16 May, 2022

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Shaming Buddha & His Teachings

By Asoka Seneviratne

Asoka Seneviratne

I was watching a group of Buddhist monks headed by a venerable Sobitha coming over the meet Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday, being driven in super luxury sedans. It is a common site to see many Buddhist monks been chauffer driven around in luxury Mercedes Benzes, becoming power brokers. A thug wearing a saffron robe, who saw seeds of ethnic hatred named Gnanasara travels around in luxury to spread his word of hate, amply supported by the nation’s president. Worse, the idiotic president we are cursed with appoints him to draft “Just Laws” for the nation! His biggest qualification; driving a wedge between ethnic sections and preaching hate!

And again, it has now become a common site to see Buddhist monks resorting to the worst and obscene lay words in public. Some of the words they use are pure filth.

One may ask “what is wrong with Buddhist monks travelling in luxury and getting into politics? And here is why.

Some 2600 years ago, Lord Buddha’s mission was to seek the ultimate truth about life and our existence on earth. He was seeking answers why people suffer, get sick and die. Is there a common denominator for suffering? And upon attaining Buddhahood and being the one with supreme awareness, he preached that the reason for suffering was “Thanha” or “Desire”. If one is to eliminate suffering, one has to eliminate desire, he preached. Then he went onto logically explain karma, the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Such preachings are what we commonly call Buddha Dharma, which was actually written onto Ola leaves in mid first century in none other than in Sri Lanka. Travelling through time from the 6th century till Buddhism was written, the story of Buddha and his teachings got somewhat distorted and the belief in venerating gods and praying for their divine intervention got mixed up into Buddha’s teachings. Buddha preached that one’s salvation was purely up to that person and no unseen powers could help.

So if eliminating desire is the essence of Buddhism, how can we explain the luxury and power seeking life of some of our monks who after all are supposed to be the ambassadors of Buddhism? For upholding these highest Buddhist ideals and doing the noble work of spreading Buddha’s word, we venerate them, offer them food, lodging, money etc. Monks’ role is undisputed, which is to instill moral values along what Buddha’s teachings such as not to kill, steal, indulge, and lie and to avoid intoxicating material. He went to outline a set of moral codes for the monks.

No matter what religion, a society needs a moral compass, or we can easily drag ourselves into the animal world.

The respects people extend o monks are directly related to their moral conduct in keeping with Buddha’s teachings.

Cunning and power hungry politicians often resort to hoodwinking the public using Buddhist monks and temples. They understand that the mere presence of being with a monk or in a temple can win millions of hearts and thereby votes, just like some politicians align with ethnic divisions to win votes. Remember a guy named Gotabaya playing into Sinhala Buddhist sentiments of fear and won 6.9 million votes?

Just a few days ago, Sajith Premadasa visited the Kandy Temple of the Tooth to obtain blessings and guidance before embarking the long protest walk to Colombo. I remember the famous Gangaramaya temple and the chief monk being a top power broker during his father’s time. Rajapaksa family frequently visited temples and offered the super-size Pooja wattiyas and gifts, all paid for with people’s money. JRJ, Ranil, MR and many top leaders used the Buddhist temple to fool the public by depicting themselves as “good Buddhists” while, among other things plundering our nation and driving our nation to poverty.

Even the shameless power hungry and naked SLPP elopees, Wimal and Gammanpila visited a high profile Buddhist monk recently. Were they not part and parcel of bringing Rajapakshas to power and even adopting the dangerous 20th Amendment? Did they not jump because the SLPP and Rajapaksas were a sinking ship, nothing else?

So as a nation, aren’t we culpable in being fooled by 95% of the political leaders and a number of Buddhist monks? Simply put, in the modern world, Buddhist monks have absolutely no business engaging in politics let alone seeking public office. They use the venerated saffron robe to seek power while benefitting from an otherwise idling life getting freebees. Yes, they are most welcome to seek power and engage in politics. But first get out that saffron robe, earn a living, and then do whatever the heck they want, politics included.

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    Lanka is not just Silly or Sorry, but has turned into a Sham nation.. Thanks to two decades of Rajapaksas, who saw this transformation. A month or two ago citizens were assured things were under control, where in fact, years before plenty warning signs of an impending crisis were present. Not just the country but President, PM, cabinet of ministers, majority of representatives (all parties), Sinhala Buddhism, monks, prelates, cardinal, 6.9 million voters, enablers, perpetrators, apologist, Bureaucrats, government institutes, judiciary, low and odor, constitution, media, GMOA, SLMC, so called democrazy, socialism, foreign policy, patriots (pseudos) ———- the list is endless. So much so, it’s hard to say what is real or genuine anymore , in Sham Lanka.

