7 July, 2022

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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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    Garbage Article.

    So the responses will be garbage too.

    You can create so many hypotheses and so many conclusions.

    Whether those are true ? Who knows.

    Because, every thing is in your mind.

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      “So the responses will be garbage too.”

      Your own response exemplifies your theory! – was that the intent?

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        The Time Magazine has been banned in Lanka because the cover story was on rabid Buddhist monks in Burma. The next cover story would be on Lanka’s rabid Buddhist monks led by Gotabaya Rajapassa, the war criminal of Lanka who is so-called ‘defense secretary’ who is a murderer intent on establishing militarized Buddhism to secure the Rajapassa military dictatorship and the family’s looting of the public wealth.

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      im imagining a kid who, when being scolded, closes his eyes and ears and sings over the parent’s voice.

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      JimSofty

      “So the responses will be garbage too.”

      Don’t you enjoy garbage in garbage out types of writings.

      Malinda, Shenali,…….. are your favourite typists.

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        …. and the Native Wanda his archtypal foe.

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      Jim softly.you are the garbage mate.Your prolific comments on this site confirm this.Though you make hundreds of comments and seem to have the time to do so because you are paid by your masters for it,none of the comments have any substance or sense in it.Have some thought for the readers to whom you dish out this rubbish of yours.Many of them must be just not reading your comments at all but do have some feelings for those who have to put up with the garbage you dish out.At least reduce your comments to two a day from the current hundred so that there will be substantially less garbage on this site.Colombo telegrapgh should not use paid lackeys to use this site for propaganda purposes and pollute it.Quality is what is neede not a load of rubbish.

      I personally thought this was a fine article though you refer to it as garbage.The incisive analysis done was quite skillful and lacking in any bias altogether.In fact i hate articles of bias and don’t read them altogether when i see some authors.For you to call its garbage shows that it is like casting pearls before a swine.

      Among the tamils there is the tamil srilankans as opposed to the srilankan tamils.The tamil srilankans have swelled in numbers due to the actions of the sinhala bhuddhists.They would have stayed as srilankan tamils or been undecided in the middle ground if not for being pushed into the camp of tamil srilankans and want a space and territory for themselves far away from the sinhala bhuddhists.I suspect that a large number of “aapu minissu”who came and settled in the low country from south india and converted to bhuddhism are sinhala bhuddhists,not bhuddhist sinhalese.The kandyan maha sangha was right to keep these vociferous duplicate converts out of their fold,but they went and formed their own sangha using thailand priests to form it for them,however that sangha must be shaming the bhuddha to such an extent he must be turning in his grave.

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      Dear Shamani Serasinghe,

      The question you are asking is What is the CORE Problem?

      A very good analysis of the two types of Sri Lankan Buddhists. I would like to further clarify, the two types, and add a third type, who does not belong these two categories.

      1.Buddhist Moderates (Sri Lankans) – Moderates understand and respect Buddhism as a philosophy and quietly practice their faith in daily life to the best of their ability.

      There is a sub category, who are philosophers, but also respect the other philosophers, science, and may or may not believe in the unproven Nirvana, Nibbana, Rebirth and Sansara, but want an Egalitarian society, and do not belive the various Myths.

      2.The Sinhala-Buddhist- = Need to be Sinhala, and Need to be Buddhist.
      = Sinhala Buddhist Racists= Sinhala Mara Followers

      They want to identify as Sinhala. Who are the Sinhala? They belong th the Southern Indian Genepool, and they discriminate their own gene pool, the Southern Indian Tamils and Muslims.

      They Claim to be Buddhists, and it has nothing to do with Buddhism.

      They follow Mara. They are opportunists. Like Monk Mahanama, BBS, JHU and others. They do not know Buddhist Philosophy, make Statues out of clay, paint them and worship them. That is tribal. This is the Sinhala Buddhist Tribe, piggy backing of the Enlightened Buddhas Buddhism.

      What is the Core Problem? The Core Problem is Sinhala Buddhism,

      What happened to the original natives and their beliefs? Did anybody in Lanka achieve Nirvana, Nibbana or rebirth after 2,300 years? NO

      This is where the Core Problem lies, with the Sinhala Buddhists and the Brainwashing of the Myths by Monk Mahanama.

      Actually, it is Buddhism that is the Core problem in Lanka, not necessarily Sinhala. Why? Monk Hegemony. Lanka had a civilization before the introduction of Buddhism.

      So IF the Sinhala were all Christian or Catholic, they would have a different worldview, and would be more accommodating of the other peoples, and would not be mislead by the Monk Hegemony.
      Furthermore, Lanka was originally Veddah, Yakka, Naga and Rakshaya before the introduction of Sinhalese by the Kalingas, the “grandson” of the Lion, and the Myths of Monk Mahanama.

      Bali Island Indonesia is 94% Hindu and Peaceful.
      Lanka was Jain, Animist and Hindu before the introduction of Buddhism.
      King Ravana was Hindu,and civilized, if Ramayana was true.

      So, the historical data points out the core problem in Lanka as Buddhist Monks and Buddhism, to continue the Monk Hegemony. Did anybody gain Nirvanna, Nibbana, Rebirth, or Sansara in Lanka over the past 2,500 years? NO.

      BBS, Burma Monks and the Mahanayakas are the problem. They belong to the Sinhala Buddhist Tribe. They are like the Catholic Church Before Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation.

      So, what is needed is the Reformation of the Monk Hegemony.
      Is there a Buddhist Martin Luther? That is what is needed.

      Read;

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc6Ci_V23oE

      During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation

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      It’s a waste of time to read, respond or take Jim shits Softy. A jobless Sinhala-Buddhist thrives on rolling on his own feces.

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      Excellent article! Hats off to you Sharm. Thanks a million Keep writing, be of good courage and stay the course – toe SAVE BUDDHISM FROM THE SINHALA BUDDHIST MODAYAS!

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      @CT
      It is strange that always “Jim Softy” type guys made the first comment in CT articles and usually those comments insult common intellectuality. Now I have suspicion that Jim Softy like guys are the moderators of CT (initial commenters) I suspect that these moderators put silly insulting comments as the first comments and lot of people get agitated and sends lots of responses. The pure motive of this could be to get more responses to their web site.

      If I am correct, this is really ugly.. Again shows CT is not much difference to SL uncivilized leaders.
      Hope I am wrong!!!
      Anura

      Yes Anura, you are wrong – CT

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        Anura

        I suspect Jimmy is a grumpy old man who has nothing better to do at home or he is home and alone and craving for attention.

        What do you want him to do when he is wider awake which I believe is every other 15 minutes?

        Peace be upon him.

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          “he is home and alone and craving for attention.”
          —————

          veddha,why don’t you pay him a visit.This could be the beginning of a long,fruitful and loving relationship.

          Ps.be a bit careful.There are a lot of dirty old men too.Jim sounds a bit of a frustrated type of fellow.Don’t know about the grumpy part though,but regular visits from you should put that right for him.Think of the nirvana aspect by being “nice” to him.

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            shankar

            “but regular visits from you should put that right for him.Think of the nirvana aspect by being “nice” to him.”

            Remember we wear designer amudey when we visit our friends, relatives and the higher up in the society and we also carry our fashion accessories Bow, Arrow and Axe.

            I don’t mind visiting our Jimmy provided I am allowed to wear a chastity belt underneath my amudey.

            “Think of the nirvana aspect by being “nice” to him.”

            You are a dirty old man/woman.

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              veddha,going in a amudey is okay and i’am sure jim would love to see your spanking clean hairy thighs,but don’t go with the bow and arrows stuff and give a fright to him.He might die of a heart attack like the school principal who was doing the leadership training recently.

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              A ‘katakaliyawa’ would suffice in place of the chastity belt while holding 2 Bull Terriers on your sides like Sarathmadu’s machoman character ‘Unicor’.

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        Thank you for your response CT. I believe you.
        Anura

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        I am telling you, you re absolutely right. This is the feeling I also have whenever I start reading the articles on this platform. JSOFTY is beyond the margins. For me as one who joins to this from Europe – has no other reliable platform either to exchange my views with.

