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Mangala, Monks, Magala Sutta & Marx 

By Sarath de Alwis –

Sarath de Alwis

In the Buddhist belief system, “Mangala” means a ‘blessing’. In the abstract ‘Mangala’ denotes an “auspicious sign”.  

In the ‘Mangala Sutta”, the Buddha has enumerated thirty-eight of the highest blessings that we must or should be guided by. 

Mangala says that Buddhism is not a religion. That it is a message to all mankind. He says that he follows the vision of the Buddha and does not regard it as an inflexible dogma held in hegemony by the Sinhala Buddhist tribe.  

The Monks insist otherwise. They contend that “Sinhala Buddhism is the exclusive preserve of Sinhala Buddhists. Anybody who thinks or suggests a contrary point of view, is neither a Buddhist nor a true Sinhalese.”     

In the matter of Mangala vs Monks, I would frame my attempted adjudication in the context of  one of the twelve stanzas  in the homily  known as the ‘Mangala Sutta’.  

“He whose mind does not waver, by contact with worldly contingencies, sorrowless, stainless and secure; this is Blessing Supreme.” 

Now, we must give the devil his due. Mangala Samaraweera did not waver. He stood by his conviction that there is a wide chasm between what the Buddha taught and what the Sinhala Buddhist Sangha preach. Now that is a ‘Mangala’ attitude. 

At this point, I must record a caveat in defending Mangala. I fully stand by his libertarian humanism. With equal vehemence I condemn his neoliberal market anarchism. 

With these paradigms set I venture to unravel the dead lock between Mangala and our Monks with some help from Karl Marx.  

The Daily Mirror carries a report of Mangala’s latest clarification made on Thursday 23rd May in Parliament. 

He has told the house that he will not call himself a Buddhist but a person who follows the Buddhist Philosophy.

“There is no religion called Buddhism as it is only a philosophy. Buddhism does not belong only to Sinhalese as Buddha’s teachings have covered the entire universe. Some Buddhist monks who think Buddhism is a religion create troubles in this country” 

He has reiterated that those who are living in this country are Sri Lankans and the majority are Sinhalese Buddhists. 

“I was scolded in raw filth for making a similar statement earlier. However, I would repeat that sentiment again,” 

It seems that Khema’s boy is not afraid to be the boy on the burning deck. 

“The boy stood on the burning deck, whence all but he had fled.” I weep for Mano Ganesan! 

Mangala must also get off his high horse. The soaring eagle has one view. The grasshopper has a different view. Both views are true from their respective points of view. 

The Monks claim that Sinhala Buddhism is a religion. Mangala claims that what Prince Siddhartha discovered after his runcination is a philosophy.

Any dimwit should know that both parties are right. There is no real argument here. An argument has a premise and a conclusion. Mangala and Monks stand on different premises and it is only natural that they reach different conclusions.

Mangala’s Prince Siddhartha renounced his worldly kingdom. The monks are the historical custodians of the kingdom that offers the foremost position to Buddhism while guaranteeing religious freedom to all faiths.

Surely Mangala should comprehend Sinhala Buddhist clerical logic. An eminent prince of the Catholic church has accepted their logic with such saintly sanguinity that he is now a serious candidate to be inducted as an honorary grand vizier of the Sinhala Buddhist Klan. 

The monks are right. Sinhala Buddhism is not a philosophy that is open for debate or dissension. Sinhala Buddhism is a religion. It is a doctrine of faith. It demands acceptance allegiance and unreserved loyalty.  It is the most primal form of insidious authority. 

Karl Marx respected religion. He more than any philosopher understood the purpose of religion. Religion is the fulcrum on which the exploitative process balances the accumulation of wealth and the sanctity of private property and capital. 

The accurate context in which the oft misquoted Marxian  cliché is this.  

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people.”

Can we reasonably dispute this little dose of Marxist wisdom? 

