20 October, 2020

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Sinhala-Buddhists Vs Buddhist Moderates

By Sharmini Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

In Sri Lanka today there are two types of Buddhists- the Buddhist Moderates who identify themselves as Sri Lankans and those who identify themselves as Sinhala-Buddhists which they regard as their nationality!

As a Sri Lankan (a Sinhalese and a Buddhist by faith) I have lived and worked amidst the strange practices of Sinhala-Buddhists in Sri Lanka. As such I have observed closely what a Sinhala-Buddhist is as opposed to a Buddhist Moderate.

The following are my observations.

Buddhist Moderates (Sri Lankans) – This group identifies themselves by their nationality- Sri Lankan. Their ethnicity and faith are on a need-to-know basis, usually for official purposes. Moderates understand and respect Buddhism as a philosophy and quietly practice their faith in daily life to the best of their ability. Therefore they respect the religious beliefs and ethnicity of the ‘other’ (Hindus, Christians, Muslims etc) and treat them all as equals.

The Sinhala-Buddhist- This group carries a double-barreled identity; ethnicity first followed by the faith- Sinhala-Buddhist. As such they wear their identity on their sleeve with unfounded pride. This group has heard about the Buddha’s teachings- the Dhamma but don’t practice it. But they do practice a ‘religion’ which they call Buddhism that is diametrically opposed to the Dhamma. To these Sinhala-Buddhists the noble teachings of the Buddha are akin to casting pearls before swine!

The Sinhala-Buddhist regards Buddhism as a ‘religion’ and not as a philosophy and a way of life, as advised by the Buddha. Therefore they regard the Buddha as a God and practice their ‘religion’ by worshiping and venerating Buddhist symbols and objects; totally against the Buddha’s teachings.

Unlike Sinhala-Buddhists, Buddhist Moderates regard the Buddha as their noble teacher and Buddhism as a way of life. They don’t worship Buddhist symbols like Sinhala-Buddhists do, as for them Buddhism is not a religion. The Buddhist Moderate has the highest regard for the Buddha and respects his teachings by striving to live according to those noble teachings unlike the Sinhala-Buddhist label bearer.

Therefore these two groups- the Buddhist Moderates and Sinhala-Buddhists practice Buddhism in two extremely different ways. In today’s context the latter reeks of bigotry, hypocrisy and chauvinism in the extreme. To the Moderate Sri Lankan Buddhist, what the Sinhala-Buddhist practices as ‘Buddhism’ is a type of heresy of the Dhamma!

The Good Buddhist

The Sinhala-Buddhist’s idea of being a ‘Good Buddhist’ is confined only to one day of the calendar month- Full Moon (Poya) day. This day is dedicated to worshiping symbols and objects. As the ‘done’ thing they visit the temple, worship and heap flowers opposite the perceived image of the Buddha, light oil lamps and drench the roots of an over hydrated Bo tree within the temple premises. Then they parrot off the five-precepts with no intention of abiding by them. Most don’t even understand the meaning of them.

All this is done because it is the ‘done’ thing or with the foolish and selfish motive of gaining perceived ‘pin’ (merit) to counteract the ill-effects (or so they believe) of the crimes they commit. It never crosses their minds to question how a tree, clay, concrete or stone object could pardon them or grant them merit. But it is the ‘done’ thing so they do it, though they do not know why they do it. For them this is practicing ‘Buddhism’!

Also on Poya Day, the usually carnivorous Sinhala-Buddhists refrain from eating fish, meat and eggs. This is another ‘done’ thing which has nothing to do with the Dhamma. However some of these ‘Buddhists’ believe that refraining from consuming animal flesh is the ‘Buddhist’ thing to do, therefore bestowing more merit on themselves.

It must be said that all these acts are harmless in themselves if not for the hypocrisy involved!

There is a popular misconception that the Dhamma prohibits followers from consuming animal flesh. In fact, the Buddha did not ‘prohibit’ his followers from doing so, if it is offered by a person in good faith. But he did advise his followers against seeking it and destroying life for it. Buddhist Moderates who refrain from consuming animal flesh do so either for health or ethical reasons.

So in typical Sinhala-Buddhist style, commercial establishments are banned by the State from selling meat on Poya Days. This applies to the sale of alcohol as well. But on the days preceding this ‘sacred’ Day, one may store as much animal flesh in their refrigerators as required and sufficient alcohol  to see them through the days of prohibition.

Most often Sinhala-Buddhists are the first customers at meat stalls and taverns before the day of ‘prohibition’ dawns. So, for whose benefit and for what purpose are such prohibitions imposed? Who is trying to fool whom? This is Sinhala-Buddhist state-sponsored hypocrisy!