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      The reason I say, now a days There are numerous articles not CT alone, criticizing every thing that was wrong, difference being the timeline of it’s origin. Articles on financial mismanagement, racial divide, corruption, crime, nepotism, sham governments/leaders, constitutional amendments, unlimited presidential powers, failure of government institutes, political prostitution, inequality, discrimination, abuse of power/position, are just a few to mention. The difference being the onset, according to few from our InDependence, and others blaming Senanayakas, Bandas, JR,/RW or Rajapaksas. But to my knowledge none of this was ever informed or discussed in any form, until now. Yes, Journalist like Lasantha exposed few issues and in the process sacrificed their lives. Other than that it was SHAM all the way.

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        Exactly Chiv! Mainly because these blind, stupid Buddhists believe criticizing monks is a sin. I’d say that is the most noble merit one can do to save the religion!! If there need to be a clean Buddhist ‘sashana’ in Sri Lanka, then all these corrupt monks should be de-robed and paste “thaara” (bituman) on their a** holes and expelled from the priesthood – just like what John Kotalawela advised in the 50s!

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          Jit,
          “Mainly because these blind, stupid Buddhists believe criticizing monks is a sin”
          Agreed, is stupidity unmatched??!!
          Simple analysis would reveal that,
          1. Gautama, the Buddha
          2. The Buddhist religion – Philosophy. Then,
          3. The Sangha, which is tasked to propagate the philosophy of Lord Buddha
          Why this asinine attitude, none can explain, save to say, or call and term’ as ‘Political’ Buddhism and not real Buddhism as preached by, Prince Siddhartha, “Gautama the Buddha”, at Buddha Gaya!!
          So now they claim Lord Buddha attained Nirvana in ‘Jumbo diva’ – present day Sri Lanka!!
          Very convenient!!
          Is it not??
          GOOD FOR ALL COLLABORATORS OF CRIME AND FRAUD??!!
          ROB AND PLUNDER AT WILL AND PLEASURE, TO SATIATE YOUR GREED; BUDDHIST MONKS SO INCLINED WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS, WITH LOUDSPEAKER PIRITH!!

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      Sinhala buddhists are not real buddhists, they are just criminals in disguise.
      :
      The best example is – MAHINDA PERCY RAJAPAKSHE and HIS POLITICS soley based on so called worshinpgs, buddhagama celebrations and licking the ” BO Tree” incl putting MAHANAYAKA THEROS again and again. The message being repeatedly sent out by above activities by mlechcha MR et al misled the buddhagama laity more in recent past, as no times in previous decades.
      :
      Yet today, Mahinda is not in a view to relinquish his greed to STAY in power.
      :
      Tax payers funds are being wasted to maintain a man who cant even stand by his own, if no 3-4 jacks would not help properly, the bugger would collapse like an earthslip does itself.
      :
      With this being the reality, NATION s opportunists, buddhgama monks and media fraudsters dont seem to do the due – because they dont want to protest the pubic but their pay masters.
      :
      Sometime back MR had the audacity to challenge, that he would committ HARAKIRI if anyone would prove that he stole 1 dollar,…. this was not taken serious by SRILANKEN LAWYERS/JUDGES community, at all, so MR et al knew that majority of this country are born fool, he could live up his KIND OF HIDDEN PROPENCITIES on and on with this stupidier nation..
      :

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        I am strong believer in Buddhist teachings. But Sri Lankan Monks and Sri Lankan Buddhist are making a mockery of this great religion. All Buddhist in Sri Lanka should be ashamed to follow thugs (monks). They should challenge and kick them out of the religion. Only place I see the real Buddhist live is in Tibet. When I visit Tibet I feel the peace every where. When I visit Sri Lanka I feel militants not Buddhist around me. The Karma has come to the SL Buddhist for all the mean things they do in the name of religion. Hope they wake up.

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      Don’t insult our country. You are free to leave if you don’t like it.

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        Rear End Guard, are you one among the 6.9 million retards in denial. You try coming out of it, instead of asking people to leave. Who is insulting except for you here.

  • 15
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    When the so-called protector of Buddhism in Sri Lanka Mahinda Maina plays the pirith so loud at the Temple Trees, using it as a weapon against the protesters he clearly exposes his dis-respect for Buddhism. Mahinda has used Buddhism and Deshapremi cards a bit too often combining them with his Racist card and has ruined this country. One of the first actions that the President should take before even forming the National Government is to issue an order to stop any politician from leaving the country this should include himself, his family, PM and his family, and any other politician or their families.