Isn’t Sinhala Buddhism the spirit of a sprit less situation. Can we not wholeheartedly endorse the Marxist proposition that ‘Sinhala Buddhism ‘as opposed to what the Buddha taught is the heart of a heartless world? 

Can we ignore the cold logic of Karl Marx is asserting that religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature on whose behalf an Anunayake of the Asgiriya chapter demanded that Gotabaya should decide to be another  Hitler?

Marx maintained that all criticisms begin with the criticism of what we call religion.

When he said that religion is the sigh of the oppressed class, he was reaffirming a truth that stares at us every time a politician visits a monastery in Kandy to offer “ataprikara’ and exchange profound inanities. 

Those politicians demonstrate that religion is their crutch to lean on to escape our hostility. We don’t need Marx to remind us that we live in a hostile world. 

Karl Marx said that philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point was to change it.

This dictum is carved on the gravestone of Karl Marx at the Highgate cemetery.

If only Khema’s boy reads Karl Marx instead of reading the old budget speeches of Ronnie De Mel!  

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    What an extreme and dynamic contortion…it can easily be mistaken for a dance…!!!

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      I appreciate Mangala’s stance ……….. and that he did not waver from his earlier statement.

      I wonder, in the history of Lanakn politics, if any member of parliament has ever dared to challenge the hegemony of Buddhist-Sinhala juggernaut before.

      To hell with Karl, his disciples Colvin/NM gave pride of place in the constitution to Buddhism. Wonder what ol’ Marx would’ve thought about his kids supplanting his philo with another’s and lulling the population into a sleepwalking-trance with a mega dose of opium.

      Sarath, you’re beginning to look like V.S. Naipaul.

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        Dear Nimal,

        As I could remember during 1965 elections (if my memory is correct), the former SLFP Minister late Mr. T.B.Illangarante in an election meeting said that the Malwathu Chapter was NOT ordaining people who were not belonged to the “Govigama” cast and he went on to say that this tradition practiced by the Malwathu Chapter was against the Buddhist philosophy and therefore it was a non-Buddhist activity.

        The very next day the Lake House newspapers distorted the facts of the speech by Mr. Illangaratne and carried the following headline in their daily newspapers:

        “Illangaratne says the most venerable Anunayake of the Malwathu chapter is a non-Buddhist.”

        That was enough for the mis-guided devoted Buddhists to vote against Mr. Illangaratne and sadly he lost his parliamentary seat in the election.

        I do not know whether the Malvathu Chapter is still practising this non-Buddhist activity.

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          Sarath: not just politicians but the Jewish US ambassador has become a frequent visitor to Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka and the Temple of the Tooth — Weaonizing Religion in Sri Lanka. Sarath Please read the book by Eugene Ford: “Cold War Monks: Buddhism and America’s Secret Strategy in South East Asia” published by Yale University Press 2017

          What happened to the separation of Church and State in the US Constitution. Why is the US Ambassador meddling in religion and weaponizing religion in another country? The Foreign Ministry should as her to stop meddling in religion and the Mahanayakas refuse to see her.
          Or she should Shut Up and Get Out. 2 days ago standing outside the Tooth Temple in Kandy U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz said. : The United States has not reached any agreement to establish a permanent US military base in Sri Lanka.
          So it seems that US has an agreement for a Temporary Military base in Sri Lanka with their puppet Bondscam Ranil!
          Her statement is planned to mislead: she also said that the current agreement was signed by the previous regime, when in fact the new and much more elaborate agreement that included temporary military base was signed by US puppet Bondscam Ranil in 2017 whose debt-trap fake economic development policies are drafted by MCC to benefit America First and the Global 1 percent.
          US puppet bondscam Ranil must be impeached for the disaster

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          An Observer

          “I do not know whether the Malvathu Chapter is still practising this non-Buddhist activity.”

          Both the Malwathu and Asgiriya are being run by Freemasons.
          One should not ask why, what, when, where, how, ….. .