Also on Poya Day a few even try to refrain from consuming alcohol, lying, stealing, sexual misconduct or murder/killing- the five precepts. But this is all confined only to Poya Days. Convinced and content that they have accumulated sufficient ‘pin (merit)’ to see them through all their misdeeds in the future, life returns to normal the rest of the month!

Insecurities of Sinhala-Buddhists

The average Sinhala-Buddhist suffers from an acute inferiority complex which is often mistaken for a superiority complex. This could be attributed to a lack of substance in the superficial ‘religion’ they practice by worshiping objects and symbols and a lack of knowledge of the Dhamma.

Besides wearing their identity on their sleeve, a relatively recent ‘fashion’ adopted by Sinhala-Buddhists is the way in which they wear the ‘Pirith Noola’ (Pirith blessed thread) on the right wrist. Instead of the customary three folds of white cotton thread, we now see them ‘exhibiting’ on their right wrist what looks more like ‘Pirith bandages’. This is usually observed amongst Sinhala-Buddhist political VIPs.

This new phenomenon could either be to draw attention to their Sinhala-Buddhist identity and superiority over the ‘other’ or to ensure foolishly imagined ‘divine protection’ as they carry on accumulating negative ‘karma’ through their hypocrisy. In some cases it also could be a combination of both.

Sinhala-Buddhists live in constant fear of their ‘concrete/clay/stone made’ religion which they call ‘Buddhism’ being destroyed. As is obvious to any right thinking individual, all material objects, including Buddhist symbols are vulnerable to natural phenomena and destructive humans.

To the Buddhist Moderate, such fear is unfounded as their faith is strong. It lives and grows within them therefore it can never be destroyed either by destructive humans or natural phenomena. Buddhist symbols don’t carry any weight with the Buddhist Moderate except for the archeological value of some.

Insecurity harbored by Sinhala-Buddhists is nothing new to Lanka. It goes back to ancient times of the Cholas and more recently to pre-independent Ceylon when the British introduced Christianity to the island. The likes of Anagarika Dharmapala (a Sinhala-Buddhist personified) claimed that Buddhism was being destroyed by the British and Sinhala-Buddhists were being forced to convert to Christianity!

The question arises here if anyone could be ‘forced’ to change their faith/religious belief for whatever reason if the person is strong in her/his belief? But that is another subject altogether.

Sinhala-Buddhist Politics

Usually Sinhala-Buddhists practice their ‘hypocrisy’ amongst themselves without causing too many problems for the rest of society. They denigrate those of other ethnic groups and religions behind their backs, but are sweet as honey to their faces. This is only until a Sinhala-Buddhist political regime takes over and starts whipping up ethno-religious emotions for their own political gain. It happened with the late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and it is happening now!

Today, in place of Anagarika Dharmapala and S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike we have Sinhala-Buddhist Warlords to carry on the tradition!

This malaise has now brimmed over to extreme proportions. We now have Sinhala-Buddhist saffron-robed thugs masquerading as Buddhist monks denigrating the Buddha and his noble teachings in every possible way. Sinhala-Buddhist parents and teachers are encouraged to teach their young how to denigrate those of other religious faith from an early age. These saffron robed groups appear to be paramilitaries of the Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinistic State who use the sacred Saffron robe as a weapon over the ‘other’- those of other faiths.

Strangely this phenomenon burst forth post 2009 and today Sinhala-Buddhists see ‘demons’ everywhere threatening Buddhism in Sri Lanka!

This could be attributed to the political environment we live in today which is besieged by insecurities of various forms. After the successful elimination of LTTE terrorism, our warlords seem to find it necessary to create another ‘monster’.

This could be to keep the voter on edge and in constant fear and, therefore,  to keep them reminded that only ‘they’ and ‘they’ alone have the ability to keep the country safe from the likes of Prabhakaran and other such ‘monsters’. This they believe is the surest way of keeping the Sinhala-Buddhist voter terrified and forever grateful to the Warlords for keeping them safe.

So today we find new concrete ‘Buddhist symbols’ sprouting like mushrooms throughout the country, especially in areas populated by the ‘other’ (Hindus, Christians and Muslims). This is the Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinistic way of claiming superiority over the ‘other’. Not stopping there, they go on to destroy places of religious worship of the ‘other’.

The Buddhist Moderate looks on in horror and revulsion as these acts go totally against the Buddha’s teaching of sympathetic understanding and respect for other religions!

So today while overtly paying lip-service extolling the virtues of the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha and religious harmony, the Sinhala-Buddhist Warlords covertly give full reign to terrorizing the ‘other’.

All this ugliness takes place in this so called thrice-blessed Buddhist country Sri Lanka!

*Sharmini Serasinghe was Director Communications of the former Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) under Secretary Generals Jayantha Dhanapala and Dr. John Gooneratne. She counts over thirty years in journalism in both the print and electronic media.