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      Buddhist 1 , you are absolutely right. Conman is trying every thing in the Rajapaksas play book to divide , split and fizzle out protest. He tried racial card, blaming opposition , calling JVP as extremist in his own scuttle way ,. Terrorism, anti democrazy threat, buying SLFP turncoats, breaking opposition, we versus them crap , supporters versus protesters explanation, emotional black mail ( remember my sacrifice) military threats/ suppression , show me the next person , there is no one other than me, I am your only saviour and many others. What is not used yet is foreign conspiracy theories which he may not be able to use because of bankruptcy. He has done this all his life and will not give up easily.

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      “using [pirith] as a weapon against the protesters”
      Should you not be relieved that nothing more lethal has been used so far?

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      Very Good idea to stop flight of undesirables, before bringing them face Justice in courts!

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        People s growing clamour to be unheard, they have used loudspeakers that chants pirith records. Human rights bodies stay as if they are helpless. One man to stand against the rights of very people that voted for them ?
        :
        See, why do the neighours of temple trees stay mum as their EARs are permamently impaired ? Our people are real slaves… they should not tolerate the criminals anymore.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO9yMYBWPlA

        Folks over to you, wake up if not today when ?

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      Destination Uganda!!””

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      Buddhist,
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      I coul dnot believe that the pirith chats at Temple trees continue amidst everyone’s criticisms. Meaning those who works for his command – dont respect any laws in compliance with laws on sound exposure. See, I wonder why opposition dont stand against this utterly disgusting act.
      .
      I am sorry for our people – increasing numbers visit ARGALAYA grounds are the ones blindly casted their votes to BPs. Can you imagine ?

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        apologies – it should be ” pirith chants”

  • 7
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    Buddha is the best teacher for humanity. He had a great vision. His monks are suppose to be peaceful and non violent. They are suppose be pious, denounce all luxury and worldly things. But SL Buddhist Monks have become so violent and love the luxury living. Its a shame to for these thugs to dress in monks cloths. They are not monks. It has become a way of life. Real peace loving SL Buddhist getting cheated and mislead by these monks. The govt cater to them. Wake up Buddhist people. Protest against the thug Monks. Shame any one who follow and recognize these monks. They should be hanged to save Budda teachings.

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    You are right, monks should stay out of politics. But it’s much worse in other religions. Look at the Pope living in his palace. Compared to its neighbors, Sri Lanka is much more secular. In Pakistan you have blasphemy laws and in India there are Hindu nationalist parties which carry out atrocities on lower-castes. I don’t know why human rights champions constantly single out Sri Lanka as the center of all evil.

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      But there is a difference between Buddhism and other religions. The essence of Buddha’s teachings were that desire cause suffering. Buddha taught that to eliminte suffering, one must eliminate desire ( clinging to things including loving your parents, children etc).

      This is also why a buddhist monk’s only posesions are supposed to be the torn out saffron roce, the footware and the bowl to carry/eat food. This depicts simpe life void of thnaha ( craving anr clinging to things).

      As you can see, the luxury life , desire for power etc totally contradics the above !

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        “But there is a difference between Buddhism and other religions.”

        Very funny to see Tiger terror supporters (maybe not you) talk about Buddhism. First of all, Sri Lanka is a country, not a monastery. The government has an obligation to protect its borders. If some entity wishes to steal land (LTTE) or overthrow the government (JVP), the government must use max force to crush the rebellion. Whether Buddhist monks advise the government or not is irrelevant. Monks have been advising Sinhalese kings for 2000 years, you want this to change because a white man in Europe told you its a bad idea? Europeans used Christianity to justify colonialism. Invade, plunder, and steal from other countries.
        Regarding the monks, they generally give good advice. They prevented moda Ranil from giving “federalism” to terrorists. They warned about lack of Muslim integration (BBS). Going back much further, they understood the impact Christian missionaries would have on the country (Dharmapala).

