21 September, 2019

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‘Monk-Led Unofficial Police’ Menace’ Is Raising Its Ugly Head Again!

By Lakmal Harischandra –

Lakmal Harischandra

In ‘Sri Lanka: Impunity, Criminal Justice and Human Rights’, Basil Fernando describes the current situation in Sri Lanka as one of “abysmal lawlessness”. ‘Lawlessness of this sort differs from simple illegality or disregard for law, which to differing degrees can happen anywhere. Lawlessness is abysmal when law ceases to be a reference at all. Sri Lanka’s justice and accountability institutions have been eroded to the point that they have become not simply dysfunctional but also sham institutions .

Legally, the Rule of Law has been defined as upholding the principle that ‘all are subject to law and no one is above the law’. In other words, the long arm of the law should reach everyone impartially, objectively and indiscriminately’. In this sense, no one enjoys privileges or special rights; by the same token, no one should be penalised on account of his or her caste, class, clan or religious or political beliefs. Such a system would create a just society thereby laying foundation for sustainable and true development of peoples of a country.

However, unfortunately, thugs in saffron robes and the politicians are an exception and in a class of their own, free to operate without fear or sanction to harass, intimidate and cause offence to others with impunity. It is a sense of shame that those who claim to protect our Sinhala Buddhist traditions  in this country are themselves defiling its sanctity by their nefarious conduct and behaviour. Worst of the culprits who are polluting the doctrine of peace and non-violence of Buddhism are those from the Maha Sangha. Stories of monks caught in scandalous acts and unbecoming activities appear on a regular basis. Extremist groups appear to be headed by rogue monks are a law unto themselves and those monks are involved in various corruption scandals, which has prompted many Buddhists like me to wonder what is happening to our Buddha Dharma and the Maha Sangha?, and whether Buddhism is encountering a crisis of faith.

During Rajapaksa rule, Sri Lanka was transformed into a rancid ethnocracy: a country where Tamils, after the end of  a ferocious civil war, were offered humiliation instead of consolation; Muslims were demonised and subjected to hate attacks , where the enforcers of the law have become volitional abettors of vicious ethnic chauvinists; and where saffron-robed Buddhist monks, having designated themselves the defenders of the Sinhala majority, sniffed the air each morning for the scent of fresh offence—and follow it to one minority community or another.

In April 2012, Buddhist bhikkhus stormed a mosque in Dambulla, and demanded its’ closure, claiming that it had been built on sacred Buddhist area. Police officers who showed up at the scene, rather than hauling the hate mobs and the rogue monks into prison cells, deferentially cleared the path for them to walk about freely. When news of this assault reached the government in Colombo, the then PM Jayaratne, apparently upon Rajapakse’s advice, reacted by ordering the Muslims to move their mosque. Such a swift decision by the government to side with Buddhist chauvinists who had so openly desecrated the place of worship of the Muslims rather took the blush off the claim that it’s the government for all people. 

Emboldened by the example of this effortless early triumph, extreme Buddhist monks grouping themselves under Sinhala Buddhist names – BBS, Sihala Ravaya, Ravana Balakaya sprang up sporadically and started selecting targets for “civil policing.” Many lay people with extremist leanings too joined in. BBS was in the forefront, with the backing of Gota, their patron saint , staging rallies in various parts of the Island, against Muslims and their halal system. Thousands of men and women gathered in the capital to hear the nationalist rhetoric of Ven Gnanassara , their fiery rowdy leader who thundered “Our country is a Sinhalese one and we are its unofficial police”.  Other groups visited many ministries, and staged street demonstrations even carrying insulting effigies of Muslim  faith and even attacked and wreaked havoc on many Muslim owned businesses including beef stalls. It was not surprising that ‘Face of Buddhist terror’- Wirathu of  Myanmar was Gnanasara’s patron saint and mentor. He visited Sri Lanka and addressed a BBS Conference which served to spread anti-Muslim hate further in 2014.