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    Buddhism abhors killing.As the writer had said that Buddhists shall not seek meat.I remember when some students confronted the President of the World Buddhist Association and asked why he is consuming meat.He came out with the lame excuse that in the West it is difficult to get vegetarian food.When the students cited the examples of Pethwick Lawrence,Annie Besant and names of many vegetarians who were living in the west without any problems the President went away without an answer.This is hypocrisy.How many of our Buddhist priests are vegetarians . It is in circumstances where the giver cannot find vegetarian food for example a hunter that offers meat Buddha said to accept.Now you find the list given for dana by the priests meat is one of the important items Why not folow Buddha’s preachings before terrorising the others

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    Sharmini, I hate to correct you about trivialities in what seems a ‘profound’ piece. But (a) the Portuguese brought christianity to this island and (b) the word ‘practice’ used as a verb should be spelt with an ‘s’-(practise).

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    So far there are 10 unenlightened Sinhala-Buddhists on this thread-

    1. Jim Softy
    2. Asanka
    3. K.A. Sumanasekera
    4. Chandana
    5. Sunil Dahanayake
    6. Lester
    7. Abhaya
    8. Gtgamble
    9. NAK
    10.Hela

    Their lowly and foolish comments amply illustrate what the writer refers to as bigoted, hypocritical and chauvinistic Sinhala-Buddhists. They bear no resemblance whatsoever to the genuine follower of the Dhamma!

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      Peace Dove

      “Their lowly and foolish comments amply illustrate what the writer refers to as bigoted, hypocritical and chauvinistic Sinhala-Buddhists.”

      Please don’t educate them, they chose to rot in ignorance, please leave them where they belong.

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        spot on Native Vedda let them rot in their own making

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        Fake PD, Vedda,

        As true Buddhists we simply sympathise with you lot as taught by our Teacher. It reminds us how Lord Buddha reacted to those who scolded, insulted & name called Him.

        We are blessed with the most logical ancient teaching, taught by a man and not some non existent God.

        Sri Lanka is one country that preserved the Teaching with great sacrifices. The history is full of such sacrificial action. The present generation will carry on that duty. What you lot throw at us are nothing.

        As human beings we are not perfect. The Great teaching is there for us to continually correct ourselves. That debate we will have internally. However we will not submit to anti Buddhist and anti Sinhala campaigns of you lot.

        One vedda’s tantrums doesn’t prevent us treating other veddas as our own relatives (which they are).

        Cheers from a proud Sinhala Buddhist.

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          Hela

          “As true Buddhists we simply sympathise with you lot as taught by our Teacher.”

          However as Sinhala/Buddhists you ignore Buddha’s teaching but continue to practice Sunday Sil Monday kill.

          “It reminds us how Lord Buddha reacted to those who scolded, insulted & name called Him.”

          He was the teacher who refused to react but in your case you are simply Sinhala/Buddhists hence you are raged 24/7/52 for no apparent reason.

          Buddha renounced everything he had whereas Sinhala/Buddhists have mastered a strange form of logic with which to justify murder, rape, plunder, injustice, ………..mass killings in the name of Sinhala/Buddhism.

          Your people practice a fake religion when practiced violence becomes very gratifying,and the Sinhala/Buddhists crave for it.

          “Sri Lanka is one country that preserved the Teaching with great sacrifices.”

          Sri Lanka destroyed Buddhism and replaced it with Sinhala brand of religious nasty nationalism.

          ” However we will not submit to anti Buddhist and anti Sinhala campaigns of you lot.”

          No one in his/her right mind ever contemplate being an anti Buddhist however no one in his/her right mind ever submit to Sinhala/Buddhism.

          “One vedda’s tantrums doesn’t prevent us treating other veddas as our own relatives (which they are).”

          Then why are you still occupying my ancestral land and continuing to destroy my people’s lively hood our environment?

          The best way to treat my people as your people is for you to leave my land and go back your ancestral home land India. When you go please take your Tamil brethren with you.

          When you visit Tamilnadu next time around please stay there don’t come back. Tamilnadu is supposed to be your homeland.

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            Dear Native Vedda,

            Thank you very much for your deep insight.

            The Sinhala Buddhism and racism is brainwashed from an early age, with all the Myths by the so called Sinhala Buddhists.

            Promoted by Monk Mahanama Racist Myths of Mahawansa, the Sinhala Buddists are the curse of Lanka, preventing the formation of an Egalitarian Society. The Monk-King axis is exploiting all with their Myths.

            Myths: Vijayas grandfather was a lion.
            Vijaya Landed on the day Buddha attained Nibbana etc. absurdities.