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      Lester,
      Sri Lankans live like a FROG IN A WELL!!
      “Look at the Pope living in his palace.”
      So what?
      Where does the Mahanayaka’s – not 1, but 4 of them, because of the cursed caste divide live in this Resplendent Isle, in ‘pomp and pageantry’??!!
      Grandiose style, definitely not austere style as Buddha would have desired or expected of his disciples and messengers worldwide??!!
      “Compared to its neighbours, Sri Lanka is much more secular”
      Are you serious r saying it in Jest??
      That cannot be true, as long as Chapter II, article 9 (BUDDHISM) of the SL constitution, remains and retains status quo!!
      ‘WHAT YOU EXPLICITLY STATE IS WHAT ONE GETS’ not construed any other way, as much as you may CROW about it to the world??!!
      Anybody to claim otherwise is insane and COULD BE BELIEVED ONLY BY NINCOMPOOPS!!!

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      Lester the Joker @
      Why should we bother with other relgiions – knowing that majority of SLankens are tied to sinhala buddhism (which is not real buddhism ) ? Your problem has always been, you look finger at others, but not looking at the bascis first… when would you grow up ?

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      People need comparison to measure success and achievements, not stupidity and retardation. It’s you who is dysfunctional, failed and bankrupt .

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    That saffron robe(s) can give a good fight to the Rajapaksas in ruining the nation.

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      Nathan,
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      So called artchitect of SLPP – Muruththettuwa Fake Monk did want to utter a single word to the press y day. See how deep the monks fell into.

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    The writer is absolutely right that Sri Lankan Buddhism is far away from Lord Buddha’s teaching and Political leadership and Religious leadership mislead the public by teaching or practicing against to principles. In this regard, the whole Rajapaksa family come in front of others. It is also true that most of the cronies associated with Rajapaksas like Weerawansa, Gammanpila are no different.
    So, any attempt to make a new interim cabinet or government including any of these corrupted racist politicians will not change the necessary changes to stop corruption or racism in this country.

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      Ajith,
      “So, any attempt to make a new interim cabinet or government including any of these corrupted racist politicians will not change the necessary changes to stop corruption or racism in this country”
      That’s no secret, and the R Bros. Inc., have been resorting to this oddity brazenly and getting away with it??
      What magnetism, MR wields on the masses is amazing!!???
      He promised 13th amendment + at 2010 presidential elections!
      He even made the pledge at that time to the Indian PM, EAM and Banki Moon – then UN Secretary General!!
      Soon after got ‘married’ conveniently to Weerasangili, Gommanpillai and JHU all at the same time, just prior to the General elections to bolster chances of re-election f the parliament majority!!
      Soon thereafter dumped it stating the MP’s do not agree!! An excuse oft repeated by him!!
      He had labelled all as fools and continues to do that, with impunity??!!

  • 6
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    A well written eye opener Asoka! Unfortunately, majority of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist monks have long been doing what Gauthama Buddha always repudiated. Temples are tainted with allegations of corruption, sex, child abuse, corruption and even murder. Buddhist monks have sworn to follow lives of abstinence when they were ordained, striving to attain the noble status of arhat, but have always been caught living quite the opposite enjoying flashy lifestyles over the donations of the laymen. Many have gone in to active politics and thrive on the money and women that follows. The biggest problem in this dirty scenario is our own people. The so called idiots who call themselves Buddhists (dayakayo) do not desist unholy monks obsessed with the fake concept – ‘worship the saffron robe irrespective of the person who wears it’ which was propagated by the infamous Buddhagosha monk in the 17th century. Some dayakayo even encourage or instigate these monks to indulge in all the vices on this earth to take advantage of, particularly to get into politics.

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      Jit,
      it is SIMPLE the misinterpretation of our monks.
      :
      If that is the case, that anyone with a SIVURU wearing to be held as above, why not the very same stupid BUDDHAGAMA buddhists line up at shops where ATAPIRIKARA and those constumes are being sold today ?I have no idea why the kind of fake statments were in srilanka from the day one. They also believe that mothers would generate their baby milk by turning their own blood. The truths as any simple biologist would see it, not just human beings, but all mamalians have their own glands to produce their milk. Sure, the blood vessels should be scattered through out the body to supply oxygeon and other stuff. But Jathaka doggy stories to stammer the kind of tales misleading masses ?
      And do you think it is the same in Thailand, Myanmar or any other places where buddhism is practised today. I wish I could get this clear from some of my friends from Thai… I will do in the futre…. and also by asking elderly chinese and viatnamese as well.

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    And again, it has now become a common site to see Buddhist monks resorting to the worst and obscene lay words in public. Some of the words they use are pure filth
    ————-
    The Ampitiya Sumanarathna Thero in Batticaloa is one of the class leaders in this regard:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKRKgBEJPho
    He got endorsements from celebrities like former cricketer Lasith Malinga and musician Iraj Weerarathna, along with many ordinary people.

