18 July, 2019

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Saving Sinhalese-Buddhists From Sinhala-Buddhism: Challenge For Post-Easter Sri Lanka!

By Lakmal Harischandra –

Lakmal Harischandra

Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara’s BBS is once again rallying in Kandy, transforming an otherwise serene city housing the most sacred Dalada Maligawa, a hotbed of Sinhala Buddhist extremism, on the heels of Athuraliye Ratana Thero’s fasting drama weeks ago. Sri Lanka has been witnessing these types of anti-Muslim upheavals in the Easter Sunday period, with many monk-led anti-Muslim waves blowing across the nation in cyclonic style. This is not representative of Buddhism; rather the symptoms of a chronic disorder reflected as Sinhala Buddhism, which harms and destroys its’ integrity. Using extremist Sinhala Buddhist forces to fight another type of extremism – Wahhabi threat, is absurd. The forms and likes of Ratana Thero and Gnanasara Thero and the hate filled rumbles of the Asgiriya Prelate just signify the process of degeneration of the peaceful Buddhism Buddha taught. Sinhala Buddhism is an entirely different brand from the philosophy of Buddhism Siddhaartha taught, which most in Sri Lanka including myself, subscribe to. It is a polluted metamorphosed version which is being continually exploited by the political class in Sri Lanka, since Independence or vie or to stay in power. Hate speech and hate oriented violence shamefully have become normalised, replacing the peaceful religion of Buddhism, advocating right speech and right conduct Buddhism teaches.

These hate campaigns are timely as well, especially when the bells have rung announcing the advent of  an impending election. In fact, Did not Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was considered the patron saint of the BBS announce his candidature for the President in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy? Witnessing the highly emotionally charged anti- Muslim hate speeches of the political clowns whose level of credibility is anything but, such as Madu Maadhawa Aravinda, Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammampila, with my fellow Sinhala Buddhist countrymen applauding, Sri Lankan Buddhists appear to be fast abdicating their role as the custodian of the Buddhism, which they boast Buddha bestowed them with,  along with a 2500+ years of Buddhist civilization. I think Pastor Charles Thomas has realized this degeneration more than the Buddhist Mahanayakes themselves, who sadly are towing the racist line reflected in Sinhala Buddhism.   

The Buddhist Protestantism of the 19th century, the monks who invoked Buddhist texts to justify the Sri Lankan civil war, and the extremist movements surging today all have one thing in common: a belief that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist nation that must be protected from foreign elements, violently if necessary. The Sri Lankan case since Independence shows that nationalism and extremism can be filtered through anything. Anagarika Dharmapala (1864-1933), known as the father of Buddhist Protestantism in Sri Lanka, had an anti-imperialist and nationalist agenda. His hate filled speeches mostly against the Tamils and Muslims were well known. Scholars such as Tamibiah and KM De Silva stress the fact that the formation of a collective ‘Sinhala conscious-ness’ by various leaders of the local community towards the end of the 18th century, subsequently resulted in the denial of the multi-ethnic character of Sri Lankan society. This, they argue, became a major point of tension among the Sinhalese and the Tamil groups. Sinhalese Buddhist nationalists have used Mahawamsa claims to fashion an ideology that justifies majority domination and minority subordination (DeVotta 2007) The subsequent ethno-religious majoritarianism, thus sought to absorb or disregard minorities, making majoritarianism the bane of Sri Lanka.

Contemporary Sri Lankan nationalism should be seen as a strong expression of deeply rooted class conflicts among the Sinhalese ruling classes. The two phases of nationalism in Sri Lanka – the first generation of nationalism that originated during British colonial rule and the second generation of nationalism that came into being in the post-independence period, against the backdrop of fears for rising Tamil nationalism – makes clear that class relations have played a decisive role in conceiving and realising Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism in Sri Lanka. The 1956 Sinhala Only Act,for instance, was a consequence of this new form of nationalism in Sri Lanka. The first republican constitution of 1972 and the privileges it bestowed to Buddhism over other religions in the country was another example in this regard [R Coomaraswamy 1984]. Another author Jayatilleke (1999) keenly observes that from this period onwards, the Sinhalese ruling classes successfully managed to employ the ‘ethnic card’. 