            Bali Indonesia with 94% Hindu is peaceful.

            Lanka with 70% Buddhist is Racist and Violent.
            Take Sil on Sunday, Kill on Monday- Sinhala Buddhism.
            Do Bodhi Pooja on Saturday, Kill on Sunday – Sinhala Buddhism.

            Buddhism is actually the curse of Lanka, not necessarily Sinhala.

            Sinhala Hindus would have been more peaceful, looking at Hindu Bali, Indonesia.

            Well Said Below by Native Vedda:
            “Then why are you still occupying my ancestral land and continuing to destroy my people’s lively hood our environment?
            The best way to treat my people as your people is for you to leave my land and go back your ancestral home land India. When you go please take your Tamil brethren with you.”

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              It does not say Vijayas grandfather is A LION !
              Lion is a literal use . NOT A ANIMAL .

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            I will try to respond if I could find bit more time.

            However, one point…..this is my ancestral land too veddo…..just remember that.

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              Hela

              No hollow Hela.

              “However, one point…..this is my ancestral land too veddo…..just remember that.”

              You are the descendant of Kallthonies from South/North India.

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      Good point. They have ALL been schooled at the same cheap institution – one that propagates lies and that thrives on the ignorance and hatred that makes them eligible to be brainwashed.
      NO religion encourages such hatred, and only teaches tolerance and peace.
      They insult their own religion whatever it may be.

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        Have pity, for some of us have yet to be enlightened by Islamic wisdom, such as this guy has:

        http://syriareport.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/beheaded.jpg

        See, NO hatred in that picture, only tolerance and peace.

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          Must be a sign of desperation when you have to keep looking around the world to put up anti Muslim videos, just to display your pathetic Islamaphobia. You may have a deficit in attention, but try hard to focus on the article, it has NOTHING to do with Muslims or Islam in other countries, but an article about the rogue Buddhists in SRI LANKA who are causing misery among minorities, it is NOT even about Muslims running amok in Sri Lanka, so take your lame videos and hatred elsewhere, and try to address the subject at hand. I really do not understand why CH keeps tolerating such ridiculous comments totally unrelated to article. This is about Sri Lanka NOT Islam.
          Empty vessel making unrelated sounds.

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            You bring your Middle Eastern customs (halal, hijab, honor killing, etc.) to Sri Lanka, then when the Sinhalese ask questions, you try to claim you’re distinctly “Sri Lankan.” Most amusing!

            You cannot fool all of us. As part of the ummah , it is your duty to support global jihad all over the world, until the Islamic caliphate is established.

            “We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the difference between us two.” – Osama bin Laden

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              @ Lester,
              You are out of the subject. We talk about in Sri Lanka….not about Osama bin laden etc. There are many terrorist organizations are running by Muslims, Christians, Hindu, Buddhists etc……It is not required here. We talk about Buddhist terrorism in Sri Lanka…………Are you supporting to Buddhist terrorism in SL???

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      Peace Dove please read this comment by Dhaksha (Dhaksha wrote it to support you )carefully-

      “Good point. They have ALL been schooled at the same cheap institution – one that propagates lies and that thrives on the ignorance and hatred that makes them eligible to be brainwashed.
      NO religion encourages such hatred, and only teaches tolerance and peace.
      They insult their own religion whatever it may be.

      “….NO religion encourages such hatred, and only teaches tolerance and peace…” can you please educate Dhaksha about those so called “Religions of Peace”(Christianity,Islam,Mormonism) and what they have done in the name of their god?Do these religions teach tolerance and peace then why there were Crusades?,the holy work done by Bakhtiyar Khilji who conquered Eastern India,how the people of Religion of Peace converted the Maldives to a Muslim country by peacefully beheading the Buddhist monks,how the Portuguese peacefully introduced Christianity to Sinhalese people.All these things were done to establish the peace by the name of their god.If the people who follow these religions introduce their religions as The Religion of Peace,then we have to redefine the word peace.

      Also “Peace Dove” is the symbol of Christianity which is another so called Religion of Peace.So this clearly reveals who you are.

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        Dhaksha does not need any lectures from people who cannot differentiate between peaceful religions and people who have hijacked their religions causing violence and death.
        Dhaksha in fact thinks religions stemmed from the stone age, and those Holy books cannot cannot be applied to the violence that goes on at the present in the world. There is violence in ALL religions from the past to the present, and right now this article is about the violence in Buddhism that is going on in Sri Lanka. Just like these Buddhist monks act totally against the teachings of their religion, foolishly thinking they are serving their religion well, so did the stupid people during the crusades and other violent events in world history. No religion is perfect, but they have idiots in their followers.

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          There is violence in ALL religions from the past to the present

          But the only religion today causing massive amounts of violence on a daily basis is Islam. Islam has killed more Muslims than non-Muslims.