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    Buddhist Moderates = Night Club Buddhists.

    If someone respects all religions in Sri Lanka His/Her faith is not Buddhist, Christian, Muslim or Hindu. It is “Bahá’í Faith”.

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      Camel urine Asanaka aka Jimsoththi aka Angoda Leela, for you this article is garbage. For us you are a garbage, your BBS is junk and your Gota Mara are trash.
      You all are born racist terrorists like Veluppillai Praba and Taleban.
      For us you all are mad dogs.

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        This sums up the Sinhala-Buddhists in this forum

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        Those so called Sri Lankan Buddhists are not Buddhists. They use Buddhism to gain advantages by putting wrong on Sinhalese Buddhists. They are problem for existence of Sinhalese Buddhists.

        Some of them are fear of losing their Muslim friends. They know that Islam is not correct but they don’t say it.

        Sri Lankan Animal right and women right activists are also hypocrites. They are never against haj animal sacrificing and Gender discrimination in Islam.

        If these Sri Lankan Buddhists were born at the time of Buddha they would say Buddha was a racist since Buddha spoke against Brahmans.

        You don’t have nothing to prove that Camel urine is not halal.

        Bin-Laden is not a racist he’s a good Muslim. He is same as your prophet Muhammad.

        if you think Bin-Laden is a racist it should be needed a system to racist categorization.

        Level 1 Racists
        Bin-Laden like people

        Level 2 Racists
        Saudi and Middle east people

        Level 3 Racists
        Muslims in non-Muslim countries where Muslims population grater than 15%

        Level 4 Racists
        Muslims in non-Muslim countries where Muslims population less than 15%

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          How about Malaysia…Indonesia…many more…

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          Going back to the 80ties, JVPers and their ideologies were totally different to that of today… Just because they fought to gain their benefits. Wimal weerawansa was a paradigm for entire youth in the country to that time. Unis to schools youth were manipulated by them – most of them who were caught by them were the rural youth that suffered from all pressures incl. struggle for the life. Today, see, Weerawansa^s he enjoys his perks while being close to a most virulent president that srilanka ever produced. Where have the so called ideologies gone ? Until they the rural youth gained what they wanted, they fought..
          This is the same with BBS led by pseudo monks… that dont know even to hold public speeches in compliance with buddhistic guidelines. It is like a parasitical disease that infected lanken buddhism. But I myself ask repeatedly, why the MOST sacred prelates or other religious leaders seem to be like anesthetized for such a long period – seem to be dead silent on all these.

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          @ Asanka,

          You are not suitable here to write comments. You have very lease level of education about the world and religion. I hope you need further education to continue to be a Human being in this planet.

          I recommend you to go and study Buddhism first as you are a strong Sinhala Buddhist. Rest you will understand easily.

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      there’s a difference between “respecting a religion” and “following a religion”. how can you be expected to know it, however, when you don’t do either? :)

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        KP,

        Now please, don’t insult his intelligence; he claims to be an intelligent Buddhie (Bhuddist) :),

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        Respecting a religion without following it is a joke.

        Followers always respect the religion that is followed more than his/her respecting religion.

        Tell me how you respect other religions without following it. Then I will tell you the reasons for you being a follower of that religion.

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          i dont follow a religion. im an atheist. but i respect everyone else’s religion and let them get on with it. i don’t try and convert them or tell them what they can and cant do, neither do i insult their faiths or any traditions/religious figures involved.

          THAT’s how you respect a religion and not follow it.

          your move.

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            You don’t respect religions. You respect atheism more than religions.

            You have become a atheist since you feel non of the religions are true.

            There are many atheist authors who have published against religions. The reason is they think religions are not true. It’s simply a disrespect to religions.

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              wow. talking to you is like trying to explain algebra to a brick wall. i can see i cant win an argument with a man who has no idea of what the meaning of “respect” and “belief” are.

              I dont BELIEVE in any religion, but i respect them, what they stand for, and some of the things they teach and provide for humanity.

              and dont you DARE think you know about my religious beliefs and instruct me on them! my beliefs as an atheist is mine, and i dont need YOU to tell me what i can respect or not, and what i can believe and cannot.

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            So why did you become atheist ?

            A person who is not following a religion cannot respect that religion.

            Best way to respect religion is following that religion. Agreeing with teaching of that religion. Taking those teaching to life to make it better.

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              “A person who is not following a religion cannot respect that religion.”

              To anyone who’s reading this thread of comments, I present to you the height of narrow-mindedness and ignorance.

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      Asanka,

      According to you “If someone respects all religions in Sri Lanka His/Her faith is not Buddhist, Christian, Muslim or Hindu. It is “Bahá’í Faith”.

      You have paid such a great compliment to those of the “Bahá’í Faith”.

      But you have insulted Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and Hindus!

      How bad of you.

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        really

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      Angoda Leela converts to Bahai.
      A pig is always a Pig. Its only aim is to eat garbage/shit/carcasses from morning till night and thats what this Ass-sanka whatever is doing with each and every article – spread hatred. Thats what he is paid for. BBS is an extreme cult. Anyone can see that from the faces of this terror sect starting with its main funder/protector.
      People are laughing at them already. This A/H is a member of that Bebadu Sena.
      This oppotunist A/H is a hypocrat. He blames the Christians one time and then he blames the Muslims taking Christians or Tamils sides. He is quick to respond (He is having a couple of dozen Pseudynoms) to any write ups against his lokka Kekille or his regime in order to divert other commenters mind from responding to the article but replying to his own comments.

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      Hey what about SUNGLASS Buddhists???

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    @ Jim Softy….the truth does hurt, and you for sure have S*** for brains or there is a great void where your brains should have been. People like yourself have to learn the hard way only then will they wake up and smell the coffee. We are done with one problem and now the politicians are brewing another storm which will drag this country to the depths of no return. This is what happens when idiots like the MR clan and for that fact most politicians are voted by idiots like yourself. Simple advise….KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS TO YOURSELF JIMSOFTY.

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      Don’t talk like an idiot.

      Truth has many sides. So, it is what you want to talk. This article does not talk about the practical reality.

      So, it is just rubbish.

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        Truth has only one side, if you see so many sides to the truth its not called truth its called FICTION or ILLUSION. The article clearly states the TRUTH and REALITY.

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        You please try to start wearing the loin cloth around the neck to the manner your gurus (MR,BR,NR,CR)do. That is a great match for you guys that seem to have no brains to see things neutrally.

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        JimSofty

        “Don’t talk like an idiot.”

        When did you start talking to a mirror?

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          Not even a mirror is stupid enough to get between JimSofty and ytfoSmiJ.

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        JimSofty:
        “Truth has many sides” certainly sounds like yet another quote by the Mahavamsa according to Mahinda!
        Is there no end to your idiocies,man?

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        All agrees that Jim Bull Shits through cows Arse. Get a life man

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      Jimsofty should 100% be a SINHALA BUDDHIST. So behaviour is obvious.

      I have noticed many among those sinhala buddhists that in general are used to say “Budusarnai” even if they are on their way to harm somebody.The best example is Mervin appu of MR^s cabinet. He is used to go to any kovil to pretend others that he is a practising strong buddhist. But as it is evident to specially the people in Kelaniya area – he is a contract killer. And the other MOST KNOWN SINHALA BUDDHIST is MR, his reactions to his people sofar – clearly since war is over – all his behaviours not giving priority to RULE OF LAW in the country, just paying deaf eye seeing the manner crime investigations are carried out in the country today. But trying to show the otherway around deceiving village folks for their votes.In the reality all these do all wrongdoings – dont care about five precepts (Panachaseela) at least on full moon day.

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    If JIMSOFTY OR ANY GOSL APPOLOGISTS find this article as garbage – they would not find words to name articles published on lanken state media today. Just now listening to a video I myself ask – the manner the president of the country gets on with media people by asking them not to give publicity to the groups of people trying create disharmony between communities – alone a thing that no other country leader would do – as they point out, president s task should be to make the environment so that free media can play a great role safeguarding democratic values for its people.