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    Yes, they are most welcome to seek power and engage in politics. But first get out that saffron robe, earn a living, and then do whatever the heck they want, politics included
    ————-
    This is a misleading statement, that implies that politicians, were ordinary folk who ‘worked hard’ and earned their positions of power.
    This is not so. They are freemasons and tares and that is why they were allowed into those positions.
    This is the setup that some of us are trying to completely overhaul.

  • 5
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    Great write up.

    In my understanding of Buddhism, monkhood is the path to Nirvana by giving up all material things & the primary duty of a monk is to provide spiritual guidance, not saving the country or the Sinhala race. I often visit a branch of a Buddhist monastery near my home which was established by an American monk who was ordained in Thailand. Initially, the Thai govt. funded the monastery but now with international exposure, the congregation is vast & very popular among many Brits. The monks prefer to be vegetarian but, in principal, has to accept any food that is being offered. Unlike in SL, the monks are not served food but they serve themselves with a single spoonful of everything that is being offered. They have no possessions apart from the bowl & robes, the finances are handled by trustees. The sermons are relative to modern times, not ‘jathaka’ stories. What a refreshing difference from SL monks but who made the SL monks the way they are?

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    Buddhist1,
    R Bros Inc., especially MR thinks, he can fool people all the time, when it is clear that people have unraveled the truth of filibustering and robbing ‘Money Pit’ or Tax payer money of SL1
    The maxim, “YOU CAN FOOL SOME ALL THE TIME; ALL OF THEM SOMETIME; NOT ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME WS NEVER TAUGHT TO HIM AT ALL”

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      Mahila,
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      Maxim s would not fit to our SINHALA nation. Repeating things to them are like
      Gangata kepu ini wage (ගඟට කැපූ ඉනි වගේ) Like cutting fence posts and throwing them into the river. Describes some work that has been done in vain, with no returns or profit.

      See how hard we fought to convince them shortly before Nov 2019, but they behaved like
      Rae vetunu valeh daval vatenne nae (රෑ වැටුනු වලේ දවල් වැටෙන්නේ නෑ) The man who fell into the pit at night, does not fall into it again in broad daylight. People should learn from their mistakes.

      Sad to see the situation down there, but I sometimes feel good riddance to bad rubbish.

      Not even senior Premadasa did that much harm to the very nation, but BP Mahinda the god father of all high crimes deliberatly made in our hell recently…. continue and is contnuing with the backing of our stupid portions… yet today.
      .

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        HI LLM,
        Good morning,
        Tend to agree with your sentiments, that all efforts have been in vain, to prevent a Catastrophe, as encountered presently!!
        Another important matter, which should be of high priority is that prevention by Law or Practice, the bribing of the VOTERS with “Money, Biryani Bath Parcel and 1/4 bottle of Gal Arrack”
        That is bribing the voter to side them; then in turn the B—–ds elected tacit approval or acceptance of those elected receiving bribes and robbing/looting the country and Tax Payer!!
        “YOU SCRATCH MINE, I WILL SCRATCH YOURS”!
        The cycle goes on and on without limit and the citizens BECOME PAUPERS AND THOSE ELECTED TO SERVE, BECOME RICHER!!

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    I have some suspicion about Rajapaksa’s ancestors. I strongly feel that his ancestors are from Naidu clan. These Naidu’s are spread over in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This is one of the reasons why he visited Thiruppathy where Naidus are monopolizing it. Generally Naidus are famous for corruption. If Rajapaksa is genuine, he could have visited temples in Tamil Nadu especially Thiruvannamalai where he could have performed Girivalam and got rid of all the sins he had committed. It appears whether he had bribed his own clan Naidus. But Lord Venkateswara appears to be unmoved as a result there is a strong protest against him. Moreover, I am sorry to sate that Gnanasaro Thero and Sobitha Thero are not real Buddhis monks. Lord Budddha never taught his disciples to resort to luxury life. They had flouted Buddha’s teachings to suit their thuggery life. King Devanampiyatissa never expected such thugs to disgrace Buddhism. Lord Buddha would have certainly shed tears on witnessing these Rajapaksas and these type of Buddhist monks.