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        gtgamble,

        You are a person who believes Buddhism is a snake.

        So how can you point fingers at other religions?

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      Add Paul ( perhaps aka Leela) to the list to make it No.11

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    Thank You Sharmini for this excellent and well written discourse on the malaise that currently afflicts the thinking minds of many in our thrice-blessed island. Sadly, the success of your effort has brought out the rabid, foaming-from-the-mouth and spewing rubbish, that we have to wade through in order to seek the considered views of those capable of understanding the points you have raised. You hit the spot in your sections on ‘Insecurities of Sinhala-Buddhists’ and ‘Sinhala-Buddhist Politics’ as, in my humble opinion,and from where I am perched, the future looks very dismal indeed if the brainwashing of young buddhist children lead us all to the abyss of yet another national catastrophe. May the gods of our collective imaginings save us from another hopeless era spent smiting each other.

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    It is now very evident from the comments on this thread, who and what a Sinhala-Budhdhist is.

    JimSofty fires salvos of insults as he has no intelligent counter-argument to offer.

    K.A. Sumanasekera has obviously got played-out by an NGO he worked for. They probably didn’t pay his salary.So he has to hit out at NGOs whenever possible.

    Asanka believes that those who respect other religions are jokers.

    Lester has had a personal nasty experiences in Saudi Arabia and hates all Muslims.

    Chandana believes that the Buddha condoned statue worshiping.

    Sunil Dahanayake has had a bad experience at a nightclub. Probably got thrown out for bad behaviour or for not settling the bill.

    Abhaya hasn’t either understood or read the article and thinks the writer is a Christian.

    gtganble claims that Buddhism is neither a religion nor philosophy but a snake that will attack you.

    Hela doesn’t know who a moderate Buddhist is as they have not introduced themselves to him as ‘Moderate Buddhists’.

    With such a low level of intelligence and lack of wisdom as displayed by these commentators how can they be expected to understand the Buddha’s noble teachings?

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    Rubbish article. Sharmini doesn’t know the basics of Buddhism. There is no such thing as Buddhist moderate.

    Either you are a practising Buddhist or you are Buddhist in name only.

    The convent educated author(kalu suddha) seems to be on NGO and payroll.

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      so then what do you call people who follow buddhism in this country, but wants to have nothing to do with racists and extremists? are they not ‘moderates’ compared to people like BBS and Sinhala Raavaya?

      who is a “buddhist in name only”? is it those who wear the robes of a monk and scream profanities with a buddha statue not feet away from them, and preach hatred and violence? is it those who claim they’re “protecting the religion” and go on violent rampages causing harm? or is it those who speak against such acts?

      in your view, does “practicing” buddhism mean openly hating and criticizing all other faiths? is that a prerequisite for being a “true” buddhist?

      do you know that the BBS is also receiving quite a lot of funds from NGOs?

      is everyone who speaks english a “kalu suddha” to you? what does that make you?

      do you disagree that most of the liquor bought and stored before poya days are by buddhists? is this fact (and others like them she’s presented) the reason why the article is “rubbish”? are such people who (especially in rural areas) do these hypocritical things “true buddhists” to you?

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    Rubbish article. Sharmini doesn’t know the basics of Buddhism. There is no such thing as Buddhist moderate.

    Either you are a practising Buddhist or you are Buddhist in name only.

    The convent educated author(kalu suddha) seems to be on NGO payroll.

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      Jones,

      Which Buddhist are you? Practicing Buddhist or Buddhist in name only?

      You seem to be neither.

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      Dear Shamini The shameful! u’re a damn filthy scum of earth,just look how
      Islam treats all others, including you dumb woman,
      1.”Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran2:191

      “Make war on the infidels(non believers of
      Islam) living in your neighborhood.” Koran 9:123

      “When opportunity arises, kill the
      infidels(non believers of Islam) wherever you catch them.” Koran 9:5

      “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran
      3:85

      “The Jews and the Christians are perverts;
      fight them.”… Koran 9:30

      “Maim and crucify the infidels if they
      criticize Islam” Koran 5:33

      “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire,
      hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19

      “The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims
      to fight them.” Koran 8:65

      “Muslims must not take the infidels(non
      belivers of Islam) as friends.” Koran 3:28

      “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures
      other than the Qur’an.” Koran 8:12

      “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize
      the infidels(non belivers of Islam).” Koran 8:60)

      *As the Muslims are allowed to lie to infidels(non Muslims) about
      anything, especially about Islam. There are two doctrines taught in the Koran
      which promote lying. One is called al taqiyya (to lie to protect one’s self
      from persecution, emotional harm or physical harm, real or perceived) and
      kitman (to spread misinformation – especially to benefit Islam and to aid its
      spread).