    I try to inform myself by reading web articles. Current article on “Sinhala Buddhist vs.Moderate Buddhists” is the best among the few I have read so far about the conflicts related to buddhism in srilanka today.

    So, I think the writer is a great and explained it clearly as everyone would get it easily. I can also add my observations about the buddhists. Fortunately, I have dealt with only ” Moderate Buddhists” so far.

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      I am not apologizing for any thing. It is time that Sinhala – buddhist must wake up.

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        JimNutty, you have proven youself as a staunch RACIST. You should consider the possibility of getting off these columns ASAP. I am positive CT will agree with me. Take some kind of capsule that will put you to sleep!

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        Jim Softy,

        “It is time that Sinhala – buddhist must wake up.”

        Yes indeed. It is time they woke up and faced their hypocrisy.

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        This is exactly how VP also started about 30 years back.

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        Yes, wake up to realize what irreparable grave damages these idiots have done to the peaceful coexistence of different religious people and to their lives.

        The author of this article has to be applauded for “hitting the nail on the head”.

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        Sinahala-Buddhists will not only destroy Buddha’s way of life also the Sri Lankan economy.

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    Is this a plug for Christians or the Hindus or both?.

    West funded NGOs surely wouldn’t want any promotion of the Prophet. Would they?.

    Did this learned lady’s CV mention that she is the Director of Communications of a totally West funded NGO which is run by elite Christians who want to promote Peace in a country where more than seventy five percent of the population are Sinhala Buddhists?.

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      Bla bla…
      anyone that bear contradictory views are:
      NGOs,Dollar collectors,Ones works for NGOs, imperialists or westerners that are trying to destroy the nation. These are interpretations of Buruwanse. Wimal Buruwanse is a virus in lanken politics. He is trying to make his as the nation^s view. Easily vulnerable folks get caught to their tricks.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Director of Communications of a totally West funded NGO”

      If the source of funding is the problem lets find funding from the East.

      How about Chinese state North Koreans funding her NGO?

      Would that be acceptable to you?

      “elite Christians who want to promote Peace in a country where more than seventy five percent of the population are Sinhala Buddhists?.”

      If the Sinhala/Buddhists can’t promote peace in this island, someone else has to. In this case you ought to be eternally grateful to the Christians.

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      K.A Sumanasekera,

      If you want to retain your credibility (if you have any) then you must do some background checks before you comment here.

      Firstly the government Peace Secretariat where the writer worked does not function anymore.This office came under the direct purview of the President of Sri Lanka including your paymaster MR. So it is not an NGO.

      Also you say that more than 75% of the population are ‘Sinhala Buddhists’. This is not correct. Many of them are ‘Buddhist Moderates’.

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      Another thorough bred Sinhala Buddhist

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      K A S S;

      When You people Have a headache also you blame west,

      and always going behind liking their back.

      JUST TELL US HOW THEY PAY YOU.

      By money , Boos or Flesh.

      Only You ,
      Your Boru Bana Saaalas,
      and so called Begging to west, Governing Patrons ,having citizenship with two countries are Sinhala Buddhists.

      Who are not following Buddhist principles.

      WE ARE BUDDHIST SINHALESE who are Fear to do sins.

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      60 percent of the 75 percent are non-adherant vahalkada worshippers expecting to discriminate on anothers survival other than to sustain in Buddha’s way of life.

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      @ K.A. Sumanasekera,
      The 2012 statistics shows Sri Lanka has only 69% Buddhists not 75%. Where did you get this figures? You seems to be a fool like Patali Champika (your former minister of Energy and power) who has build the Norocholai coal power plat which 100% failure.

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    Muslims and Tamils engaged in Racist Politics. Tamils want every thing Tamil. Muslim now are doing their though they are not violent or destructive. Church is supporting Tamils and do ing their best to convert Whole Sri Lanka.

    This lady wants to be Vessanthara and give her neck. Is that what she says ?

    She may be writing these articles in order to earn some money.

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      JimSofty

      “Muslims and Tamils engaged in Racist Politics.”

      Please elaborate.

      “Tamils want every thing Tamil.”

      Whats wrong with that?

      “Muslim now are doing their though they are not violent or destructive.”

      Whats wrong with that?

      “Church is supporting Tamils and do ing their best to convert Whole Sri Lanka.”

      Whats wrong with that if Sinhala/Buddhism is unable to serve the needs of the people particularly their spiritual needs?

      “She may be writing these articles in order to earn some money.”

      At least she is working hard to earn a living unlike politicians and saffron clad thugs.

      You have a selective memory bank when it comes to racism, I envy your ability.

      Haven’t the Sinhala/Buddhists been proud racists for the past as many years as one can remember?

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        Dear Native, which part of sumanes body working as a brain? i wonder the way he thinks and write , i dont think top of neck is not his brain….

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          Jmuthu,where is the “evil singhala bhuddhist thugs”,have you stopped it.If so good.I hope your twin brother Jim softly also stops dishing out hundreds of garbage comments.

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          J.muthu

          “which part of sumanes body working as a brain?”

          I have no idea.

          However though he sits on his brain – I am completely convinced.

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            A Drawinized species.

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      It is strange that right now, at this very moment, it is the saffron robed thugs and their racist followers who are making such a big deal of everything Muslim and Christian, attacking businesses, places of worship, and inciting violence, and we have NOT seen ANY violence or retaliation from the minority victims, yet an apologist for terrorism is blaming it ALL on them. Is too hard for you to accept facts, or is it you find that hard to comprehend. Commenters like you who keep spewing hatred for others, unable to face the truth, and trying to incite hate have no credibility, as you can see from the responses you keep getting.

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      BUT FOR ONCE I TOTALLY AGREE WITH HER !!!

      Is it ethical for a “Sinhala-Buddhist State” to open its doors for an international Casino King ???? In which suthra this is approved.
      Is it “Singalowada Suthra” which says “roaming in the streets at inappropriate times brings the down fall of man kind”! (awelawe veedi sancharaya kireemen minisa parihaniyata path we”!)

      Will the CASINOS too be closed on the FULL MOON POYA DAY ? :)

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      No bugger wants to convert anyone in Sri Lankan as they are not bloody fools to fall pray to your propaganda.

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    Shamini’s Weerasinghe’s job is doing Business (KAde yanawa) for Muslims and bashing Sri Lanka, Buddhism and even the Sri Lankan National anthem.

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      JimSofty

      “bashing Sri Lanka, Buddhism and even the Sri Lankan National anthem.”

      More would be desirable.

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      The author has exposed the difference between Sinhala-Buddhists and the Moderate Buddhists.

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      Hi Jim…did you watch Gnasekara’s speech..he says there’s no Sri Lanka..he want change the country’s name as well…write about that…you racist idiot…

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    All those who were selling PEACE Between LTTE and the govt on behalf of foreigners, apparently, have sold their souls to money and they all talk like white collar criminals.

    They are anti-buddhists. In the case of Sri Lanka as mostly the Sinhala people are the buddhists, she is bashing every thing Sinhala.

    All for money.

    I would die with a conscience and would not sell anything and every thing for money.

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      Money is the root cause of all good and keeps one in the driving seat.

      Right and Wrong are relative but the third middle path Sinhala Buddhist is evil.

      Author has bought out the differences explicitly and hope the others spell it out too so sanity may prevail in Sri Lanka.

      Buddhism the philosophy and way of like.- I like it because that is what we touched in all our travels from BudhaGaya to Lumbini.

      Gautama was born a Hindu and died one. Even after 500 years when they first wrote it in Sanskrit no one disputed it.

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      JimSofty,

      “I would die with a conscience and would not sell anything and every thing for money”.

      Do you really have a conscience to die with? Really JimSofty you could have fooled me.

      You might be better off settling for the money.