Buddhist monks also then attacked Muslim teachers at a law college, accusing them of favouring their own kind, and called for the abolition of the abaya, the niqab and the hijab. “We will fight until this attire is banned from this country, so that there is no chance to unofficially enforce the Islamic Sharia Law in Sri Lanka,” they shouted,  as if ventriloquizing the principal obsession of overzealous European liberals.  Particularly, for nearly three decades, Buddhist demagogues have increased their efforts  to suffuse the minds of ordinary Sinhalese with sinister myths about a virtuous Sinhala majority defiled and victimised by alien minorities.

The latest one is the incident which happened in Trincomalee where a Buddhist monk took the law into his hands and Police officers present surrendered their authority to him in fear. A Tamil woman who was at a bus stop in Trincomalee last Thursday was surrounded by a mob led by a Buddhist monk. She was apparently wearing a black saree with images of a face printed on it.The print on the saree aggravated the monk, who claimed they were images of the Buddha. It was questionable as to whether it was actually the images of the face of the Buddha, as some believe the images represented that of a Hindu deity. This  lady was taken to the Trincomalee police where she was warned and allowed to return home, after reportedly  apologizing and changing into another saree before going home. The monk was seen to threaten the woman thus,’ I am letting it go because you are a woman. If you were a man, I would dash you on the floor’. To a bystander who intervened, he roared, “You keep in mind, people cannot do whatever they desire. This is a Sinhala Buddhist country. What you Tamil people are asking us to do is turn a blind eye when this woman goes around wearing this?”

Civil social activist Gamini Viyangoda in an interview with a newspaper, questioned why the Police just looked on when the monks are threatening and intimidating innocent people. They just stood and watched as this man (monk) said things like ‘dashing on the floor”. He added,’ Sri Lanka’s law bends in the presence of a Buddhist monk, and that is a clear indication of a destructive future. He also said the acts of such monks’ echoes Talibanism. These persons in robes are given a sense of importance by Southern politicians who have given importance to religion and ethnicity. Now the monks have assumed a sense of great power and are behaving like thugs’. In July 2018, a Buddhist monk assaulted and strangled a police officer who sought to arrest him on a warrant for alleged sexual harassment.

This is not the first occasion where thugs in the name of Buddhism punished unsuspecting victims who were mostly women. in 2014, British tourist Naomi Michelle Coleman was deported for sporting a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm. However, Supreme Court redressed the harassment suffered by her in 2017.  In the Post- Easter Sunday period, there were many cases where Buddhist monks intimidated mostly people from Muslim community  on similar issues. In May , a Muslim woman named Mazahima was arrested and remanded by the Hasalaka Police for wearing a kaftan decorated with the logo of a ship’s helm, which was mistaken for a Dharmachackraya. She was unfairly charged under ICCPR Act and held for more than a month. In April, a Sinhala novelist Shakthika Sathkumara was also charged under the ICCPR Act when one of his short stories that hints on sexual abuse in Buddhist temples aggravated a few monks. This abuse issue was further highlighted by Ranjan Ramanayake with evidence ,who was also harassed by many monks. 

This firebrand strain of Buddhism is not new to Sri Lanka. It started off with a key Buddhist revivalist figure of the early 20th Century, Anagarika Dharmapala, who was less than complimentary about non-Sinhalese people. The long war against the Tamil Tigers then brought the hard-line Buddhist groups led by some rogue sections of the Maha Sangha into direct public confrontationist roles, portraying the war as a mission to protect the Sinhalese and Buddhism. After the so-called Tamil adversary was defeated, Muslims became these nationalists’ main target, along with evangelical Christians whom they accused of deceitfully converting people away from Buddhism. Unfortunately, the growing Muslim extremism fuelled by Saudi money also gave impetus to these Buddhist extremist groups to target the Muslim community as a whole – demonise and alienate them, while those in the government used them to retain and gain power.  Even the moderate Buddhists have also been targeted by hard-line ones. 

