Just because they wear a cheevaraya the hora ganayaas who engage in racist politics do not become Buddhist monks. They exploit the respect the society has for genuine Buddhist monks for their political advantage. I do not have any respect at all for such people. On the other hand I strongly resists such people because they are the biggest bane to Buddha sasana. It is also the utmost duty of Buddhists to clean Buddha Sasana from these hora ganayas who shamelessly engage in politics. That is the only way we can make the society respect the REAL Buddhist monks.

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      Most of the Buddhist Sangha in Sri Lanka are thugs. It is sad that Buddha has handed over his philosophy/religion to a group of yellow robed thugs to protect. These Buddhist Sangha/thugs have turned Buddhism into Barbarism. There are no Buddhists in Sri Lanka, only Barbarians preaching Barbaric Buddhism.

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      Janaka, well said.

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    All religions are mere fiction. No rational intelligent person will take any religion seriously. So, why fight over these fiction and create trouble for humankind.

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      Rod, “No rational intelligent person will take any religion seriously”
      – Don’t You mean the myths and hype attached to Religions.

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    “Strangely, in India, it is the ‘low castes’; Harijans/Dalits, once called “untouchables” or “pariahs”, who are Buddhists, and not the Brahmins of India, despite the Buddha, being a Brahmin himself.” – If Buddha was a prince before he must have been a Sathiriya and not a Brahmin.

    If Mahinda was the one to bring Buddhism to Sri Lanka, what happened to the three visits Buddha made to Sri Lanka. Does that mean Buddha has failed to convert or convince the people at that time to his path?

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