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      How about you Selling your soul for few pieces of silver

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    Good article Ms. Serasinghe. You have given us in a single article the situation in the country as it is today, the arrogance of handful of saffron robed terrorists, who have hijacked their own religion and the teachings that most Buddhist follow – one of peace and tolerance, to not only disgrace their own people, but to use it as an instrument in their path to violence and destruction. Those who have insulted you here, obviously agree with that crowd and cannot stand the truth being spoken, and prefer to live in the darkness spread by a malicious group of bullies and racists. Sometimes the truth is hard to take.

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    This article is a utter rubbish. What does the author know about the history and the Buddhism. According to popular classification, the author belongs to the night club Buddhist category. The lack of knowledge in Buddhism is clearly demonstrated in the article by the author as she mentions that Buddhist should not worship statues/symbols. Lord Buddha has Cleary preached that by worshiping a statue one can have ” Shardha” in the mind resulting in true faith to triple gems. I do not want to criticize many other points which are not true. I kindly request the author to write around politics, journalism without writing something she does not know. It is such as shame to call her as a Buddhist. It looks like even she has not attended 3rd grade of Dhammma school.

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      Read her blog spot and how she is publishing venom against Sinhala buddhists, buddhist monks, National anthem etc.

      See how many muslim friends see have.

      This is how all the people who sold Peace during the LTTE time. They have sold completely to foreign NGO money.

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        to thine own self be true as the night follows the day!

        JS you are talking to the mirror- wake up before its too late.

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        People like her fostering Islam and stay silent if something happened to Buddhists. She also try to divide the Sinhalese exactly what Muslim Facebook pages try to do these days.

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          Guys…why you guys are afraid about other religions…you can promote your religion if you introduce Buddhism instead of Sinhala Buddhism…

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      This is just an analysis about today^s buddhists in SL. Why should the writer explain all about buddhism in her article ? Talk to others please, as she explains in the article, these categories are the reflection of lanken society. Those who support BBS cant be good buddhists. Those monks that hold hate speeches about muslims cant be real buddhist monks. Did you NOT YET notice that Ghanasara himself responded that he finds nothing wrong in violating or behaving rude if it needs to do so – this he added to Derana lately. He is talented at turning words favourably to his motives. The question remains, why then he is in safron robes ? They are just trying to make an issue out of non-issue- about Muslims. Just because they are allowed to speak out publicly, they must not abuse innocent masses. One monk repeats about serving food by muslims – stammering stories that the muslims in general serve food with their split to the non-muslims – I never heard this from any muslims. How can a buddhist monk with a healthy mind spread this kind of untruths. What they demonstrate are simply the unrest – that we experienced in late 80ties in the country – many of the mentioned monks pretend their intentions until they the oppotunists finish abusing free education at PIRIWENAs.

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      Chandana,

      You say “Lord Buddha has Clearly preached that by worshiping a statue one can have ” Shardha” in the mind resulting in true faith to triple gems”.

      Can you please tell me when and where the Buddha “clearly” preached this? I’m sure you don’t know!

      Also it is not ” Shardha”. It is Shraddha (Sanskrit) or Saddha (Pali).
      In Buddhism Shraddha means something closer to “trust” or “conviction.”

      So if you must ‘worship’ a statue to trust the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha Triple Gem) or be convinced by it, then you can’t be much of a Buddhist.

      As the writer says, to people like you “……..the noble teachings of the Buddha are akin to casting pearls before swine!

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      Chandana,

      “According to popular classification, the author belongs to the night club Buddhist category”.

      You must be patronizing night clubs on a regular basis to know “the night club Buddhist category”.

      Could you please enlighten me on this (according to you) “popular classification”?

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      Chandana!

      Thēravāda Buddhism rejects completely Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism. Thus, it rejects statues, music, dance, Drama, and other fine arts. Mahāyāna Buddhism only accepts these! Please go through the Sinhala Sandesaya poems. Thus, in Lanka we can speak about the ‘Arts and Architecture of Mahāyāna Buddhism! In the archaeological finds(Brahmi, Tamil, Sinhala inscriptions, coins, seals, potsherds, architecture etc.) of Lanka and India, we find Buddha and Buddhism symbolized. Unfortunately, the Sinhalese who claim themselves as Thēravāda Buddhists failed to conduct a scientific study on symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism speak imaginary things! For example. You find a number of symbols in different combinations the Ancient coins of North and South, Brahmi inscriptions etc. But, Profs. Paranavithana, Bopeaaraachchi and others have failed to find out what those symbols severally and jointly symbolize.

      You have asked a question: “What does the author know about the history and the Buddhism.” First of all the Thēravāda Buddhist Monks, the Sinhalese who themselves as Thēravāda Buddhists and the ‘Learned’ of the Lankan Universities must conduct a scientific study on Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism and re-examine the archaeological finds of Lanka to understand the history of Lanka and Buddhism!!

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    Dear Writer,

    What you write is garbage and does not have any value. Your ideas do not represent 80% of the population of Sri Lanka. The real Buddhist and Buddhism prevail in the rural villages of Sri Lanka. Most of the them are non- English speaking village people. They are the real hearts and minds of Sri Lanka who protects and practice Buddhism. They are the people who protect Buddhist heritage and culture not the “Night-Club Buddhists who talk Buddhism with a glass of Wine or Whisky.

    Your classification of “Moderate Buddhists” are “Night-Club” Buddhists and they do not have or represent Sinhalese Buddhist cultural values.

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      So who are you idiot? You are speaking English, so you are not your “real Buddhist” category!!! ;) ;) This is the real hypocrisy ;)

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        A Frog that lived in a well, migrated to a developed western country and remained a Frog in the well !

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      Don’t like idiot Sunil!

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      Listen to Nethfm, they bring stories about real buddhists from the villages. You may be talking about the buddhist that you thought were living then on villages. Today, only murders, rapists and all kind of abusers are filled on those villages. Sad truth is this as I also got to notice during my last tour to lanka. There is no good buddhists today in villages. This is absolutly not the updates.

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      Sunil dahanayaka says”They are the real hearts and minds of Sri Lanka who protects and practice Buddhism.”

      So they practice bhuddhism through crime is it?Go and see the crime statistics in the rural areas and compare that as a percentage of the population to that of south india.So according to you if they are indeed practicing bhuddhism then the bhuddha must have also wanted a violent crime filled society too,instead of even going to the extent of teaching the right speech,Right action,let alone violence and crime.can any of these villagers you glorify even control their tongue properly or be trustworthy with their neighbours through the right actions,let alone crime.If india was with 1200 million of these types then it would have become completely ungovernable with daily violence.

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        Shankar, you are spot on.

        Today those who apparently to be buddhists do all jawaram in the country. THere is no respect and dignity towards anyone down there. Ones those who have the chance to visit their parents once a year while living in abroad get to see the deteriorating of the lanken society reaching appalling levels to this date.

        Political leaders to be blame for all the problems that we face in the society. They are not at all exemplary as had been before 80ties. People in general behave there is no place to moral values. Perhaps, struggle against the survival in relatively expensive life could be the main reason. After all you have to fight for survival then they can consider about the values of society.

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        The most good examples are Mervin and few other politicians in the current regime. He always says he is a buddhist but he is reported to have directly involved in the Waragoda killing. Most ridicule above everything is – MERVIN was one member of the jumbo delegation of the MR these days to Seychelles. LAW OF THE COUNTRY WAS – IF A MAN (LANKEN CITIZEN) IS SUPPOSED TO BE KEY OF THE ACCUSED OF A CRIME OR ANY CASES – HE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO FOREIGN TRIPS UNTIL THE CASE IS PROPERLY EXAMINED. BUT THE PRESIDENT ^S 43 YEAR RECORDS PERMITS ALLEGED CRIMINALS TO ACCOMPANY HIS OFFICIAL TRIPS ????????????… WONDER IN ASIA UNDER MR…. THIS CAN PUSH MR TO THE LIST OF NOBEL PRICE NOMINEES FOR THE PEACE :(

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      Another garbage collector closely related to the dying breed of Sinhala-Buddhists.

