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Sinhalabuddhism In Sri Lanka

By Sharmini Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

“A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side” Aristotle

If Lord Buddha were here now there is one thing he would do- ban Sinhalabuddhism in Sri Lanka! – With apologies to Mark Twain.

As a Sri Lankan and a Buddhist by faith I take it upon myself, as others have not the right, to define the significant differences between the philosophy of Buddhism as per the teachings of Lord Buddha and what is practiced by the majority in this country under the umbrella of Buddhism. This I do, not to wear my religion on my sleeve but to explain to my fellow multi religious Sri Lankans and others who may be in a confused state regarding the current goings-on in this country by the name of Buddhism.

To start with the majority of Buddhists in this country who label themselves ‘Buddhists’ are those who were born to Buddhist families. Therefore they did not become Buddhists through an understanding and conviction of the Buddhist doctrine but were simply born Buddhists.

Buddhism in its pure form is too deep and complex a philosophy to be understood by the average and undisciplined mind; its teachings, therefore, are greatly misunderstood and misinterpreted by ‘born Buddhists’. Hence a majority of those Sri Lankans who label themselves ‘Buddhists’ and practice it as a religion do so with their own perception of the doctrine.

Therefore what is practiced by most Sri Lankans under the Umbrella of Buddhism is a conjured up blend of ritualism and symbolism that bears no resemblance or relation whatsoever to the philosophy of the Buddha.

For instance Lord Buddha never asked his followers to go to temple on Full Moon (Poya) days or any other day for that matter and offer flowers stolen from a neighbour’s garden and deposit them in front of a clay or stone statue perceived to be his image. He never told his followers that by doing so a great load of merit would be bestowed on them.

Lord Buddha never asked his followers to pour pots of water on the ‘Bo tree’ (Bodhi Puja) thereby encouraging it to rot and die. He never told his followers that by doing so a great load of merit would be bestowed on them, deliver them from their misery of a ‘bad period’ resulting in ill health, loss of employment, wealth etc.

Also Lord Buddha never asked his followers to invite home Buddhist monks to lunch (offer alms) in order to transfer merit to dead people so that they will go straight to heaven. He never told his followers that by doing so even rapists, murderers, child molesters et al will be born as angels in heaven or attain nirvana, courtesy almsgivings.

Therefore as illustrated above, ‘Buddhism’ as practiced by most Sri Lankans is a theory that satisfies the simple minded uneducated and unenlightened majority of a ‘need’, whatever it may be.

The root cause of this phenomenon is that Buddhism has no God to appeal to in times of crisis like in other faiths. The average human being needs a supernatural power to look to when faced with a crisis, so the first instinct of a Sri Lankan ‘Buddhist’ is to run to the temple, pile flowers in front of statues, pour gallons of water on the Bodhi tree, visit the Hindu Kovil and break coconuts and even run to a Church and plead with Jesus, Virgin Mary and Saints, etc.,

All these above-mentioned and more rituals are performed in the fervent hope that one be released from suffering or to gain merit (Pin) in order to acquire more and more materially. Therefore the Buddhist theory of ‘Karma’ (cause and effect) the fundamental doctrine in Buddhism has no place in Sri Lankan ‘Buddhism’ for it offers no divine salvation in times of need.

This is not to say that there aren’t any Sri Lankans both amongst the Buddhist clergy and the laity who follow Buddhism as it should, but the majority unfortunately, politicians included, observe the other- Sri Lankan Buddhism.

According to Sri Lanka’s political history it was the late SWRD Bandaranaike who threw scruples to the wind and propagated the concept of ‘Sinhalabuddhism’ much to the detriment of Sri Lanka as we now know. Recognising the fragility and weaknesses of the Sinhalese who were mainly ‘Buddhists’ which made up the majority vote base, he himself a born and buried at death Anglican Christian, became a pro tem ‘Buddhist’ for political mileage and created a mass hysteria under the banner ‘Sinhalabuddhist’ the curse of which has today become the root of all ills plaguing this nation. As ‘Karma’ (cause and effect) would have it Bandaranaike was gunned down by none other but a pistol-toting Sinhalabuddhist in saffron robes.

This demonic concept of a ‘Sinhalabuddhist’ introduced by the late SWRD Bandaranaike was to become sine qua non for future politicians of Sri Lanka especially in his SLFP to garner votes at elections. The UNP regarded more as a bourgeoisie party practiced ‘Sinhalabuddhism’ more subtly. The late JR Jayewardene portrayed himself as a prima facie Buddhist as per the Dhamma and therefore never openly encouraged ‘Sinhalabuddhism.’

His successor however, the late Ranasinghe Premadasa turned Sinhalabuddhism into a form of art. Not satisfied only with what ‘Sinhalabuddhism’ afforded him, Premadasa went on to embrace Hinduism as well. With this he set the trend for subsequent politicians to pray to Hindu Gods at various Hindu temples in Sri Lanka and India for more and more of whatever they desired.