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        I also believe that Sarath is drawing attention to a valid contradiction lies in Buddhist theory/philosophy & its modern practice drowned in myths & dogma. But, I can easily prove that this fate is not unique to Buddhism; it is a common fate of almost all theories. There are two major reasons for this: 1. Most theories contain their own major errors emanating from what is known “four Baconian Idols” (read idols of Francis Bacon for details). 2. Errors arising from later (mis)interpretations.
        In any case, I do disagree with Sarath’s final conclusion b’cos, despite the undisputed validity of oft misquoted Marx’s remark on religion, his theory as well as his philosophy are utterly wrong and therefore modern economists & philosophers can/should draw only opposite conclusions by reading Marx.

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        Nimal ,

        Ranil is playing spineless politics and he tolerates and uses
        other leaders to play the tunes that he avoids . Nevertheless ,
        Mangala is a great man in today’s politics of the country and
        he is truly a global citizen of Srilanka . For him , all people of
        Srilanka are Srilankans . We need to understand the fact that
        it is not Religions that rules us but politics that fools the
        religions and their followers rules us by way of deception ! In
        such a climate , Mangala’s stance helps his party to balance
        the act between local communities . There’s also a message
        in there for the International community that Srilanka is
        multicultural .

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        nimal fernando

        “Sarath, you’re beginning to look like V.S. Naipaul.”

        Why? Has Sarath de Alwis like V.S. Naipaul started hating Islam and Muslims?

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    What an amusing yet thought provoking and an intellectually stimulating piece of writing!.

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    Sarath, how come you can identify these intricacies which others fail or ignore.

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      Mangala is a good word. But the present SL finance minister is not mangala but Avamangala. That’s everything in one word.
      I’ve noticed “some “ people in SL are trying to whitewash him. They’ve something in common by birth with this man.
      Look at his hypocrisy in the picture! A person who held a Buddha statue in the most demeaning way possible , thinks “ He’s the greatest “!!

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    There is no such thing as “Sinhala Buddhism”. No one claims there is – neither leity or the Bikkhus. It is a word concocted by hate purveyors. There are Sinhalese who consider themselves as a race and there is Buddhism which is recognised as a religion. Majorrity of Sinhalese claim that they are Buddhists while there is a minority who claim to be Christians. (Unlike among the Tamils there are no Sinhalese who claim to be believers in Islam.). Why don’t you say American Christians dropped atom bombs on Japan linstead of saying Amercans dropped atom bombs on Japan? It is one’s hatred towards Sinhala Buddhists that blinds one to this simple truth. Intention is to kill two birds with one stone.
    Do those Sinhalese who claim to be Buddhists actually folllow Buddha’s word? Do those Westerners who claim to be Christians actually follow the word of Christ. Don’t be silly.
    Now these Sinhala Buddhists over millennia have have built up agrarian
    Civilization with lot of Buddhist temples and seem to harboring a desire to continue this civilisation. This kind of desire is prevalent everywhere,  not unique to the Sinhalese. It is this you call Sinhala Buddhism for your villification ecercise. It is this you are determined to dismantle. Unavoidably there is conflict of interest.
    To make matters worse there is an old book Called Mahavansa which has become the modern day bible of Tamil diaspora which the new Sinhala generation has not even glanced at. I haven’t read it either. This book is supposed to be glorifying the above metioned agrarian civilisation.
    To recap, thre are are Sinhala Buddhists and Sinhala Christians but there is no Sinhala Buddhism or Sinhala Christianity. There are British Catholics but there is no British Catholicism. There are American Christians but there is no American Christianity.

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      Soma, I am confused – you mean to say Sinhalese are not the ‘chosen’ ones to protect Buddhism in Lanka? All this time, that is what I thought Sinhala Buddhism meant.

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        thamizh
        Chosen by whom? Allah?
        Sinhalese have taken it upon themselves as protectors of Buddhism in the island. You may call them Sinhalese Buddhists.
        There are Sri Lankan Muslims but there is no Sri Lankan Islam. Similarly there is no Sinhalese Buddhism. Read my comment again.