Between 1983 and 2009, Sri Lanka was plagued by a civil war between the Sinhalese controlled  government and Tamil rebels, as a result of  decades of friction based on both race and religion. Buddhism was invoked to justify the war in various ways. In her book, In The Defence of Dharma: Just-war Ideology in Buddhist Sri Lanka, religious studies professor Tessa J Bartholomeusz offers some examples. To take just one, a Sinhala army song from 1999, said to be composed by a Buddhist monk, contained the following verse: ‘Linked by love of the [Buddhist] religion and protected by the Motherland, brave soldiers you should go hand in hand’.

But it wasn’t just the army; everyday people and monks also used Buddhist texts and used military metaphors. In Sri Lanka, monks have long been involved in efforts to bolster Buddhist primacy. In the last decade, activism by Buddhist monks has grown more overtly political. As the MR government intensified its battle against the separatist Tamil Tigers, the monks’ backing gave religious legitimacy to the state’s claim of protecting the island for the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. Some Buddhist monks extolled warrior virtues as stemming from Buddhism: ’That Buddhism is a religion of ardent aspiration for the highest good of man is not surprising. It springs out of the mind of the Buddha a man of martial spirit and high aims … Buddhism … is made by a warrior spirit for warriors’.

When the civil war ended in 2009, many hoped that Sri Lanka’s ethnic groups would find a way for peaceful inter communal coexistence. But it didn’t materialize and it was not too long before Mahinda R. saw the opportunities to stay forever in power provided he portrays himself as the champion of the Sinhala Buddhism. In this quest for political power with a Sinhala Buddhist base as the launching pad, the country’s Buddhist extremists found another target-Muslims who stood with the Sinhalese during Independence struggle and in defeating the Tiger war. Among the many hate groups, the BBS was the most prominent, which entered politics in 2012 with a Buddhist-nationalist ideology and agenda, with its’ leaders claiming that Sri Lankans had become immoral and turned away from Buddhism. And whom does it blame? Sri Lankan Muslims. BBS’s rhetoric took its’ cue from other populist anti-Muslim movements around the globe, claiming that Muslims are “taking over” the lands they inhabit, thanks to a high birth rate. It also accused Muslim organisations of funding international terrorism with money from Halal-certified food industries. These hate campaigns were well-orchestrated, drawing inspiration from Myanmar Wirathu’ who led the ‘Rohingyan Muslim genocide’. These weren’t just empty words; in 2014, one of their anti-Muslim protest rallies in Aluthgama ended in the mini 1983 style anti-Muslim pogrom. Sri Lanka and Myanmar are being joined by Thailand as hotbeds of increasingly belligerent Buddhist extremism. Like radical monks in Thailand and Myanmar, Sri Lankan hard-liners reserve special ire for Muslims. The BBS and its counterparts have been inciting mobs to demolish mosques and to burn homes and businesses of Muslims.

In the past decade, hard-line anti-Muslim groups have consolidated their political power. By instruction or apathy, the police and army look away when hard-line monks incite riots, and fail to thoroughly investigate complaints. While the B.B.S. is not the sole voice of Sri Lankan Buddhists, its recourse to violence has increasingly forced secular liberals and pacifist Buddhists into silence. Today, specially after the Easter Sunday tragedy when some Muslim extremist groups were identified as the perpetrators, these hate groups came out into the open, with blatant anti-Muslim hate venom pouring out  through all pores and medias.  More perniciously, a nostalgia for Buddhist supremacy is now widespread. the Sri Lankan government is simply rewriting history with a more politically expedient narrative. Today, a revisionist version of history is celebrated in films, books, and in  some Sinhala newspapers and TVs. Interestingly “rediscoveries” of long-lost Buddhist temples and Buddha statues are emanating from areas sacred to Muslims or Tamils in the Post-war times. 