Of all the moral precepts instilled in Buddhist monks, the promise not to kill comes first, and the principle of non-violence is arguably more central to Buddhism. So why have these monks been using hate speech against Muslims and joining mobs , causing so much destruction? Why are the Mahanayakes silent and allow Gnanasara to run riot, causing inter communal disharmony? Why is Vinaya Pitaka not applied to these offending monks? Why was Ven Galagoda Atte Gnanasara released when he was the main responsible for many communal riots who acted with impunity? These are questions to be answered.   

According to leading Thai monk Phra Paisal Visalo,, in an interview to Washington Times (30/08/2018), said “The scandals about the troubled monks are a reflection of the deep-rooted problem of the whole sangha system, and the real cause lies with the flaws of the monastic education and also the sangha administration”, adding that “our monastic education is weak and outdated and hardly helps to bring about spiritual change to the novices and monks… He also attributed the long-standing problem about bad monks to the weakness of the sangha administration, which he described as inefficient, lax and passive, adding that the worst is that many senior monks on the top jobs are also engaged with indecent affairs — namely, bribery and cronyism. “This problem has nothing to do with the religion [itself] but the monks, the temples and the whole sangha community,” he added.

He also raised an important aspect of religiosity in relation to Thai nationalism, ‘Buddhism in Thailand is strictly treated as part of nationalism, and what ensues is an attempt to define ‘being Thai’ as ‘being Buddhist’. This means that only those who hold the Buddhist faith are considered Thai, and if you’re Christian or Muslim, you’re not regarded as a real Thai.. He said that all monks should be able to understand the conventional nature of all religions and nationalities. “People of any faith are our human fellows. Their beliefs are just different from ours and they have their own ways of training their souls. But, finally, they might be doing good deeds and refraining from bad deeds just like what our Lord Buddha taught us”. Phra Paisal also insisted that the real threat to Buddhism is not other religions but consumerism, which, he said, has driven many monks to stray from Buddha’s teachings, leaving behind the practice of meditation, turning their backs on simple living and beginning to accumulate material things… In order to protect Buddhism, the monk said that we must turn to look back at ourselves and see the truth that our religion is weakening because of us all. “We must dare criticise ourselves and also improve ourselves. We should bring Buddha’s words to remind us. He said that Buddhism will not survive unless his followers put his teachings into practice.”. Don’t these views reflect the dire situation in Sri Lanka too?

The extremists monks are only a small part of  Maha Sangha n our country, but they have loud voices whose hate messages are heard with much respect by the grass root people, because of their robes. The radical monks espousing violence against others (recently against Muslims ), and taking law into their hands acting like ‘unofficial Police’ have become a huge problem in Sri Lanka, that Governments have done little to address. These governments must urgently act with strong measures against these extreme groups which espouse and instigate violence in the name of Buddhism, recognising that failure to act means the hatreds will spread and the situation will get worse. Thus, only time will tell whether Sri Lanka will respond effectively to the new surge of violent Buddhist nationalism/extremism or slide back into a state of conflict from which it was once so happy to escape. 

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    “Those Who put on the Saffron Robe, but remain Ill-mannered and Undisciplined are dragged down by their Evil Deeds”
    “It is Better for an Undisciplined Monk to Swallow a Red-hot Ball of Iron, than to live on the Charity of the Devout”
    ‘Dhammapada’ Verses 307 and 308

    • 13
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      The state has to show strong leadership and put these criminal monks in their place. Take strong action against a few and all others will fall into place…

      Harassing citizens like this is unacceptable…

    • 14
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      Quite a few reasons for this type of behavior.

      The main reason is the so called Buddhist monks are uneducated and from very poor family backgrounds. They are angry about society at large, frustrated and the fact that they were ordained mainly due to poverty and having no other options for survival.

      The second reason is that the so called chief priests have no control over these mavericks who are behaving like thugs. There is no disciplinary procedure.

      The third reason is that the Police have no balls to apprehend them and prosecute them. Shame on the Police.

      The fourth reason is that the politicians are protecting these monks for their own survival. In fact monks even are given presidential pardon when they are found guilty and when they should be behind bars.

      We have 40,000 monks who think they should be running this country !!