        Soma

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          somass

          “Sinhalese have taken it upon themselves as protectors of Buddhism in the island. “

          Unnecessarily, and ruined it forever, through various institutions privenas (Sinhala/Buddhist madrasas) , political parties, chapters, ……………..

          The Sinhala/Buddhist fascists find it difficult to understand the teaching of the Awakened One hence replaced it with their own version of fascist ideology.

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      I think Sinhal Buddhist and Buddhist Sinhala are 2 different concepts. Buddhism is a universal concept. There can be Buddhist Tamils, Buddhist Muslims, Buddhist Americans. Sinhala Buddhist is the identity of the 2000 years of Sri Lankan Culture of Sri Lanka.

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      What difference does it make. Atom bomb is an Atom bomb and i came from America.

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      somass

      “There is no such thing as “Sinhala Buddhism”. No one claims there is – neither leity or the Bikkhus.”

      No kidding!
      What Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala was on about?
      Could you ask those nutters 99.99 of them talk about Sinhala/Buddhism with gusto as if Sinhala/Buddhism has somehow empowered them with extraordinary superhuman powers.
      Read nutter Nalin de Silva (Sinhala Buddhism — Part III),

      “Anagarika Dharmapala, founder of the London Buddhist Vihara, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, was the outstanding ideologue of the Sinhala Buddhist revival in Sri Lanka. He provided the conceptual framework within which the Sinhala Buddhist movement found expression. sundaytimes.lk/060917/Plus/pls4.html”
      ….
      ….

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    This name “MANGALA” has brought an “Evil Spell” on the Minister Mangala Samaraweera. That is nothing unusual and unexpected. Look around our own people by their names. For example, the name “Gnanadasa” turns out to be a “Rotter”; “Premadasa” turns out to be a “Dreaded”; “Buddhadasa” turns out to be a the worst “Scoundrel”; “Sangahadasa” becomes a “Rogue”; “Dharmadasa” becomes the worst “Misbehaved”; “Gunapala” turns to be “Unfaithful” and so on and on.. That is how this “Mangala” also comes to be called “Avamangala”. Recollect all such names and what “Evil” those have proven to be. Have some fun to refresh yourself rather than engulf in these analytical essays on individual “Interpretations” on religion. Let “RELIGION” be a “PRIVATE MATTER” to follow or practice and be GOOD and DO GOOD.

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    THis is a rather confusing attempt to address a number of issues as distant from each other as the author is from Buddhism.
    [edited out]

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    We are not discussing MANGALA or AVAMANGALA. We are discussing the Buddha. Did he preach a new religion?. He was born to Hindu parents, but it is not known whether he was practicing Hindu. Did he talk about God? Without God there cannot be a religion. I believe that on his own thinking Buddha spoke about the good and the bad and the ugly and preached accordingly. Similarly Thiru Valluvar a Tamil poet, in his 1330 two line stanzas (poems), advised ways and means of leading a meaningful life not only to the ordinary people but even to the Kings/Politicians. If the people wanted to create a religion out of his stanzas they could have done so and made Thiru Valluvar a God and add to the number of religions already in existence. Fortunately they did not and escaped the wrath of the many Gods already in existence in the Hindu religion.
    Mangala you have said it and hope you will abide by it without political fear or favour.
    Buddha should be respected for what he was and he should not be made the exclusive ruler of Srilanka/Illangai. After all he Abdicated his Thrown and lead a life of simplicity, which perhaps no other Prince has done to my knowledge, except King Edward the(V) for the love of a woman. Just the opposite of Lord Buddha, who gave up not only his Thrown but even his family too. Great Indeed.
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      K Anaga, Sidthartha Gotama was brought up a Hindu. Dr Radhakrishnan once claimed that the Buddha’s teaching was the ultimate expression of Hinduism.