No regime will operate in a manner antithetical to majority Sinhalese Buddhist wishes. This is because the notion that Sri Lanka is for Sinhalese Buddhists is now fully embedded, and policies supporting it are fully institutionalized. All leaders in the governments in the Post war period are paying their Buddhist allegiances to stay or win power- a strategy that will only strengthen chauvinist groups. What we witness today is a kind of political Buddhism trying to promote the interests of the Sinhala-Buddhist people, rather than religion (Buddhism) as a path for personal salvation, and it is the main impediment to peace in the Island , because it is based on the doctrine of primacy and superiority of the Sinhala race and the Buddhist religion. Today, understandably  from their point of view, the political leaders whether blue, green or red, are accepting the primacy and glory of the country’s Sinhalese Buddhist past and their claim for their greater share of political power. No single party leader  appears to have the balls of steel to challenge this mind-set and accept the multi-ethnic character of Sri Lanka;  Except the likes of Mangala , others have virtually made the minorities to bow down to the dominant Sinhala Buddhist nationalism, for survival. This present thinking will only portend a far greater danger to Sri Lanka than the blows of Sahrans and  Sinhala Buddhist hard-line thugs both lay and in saffron clothes.

There is also a reason and basis for dominant Sinhala Buddhist thinking. The Sinhalese Buddhists, despite being a clear majority, have long felt surrounded by non-Buddhists in South Asia. This is why an author referred to the ethnic conflict as between “a [Sinhalese] majority with a minority complex, and a [Tamil] minority with a … majority complex” (De Silva 1998). This fear and self-imposed isolation, when coupled with notions of sinhadipa and dhammadipa, contribute to Sinhalese Buddhists viewing pluralism pejoratively and framing majoritarianism as an entitlement. Politicians and other ethnic entrepreneurs have deftly manipulated such fears. The anti-Muslim rhetoric Sri Lanka is flooded with at present, embodies a mere extension of a calumny originating from Anagarika times who referred to Muslims as “alien people … [who] by Shylockian methods became prosperous like the Jews”. Much of this anti-Muslim rhetoric even mirrors that of India’s Hindutva adherents. 

Easter Sunday’s coordinated bomb blasts, are thus the latest in a long history of ethno-religious tragedies. Sri Lanka’s history of extremist violence, then, is far from new. Inter-ethnic tensions continued throughout history with outbursts of mob violence. Sinhalese Buddhist chauvinism has been the driver of much of this conflict. As per testimony by some culprits arrested during Post –Easter, it may be that the Colombo East bombings are a reaction to recent anti-Muslim persecution. On the other hand, it is also possible given the  Christian targets and timing, the bombings were not just a direct retaliation for last year’s anti-Muslim riots, but part of a wider West- driven ISIS agenda. However, given the history of violent prone Sinhala Buddhist agenda; from the Tamils to the Muslims- it appears that it is in this manner that Sri Lanka’s wheel of ethno-religious conflict turns. Further, there is also the possibility that this hate may turn inwards with Sinhalese fighting each other on caste grounds. Malwathu/Asgiriya  vs. Ramanna and Amarapura conflicts may emerge. 