      These uneducated monks think they know everything from macro economics to defense and even infrastructure. They would comment on as to what should be done with the Hambantota port and how to restructure SRI Lankan airlines.

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        It seems as though these behaviours will reignite the civil war sentiments but this time Muslims and Tamils in cohesion. Dangerous for all

    • 12
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      Have authorities dealt with the rouge priest of Trinco?

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      Why doesnt the government act and demand of the police that this man be taken into custody?

      Negligence in ensuring law and order will cost Ranil and his camp dearly, come election time.

      What nonsense do they utter when saying the days of fear psychosis are over.

      People want security and freedom from fear above everything else.

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      Rationalist,
      These yellow-robers, like the corrupt politicians & bureaucracy, do reflect the general thinking of our own society. I’m not saying that all are rotten but the good is in the minority. I doubt whether any of the institutions can be reformed unless there is a strong campaign from national civil organizations to change the thinking pattern of the whole society.

      Unfortunately, what is seen among those have the biggest influence on the society is exactly the opposite! Take the media, for example & how unethical their behavior was. They kept glorifying non-Buddhist like behavior of a few yellow-robers. Also, look at the SLPP candidate; a known criminal with a background of intolerance! JVP leaders also have a different kind of criminal past for which they haven’t offered a public apology as of yet. NPPM has never said anything publicly against the injustice that took place during the post Easter Bombing. Look also at the infighting in the UNP between the old guards who are accused for unethical behaviors vs reform oriented new breed!

      If this is to be changed, SL needs a strong “apolitical” civil movement which is ready to come forward anytime these kind of thing take place. Social media like TC is doing a good job but it itself is not enough. I believe that the SL society must find a way to tame the disgusting behavior of the so-called national media a well!

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      This is the untold.threat in this society yet today. I now dont bend my head before a monk even if I belong to the relatives of former Rev. Monk Walpola Rahula. Today, I am very cautious before kneeling down to any monk standing or sitting before me. Nor would I easily give alms to them. Last trip made to lanka was solely focused on kids that are really in need and the aged people /in need.
      :
      I think it is high time to break our myth, so long someones wears a SIVURU (sanga costume), we should respect him.
      :
      That almost misled this nation. Today, those who wear sivuru. most of them are hypocrites. That Ithaakandhee.. pseudo monk to the one who kept an elephant in temple premises are all safron robe wearing thugs: These thugs connect to vicious politicians as birds of a feather flock together.

    • 8
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      Lakmal Harischandra,

      7-Year old boys are recruited by the Temple, after the “donation” of the not the brightest of the litter by the parents for various reasons, and these Samanera, child monks undergo “training”, under the senior monks, including their rears, and they grow up to be confused adult monks and and mad monks, not achieving Arahant-hood or Nirvana/Nibbana.
      They are confused about Buddhism.

      They are mad because they have been fooled and they are confused.

      Solution. Stop ordaining 7-year old boys as child monks. Let them enjoy childhood, and decide when they are 18. At least Buddha decided when he was 29, even though he abused the 7-year old Rahula.

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      The problem in Sri Lanka is the saffron robe is highly respected by the society. Any mother’s son, a bastard, a rouge, a rowdy, a criminal or whatever the person is, the moment he raps himself with a saffron robe, he turns into a God and Sri Lankans respect him by falling on his feet.

      What is the point in respecting the saffron robe if the wearer is committing adultery, murder, alcoholism, child abuse, thuggery, verbal abuse, business, politics, street protest, racial/religious hate mongering, etc., etc. A better way to respect the saffron robe is to buy the saffron robe from the shop and hang it on the living room and venerate/pay homage to it rather than respecting criminals wrapped in saffron robes.

      The Buddhist doctrine needs to be re-assessed in Sri Lanka as it is following a wrong path. A path to self-destruction. This may be the reason why the Buddhists in Sri Lanka run to Hindu Devale and the Politicians run to Thirupathy and Guruvayur temples.

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    “However, unfortunately, thugs in saffron robes and the politicians are an exception and in a class of their own, free to operate without fear or sanction to harass, intimidate and cause offence to others with impunity.”
    Can a future President change this ? or will it become worse?