      Be that as it may, all these terms are just labels. ‘Buddhism’ was a label invented by Western scholars. The Buddha never taught Buddhism he taught what he called ‘Dhamma’ i.e. ‘the truth about the real nature of things.’

      You say there is no religion without God. In that case Buddhism is not a religion. Other religions start with blind faith in supernatural beings and events. Buddhism starts with the simple fact of Dukkha, a thing that is common to all mankind and can easily be tested and understood.

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        Taraki! Buddhism is an easy philosophy to follow, but not in Srilanka.
        In Srilanka, it is treated as a religion and thereby the good teaching are lost in the robes of hamudrus.
        Despite the fact that he was a Hindu? the hamudurus are damaging the statues of Shiva and Gana theio at Kinnya. It appears that not only ISIS but also the some of the Buddhist Priests also follow the same policy backed perhaps by the constitution which gives ‘foremost place’ to Buddhism.
        Let them not kill the gods revered by LORD BUDDHA.

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        taraki

        Learning Political Buddhism From Taraki.

        “The Buddha never taught Buddhism he taught what he called ‘Dhamma’ i.e. ‘the truth about the real nature of things.’

        What did Buddha teach in his Dhamma?

        Did he preach this island belonged to Sinhala/Buddhists in his Dhamma?
        Did he rebrand this island as being Sinhala/Buddhists country?
        Did he teach the Sinhala/Buddhists to relieve their bottled up colonial anger on “others” in his Dhamma?
        Did he teach war for peace is essential part of Dhamma?
        Did he teach in his discourses its alright to kill “others” because they don’t really belong here?
        Did he teach his followers to loot, rape, burn down houses, businesses, library, books, ….. ?
        Did he teach the Sinhala/Buddhists to convert this island into a fascist state?
        Did he teach anything on Truth?
        Did Buddha teach his followers to gloat about war victory?

        Did Buddha teach

        “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”

        “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

        Thanks for your patience

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          Kalaveddah – the big Stink. One of the cornerstones of the Dhamma is the respect for the right to life for all living things, even Uguduwas. That is why you Uguduwa is allowed to comment here, although your comments stink to high heaven. So enjoy you freedom but don’t overdo it. There is a line you should not cross. If you do that too often, your mate Uguduwi runs the risk becoming a widow.

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    What Mangala Samaraweera said is correct.
    That may be bitter for some extremists but those who have deeply and thouroughly studied the TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA would agree with Mangala Samaraweera.

    Buddha’s teaching is not a religion. It is beyond philosophy and psychology.
    It is a way of life. Unfortunately majority of people in Sri Lanka are not aware of it.
    Even so called monks are not aware of that.

    First and foremost one must reflect upon their own monkhood.
    Why they became monks. What is PURPOSE OF MONKHOOD.

    Unfortunately most so called monks have forgotten the genuine purpose of becoming a monk.

    Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara was convicted and sentenced for six years.
    No one is allowed to disturb any judge in the court during the court proceedings or process of the court case.
    Gnanasara did that with the power of mass murderer Gotabaya.

    What stupid Sirisena did is visited Gnasarana and ordered prison authority to release him who were convicted by judge or court.

    What the HELL is this country.

    Finally I would like to say that so called monks are the main individuals who completely destroyed the teaching of the Buddha and the peaceful country SRI Lanka.

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      Saman,
      “Finally I would like to say that so called monks are the main individuals who completely destroyed the teaching of the Buddha and the peaceful country SRI Lanka.”

      Probably, as a descendant of a slave brought to this country by colonial parasites you do not know the history of Sinhale. Buddhist monks in Sinhale preserved teachings of the Buddha by writing them using Sinhala alphabet in ola leaves. Throughout history of Sinhale, monks have played a prominent role in protecting Buddha’s teachings. Simply because there are a few rotten apples, do not throw mud at Buddhist monks in Sinhale.