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    Sharmani, good try to explain the conundrum of the new mass hysteria gripping Sri Lanka when in fact the Lankans should be breathing easy and going about with a new joy in life after the destruction of the demon LTTE.

    However I cant decide what – whether you are brave or else foolhardy. You are taking on a very powerful force, the brutish thugs in saffron robes full of blood lust. That also is besides the point.

    Unfortunately all what you succeeded in doing with your analysis is to give vent to the cacophony of the damned – the readers who traditionally leave comments in CT. Just look at the these children tying to scream louder than the other.

    To all these crass gallery men, stop shooting the messenger or one another – simply read the article, and read it again and again. If you do that I am sure even the emptiest commenting vessels can be stilled with the real meaning of the message.

    Oh buddah, oh deva, oh muruga, what kind of human is a Sri Lankan??

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      Gonbella,

      “Unfortunately all what you succeeded in doing with your analysis is to give vent to the cacophony of the damned – the readers who traditionally leave comments in CT. Just look at the these children tying to scream louder than the other”.

      Yes of course. These are the typical Sinhala-Buddhist fools as opposed to Buddhist moderates the writer has written about.

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    Sharmini should spend a year working in Saudi Arabia. Let her see Islam in its purest form, from niqab to public beheadings. Then she will never write anything nasty about Sinhala-Buddhism again.

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      Lester,if some of these sinhala bhuddhists had been beheaded,then we could have escaped the misery and grief we went through since independence.That is the mistake we made.Like saudi arabia,we should have gone chop chop since the 1950’s and today the pearl of the indian ocean would have been a singapore,taiwan,korea or hongkong.

      you keep on talking over and over again about the beheadings in saudi arabia.That is because you know in your heart that if you were there you would have committed a heinous crime and got chop chop.As for me i have no problems with living in saudi arabia because i have supreme confidence in myself not committing a heinous crime.You lack self control and not sure of your actions in certain circumstances.

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        @ Shankar,

        Extreme punishments may work (Singapore) but they are unnecessary. Before the Nordic countries were invaded by hordes of Muslims, they had extremely low crime rates, were “clean” (environmentally friendly), and even more economically prosperous than Singapore. There are no extreme punishments like chop-chop in these countries. For example, the Norwegian mass murderer of 70 odd children, Breivik, will be released from prison in 20 odd years. What makes a country a “success?” Here is a brief list:

        1. Homogenous, small population
        2. Industrialized
        3. Women’s rights
        4. High levels of socialism, e.g generous government subsidies
        5. Non-Muslim
        6. Secular

        Notice I did not include such things as “free press” and “multiculturalism.” The Nordic countries did just fine without multiculturalism; plus, multiculturalism can conflict with (1). A free press is also not necessary; prime example was Nazi Germany, which was very successful long before it invaded Poland or a single Jew was rounded up.

        Saudi Arabia (KSA) is actually a failure. Despite its massive GDP, it has never industrialized. Arabs, in general, are stupid. That is why Saudi imports tons of foreign workers to do everything from work in hospitals to building infrastructure. Thilo Sarrazin has written an excellent book (unfortunately, only available in German) about how the stupid Turks bring down the overall productivity level of Germany (Germans have the worlds highest IQ, at an average of 108). Of course, Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest oil exporter, so it’s failures do not “blow up” in the sense that the failures of the usual failed states do. Endless oil revenue provides a “cushion”, so to speak.

        (3) on the list is important; otherwise the society ends up as conservative, and conservative impedes progress. Prime example = Catholic Church and science.

        The logic for (5) is simple. I have already explained why KSA is a failure. To add to this, let me say that of the G10 nations, not a single one is Muslim.

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          “A free press is also not necessary; prime example was Nazi Germany, which was very successful long before it invaded Poland “

          Lester,this statement shows how stupid you are.Did you see the pictures of what germany was just after world war 2.I have recorded those pictures because it is a unforgettable sight,with the rubble of buildings,with forlorn humans walking in a daze among them,not to mention the millions of germans who perished.

          What is the use of Hitler being successful before he invaded poland if after the invasion this is what he brought germany to.

          If there was a free press at that time criticising him maybe he would have been more cautious in his actions or maybe the people would have come out in protest at his increasingly authoritarian actions and he would have got toppled before he could devastate germany as he did.

          The current germans have learnt from this unlike donkeys like you(you are right they have a much higher IQ than you)and are having a free press now and are quickly cracking down on fascists whenever the press highlights their existence.

          Unfortunately we have not learnt from the german experience with hitler and are gagging the free press here and killing the journalists and chasing them away out of the country and in the process encouraging hitlerism for which you seem to be an ardent admirer.One day i might be looking at the same pictures of Srilanka that i have recorded of germany,what with suitcase size nuclear bombs that will proliferate in the future if this is the path of breeding unrest we wish to go on with gagging the free press and trampling human rights and free speech with hitlerism.

          As for your contention of capital punishment not being necessary,you may have your views and i respect them because taking a human life is unpleasant,but I tend to swing towards “punishment must fit the crime”,but with also an emphasis on “prevention is the best cure”.It is a twin attack where you dish out the punishment that the perpetrator deserves,but also look into the causes that made the person that he or she is and try to eradicate those by getting rid of the factors that created this deeply flawed individual in the first place.You can’t save this person but you can save others from the same fate.

          As for your muslimphobia i doubt your IQ is anything better than theirs because they suffer from the same phobias you do.

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            Why are you complaining about Hitler, when your Muslim brothers were conspiring with him to eliminate all the Jews in Palestine? Isn’t that what your Hamas brothers are still trying to do; last time I checked, destruction of Israel is in the Hamas charter.

            Now, I am not talking about Hitler’s racialist policies, only his pre-war economic policies, which were very successful. Instead of looking at bombed out pictures of 1945 Berlin, do some research on the unemployment level in pre-war Nazi Germany. You will find it was 0%.

            Yes, you “swing” toward capital punishment because that is what Quran has taught you, and you are afraid that if you disobey, you will get only 71 virgins instead of 72. All of this was explained in exrcuiating detail by that illiterate scholar of yesteryear, Muhammed, whose harem of virgins was always filled to the brim.

            Unfortunately for you, Germany has rejected Islam. Merkel made the point when she multiculturalism is a failure.

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              *When she said

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              Anyone who wants proof that this racist just rants and spews anti Islamic nonsense, just take a hard look at his lame comments.

              Despite it’s constant attack on the Muslim Prophet, credible sources have found Prophet Muhammed to be the MOST influential person on earth, over others.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_100

              Also on Wikipedia, a true story about Muslims SAVING JEWS in WW2. Now an exhibition and a movie.

              “Besa also means taking care of those in need and being hospitable. During World War II, Albanians, 70% of whom are Muslim, saved over 2000 Jews from Nazi persecution.[3] Rather than hiding the Jews in attics or the woods, Albanians gave them clothes, gave them Albanian names, and treated them as part of the family. The concept of besa is incorporated into their culture. Before World War II only about 200 Albanians were Jewish. At the end of the war about 2000 Jews were living in Albania. A feature film documentary is currently in post production titled BESA: The Promise about American photographer Norman H. Gershman’s quest to tell the story of Besa and the Albanians who saved Jews during World War II. This story was featured on CBS News Sunday Morning on November 8, 2009 for the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht, which occurred on November 9, 1938.[4]

              It is amusing to see one desperate hater trying hard to attack a religion and people, while displaying ignorance and hatred. The responses you keep getting shows you are not making a dent in changing anyone’s mind here. Thankfully most commenters here are intelligent enough to see through the garbage. The more you spew the more you reveal yourself.

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              @ Lester,
              Who told you Germany has rejected islam? What is the problem you have with islam? like you there are racist cunts over the world. But they can do nothing. Even in German parliament there are anti islamics existBut it doesn’t mean that Islam is ban.
              In Sri Lanka politicians do crimes and escape from the law. But innocent people are being killed day by day. White van kidnap etc. There are murders every where in the island most of them have done by Government. This is the Democracy you are talking about? Are you living in Sri Lanka?
              I suggest you should be examined your head/brain, you have some kind of phycological disease. Please kind of you…..you may consult a Dr. as soon as possible.