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    If the main stream political parties don’t apprehend these thugs in saffron and serve justice.The peace-loving people who respect one another and value democracy will have no other option other than vote for JVP.

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    The weaponization of religion by external parties who which staged the Easter Attacks is on-going at this time.
    Muslims are being used as the Cat’s paw to advance the US and Saudi funded project to turn Sri Lanka into a ethno-religious conflict Hub and then set up military bases.

    Bathudeen and Hizbulla with their Saudi funds and their networks are doing the land grabs for the US bases and supply routes to be set up in Sri Lanka with Bondscam Ranil and his corrupt butterflies mafia network on one side and US citizen war criminal Gota cheering on the other..
    Long live miracle of modayas!

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      This is all to provoke the Sinhala Buddhist ultra nationalists to attack Muslims so US and EU can talk about Human Rights, and distract from the fact that they are the biggest Human Rights violators in the Chagos Islands where the US military base Diego Gracia is.
      Playing religious-identity politics, particularly the Buddhist-Muslim faultline is an old CIA game in Southeast Asia as visible with the Saffron thugs in Burma/ Myanmar who were mobilized to de-stablize the region and China and cause Theravada-Mahayana Buddhist conflict as well..

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      Shamil, everyone knows Gotabaya Rajapaksa funded both the BBS and the Thowheed Jamath… Who needs external parties with evil manipulators like the Rajapaksas. They capitalize on the terrorist attacks and announced Gotas presidential ambitions…

  • 10
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    When we have monks -lead unofficial governments since 1948, what’s the big thing about monks -lead unofficial police?

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    As an exercise mute their tone and decibels and try to listen to what they say.

    Soma

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      somass

      “As an exercise mute their tone and decibels and try to listen to what they say.”

      “Sounds that the human ear is unable to detect can affect the inner ear and possibly make it temporarily more prone to damage. – http://www.hear-it.org

      Here is what their scream demand:
      Sangham saranam gacchami
      I go to the Sangha for refuge.

      The saffron clad thugs force every person living in their natural habitat to seek refuge in them, carry their b***s, service them, feed them, …. help built their Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ghetto in this island, …….. and seek manpower to start and sustain periodic saffron riots against innocent people, … it is also a sort of war cry, only people like you hear it, …..

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        Native,
        Haven’t you figured out it yet that minorities in Sri Lanka are riot magnets????

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        Native Vedda,
        Sinhale is the Land of Native Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo (You are not one of them). Throughout history, Buddhist monks played a role in protecting this country from Para Demala, Para Portuguese, Para Dutch and Para British invaders. Sinhala Buddhist monks are not trying to create a Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ghetto in this island. They are trying to save Sinhala Buddhist heritage from ‘Para Parayas’ who are all out to destroy that. Para Demalu and Para Muslims are doing that in full swing in North and East destroying Sinhala Buddhist archeological sites, putting up Kovils and Mosques on top of those sites and converting them to Hindu and Muslim settlements while dumb Sinhala politicians turning a blind eye in the name of ‘Reconciliation’ or eying for their votes to grab power.
        —-
        Native Sinhalayo like to tell Para Demalu, Para Muslim and Para Evangelists to mind their business without poking their nose into the affairs of Native Sinhalayo.

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      Aney Soma. What a dumb suggestion. You take away all the fun when you mute and listen, expecting to hear something. .He, he, heee

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    Take a thug:
    shave his head
    wrap a yellow robe around
    drown him with shots of arrack
    send shivers down the minorities…
    .Sri Lanka – Miracle of Asia

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    Don’t just blame the monks. The armed forces and police are to be blamed too together with the ruling Sinhalese politicians. Security forces either aided and abetted the riots against Tamils or looked the other side when atrocities were committed against Tamils in pogroms from time to time.

    Lawlessness against minorities started with the riots against Tamils in 1956 and steadily descended to even genocide of Tamils by the armed forces during the latter part of the war.