      2. Qur’an 2:193 says; “Fight them until there is no more
      Al Fitnah (‘Al Fitnah’ meant Jews and Christians at the time, but in today’s
      context the word means all religious followers including Buddhists&Hindus)
      and religion is only for Allah. And Qur’an 9:5 says; “Fight and kill the
      disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in
      wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

      Referring to Hadith, Ishaq:324 says; “Fight them so that there is no more
      rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must not have
      rivals.” And Ishaq:587 says; “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering
      affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to
      Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will
      fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have
      mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the
      command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established.
      And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”

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    Senior columnist Mr Senanayaks thinks the Sinhala Buddhist hate Tamils, Muslims and Christians.

    Tamil tigers killed thousands of Sinhala Buddhists ,including children ,mums, granddads and grandmas, the lot.

    Did any Sinhala Buddhist attack any Tamils?.

    Did the Sinhala Budhhists have any stoushes with Muslims since 1915?.

    Did Sinhala Buddhists kill and burn any lay Christians let alone their Priests?.

    Didn’t all these Halal skirmishes, the work of a Norwegian NGO arranged with the help of Mr Eric Solheim?.

    Do you need any clues to understand what his motive and the agenda is?.

    organised , funded and trained

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Did any Sinhala Buddhist attack any Tamils?.”

      Why don’t you visit Sri Lanka once in while?

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      hey [Edited out] Leela ( K A Sumanasekera) what a stupid comment that u have made

      you ask
      “Did any Sinhala Buddhist attack any Tamils?.”

      think of 1956,1958,1981 and 1983,think of Bindunuwewa and all the other massacres

      tell me machan was LEE POTTER LTD only swindling from the Buddhists or did you get money from others as well?

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      “Did any Sinhala Buddhist attack any Tamils?.”

      ——-

      Sumane,they loved the tamils during the riots of 56,58,77,81 and 83 and the more than 10000 aerial sorties of bombings in the north and east.

      They also loved the tamils during incarceration through the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

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        Shankar for your information Sumansekera is none other than LEELA of the LEE POTTER HOUSING SCANDAL fame he lived in UK and now back in sri lanka and said to be in Horana area

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        shankar

        “Did any Sinhala Buddhist attack any Tamils?.”

        Never, it was the Tamils who were responsible for attacks on Tamils just like Tamils burning down the Jaffna library.

        When did you leave Sri Lanka, before 1950s?

        If you want to familiarise with Sri Lankan history please start reading Daily News, history by Nalin, Champika, Kamalika, ….. or listening to JimSofty, Hela, Leela, …………….and 18 million other Sinhala/Buddhists.

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    Sorry should all of us need to go through an exercise of REHABILITATION.

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    Sharmini Serasinghe, Thank you for your interesting article. However being a follower of the Buddha’s Dhamma, I can only feel pity for your ‘Sinhala Buddhists’ because this is the Ritualistic Buddhism they have been taught from their childhood, and which they believe is all there is to Buddhism. They are taught the Gathas without knowing the meaning of them. They are taught that the Pirith has to be chanted just so, otherwise the ‘magic’ would not Work, and the Devas would not come to listen! But they would not know that it is important to understand what the Pali words mean! As a Buddhist by Birth, I would have been just another ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ except for the fortunate circumstance that I encountered an Enlightened Teacher, who led me onto the Buddha’s Eightfold Path, as a preferred ‘Way of Living’. The Sri Lankan practice of ordaining Children into the Sangha, may have led to this debacle. The Dhamma is such a profound Philosophy, that only a mature Mind can appreciate it. Those Monks and Nuns, whom I can really call True followers, are those who discovered Buddhism at a mature Age. Is there no system in place in Sri Lanka, whereby the Sanghanayakes have the Authority to disrobe Monks who do not act according to the Vinaya, and make a mockery of our Teacher’s great Dhamma?

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      This is truly the problem in Sri Lanka, and several of my comments on this site in the past have echoed these sentiments.

      Over the last few months I have studied some of the elderly monks in this country and they are very reasonable and worthy of respect/veneration. Monkhood by it self is a challenge which no ordinary man can live by and surely we can not have so many virtuous men as we see today on the streets. I think the robe is dished out too liberally and as a result has diminished its value.

      Recently the Prime Minister had this to say, but not sure he is thinking on exactly the same lines:

      http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=82032

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        Going by the comments made on CT threads by Muslims, it appears that they have a greater understanding and respect for the Buddha and the Dhamma than these Sinhala-Buddhists.

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      I often wonder if some of those so called Buddhist monks understand the meaning of those Pali verses they keep uttering.