              Where do you live Lester? Do you need any medical assistances? We can do support no matter where ever you are!!!!

              World population of Muslims exceeding 1.6 Billion, the KSA population is ignorable to that mount. But they have very strong economy who has been supporting to USA etc…..

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            Spot on. Shankar.
            This man Lester is a headache to all of us on this platform. I have no idea why he is chasing after Islam repeatedly. May be have once faced with problems as a worker in Middle east countries. Or his kin and kith may have faced them there. Most of the time off topic comments adding islam and sharia law. Just because I am faced with few problems with a folk, should I hate them all ?

            And, according to him there is no democracies in the world today. He expects countries to practise perfect democracy. His arguments are just based on Web info only – mostly making common conclusions out of few incidents. What angers me most is while tolerating all activities of the MR regime in SL, Lester goes on attacking all muslims for his personal hatreds. Should be very sick to see only one side all along. I truly believe Germans today are more respectful than us in SL. At the time, Tsunami hit our country and others in indian ocean, Germans are the key allies that spent huge sums of funds to recover the disaster. I was known to some professionals that offered their services in various fields by spending their annual leave for our people^s problems. further to this I personally know several families that keep coming to Srilanka every year. They are not just tourists, they are profesisonals. They love SRILANKA. Unfortunately the war changed their travels over the past few decades, but now they happy to get back to SL. They help our people with heart. There are nearly 70k tamils that have got asylum in Germany. THere we the srilankens should be grateful to them. Sure, a larger majority among them are not real refugees. Their second generations are better off being integrated to german culture. Besides, Sri Lanka is just one among many other developing countries that the Germans have been supporting.

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              “I have no idea why he is chasing after Islam repeatedly.”

              ————-

              Don,i think he is being paid by a christian/catholic organisation/individual to do it.The way to discern the paid fellows is when you see that they overdo it with monotonous regularity.Usually i don’t waste my time with him,but this time i had to because he was attacking the free press which is dear to my heart and also glorifying Hitler who should be considered in history as one not to be followed by future generations.

              Unfortunately we have something akin to the crusades taking place at the moment and there is a lot of christian versus muslim bad blood in the world and they will be using lackeys like lester to attack each other.The root cause of this problem is the palestinian issue and the veto power of the US in the UN.If this problem is sorted out i think this bad blood between the two religions will subside gradually.As long as that festering wound is there it will onlt get worse and worse.

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              I truly believe Germans today are more respectful than us in SL.

              That is why Germany banned halal for 7 years. Hahahaha.

              You can build your mosques in every town and city in Germany. But when Germans rise up again, all of them will come down in a day. Remember what happened to the Jews. Germans are not like other Europeans; you can overrun Sweden and Norway, but never Germany.

              And, according to him there is no democracies in the world today.

              Your majority-Muslim nations never pretend to be democractic, they announce themselves as Islamic first, and nothing else second.. so why do you want to promote this mostly Judeo-Christian idea of a democracy? Do you have democracy in your Islamic home? Will you let your daughter marry a Jew? Will you let your wife walk outside without wearing a bedsheet (niqab)? Will you let your children taste pork, if they become curious? This is what democracy means; the freedom of the individual to make choices. Islam means total submission to Allah, the exact opposite of democratic.

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            Why he is chasing repeatedly because he is an idiot. he know only to browse internet,(Youtube etc) and to follow the corrupted western media. Other than that he knows nothing about the history of the world.

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      Why don’t you go to the heart of Saudi “Aramco City” there booze flows along with the g strings. Then you could fix some curls wear a top hat and go up the mountain to weep.

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        I have never been to KSA, nor do I intend to go, unless the opportunity arises to visit the Shiva temple at Makkah. I am interested in the Hindu heritage of Arabia.

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          At the rate that you are inflicting conflict you may end up at the rear of Pashupathinath sooner so take life easy.

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          Please go to KSA, you are an ideal candidate to be beheaded!

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            If Quran said to drink urine, you would do that too. After all, Quran is the “revelation” of Allah the Sky God to an illiterate Bedouin.

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              Lester dude, the HOLY Quran does not say that. Try drinking your own urine and join the ranks of a former Indian Prime Minister and our very own dishonourable Dr. Mervyn Silva!

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          Check this for you please.

          Dont try to spread wrong views about Germans or any others if you dont know them well.

          http://www.pri.org/stories/politics-society/religion/despite-court-ruling-islamic-butcher-in-germany-faces-hurdles-to-halal-slaughter-9483.html

          Lester you have always been trying to paint an other picture that goes with your thoughts. But please, CT readership is not stupid as you think.

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            CT readership can easily verify my comments about Germans here by going to Youtube and searching for “Islam in Germany.” Most of the videos prove my point.

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          @ Lester,
          This is the democracy you have in Sri Lanka. For your information Jews also not eating pork. And i know it is prohibited in Bible too. Both are the people who introduce democracy to the world. i hope, You fail to understand the meaning of democracy.

          Read it,

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/every-90-minutes-a-woman-is-raped-in-sri-lanka-rape-and-other-crimes-against-women-on-the-increase-ahrc/

          KSA is a one of the dictatorship countries in the world…..it is not the Islamic way of ruling. You have to go back to the history. Muslim had a very powerful and successful ruling power in the world before. Prophet Muhammed was the most Successful man in the Universe. Islam will spread without any war. And it will spread in the western world as well as in USA very fast. To stop that Like you there are many racist, anti islamic cunts work for that,,,,,,,results become they have been reverting back to Islam.

          Read this, Sir Michele H. Hart is not Muslim

          The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History
          Revised and Updated for the Nineties
          by Michael H. Hart

          http://www.dlmark.net/hundred.htm

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      Another camel urine drinking creature knows only to pick on the desert despots.

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        Another camel urine drinking creature

        That would explain Muhammed’s many bizzare behaviours.

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          Have you been drinking Hitlerpaksha’s urine, dude?

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            You are forbidden from drinking it, as it is not halal. Stick to the goat.

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              Lester dude, your response is a clear indication that you consume Hitlerpaksha’s non-halal urine??

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    may be the writer should explain her own religeous affiliation before she casts aspersios on any other community . [Edited out] . So let us get this straight . youall did not become christians because you understood anything jesus said . you all became what you are because you wanted to gain financially and power from the overlords at the time . so please forgive us if we dont give a rats …. u know what about your opinions just like we dont give a gerbils behind about what that idiot american ambassador says . We suffered throught all you buddies christian crusades and came up poor and disenfrachised but we survived and did better than you traitors cus we come from better stock . it did take us long to get to where we are but there is no looking back .

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    It is now a well known fact that MR & Co., have on their payroll a cohort of writers to counter anything written in social media which they regard as adverse to them.

    Many of these lackeys are now ‘regulars’ on CT and readers know who they are.

    It is now becoming obvious that these ‘commentators’ are running out of ammunition. There is nothing new in their line of attack.

    It is the same old racist and bigoted bashing of the ‘other’ with an NGO thrown in for good measure.

    Come on guys, use your imagination if you have one and give us something new. There is no substance in your attacks to keep us entertained anymore.

    Better come up with something new or your paymasters might reduce your fees.

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      I personally know that Mahadenamuththa is a LTTE – Tamil.

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        Jim,how do you know that?One professional writer on the payroll,recognising another?Kind recognises kind they say.

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          Jimstupidity have got his brain cells genetically modified to know all these better than the average. That seems to be the secret him to feel in that way – else, I see no any explanation for that.

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        I personally know you are compensated with a packet of rice and a bottle of Arrack for the comments posted here :)

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        We all know each other through PRISM

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      Mahadana Muththa (Jnr) :
      You are ABSOLUTELY right! As for Jim Nutty’s comment that follows, it only proves what you have to say, IF any additional proof be needed!
      The MR regime has looted so much money from us that they can even afford to pay idiots like “the Nut!”