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      Thiru!
      You are right. Armed Forces (Service) and police are responsible for keeping law and order. Why didn’t they arrest the Hamuduru for trying to bring to create disturbances? Even if the saree had any offensive print, it is the duty of the police to look into it- instead, it appears they the aided and abetted the hamuduru by their inaction.
      I would suggest that a police service be created among the Hamudurus to have their own way.

  • 7
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    If these monks start there terrorism again, 100s of zaharans will come. Already tamils are reviving LTTE.All this due to buddhist rabid monks running amoke. Justice for all should be the motto in the country, then there wont be terrorism . Now we see Gota the killer, the army guy is a war criminal, and BBS gnansaraya the aluthgama killer comming together. All these murderers and theives should be rotting in jail, if there is justice.
    Trouble waiting to happen is the life story of Sri Lanka.

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    Monks are destroying Buddhism and Sri Lanka one brick at a time. The respect I have for them is basically gone. Sad to say, I have a very negative view of them and I look at them in fear.

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      Dear Goraka,
      .
      There are the good monks as well.

      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5avXlWemkOM
      .
      He speaks fluent English here, but I can’t now listen to all that. I have listened to him in Sinhalese.
      .
      However, one Law ought to apply to all citizens of Sri Lanka, and the thugs in robes also ought to be charged in courts and imprisoned. This, as I understand it, is what Nagananda Kodituwakku is saying. I’ve been listening to him for hours, and I expect an amazing blossoming of this group the moment nominations for the Presidential Elections are called.
      .
      One drawback of this group is that most of their publicity, for now, is in Sinhalese, but there’s nothing parochial about their outlook. They want an end to the “useless” Provincial Councils. Voters in the Northern Province may find this suggestion not much to their liking.
      Indications right now are that he intends to use Tamil much more. I have seen a young Tamil explaining the problems that they face in Sinhalese, and in English. Neither language was used perfectly, but does that matter? Since I don’t know Tamil, it may be that he has already attended to this.
      .
      Similarly, we’ve got to reach out to others, to all citizens of Sri Lanka. I almost hesitate to say “Sri Lankans” since we tend to equate this with Tamils and Muslims having a familiarity with “Sinhaleseness”.

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      Goraka,
      You should look at Catholic and Muslim clergy who promoted terrorists that use barbaric methods to kill hundreds and thousands of innocent people in fear. Buddhist monks have not done such things.

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        Eagle Eye,
        what do you mean by stating that the Catholic Clergy promoted terrorists that use barbaric methods to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people in fear.
        I wont comment on your Sri lankan buddhist monks because it is not a part of my religious beliefs to do so and because i don’t give a damn shit about them.
        There are only a handful of decent, honest monks left among the remaining wankers and once these few have gone may God help buddhism in your country.
        If you don’t know what you are talking about i suggest that you keep bloody stinking comments to your self. You must be one or more of those stupid wanking Sri lankans who bring your country disrepute by talking shit from your unwashed mouth.
        You are just like the monk in Trincomalee, uncouth, unwashed, unrefined, stinking, vulgar, caddish, ugly, evil, extremist, wanker, shagger, and finally a untimely born curse to the world. So shut your damn mouth and get on with your nefarious activities on watching young girls and conjuring ugly ideas in your warped mind.
        A little bit of advice to you dear friend !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Stop looking at porn movies on your mobile phone because it’s bad for your health physically and mentally just as your politicians do all day long.
        Take a bath, brush your teeth, groom your self and try to look good because your attitude gives Sri lanka a bad reputation.
        Leave the Catholic religion alone otherwise you will find yourself in Big Shit very soon.
        Sri lanka is a very beautiful country with good people but arseholes like you bring it disrepute and the sooner you are locked up and the key thrown away the better for all.
        Once again stop looking at porn movies and wanking off !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        This bugger is an extreme racist and should not be allowed
        To comment on any decent forum.

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    What is the name of this monk? To which temple does he belong? If Buddhists are to take action, we need these information. Otherwise anyone can act like this.
    Find and publicize the name of the monk, and then we can punish him.