In this context, as long as the Sinhalese remain ignorant, as long as they cling on to the 2500 years old mysteries of the past as their guide, as long as they remain engrossed to the Mahavamsa mindset, whatever attempts made to build a  common ‘Lankan’ identity, the Sinhala-Buddhists are not going to accept. Scholars and analysts have identified that the ‘Sinhala (Mahavamsa) Buddhist mindset,’ (about the Sinhala Buddhist claim to the whole island of Lanka), as the reason why most of the Sinhalese cannot be rational and liberal. As responsible leaders, not only the government and the opposition but the moderate Sinhala media personnel, educated and intelligent Sinhalese people and moderate religious leaders/Buddhist clergy should educate the Sinhala nation to think rationally and distinguish/differentiate Sinhala from Sri Lanka, Buddhism from Sinhala-Buddhism, and Myths from Facts. This is the need of the hour when Sri Lanka is crying out for a viable social order based on equality, justice and fair-play where all communities can have an equal stake and consider it as their own rather than being treated as second class citizen and aliens despite the constitutional safeguards on paper.    

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    LakMal HArischandra: Your article is a complete lie.

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      Just tell us what is the truth. Will you?you.are shutting your eyes to history and then obviously you become blind to realities

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        Excellent article: Thank You. US project to de-stablize Sri lanka and destroy Sinhala Buddhism as it did to Burmese Buddhism is unfolding with US citizen Gotas’ BBS project.
        “Cold War monks: Buddhism and America’s Secret Strategy in Southeast Asia” by Eugene Ford Yale University Press 2017 tells the history of this US project to weaponize Buddhism. US also weaponised Islam at the same time against Communism
        BBS is a cowardly bunch and part of the US project to weaponize Buddhism and Islam in Sri Lanka, cause conflict and send in US forces to set up a military base.. BBS should be protesting outside the American US embassy against the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) and the Saudi Embasssy which masterminded the Easter Carnage and not in Kandy
        USA has been weaponizing Buddhism- Alina Teblitz went to visit the Mahanayake to sell SOFA and MCC agreements to turn Lanka into a US colony. USA also weaponized Islam with its buddy Saudi to prevent the rise of Asia now as it did during the Cold War .

        BBS was set up by USA just as Jamat Islam was set up and funded by its partner Saudi to destabilize Sri lanka and set up bases in Trincomalee to fight the COld war on China and Asia rising.

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          Buddhist Wahabis — Ratana , Gnanasara and the hate filled Asgiriya Prelate are an insult to peaceful Buddhism and what Buddha taught. Right on!

          These Buddhist Wahabis should be locked up. They are an insult to Sinhala Buddhism – intellectually and morally bankrupt -, and owned and operated by the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) in order to cause religious violence so that the US can set up its military base in Trincomalee and get SOFA and MCC signed to trun Lanka into a US colony.
          Ratna has stolen prime land in Colombo that was allocated for a Bhikkuni Aramaya at Gotami Road and should be tried for land grabbing

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      Just tell us what is the truth. Will you?you.are shutting your eyes to history and then obviously you become blind to realities

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    SAVE SINHALA BUDDHISTS FROM SAFFRON TERRORISTS..!

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      The Muslim concern for Sinhala Buddhists (after planning to murder hundreds of them in waves of suicide attacks) is most touching.

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    Lakmal Harischandra,

    RE: Saving Sinhalese-Buddhists From Sinhala-Buddhism: Challenge For Post-Easter Sri Lanka!

    You perhaps meant Saving Para–Sinhalese-Buddhists From Para- Sinhala-Para “Buddhism:” Challenge For Post-Easter Sri Lanka!

    Facts supported by data:

    Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism” is an insult to pristine Buddhism and the Buddha.

    1. Sinhalese are Paras Paradeshis , just like the Tamils and others, from India and elsewhere, excluding the Native Veddah Aethho.

    2. Buddhism is Para, Paradeshi beliefs , just like the other Para beliefs, , excluding the beliefs of Native Veddah Aethho.

    3. Nobody following Para-Buddhism, Para- Hinduism, Para- Christianity and Para-Islam , have reached Nirvana, Nibbana, Rebirth, Apaya, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory or Limbo.

    4. The Monks. the Priests, the Mullahs and the Ulama have a field day fooling the low mean IQ 79 followers , in swallowing the claims of 3 above.