So here we are today in ‘Sinhalabuddhist’ Sri Lanka reductio ad absurdum thanks to the myopic and selfish politicians of a bygone era. We are now nothing but a decadent nation of murderers, rapists, child molesters, rogues et al, with an Idiocracy for a government mostly made up of ‘Sinhalabuddhists’ and a ‘Sinhalabuddhist’ ruler who reportedly assures that “the government, while ensuring religious freedom for all communities by enhancing interreligious harmony and tolerance, is always duty bound to safeguard and foster Buddhism”.

I believe what he meant was “safeguard and foster Sinhalabuddhism”.

Today in the name of Sinhalabuddhism, the revered saffron robe donned by disciples of Lord Buddha has been turned by some into a uniform of bigots of ‘Sinhalabuddhism’ who propagate intolerance, cruelty and disrespect of other religions; the very opposite of Buddhism as per the Dhamma.

As a lay-student of the world renowned most Venerable Piyadassi Maha Thera I consider myself privileged to have had such an eminent Guru of the Buddhist order. Rev. Piyadassi as I referred to him had been a close friend of my family for generations with whom we had frequent interaction. Here was a Buddhist monk who would insist that we sit with him at table and have lunch along with him while I as a curious teenager bombarded him with questions on Buddhism which he answered patiently and clearly. This type of interaction with such teachers is what is required today.

With Rev. Piyadassi’s demise in 1998, in my eyes at the time, he left shoes too big to be filled. But now I know better. For there are many Buddhist prelates and monks of his caliber out there who are worthy of being revered and worshipped as the true messengers of Lord Buddha’s philosophy and they are those who can guide Sri Lanka’s future Buddhist generations on the correct path.

If Sri Lanka’s incumbent President sincerely wishes to safeguard and foster Buddhism in its pristine form then it is his bounden duty to disband all those ‘Sinhalabuddhist’ bigots in saffron robes and either rehabilitate them or put them away for good preferable behind bars, so as to ensure they will never sully our nation or the Dhamma again.

Furthermore, the President must also take it upon himself to bring forth a system whereby our impressionable younger and future generations of Buddhists are taught the Dhamma by intelligent and educated Buddhist prelates as opposed to those stick-in the-mud Buddhist monks who by no stretch of one’s imagination are pristine models of Buddhism to do the job.
Further it would augur well if the incumbent President was sincere when he reportedly assured “religious freedom for all communities by enhancing interreligious harmony and tolerance” to consider introducing the subject of Comparative Religion to all schools.

The primary benefit of this would be to afford our children at a very early age to acquire a deeper understanding of the fundamental philosophy of different religions practiced in Sri Lanka.

A child who has undertaken such a course of study will undoubtedly have a much deeper understanding of human beliefs and practices and therefore be more tolerant of each other and not feel threatened by the religion of the other.
This would ideally lead to a finally peaceful Sri Lanka where all ethnic groups and religions could live together in harmony as Sri Lankans under the undivided umbrella of Sri Lanka!

The question is, are our politicians selfless enough to take up such a challenge?

Read the Sinhala translation here.  Translation by Yahapalanaya 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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    Well, Ms Serasinghe, after reading this (didnt rush thru as i usually do with online articles – need more energy, time, etc., than i have), I really wd like to meet u before I die – something of a ‘nothing’ as I am.

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      It is really laughable how the so-called educated cattle in Sri Lanka (basically westernised) line up to criticize anything that can make them seem non-western. They are living in shame, and would be better off living in other countries.
      This author has no idea what Sinhala-buddhism mean. It is not just a religion. It is the framework which provides the world view, beliefs and values to a majority of Sri Lankans. It is not an objective or pure buddhism, and there is no such thing. Religion is a part of most cultures and those cultures are more than just religion. There is a co-existence and co-evolution. Our knowledge, beliefs and values develop within that context. You have got some basic understanding of some non-existent pure religion and are making a pathetic attempt to apply that to a real situation. Can you name one country where a religion exists in a pure form with no cultural influence?
      It is funny how people with such shallow understanding of history and knowledge try to generalise and pontificate using a few quotes from some western philosophers. Quoting others does not make you smart. It shows you for the imitator that you are.

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        Don Carolis, you should stick to making furniture. You appear to be entertaining a personal grudge against the writer. This is not a place to wash your dirty linen.

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          Learn to criticize the content, not the author.

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        Karolis

        You may have a point.

        But, you are mostly dealing with the writer. Not the subject matter. Play the ball. Not the player.

        Religious nationalism is a big problem. For many countries. Including Sri Lanka. “Balu Sena” is the latest example.

        See how it affects USA. Christian fanatics are a big force in American politics. USA does a lot of dumb things around the world due to their influence in Washington.

        We should not let that heppen here through Sinhala Buddhist bigots in Sri Lanka.