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      If the monks had followed your advice, we would all be Hindus, Muslim or Christians. Your name would probably be Salman. Only Edwin would remain unchanged.

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    mangalas interpretation of theravada buddhism is correct
    but what is being practiced now is mahayana with quite a bit of hinduism as buddhism has no gods

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    Sarath:

    Mangala Sutta Chanting with Meaning- The Buddha’s Discourse of Blessings It was preached at Jetavana temple in answer to a question asked by a Deva (deity). The sutta describes thirty-eight blessings in ten sections and given advice how to eradicate evil .

    *** With all respect and cast your mind back when you were singing the ” Songs of Praise” for Gotha . In the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings you wrote what a master tactician ” Gotha ” the butcher was and how you all miss him. That was an insult to the greving as you showed no restpect who perished at the hands of ” Gotha” Lasantha included. But the following week you wrote Gotha has also made mistakes and that was a subject for the future thus reserving Judgment. Justice delayed justice denied Proffessor. This is not how you eradicate evil and that is not one of the 38 blessings.
    Actions speak louder than words.
    When Mangala says Sri Lanka is not a Country for Just Buddists he dosent mean it and as I said actions speal louder than words and he failed to stop the release of the Convicted Monk Ganasara Thero making a mockery of the Justice System.
    Why didnt you write anything about it. BBS is the mother of all evils. This is Sinhala Lanka

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    The writer was journalist and Samaraweera of M— was a designer both are belongs an uneducated that non stock of elites group in Sri lanka society . They do not having privilege to Enter into local Universities by their own merit also determined by competition examination held by Dep. of
    Examination.
    Both are having GCE (or) level of education an Island, which may be more than that!
    The vast of knowledge of Theory of causality of Buddhism that they are far below to be reached by Samarweera .
    Hence, Marx theory of Dilatices and historical materialism more difficult them to realized. These origin changes and development mankind knowledge are not which that hereditary inheritances ,but espimonology are NOT that transmitted by messenger of ‘God’?
    What Marx said poverty of Philosophy his political view of Marxism and the philosophy of science,it inevitably the dialectical materialism.
    We are living an epoch of innovation of Society, Science and Technology,and realization of LAW OF NATURE by changing at a rapid pace. In fact sorry to say that these persons the level of knowledge is not that fit to realized by themself.
    Is that better not context of such polemic that bring into public debat by writer. That is meaningless.
    If persons incompetence of knowledge having no background address of politician of politics while poison the society as whole by pointless of arguments the polemic come to point of no return.

    More on the spread of Marxism or Buddhism or Capitalism or Socialism an ideas in our country by the way of advance or backward that we have approached by consciously to unite ignoring class of people and religious prejudices into one.By to be merely quarrelling politics over the import western political dogmas by neoliberalist in the present phase of post -independence evolution we need to spread of sustainability of development of non- colonial path.

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    In Saudi Arabia if you said that it s not a Muslim country, you would be shot. Next door neighbour Maldives does not give citizenship to anyone who is not a Muslim! Multiculturalism has failed. UK has lost the plot and someday will reap the blood baths with the growth of Muslim radicalisation.
    People are not discussing whether Buddhism is a religion or philosophy. In Sri Lanka, over 70% are Buddhists and the culture and traditions are entwined with Buddhist teachings, philosophy. As such it is a traditionally a Buddhist country. People are taking about a idiot called Mangala who talks big about everything but can’t distinguish the difference between male and female organs, or their respective functions. If ‘Kema’ was alive I am sure she would not have imagined that this was her boy or girl!!!