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      sachooooooooooooo

      “If Buddhists are to take action, we need these information. Otherwise anyone can act like this.”

      In order to confirm his identity of this saffron clad thug you must ask those who were either verbally abused by him or those who were forced to sleep with him (both men and women). He is desperate for sexual gratification.

      Don’t you remember him?

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    Is there any way we can send a petition to Lord Buddha and request him to reappear to enable him to put the Hamudurus in the right direction.

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      I suggest you read the Grand Inquisitor by Fydor Dostoevsky… It tells the story of Christ’s return to Earth during the Spanish Inquisition and how how He is captured by the Catholic authorities and is interrogated. The story explains how His captor (The inquisitor) tells how the Church, now an earthly institution, wields power effectively over the masses.

      Religions in the west have come a long way from Inquistions and conquests of heathens by the way of reformation. It’s now sad to see the East descend into a dark age in this modern world

  • 7
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    An excellent and well-researched article by Lakmal Harischandra. everyone, I mean everyone should read this including those in authority and power..

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    The writer is making a mountain out of a molehill. The vast majority of Buddhist monks are peaceful people. Criminals like this man are found in every religion. Today thousands of Bohra community members have arrived in the country to participate in the ‘Ashara Mubaraka’. The sermon has drawn 21,000 religious visitors from 40 countries. This sermon is being held in Bambalapitiya. It is pleasant to reflect that these ‘infidels’ would have been arrested in Muslim Saudi Arabia but in Buddhist Sri Lanka they are safe.

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      Bawa,
      ” It is pleasant to reflect that these infidels would have been arrested in Muslim Saudi Arabia but in buddhist Sri lanka they are safe. “
      What has SA got to do with the Bohra community and Ashara Mubaraka.
      Why are you calling them infidels ?????????????????????????????????
      What do you think you are !!!!!!!!!!!!! Great Saint on high
      The Bohras are a peaceful community and all they are interested is in doing business.
      They are not like caddish war mongering Wankers like you whose only pastime is watching porn movies at night and roaming the street at day looking for young girls.
      It is Buggers like you who are the flash point for racial riots even in the depths of Hell.
      Shameless Sri lankan bugger that you are, living in a lovely country that is too good for you.
      The best place for Arseholes like you is Syria where they will hang you by your balls , if you have any.
      Stop oggling at young girls and wanking off at night and you will be a better person in society.

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    To be fair, I think this Monk feels angry and insulted when he sees the facial image representing of his most revered and loved, most respected and also founder leader of his religious beliefs, printed in a design format on a piece of clothing, unsuspectingly worn to look pleasing and attractive by a simpleton, a woman of a non-Buddhist faith. The truth is, he has really taken his religion very much to heart, and believes he has been tasked to protect its erosion, and thus it is his duty to stop its desecration wherever he sees it, and for sure it is everywhere. Worse off in foreign countries, with naming of licensed liquor bars, and many other such similar abuses of the name ‘Buddha’ takes place all the time. He must be one from a highly acclaimed and noble background with sound upbringing. Sincere and direct in his approach, who doesn’t mince his words and probably consistent in his practice of his Monk training and Buddhist beliefs.Arguably, he must also be very brave monk, who could care less for what others may think or say, who is prepared to call a spade ‘a spade’ for what it is. He is a member of the new breed of Monks ready for action on short notice (reminded of RSS in India), possibly a foot soldier of the Buddhist Power Force, trying to fend off the undesirables.We need to see more of like minded others like him, who know how to ruffle up some feathers and show who is in charge.

    • 4
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      Moda Dasa Sil Matha

      300 + Christians were Killed on Easter Sunday
      To be fair what should the Christians Feel?

      Are monks allowed to represent Buddhism if they cannot control their feelings?

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      You are spot on. I can assume he was trained in Myanmar in the same school as Asin Wirathu. Meanwhile, I am sorry to say that he and many other monks of the same caliber knew nothing about the principals of Buddhism which is, knowingly or unknowingly, being practiced by all mankind of this world. I revere every woman and consider them as mothers. Insulting a woman in such severity for an innocent matter is very unbecoming for a monk who was born out of a woman.
      To err is human and to correct them is divine. This monk would have been applauded only had he approached the woman, in Buddhist traditional manner, which is kindness, and explained to her the offending subject, although there is no evidence or proof of how did the Buddah looked.