    5. Politicians have a field day well using the monks, priests , mullahs and towards their ends.

    A land like no other where the Paras rule.,

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      Amarasiri,

      “Facts supported by data:
      Para-Sinhala”

      There are no facts to support this claim. I thrashed your DNA data.
      You can keep on chanting the ‘Mantra’; ‘PARA SINHALA’, ‘PARA SINHALA’ ‘PARA SINHALA’ but that is not going to change the truth. Sinhalayo are not ‘Para’ (Foreign).
      I have given sources that provide ample evidences which confirm Sinhalayo along with Veddas evolved in this land from Homo Sapiens who lived 125,000 years ago and therefore Sinhalayo are not ‘Para’ (Foreign) to this country. Sinhalayo evolved in this country and developed a unique language, culture and traditions. But unfortunately, your brain power is not adequate to understand that and keep on chanting the ‘Mantra’; ‘PARA SINHALA’, ‘PARA SINHALA’, ‘PARA SINHALA’. Probably you are depending on Gobble’s theory assuming that by chanting this ‘Mantra’ again and again you will be able to make this false statement true.

      As far as I can see the objective of repeating this ‘Mantra’ is to tell the world that both Sinhalayo and Demalu are ‘Para’ (foreign) to this country and therefore Demalu have a right to demand a part of this country as a separate State. Demalu are definitely ‘Para’, not Sinhalayo.

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        An example of Sandhi in Sinhala grammar. Para+Amarasiri = Paramarasiri

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        Eagle Blind Eye descendants of South Indian kallathonie convert

        Go home, Leave us alone, we are capable of dealing with our own problems, go liberate Buddhists from Sinhala Buddhism,

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    If there is to be hope for this country, there need to be many more Sinhalese who think the way you do.

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      there are many like minded Sinhalese….they are scared to come out openly….what is needed the like minded Sinhalese to form a movement communicate through Sinhala medium targeting the rurals and form a strong and alternative political front

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        Sorry, Rajash

        There are Tamils like me who support what is the Sinhalese (or Sri Lankan) identity.

        Sinhalese, Sri Lankan is concept of assimilation say like the US.

        As many other Tamil’s on CT claim the Sinhalese are low caste Tamils/Indians may be true. In the Hindu scheme we all are Shudra’s.

        This is the last bastion of the Shudra egalitarian view of society.

        A quote from Ananda Coomraswamys , Medieval Sinhalese Art (1907)

        Medieval Sinhalese Art was the art for whom husbandry was the most honorable of all occupations, amongst whom a landless person was a nobody, and whose ploughmen spoke as elegantly as a courtiers.

        It was the art of a people who whose Kings were “one with the with the religion and the people” -perhaps one of the most significant phrase in the whole of that magnificent chronicle, the Mahavamsa from which I have so often quoted

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          sbarrkum – Sorry, Rajash
          sorry for what?

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      Rajan a repeat comment with spacing.
      &nbsp:&nbsp:

      There are Tamils like me who support what is the Sinhalese (or Sri Lankan) identity.
      &nbsp:
      Sinhalese, Sri Lankan is concept of assimilation say like the US.
      &nbsp:
      As many other Tamil’s on CT claim the Sinhalese are low caste Tamils/Indians may be true. In the Hindu scheme we all are Shudra’s.
      &nbsp:
      This is the last bastion of the Shudra egalitarian view of society.
      &nbsp:
      A quote from Ananda Coomraswamys , Medieval Sinhalese Art (1907)
      &nbsp:
      Medieval Sinhalese Art was the art for whom husbandry was the most honorable of all occupations, amongst whom a landless person was a nobody, and whose ploughmen spoke as elegantly as a courtiers.
      &nbsp:
      It was the art of a people who whose Kings were “one with the with the religion and the people” -perhaps one of the most significant phrase in the whole of that magnificent chronicle, the Mahavamsa from which I have so often quoted

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    The Muslim extremism is real and is fueled by their tribal interpretation of Hadith and Quaran.
    ..
    We need to stand together with the Muslims and help them to eradicate this menace.
    ..
    ISIS and other extreme groups are following prophet Muhammad identically, without looking at the context.
    ..
    To deal with a group of rebels who have tribal values, we need to understand only words won’t help.
    ..
    If we don’t exert adequate pressure to stop it now, the whole of Muslim youngsters will become martyrs in the near future for false cause.