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    I am dissapointed that I have been listed at no 10. I should be no 1. This is blatant discrimination. CT please register my strogest protest.

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      Hela

      One day you will hit the number one spot.

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    This a GOOD EXAMPLE for writing for the sake of writing…..just find something, twist it & smash it as you wish and then just throw out garbage…..sign of confusion, un-employment, and the desire to post the name (and the picture) in the internet. what a soul.

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    Hats off…you have the courage to write this excellent article…

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    What Sharmini Serasinghe has tried to pin point is the disparity between Buddhists’ theory and practice in our country and she is quite right to do so because the gap is far too wide. Many criticise her because she highlights and brings to their consciousness their own lack of true adherence to Buddhist values. It hurts. They call it Buddhist bashing. If it is bashing, she is in fact bashing the abuse of Buddhism and not the true teaching. Many say they are protecting Buddhism, but what is the Buddhism they expect to preserve with their protection? Is it one of mere outward ritual of ‘mal pahan pooja’, ‘bodhi pooja’ reciting all the ‘gathas’, building more and more Buddha statues of cement and stone? It is claimed by these critics that these rituals help, but do they? Are these the rituals and methods of worship that we are trying to protect and preserve by calling it Buddhism? Worship and ritualistic practices do not form the core of Buddhism. This is an illusory view and that is why this country’s Buddhist majority are in deep moral decay. It is delusion. What we need to preserve and protect are the Buddhist values that we should live by. In other words let us protect and preserve the practice of Buddha’s teaching. To preserve and protect Buddhism all that we need to do is practice what the Buddha taught; when more and more people adopt and commit to such practice Buddhism will spread far and wide. Propagation of Buddhism is not propagation of ritual. We do not need another religion with a host of ritual. There are several hundred such we can choose from if that is what we want.

    When we abuse Buddha’s teaching of Metta, Karuna, Mudhitha, Upeksha, and still say we are doing so to protect Buddhism, we are nothing but hypocrites. In fact we are not Buddhists. To my view the people ( including priests) in the BBS are not Buddhists. They are pretenders. So when Sharmini Serasinghe tries to raise the issue of an aberration in our practice of Buddhism let us at least try to practise right understanding and respond kindly. Otherwise we are mere ignorant pretenders.

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      Wickramasiri,

      You have spoken on behalf all the moderates on this thread.

      Thank you.

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      What is being practised in temples, by so-called Sinhala-Buddhists, is pure and simple Hindu Devala practice. Real Practising Buddhists do not need any labels, they carry on even if there is no one else to hold their hand! We don’t even call ourselves Buddhists, just Humans walking a Path that was opened up to us a long time ago by an Enlightened Being!

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    All those who call this article “rubbish” or “garbage” use the same terms as the rest of their ilk. They don’t even have the intellectual capability to find a suitable synonym let alone understand the message in this article.

    None of them have put up an intelligent argument with substance so far to explain why they call this piece “rubbish” or “garbage”.

    Only fools resort to insults when they are caught with their pants down.

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    It is good to note that we yet have people who understand true Budhism that Siddhartha preached. Anyone who follows the Dhamma, is a Buddhist. It transcends language, eligion, cast, race, sex or creed. That is the greatness of Budhism. Many decades ago, I had the priviledge and honour of meeting one of them, when I was an Intern at the Surgical ward in Colombo. The Gentle-man came to visit a colleague of his, who was in our ward. Instinctively I got up from my chair when I saw him! Later I realised why I did so; as we had a chat after he saw his colleague. He himself was a doctor who did his interneship in that very same ward 35 years earlier. He then gave up medicine, and retreated to a place in Minintale away from civilisation. I had one of the most illuminating conversations with him. There are many true Budhists in Sri lanka, and most of us recognise them when we see them. They speak from the heart. IF we are alert and mindful; we will be rewarded.

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      Sam, just a small correction. Siddhartha Gauthama did not teach Buddhism as a layman, he taught the Four Noble Truths only after he attained Enlightenement.

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    Garbage……….writing for just the sake of writing something…..

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    Followers of ant religion can divided in to various categories as writer wish and according to his knowledge

    There are moderate followers in any religion Not only Buddhist

    There may be hidden objective in this article

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      D.G.Dayaratne,

      “There may be hidden objective in this article”

      According to you what might that hidden objective be?

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        kattakarawala

        “According to you what might that hidden objective be?”

        If her hidden objective is to destroy Sinhala/Buddhism and protect and liberate Buddhism from Sinhala/Buddhists we should welcome it and support her.

        She can count on me.

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    HIDDEN OBJECTIVE: To promote protestant Buddhism in the country. This was done by a Christian Theosophical crusader by the name, Henry Steel Olcott, who introduced all the Christian aspects to Protestant Buddhism.