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    Sarath has misinterpreted the argument. “Mangala says that Buddhism is not a religion. That it is a message to all mankind”. Everyone knows that Buddhism is not a religion. The precepts taught by Buddha are a philosophy, a way of life to attain nirvana.
    “The Monks insist otherwise. They contend that “Sinhala Buddhism is the exclusive preserve of Sinhala Buddhists. Anybody who thinks or suggests a contrary point of view, is neither a Buddhist nor a true Sinhalese.” – No monk has insisted on such a contention.
    Buddhism the faith of over 70% of the population should be given the foremost position in Sri Lanka. It is only due to their philosophy that all other religions were given the freedom to flourish.An eminent prince of the Catholic church has accepted their logic because forefathers of all Sinhala Christians too were Buddhists.

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      Lanka ,

      All Srilankan Buddhists who can read know that Buddhism is not
      religion .They also know that Buddha never wanted to be
      worshipped and they are now trapped the same way they are
      trapped in politics . Not only Buddhists , all Srilankans know only
      well that their leaders are all thieves and corrupt to the core but
      have an election tomorrow , the best of thieves are re-elected ,
      rest assured ! Why is this ? Nothing but GREED led by destructive
      selfishness.

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    I remember when Ven. Narada was asked ” Is Buddhism a religion”? His answer was.” If religion is a belief in a God, then Buddhism is not a religion, but if religion is a way of life, then Buddhism is the religion of all religions”

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      Carlo Dissanayake

      ” If religion is a belief in a God, then Buddhism is not a religion, but if religion is a way of life, then Buddhism is the religion of all religions”

      However little did he realise at the time some noisy islanders were going to create a new kind of political philosophy, that is Sinhala/Buddhist Fascism.

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        So what? You Uguduwas would still be dominating our ceilings and urinating on your partners as part of the foreplay.

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    A friendly debate is ok. But aren’t we talking about cultural differences here rather than the teachings of the Buddha or even the writings we generally know as scriptures. Do we need divisiveness caused by religions to be kind and to be respectful? If we live according to the law of the land should we not keep our beliefs to ourselves? Think about marriages between religions as a tool for peace. Culture is what the opium is.

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    “Sinhala Buddhism is the exclusive preserve of Sinhala Buddhists.”

    Dumbo. There is nothing called ‘Sinhala Buddhism’. This is one of your inventions.

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    Moderator

    Why have you NOT posted ( about 10 hours ago) my comments which was Factual, Measured and Civilised.and within the 300 word cap. Are you denying Sarath the opportunity to learn.

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    Great Mao said if you don’t like Chilli you can’t be a Revolutionary..

    Khema’s Boy doesn’t like Sangha , He doesn’t like women , He doesn’t like children.
    How can Managala Samare transform our Country?…

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      KASmaalam

      “Khema’s Boy doesn’t like Sangha , He doesn’t like women , He doesn’t like children.
      How can Managala Samare transform our Country?…”

      Deng Xiaoping Mao’s successor said that “it doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white so long as it catches mice”.

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    What type of nations USA, UK. Australia and India.
    USA, UK and Australia use bible in the court. So what type of countries are they.
    Everybody knows India is a Hindu nation.
    Indoniasia is Muslim nation.
    Is it wrong that SL is Buddhist nation.

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    A vain attempt to sanitise (ava)Mangala’s, the modern day SL Goebbels utterances. The controversy was never about Buddhism or Sinhala Buddhism. It was about the charaterisation of the country. Those utterances didn’t have any altruistic motives either. It was a well thought out, specific comment directed at his primary voter base, the minorities, non Buddhist Sinhala, Tamil & Muslims. The minions of (ava)Mangala try to put him on a pedestal. But they all have a problem. The good old cardinal understood the context and the non controversial and benign nature of country’s classification as a Sinhala Buddhist country which goes totally against what (ava)Mangala and his minions try to achieve, i.e. to strike at the constitutional safeguards given to Buddhism. They might have to neutralise the cardinal before they could achieve their goal. We await to see how SL Goebbels and his minions (including in this space) approach this small problem.

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    Buddhist Sangha never say Buddhism is an exclusive preserve of Sinhala Buddhists. This is exactly minions of Dr Goebbels Samaraweera try to do. Twist anything against Buddhists in SL.

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