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      ISIS is not practising anything that the Islamic prophet did or said I hear. They are a western based brand of Mozad and CIA crooks

      You are trying to save the Muslim youth who is going to save the Buddhism and Sinhala Buddhist

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        Yes the CIA agenda is there. The slogan is we are the true Islam. Attracting youngsters are done through interpretation of the Hadith and Quaran without taking the context it was done or said.
        ..
        Hence why the young get attracted to these scams. Funding is done by the Saudi. What they are doing is identical to what was done in the 6th century. Hence why it’s tribal.

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    Lakmal Harischandra

    RE: Saving Sinhalese-Buddhists From Sinhala-Buddhism: Challenge For Post-Easter Sri Lanka!

    Why do you need to save Paras from India from themselves?

    SADHGURU DESTROYS Zakir Naik’s GOD branding

    Zakir Naik:-Be a Muslim and you will go to heaven..
    Sadhguru:-Be a kind human and the earth will be a heaven for you…
    Sinhala Buddhist: Sinhala Buddhism is an entirely different brand from the philosophy of Buddhism Siddhaartha taught,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwPxWhLe4u8

    Is there a God? Yes?

    Is there a God? No?

    What did Gautama Say? It is based om what you believe in.

    One thing is clear. Para- Sinhalese-Buddhists will not attain Nibbana or Nirvana. They will rot in their graves or be evaporated, creating more pollution and more green house gasses.

    Right now they are polluting the Land of Native Vedda Aethhjo

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    Even though I could raise challenges against certain details, I think that I can agree with Lakmal’s general narrative. It simply conform the reality that, as apart of human cultures, religions also reflect the socio- political needs of the contemporary time. SL Buddhism is no exception. Today, it is about Muslims; not too long ago, it was against Tamils & Hinduism; and before that, it was Catholics; and before independence, it was against British rule. The current face was inevitable for two reasons: 1. The rise of political & economic power of Muslims. This itself is not necessarily a bad development; as matter of fact it should have been viewed as welcoming development to prove the success of parliamentary democracy as well as the tolerance of ethnic diversity. Instead, some extremists who feared the loss of power as a possible threat to the so-far-unchallenged S/B political power, started anti-Muslim campaign. However, I think that Gnarathana doesn’t belong here but Medagoda Abhayathissa does. 2. The emergence of Jihadism coupled with direct anti S/B ideas among the younger generation of Muslims. I think that the emergence of BBS belongs here.This second factor is as bad as the opposite campaign of Abahayathissa extremism not only to the social harmony of the country in general, but also to Muslims themselves.
    However, there is another element of conflict between religious practices & the social needs pervading globally today. Even though this not new, its global impact is becoming more acute than ever before. This is the power of rational thinking emanating from science based education. As a matter of fact, one of the main reason for the emergence of Muslim Jihadism is the social changes as a result of modernization of ideas in the Muslim world.

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    a very well written article

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    There is nothing called ‘Sinhala Buddhism’. History of Sinhale (aka Sri Lanka) did not start in 1948. It has a written history of 2600 years and an unwritten history running into many thousands of years.
    Followers of Buddhism, both monks and laymen had to face many threats during this long history. From 3rd century BC, Para Demalu from Hindusthan invaded this country and tried to destroy Sinhalayo and Buddhism and colonize this country. Demalu massacred Sinhalayo, killed Buddhist monks, destroyed temples and settlements. Sinhalayo had to fight back to save the country and Sinhala nation. Monks who are a part of citizenry also played a part.