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      Most of these so-called Sinhalese aristocrats and many upper castes are descended from Tamil or Tamil speaking Naidu/Naicker clans from Madurai and Thanjavur areas of present-day Tamil Nadu. The family names ending with Naike/Nakaye is a dead giveaway of this origin. Earlier to this, the ancestry was largely from the Pandian and at times Chera Tamil ancestry. Now all are card-carrying Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists beating the anti-Tamil drum against the native Tamils from the native, stating that they do not belong and should be sent of to Tamil Nadu when ironically it is their ancestors and the ancestors of the vase majority of the present-day Sinhalese, who migrated from Tamil Nadu or from them Tamil Kerala, southern Andhra or Karnataka.

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        Rohan25
        You are right I guess.
        After all we are all human beings.
        We are supposed to have come from somewhere.
        If we trace our ancestry, we all end up in Africa. Even the whites are descendents of Africans.
        Where do you think Tamils originated from?
        The fact that Sri Lanka has conditions hospitable to life makes it a melting pot for different people to converge. Once they came down, the probability of survival was high, they survived, mixed and multiplied. That is the story of life.
        Humans are the most adaptable of animals. We can survive and prosper. Not only that we can and do change. That is the other fact of life. We not only change our selves we also change the world.

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    Raj,
    According to SL Jathaka stories, that I spoon full of every or each item is not applicable!
    They need genuine ‘Thora Malu chunk’ or ‘Chicken Breast or Maryland’ piece a must!!
    Otherwise No Go!! Not accepted as Alms??!!
    See following link if still available on line, Priests demanding a shop keeper/Vendor (at Galle Face Green probably) to serve them first as “BUDDHIST PRIESTS BY EDICT”, should be 1st to be served!! FUNNY COUNTRY! FUNNY RELIGION!
    NOT BUDDHISM BUT SINHALA BUDDHISM!!
    https://youtu.be/6ryIKZg3j9I
    Like the beggars at signal light intersections, throwing back to you SL Rs 5 back???
    The work on the American system of choice; Not even the British system is acceptable!!
    Quo Vadis?

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    Dear Mr Senavirathne
    Thanks for your article. You have highlighted the dharma as preached by the Buddha, brilliant.
    Let me ask you this, how many monks have understood the Dharma properly? And how many are capable of understanding it?
    Do they know what samsara means?
    Samsara refers to the endless cycle of suffering arising from greed.
    Anyone who is a true Buddhist will not wear a robe and drive in opulence and support crooked Rajapaksas.
    It is contradiction. Pure hypocrisy at its best.
    Shame on those who worship such bastards.
    Similarly, people like gananasara who instigate hatred in the name of protecting Buddhism.
    What should save Buddhism is the dharma. Gnanasara going against the dharma is killing the religion.

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    Lay l Buddhists should follow the Five Precepts, but bhikkhus should follow five more.
    They are-
    1. Killing 2. Stealing 3. Sexual Misconduct 4. Lying 5. Intoxicants 6. Eating after NOON 7. Entertainment 8. Beautification & Adornments 9. High & large beds 10. Using Money.

    2. Not all Bhikkhus follow all 10 precepts. Most in the breach like Gnanasara Thero who mouths raw innuendoes against non – Buddhists. Today’s bhikkhus are not interested in teaching Buddhism, Instead, they dabble in worldly affairs and political activism. Religion is incompatible with democracy since Buddhist monks claim superiority because of their saffron robes.

    3. Buddhism teaches to venerate the robes even if the wearer is morally bankrupt.

    4. Buddha taught a simple philosophy for people to live in peace, and happiness. Show compassion to ALL other living beings. But his followers created stories to elevate Buddha as a demi-god with fictitious stories as you find in Hindu Puranas.

    5. In fact, Hinduism accepted Buddha as the ninth reincarnation of Vishnu!

    1/2

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    6. Buddha told his followers there is no third force that created the universe. Belief in an eternal creator figure is a devious ploy put forward by the Evil One to mislead humanity and the implication is that Brahmins who believe in the power and permanence of Brahma have fallen for it.
    7. To the question do you believe in God Buddha was evasive? He countered by saying if I answer the question in the affirmative, then there is the other question who created God? In essence, he said belief in God is not necessary to lead a meritorious life in this world.

    8. Buddha born into a Hindu family revolted against Hindu traditions through its rejection of the religious authority of the Brahmins, the lack of interest in abstract speculation about the creation of the world or the existence of gods, and its rejection of the inequalities of a Hindu-based caste system through its belief that neither caste position nor gender was a barrier to enlightenment. He was also opposed to sacrificial rituals like burning and eating the flesh of animals.

    I have translated Mr Asoka Asoka Seneviratne’s article into Tamil and posted it on my website. http://nakkeran.com/index.php/2022/04/29/shaming-buddha-his-teachings/ 2/2

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