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    Thank you Lakmal Harischandra for bringing up for open discussion a bane of the erosion of ‘Law & Order’. The Culture of corruption/nepotism/impunity grows feeding on ‘Law & Order’. Politics has become an investment to acquire wealth.

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    Illegitimate kids, kids born to prostitutes, kids born on evil planetary positions and kids born to drug addicts are handed over to pansalas where initially senior monks abuse then and once these fellows grow up they become similar evils. They have no education except hatred towards community. Evilness in their gene. So what one can expect except evil and antisocial behaviour. They must have an age limit before recruiting these guys. They ought to be educated and castrated.Teach them Hinduism and Buddhism. Teach them Sri Lankan history. Once they are qualified then select them at an exam and viva voce. There should be regular performance appraisals. Restrict the numbers. No alcohol or drugs. This is the possible way to protect Sinhala Buddhism and many others non Buddhists. They must grow their own food. No meat or fish. Neighbouring women should never take food to these guys.

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      The biggest crime of Buddhism is ordaining a child at the tender age and forcing that child to live a life detached from all normalcy. Therefore the possibility of abuse of children confined to Buddhist monasteries cannot be avoided. This disgusting practice of taking the childhood away by forcing a child to become a monk at the tender age, gives great opportunity for the vultures (get abused, molested and sodomized by the senior/adult monks) to prey on their innocence. This primitive practice of child ordination is nothing but child slavery and cruelty in the name of religion.

      In Sri Lanka, mostly the underprivileged children (including illegitimate kids, kids born to prostitutes, kids born on evil planetary positions, kids born to rape victims, kids born to drug addicts and kids born to hungry, poverty stricken families) are chosen to this vocation. These children who are given away to the monastery/temples at an early age are too young to understand the religion or child abuse (molestation) they face. These children are deprived of proper social interaction which is a major part of education in becoming an adult. They have been deprived the love and affection of parents and loved ones, not really exposed to the good and bad of the society and they find it difficult to fit in. This could partly explain the evil and antisocial behavior (hatred towards community) they show when they grow-up and come in contact with society. We will see more and more thugs in saffron robes as we have already seen. Do these children deserve to be put through this kind of ordeal? Who is going to stop this practice, or at least raise the age limit to 18 when they are older enough to understand what’s in for them?

      More than 90% of the monks we see today are ordained for economic reasons. They are not fit for monkhood because most of them are the most corrupt, most racist, and the most dangerous.

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        Child recruitment should be banned.

        People who have good jobs and good position in society give up the worldly life and follow the path of the Budda.

        They will do a better service to the Sasana.

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        The Messenger, You could not have said it better. Except for the rubbish of being born under evil planetary positions. Moon and stars were created ti give light at night, guiding desert travelers and seafarers with direction of North star and unerring planetary direction Shameful to elevate faulty astrologers above others for their deception and deceiving the masses. Planetary groupings are timed picture depictions of the life of Jesus, confirming his virgin birth, life events ending in his coming again as Leo, Lion of the tribe of Judah, king reclaiming the kingdom he created. Bible says every knee shall bow to him from all life in heavens, on earth and under earth, under his right and just rule.

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    [edited out] Blind Eagle, could you please elaborate about your Para Sinhala Buddhist history and how it was created and by whom and where one could see that. At pansala even a para Indian elephant was running riot protesting about animal cruelty . Will you talk of something that is not Para. Blind if you are back at home even your Nona will be protected by these Para Buddhist monks and even keep her happy and contended.

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    The author conveniently forgets to address whether the issues on which the so called violent Buddhist clergy took action were justified or not. For instance he neglects to explain that the offending mosque was actually built without approval on a sacred location for the Buddhists. It may be fashionable to bash the majority but as a journalistic value it is nothing more than putrid.

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