    From 1505 to 1948, Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial rulers massacred Sinhalayo and tried to destroy Buddhism to promote Christianity. Sinhalayo fought back. Monks also played a role. As a consequence, several monks had to face the firing squad of British bastards.

    After 1948, ‘Para Demalu’ who are the descendants of slaves brought from Malabar by Portuguese, Dutch and British became a treat to the existence of Sinhalayo and Buddhism. Demalu massacred Sinhala men, women and children and Monks. Sinhalayo had to fight back. Monks also played a role to save the country and Sinhalayo.

    The latest threat to the existence of Sinhalayo and Buddhism has come from Muslims. If necessary, Sinhalayo will fight back and monks will provide whatever support they can give.

    If you do not know the role played by Buddhist monks to save this country and Sinhalayo, I suggest you keep your mouth shut.

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      It is true that Buddhist monks supported war efforts against external threats. They also took sides in local conflicts that pose no threat to Buddhism at all. These were the beginning of politicization Buddhism which seen in party politics even today. This is the product of “Graama Vaasee” monks who engaged in struggles of power against each other first and extended the same power struggles other levels. On the contrary, “Aranya Vaasee'” monks, as they do even today, stayed away from power politics and never had to face physical threats. Have you ever heard of any incident where LITTE harassing monks living in caves?
      True Buddhism should never feel threaten by any theistic religion b’cos Buddhism is based on logical thinking; not on believing in All Mighty creator. Failing to understand this small but very important point is the biggest reason why monks feel threaten. But, in the modern world of increasing tendency towards rational thinking influenced by science education, Buddhism has a huge advantage over all the other Theistic religions. All Buddhist monks have to do is to restudy the true Buddhist teachings and compare its philosophy with the that of modern science. If there is any fight, it has to be at intellectual level as Buddha himself did; not at tribal level as some fools suggest!

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      EE

      Go home.

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      Eye of Blind Eagle, You say Sinhala Buddhist were here when the para demalu invaded SL from India. I wonder where did Buddhism come from. Isn’t it originated in India as well. And the gods that the Sinhalese worship apart from following Lord Buddha were also Indian origins. So, where did Sinhala originality come from???

      Just because you twist and turn the facts according to the whims of Blind Eagles the FACTS ARE FACTS.

      All the facts that you put forward were monks who were Sinhalese nationalists they did not fight against any of them as BUDDHIST. So please shut your BLIND EYE

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    Let me remind you that during LTTE terrorism, Demala Christian clergy openly supported terrorists. According to a friend of mine, Kochchikade church was sealed by JR Jayawardene for stockpiling arms and explosives.
    After the recent event, Muslim clergy were exposed for stockpiling arms, explosives and swords in their mosques.

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      EE

      Go home.

      “Let me remind you that during LTTE terrorism, Demala Christian clergy openly supported terrorists. “

      Let me remind you, during the JVP/State terrorism the Sinhala/Buddhist saffron clad terrorists joined both JVP as well as the state terrorists the armed forces.

      “After the recent event, Muslim clergy were exposed for stockpiling arms, explosives and swords in their mosques.”

      It’s always been the case that the state is the sole custodian of arms belonging to Sinhala/Buddhists.

      “According to a friend of mine, Kochchikade church was sealed by JR Jayawardene for stockpiling arms and explosives.”

      Could you ask him to let the congregation listen to his claim.

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      Again Blind Eye, you always prove you are blind to facts. LTTE had both Hindu Tamils and Christian Tamils. The violence the SL army committed against the Tamils in the North were witnessed by both the Tamil and Christian clergy however, since the Christian clergy had a better standing in the world arena they stood up against the injustice whereas the Hindu poosaris lacked the same standing

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    Need of the hour scholarly article by a brave human
    .I think you author should get into politics. May not be successful today but will be able start the.journey to achieve the dream of peaceful and.properous paradise island

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    Agree 100%. The curse of the country exquisitely analyzed.