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    Sharmini Serasinghe!

    Sinhala-Buddhists? No!

    It should be ‘Sinhala Thēravāda Buddhists’!!

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    This woman says in her article under the paragraph Buddhist Moderates as follows ” Therefore they respect the religious beliefs and ethnicity of the ‘other’ (Hindus, Christians, Muslims etc) and treat them all as equals.”This alone gives an idea that she doesn’t know anything about the Buddhism,if any one knows the “Bhrahmajla suttha” and the greatness of the triple gems then he or she realizes that there is no need of giving respect to other religions(study the meaning of religion in Oxford Dictionary before saying it as a religion “ආගම” in Sinhalese is completely different -read the “ශ්‍රී සුමංගල ශබ්දකෝෂය” by Ven. Waliwitiye Soratha Thero ) because they are all just ideologies to them.So they can not treat them all as equal and that is not the so called religious or ethnic discrimination that is defined by the westerners.Buddhism is neither a religion nor a philosophy.If it is a philosophy then there are other philosophies so what is the place of Buddhism among them.Study carefully because the Dharma is a snake if you hold it by tail then it is your end.And I proudly say that I’m a Sinhala Buddhist because Sinhalese-not nowadays-is a nation nourished by Buddhism.

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      gtgamble,

      What an ignorant stupid fool you are!!!!

      “……if any one knows the “Bhrahmajla suttha” and the greatness of the triple gems then he or she realizes that there is no need of giving respect to other religions……”

      Good grief! Where on earth in the Brahmajala Sutta or anywhere else in Buddhism is such a horrible thing mentioned? Do you know that you are insulting the Buddha by lying?

      You are obviously a Mahavamsa Sinhala-Buddhist committing sacrilege!

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        I cannot understand why “Sinhala Buddhists” insist on wishing us the Blessings of the “Triple Gem”. Something is Triple if it was three times the same thing! Whereas we should be wishing others the Blessings of the “Three Jewels” which comprises the Buddha, His Teaching – the Dhamma, and his Followers – the Sangha, three different items, not triple like the concept of the Christian God, of “Three in One, and One in Three”.

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        Peace Dove, do you know the meaning of realize?

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      Gtgamble,

      I suggest you do yourself a favour and study your Oxford Dictionary more intently, before commenting on CT threads. You are making a fool of yourself and a mockery of the Dhamma.

      You say “Dharma is a snake if you hold it by tail then it is your end.And I proudly say that I’m a Sinhala Buddhist because Sinhalese-not nowadays-is a nation nourished by Buddhism”.

      You are comparing the Dhamma- Buddha’s noble teachings to a snake and if you practice the Dhamma it is like holding a snake by its tail and will attack you.

      Good grief! What kind of a Buddhist are you?

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    The adverse comments to this enlightened article shows the plight of the so called Sinhala Buddhists’ world view.Sharmini’s articles are very objective and rational.Very few people understand them.The false fear pshycosis embeded in the minds of Sinhala Buddhists is an acquired trait cultivated by racist monks.The fear psychosis of other religious adherents is real in their minds as they are being physically attacked.
    The statistics shown in Police web sites reveal the depth of the fear psychosis and helplessnes gripping all Sri Lankans.( 2012–1178 suicides, 44 boys and 78 girls below 16 years.2010–3864 suicides, 2011–3770 sucides) 250000 unborn children killed by abortion every year.2012– 41000 Road accidents claimed the lives of 1834. 2011–Rape 1864.Murder comes to atleast 8-10 daily.All these take place in a country where the world’s leading Religions are practised.Please focus on these glaring statistics rather than shooting the messenger.

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      @ Lester,
      What you say about Sunil Mendis Comments?

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    Now you can write about

    Moderate Christians and Fanatical Christians

    Moderate Muslims and Fanatical Muslims

    why dont u write about the 2 – bcos they are the cause of all the conflicts in the world….

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    I would suggest a slight amendment to Sharmini’s categorization: the real distinction is between ‘ Sinhala Buddhists’ and ‘Buddhist Sinhalese’, or ‘Burmese Buddhist’ and ‘Buddhist Burmese’, by which I mean those whose identity is primarily ethnic and secondly Buddhists and those who are primarily Buddhists and secondly ethnic. To summarize it still further, there is a distinction between ‘Sinhala Buddhists’ or ‘Burmese Buddhists’ and…Buddhists. Buddhism is universalist (‘may all living beings be happy’) and renounces excessive attachment, most certainly to any narrow, parochial identity such as ethnicity or locality. Buddhism recognizes the transience of all things and therefore does not speak of a permanent identity or culture.

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      She is catering to [Edited out]. That is why these terms are appealing to her.

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        Dont mind to whom she is goingo to cater but this article is a good analysis giving a clear classification about the buddhists of today in Sl. You guys that just see only one side would not see it clearly. It will take LONG long time for you to get them clearly, that is also understandable.

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      Dr Dayan Jayatilleka,

      I agree with you totally. But what you say applies to Buddhism universally.

      But the local version of Buddhism practiced by Sinhala-Buddhists is quite different. They believe that Buddhism is their exclusive birthright therefore not universal. They don’t understand that all things are transient and therefore they believe their identity and culture are permanent.

      How else do you explain their behaviour?

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      Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      It is a conflict between Sinhala/Buddhism and Buddhism.

      Sinhala/Buddhism is evil whereas Buddhism liberates.

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      Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, where will you place JimSofty?

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        I would put JIMSOFTY on the list of death row- to get punished under sharia law- kidding… but he has become a problem to us. They are all a bunch of thiefs that again fulfil the job for ruling thugs. Lester is also not better – most likely all these names are run by one single person placed by govt.

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          it should be thieves… sorry for the typo

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    What a commotion and what a mockery in the name of Buddhism, judging by the comments of ‘Sinhala Buddhists’ mentioned by the writer. One Sinhala Buddhist goes on to state that, ‘ Lord Buddha has Cleary preached that by worshiping a statue one can have ” Shardha” in the mind resulting in true faith to triple gems’. Does this man know that Buddha lived 45 years after enlightenment and there is no mention that people worshiping the living Buddha then, lining up streets in order to collect merit to go to Nirvana. Buddha has never said anywhere or encouraged people to worship him or statues in order to collect merit for one to go to Nirvana. This is not Buddhism, as encouraged by the Buddhist Clergy and the Sinhala Buddhists today. It is not through collecting merit that one reaches Nirvana, but by developing one’s intuitive mind. This is how Buddha achieved Nirvana according to his Philosophy. One thing is for sure that none of these merit collecting Moda Sinhala Buddhists, filled with hatred and malice towards others will ever reach Nirvana.

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      Gamini, I am reminded of a story that took place in Nagur, India. There was an old scholar who tried to teach the people that ‘Grave’ worshipping is totally forbidden in Islam. The practice used to be when a ‘saintly’ person died the people dressed his grave up in a sheltered concrete structure, had an oil lamp and a TILL. People used to flock and ask for favors from God through him, depositing cash in the TILL. One day the scholar vanished from the scene but before he left he had built a small mound resembling a grave. The people thought that he had died and someone had miraculously built a shrine with the usual accessories. The TILL was of course well served. After some time the scholar appeared and made the amazed people to dig the grave. Lo and Behold they found a wooden Clog. As a lesson the scholar revealed the truth of the grave and preached to the people the fallacy of believing blindly in traditions without any authority. However when he died the people forgot the lesson and built a shrine for him. This is the frailty of man.

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    People like Jimsoftly aka Jim-sothi are military intelligence guys that can barely comprehend the language and post from others on orders. Unfortunately, psyops post-war has not been successful and continues to give away its very identity. Goes to prove one cannot win all wars or wars on all fronts, unless sustained by integrity and credibility, ordained by honesty and sincerity.

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      They are a bunch of thieves set by rulers.. we dont need to waste a minute for them. Also ludicrous comments regardless of the topic is being addressed on this or other threads.

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    What is Dayan doing in the Buddhist Basher League?.