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    This article nothing but a cancer. Growing in the body and destroy it. She has shown to the public she is writing it to protect Buddhism but her real target/motive is to destroy it and attack present government. It can clearly understand by her NGO dependent title. A woman who went to middle east wrote a book against Buddhism called “anduren eliyata”. This is another version.

    Tamils complained to British before 1948 against CWW Kannangara saying he allocated more money to Sinhalese and could not prove it. There were harthal l950s, and is it because of today Buddhist hardliners. I do not agree any one blindly following any religion. I have seen extremists among other religion followers as well. What real problem in SL today is we have not taken real democratic values from British. Can a Sinhala, Tamil,Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, or Muslim party be register in UK or US? I don’t think even though millions of them living there.

    Up country Sinhalese has one law for them, Low country Sinhalese has another for them. Tamils has Thesavaleme for them. Muslims has Sharia for them. None of them knows under which law they are governed. Then how can all people be equal without having one equal law for all of them. In SL what is to be done is to have broad discussion and bring all under ONE LAW merging all these laws and govern equally rather blaming religions or dividing people as per their religion or language.

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      Ratna

      “She has shown to the public she is writing it to protect Buddhism but her real target/motive is to destroy it and attack present government.”

      If her objective is to destroy Sinhala/Buddhism we must support her and speed up the process, not that Sinhala/Buddhism needs others for its own inevitable demise.

      You will do well to remember Buddhism is being practiced in its pristine form (as taught by Buddha) by many within and outside this island.

      Buddhism is safe.

      “Can a Sinhala, Tamil,Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, or Muslim party be register in UK or US? I don’t think even though millions of them living there.”

      If you are implying that the immigrants do not have the rights to form their respective parties in the USA and UK, then how dare the descendants of Kallathoni illegal immigrants from North/South India continue to form racist parties and contest elections with ballot rigging as the sole manifesto pledge.

      All people who claim to be Sinhalese, Tamils, Buddhist, Christians, Muslims, Hindus should not only be banned from contesting elections but also from voting, if we are to extend your stupid observation.

      It would be possible only when all descendants of Kallathonies return to their motherland, India.

      It appears you need to do Google search and most importantly self search.

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        Native Vedda,

        You have proved time and time again through CT threads that your
        level of intellect and wisdom is far above the so called Sinhala-Buddhists.

        Lanka can truly shine in all its glory only if you and the rest of your people reclaim Lanka from these ‘foreign invaders’ and kick them back to where ever they came from.

        The Sinhalese and Tamils are destroying this wonderful country (which is rightfully yours) with their shortsighted stupidity.

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    Dear SHIRO,You dumb scum of the colonial era don’t understand how islam treats other religions,
    And the hidden agenda of Muslims is to,1. “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran
    2:191

    “Make war on the infidels(non belivers of
    Islam) living in your neighborhood.” Koran 9:123

    “When opportunity arises, kill the
    infidels(non belivers of Islam) wherever you catch them.” Koran 9:5

    “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran
    3:85

    “The Jews and the Christians are perverts;
    fight them.”… Koran 9:30

    “Maim and crucify the infidels if they
    criticize Islam” Koran 5:33

    “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire,
    hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19

    “The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims
    to fight them.” Koran 8:65

    “Muslims must not take the infidels(non
    belivers of Islam) as friends.” Koran 3:28

    “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures
    other than the Qur’an.” Koran 8:12

    “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize
    the infidels(non belivers of Islam).” Koran 8:60)

    *As the Muslims are allowed to lie to infidels(non Muslims) about
    anything, especially about Islam. There are two doctrines taught in the Koran
    which promote lying. One is called al taqiyya (to lie to protect one’s self
    from persecution, emotional harm or physical harm, real or perceived) and
    kitman (to spread misinformation – especially to benefit Islam and to aid its
    spread).

    2. Qur’an 2:193 says; “Fight them until there is no more
    Al Fitnah (‘Al Fitnah’ meant Jews and Christians at the time, but in today’s
    context the word means all religious followers including Buddhists&Hindus)
    and religion is only for Allah. And Qur’an 9:5 says; “Fight and kill the
    disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in
    wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

    Referring to Hadith, Ishaq:324 says; “Fight them so that there is no more
    rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must not have
    rivals.” And Ishaq:587 says; “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering
    affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to
    Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will
    fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have
    mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the
    command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established.
    And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”

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      Errol dePinto,

      You stupid senile nitwit!

      This article is about Sinhala-Buddhism NOT about Islam.

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    Jet Setting monks of Thailand,the wy of life that some want

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/jet-setting-buddhist-monks-lifestyle-probe-1958259

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      They are not ordinated !
      Thailand Buddhists council confirmed it..

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