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    Lakmal Harischandra

    I admire your guts to come out with the painful truth. Buddhism has been rewritten & the politicians, from SWRD to the current lot, have misguided average folk for personal gain. Unfortunately, even some of the so called educated in our society (by which I mean Sinhala Buddhist) have been taken up by this rhetoric. First & foremost, it should be known that a Buddhist monk (having given up materiel wealth in search of Nirvana, that is in principal) has no role to play in politics & their sole objective should be to provide spiritual guidance to those in need. They should be aware that in Buddhism, everybody is equal. If their ‘patriotic’ duty bothers their conscience, they can become activists after giving up their robes.

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    Lakmal, people like you Thisaranee, and Shamini, are silver linings among the dark clouds facing this country

    Every century, every country had these kinds of people and issues, the contest with this country is that the government and the system is totally dysfunctional because the final say is with the sangha, instead of giving up worldly desires and attaining nirvana, they are trying to attain nirvana like rock band Nirvana, by clinking to the world things at any cost

    the best is to do away with the current parliamentary democracy and get the Sanga to form a government and let them rule, that way we can see whether they will create a dhrmadeepa or Apayadeepa

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    Kandy Tample run by, Indian Telungu people, not Srilanka Buddist, then how can down country Sinhalese allowed to go, still Telungu from (Andra Pradrish) having full power on their hand, Moda Sinhala people not understand, / Tamils call Sinhala brothers as( Moda Sinhalese) they don’t call —( PaRa) Sinhala brother, by the way in North ( Palaly air Port going to rebuild by India, but India don’t want to rebuild it, because of Tamils, ( Jaffna Tamils ) don’t want India to put finger in Srilanka issue, ( but -Maya-M.P) and his son is studding in India, that way he going behind India,

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    Pirabhaharan is the only person correctly identified where Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists and Islamic Fundamentalists thrive in this island. Daladha Maligawa and Kathaankudi Mosque both represents breeding grounds of Fundamentalism. I don’t know when was this island flag was created with Lion with sword but it was designed to reflect the violence and killing of Sinhala race.

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      VP killed people who were praying in the mosque. He did other stupid things as well including driving the Muslims out of the North.
      In Kandy, he only damaged a building.
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      What popular Hindu god other than Lakshmi and Sarasvathi carries no weapon and is not venerated for slaying the enemies of the Devas?

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        SJ,
        Why Buddhist Monks now ask to investigate Muslim politicians? Why you all ask to remove arabic from Kathaankudi? Was it not there before March 2019?
        Do you believe in Devas? I am not an expert on Hinduism or Buddhism and the reasons behind the arms in the Hindu gods. But you should explain why the sword in the Lion in a national flag of Srilanka? In Hindu Temples, I have never across priests speaking about violence unlike Monks.

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      Ajith

      “Daladha Maligawa and Kathaankudi Mosque both represents breeding grounds of Fundamentalism. “

      Where did extreme form of Caste hierarchical culture, Prabaharan’s fascist, suicide and “our leader Prabaharan” personality cult, ……………….. start?

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        Pirabhahran is not from the so called high caste “Vellala”. The caste culture is common in South East Asia, belong to many cultures including Hindism and Buddhism.

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    Only way to move forward is to eradicate the rabid moda buddhist clergy and to control the cunning Muslim extremism and expansionism. Both these elements will ruin Lanka for good. Many sinhalas have now woken up and they know what is happening around. But they have no guts to open up and also have no alternative.

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    sbarrkum, could anyone explain what mr sbarrkum is trying to say. It is very confusing.

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    Native, this para Sinhala – portuguese Blind Eagle ran away the day premadasa was killed. Only thing he ran to down under. But he keeps lot people entertained. Funny bloke. Laughter is the best medicine.

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