    The alternative to the “Buddhist Extremist” Rajpaksa Regime,and the preffered option of the Diaspora IC, is now totally under the Christian Minders of Right wing Ranil.

    Keselwatta Kid, who was the preffered option of the Mudalali Buddhists and the Hip Buddhists seems to be either hybernating or gone into exile.

    Perhaps the pressure of give or not to give Police Powers to Sambandan was too much for him.

    UNP Whizz Kid with that big Economics degree is promising to deliver a Parakramabahu Era for the inhabitants when they come to power soon.

    What a fitting future for this great majority of inhabitants who happen to be Sinhala Buddhist by birth.

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      hey leela ( K A Sumanasekera) you seem to be overly hyped about Sinhala Buddhism please care to elaborate of

      i) LEE POTTER HOUSING SCANDAL – was it withing Buddhist values to defraud people??

      ii)Among the other nefarious activities of the so called monks,one of them has been arrested for murder just a few days ago when a layman has objected to him seeing a movie inside the temple premises (well you can guess what the movie is) and its not from the gutter press that i found this but from the pro sinhala buddhist island newspaper of 1st july 2013 !!! (pls refer http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=82565)

      now dont go yell that the monk is also an NGO karaya funded by the west!!!

      LEELA you seem to be obsessed with Sambandan and Ranil all the time that im begining to suspect that your gay and have a liking for them!!!

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      Bashing only those who are hell bent to destroy Buddhism and the Island of Sri Lanka.

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    Sunila, Didn’t you know that Buddhist bashing is now a international sport. Sinhala Buddhist bashing is the local version. The fear psychosis or the phobia is not false but real.If not why do you think the Evangelics put up tin sheds all over the country with cross in display and call them church. Do you think they are preying to god to save them. They do conversions by way of coersion and material rewards. And they are well paid for their efforts and they are paid per head basis. The islamists do the same thing only differant mode.

    Sharmini has put down her understanding of the situation but only exposes her lack of it.The problem here is that those who play the game either pretend or actually do not know what they are talking about.Buddhists in any of the categories Sharmini has identified do not try to take anything from others but only try to protect what is theirs.The moderate Buddhists sharmini identifies are similar to monks in hermitages who mind their do their meditation and seek self salvation.Nothing wrong in that.others who are categorised as Sinhala buddhists are only trying to protect and preseve what is left a what is theirs.Nothing wrong in that either.What is wrong is labeling them for doing that.

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      does protecting sinhala buddhism mean bashin up other religions or suppresing minorities?

      if the Buddhists look after their own poor people (after all the temples are oozzing with money) when why would they look for solace and comfort elsewhere?

      you talk of Buddhism so much tell me ,Buddism talks of compassion and kindness but does your local BBS fellows ever show that?

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        My dear, just because there are poor,no body has the right to exploit them.I never defended BB or any other I only try to show why they they do, what they do and some are good and some are not it is the the way the world is.

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      NAK,

      “Sinhala buddhists are only trying to protect and preseve what is left a what is theirs.”

      Buddhism doesn’t belong to Sinhala Buddhists nor to anyone for that matter. Therefore it doesn’t need to be protected like one’s personal property.

      The Buddha’s teachings have survived 2500 years without the help of Sinhala Buddhists and will continue to survive and grow in the hearts and minds of those who value the Dhamma.

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        “The Buddha’s teachings have survived 2500 years without the help of Sinhala Buddhists and will continue to survive and grow in the hearts and minds of those who value the Dhamma”
        try telling that to the Buddhists in Maldives,Indonesia.

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    Dear All,

    By the way, can any one of you say for certain that you were a sinhala buddhist in your previous birth and also you will definitely be reborn as a sinhala buddhist in your next birth.

    So why can’t we adhere to the policy of “live and let others too live” !

    It is up to the buddhists to safeguard buddhism, without blaming others and putting the responsibility on them.

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    A garbage article written with seemingly malicious intent. There is no other reason to invent groupings like ” moderate” Buddhists as opposed to Sinhala Buddhists. Being a Buddhist I have never met anyone who claimed he/she as a “moderate” Buddhist. The invention is targeted at bashing and demonising Sinhalese who are Buddhists.

    CT and number of other sites have been providing prominence to such anti Sinhala, anti Buddhist campaigns for sometime now. It is a continuation of Western imperialist attempt to break the core value system in this country and it’s standard bearers during 450 years of their occupation, a task they could not complete (they have succeeded in introducing so many vices though the core values have never died).

    This mother Theresa tries to preach Buddhism to us mortals like she is Lord Buddha’s mother. But her habit is visible under the sari.

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      so called sinhala buddism at its best neda Hela,ls refer

      http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=82565)

      also bear in mind that Sri Lankas 1st ever assaination after independance was of SWRD by whom ??? who else but a Buddhist monk Somarama Thero acting under the orders of Budharakitha Thero a well known womaniser of that time and thug!!!

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        PL,

        The assasin you mentioned was tried and punished according to the law. If you know Buddhist history you would know about Devadaththa and his followers during Buddha’s time.

        It doesn’t define Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the same way Christianity is not defined by child molesting Christian priests world over or Islam is not defined by Islamic clerics & mullas who promise virgins in heaven to Islamic suicide bombers.

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          “promise virgins in heaven to Islamic suicide bombers.” This was defined in Islam not those innocent mullahs. Mullahs and Muslims are not the problem but Islam is the problem.

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            @ Asnaka,

            First of all suicide is prohibited in Islam…….Then where is the problem in Islam? prophet’s companions never done suicide. There is no single evidence to show.

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          Hi Hela,first of all thank you for replying my point in a logical manner and i appriciate such counter points (unlike LEE POTTER LEELA alias SUMANASEKERA who runs away to counter arguments)

          As for your rant at CT i think thats unfounded as its not against Buddhism at all but agaisnt the policies and racism of so called ‘sinhala buddhists’

          think carefully the reason all are up bashing the monks is all because of their behaviour which goes totally against the very vinaya rules that they profess to foster !

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            PL,

            I am not so sure of CT though……

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          @ Hela

          Watch this!!! This is the answer for 72 Virgins……..nowhere in Islam

          http://www.upworthy.com/the-72-virgins-are-a-lie-and-other-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-islam

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      She is simply planning to divide and rule.

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        The division is between the Good and the Evil.

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    It seems to be that some Buddhists laymen and monks have been radicalized like the Muslims in Islamic countries. The Muslims who are committed to democracy are now fighting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
    what drives these Buddhists? Is it hatred of the Tamils, Muslims and Christians who are not willing to affix the label Buddhism to their identity because they have convictions about their religion which many of these radicalized Buddhists do not have. In what way can they be motivated by Buddhism although they affix this label to themselves and proclaim to act in the name of Buddhism- a false claim. The only mitigating circumstance is perhaps to assume that their antagonism is based on fear. But those who take to the sword will perish with the sword.
    R M.B Senanayake

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    Consequences of heedless behaviours of BBS will ruin the country soon.
    Who should be accountable for all these – Rajapaske Co.

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    To most of us living overseas, we have to grade this essay by Sharmini Serasinghe ‘A’ Star. (Masha’Allah) This is an excellent concise essay which explains the progressive from the destructive forces. We Hope the progressive Buddhist Moderates out smart the destructive Sinhala-Buddhists for the sake of ‘united Sri Lanka’. The politicians and the Sinhala-Buddhist are a grave threat to Buddhism and Sri Lanka as they do not mind watching it’s destruction as long as they stay in power. Buddhism survived 2600 odd years and now they are seriously challenged by the Burmese and Sinhala-Buddhists. Bad publicity will have severe repercussions in trade and tourism specially to Sri Lanka. All indexes shows that Sri Lanka is regressing socially and economically. After having read all the comments, to the intelligent mind sifting the progressive from the destructive is logical no matter how hard they try to defend the Sinhala-Buddhists.

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    READ HOLY QUR-AN
    “They have indeed rejected (The Message): so they will Know soon (enough) the truth Of what they mocked at!” (Al-Quran:Sura-26 Ayat-6).

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