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          I think Don Carolis has done quite well in analyzing the matter, it is inevitable that the author has to be mentioned in the process. This is like picking unwanted brick bats by the international community when Srilsnka defeated the tigers. They wanted terrorism stopped without getting rid of the terrorists.

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        Karaolis DON:

        I am a Buddhist and a Sinhalese,

        after reading your fine comments, I thought to learn Your So called SINHALA Buddhism from you.
        Because I am Learning/ fallowing Lord Buddha’s Philosophy called BUDDHISM.

        Pls tell me, Where can I buy This Sinhala BUddhism.

        As you Say this YOUR SINHALA BUDDHISM IS THE REILIGONIZED FRAME WORK OF WORLD VIEWS,BELIEFS, AND VALUES OF MAJORITY OF SRI LANKANS.

        As per my knowledge our Lord Buddha’s Philosophical teachings are called BUDDHISM.

        you say that;

        “”Religion is a part of most cultures and those cultures are more than just religion.””

        what a elaboration of the word “Religion”

        after reading this para, I felt that I suddenly got blow on my head and Attained SINHALA BUDDHIST NIBBANA.
        We appriciate your highly understanding of history and knowledge of So called Sinhala BUddhism.

        Are you Still a SINHALA BUDDHIST teacher?.or??

        as “Psychologist”said, did you sold your furniture making business.

        We Hope,at last You all May Attain Nibbana with all other living beings.

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          If you kind enough to reach Dr,Nalin silva’s kalaya.org,there many literature pertaining with SINHALA BUDDHISM context.

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          Try reading Mahinder Chindanaya – it is also another form of Sinhala Buddhism . Goata’ one will be out soon.

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        Stick to the furniture business that your name suggests you come from mate. To be fair by the author, she has stated that the contents of the article explaining real Buddhism are not for the average undisciplined mind.
        The truth does hurt sometimes but our nation would be a better place if people deal with it. Its not good enough to blame culture or tradition.
        If you believe something, you ought to know why you do and have good reason to doing so.

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        It is this Don Carolis bugger’s ancestor Don David Carolis Hewavitarane alias Anagarika Dharmapala who claimed “the Sinhala nation is the historical custodian of Buddhism”.

        That traitor is the root cause of all racial intolerence in this country especially between the Buddhist Sinhalese and Muslims.

        Read our history if I’m wrong.

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        Thank you for your good analysis of this whole episode, of English version of pure Buddhism against the culturally adopted version practiced, in their names the locals and the natives. You have done a splendid job.

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      Please translate this article and publish it in the mainstream Sinahla media.

      Sinhalese need to read it.

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        Ravaya published the Sinhala translation on 17/3/2013

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      This article and the one written before this by Sharmini Serasinghe should be translated in Sinhala and Tamil and published in the Sri Lankan news papers and should be shared in the social media.

      I have never heard such crystal clear discription of the truth prevailing in Sri Lanka in such simple language. Hats off madam!!!

      Even the Buddhist clergy is unable to understand this simple fact. Sharmini Serasinghe should be commended for this great service in enlightening the lab rats to differenciate a religion from a language/ethnicity. The problem is, vast majority of the people in Sri Lanka are Fools. With their bigoted vision, they will never be able to understand all these. I hope Sharmini Serasinghe will write more such wonderful articles to enlighten the Sri Lankans.

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      Sinhala-Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka

      Are the Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka practicing Ahimsa (non-violence), Karuna (compassion), Metta (affection), and Maithriya (loving-kindness) towards fellow humans (irrespective of race/religion) or are they in the name of Buddhism promoting ethno-religious (Sinhala-Buddhist) chauvinism and hatred?

      Buddhist monks are supposed to have given up all the worldly things (Materialism) but in Sri Lanka, it’s a different story. The Sinhala-Buddhist Monks are Corrupt to the Core.
      These so called Sinhala-Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka do business, handle money, have Bank accounts and apply for Bank loans. They even sell the ata pirika (robes and other stuff) that the people donate them to earn money. Some of them are even employed. They engage in gambling, buy and sell shares, buy lottery tickets and so on. See the number of Pin-keta (tills) in the Buddhist temples. What they do with all the money they collect? Most of the culprits caught in printing fake currency notes were found to be Sinhala-Buddhists monks. They make money by selling the Car permits given to them. They print, record and sell books, magazines and Bana/pirith cassettes, CDs, etc. and earn thousands of rupees in a short period. Buddha Business has made the Sinhala Buddhist monks very rich. They own bungalows and real estates and have luxury cars and vans, employing drivers. Very soon they will also apply for driving license. They also have the latest most expensive mobile phones. They do not go from house to house with the begging bowl as instructed by the Buddha, instead the villages bring food to the temple and also the Sinhala Buddhist monks employ cooks in the temple. We have also seen Sinhala Buddhist monks selling posters, begging for money, going from door to door asking money. Buddhist-monk led politicians wheeling and dealing in imported Mercedes Benz and being caught with the pants down illegally selling tax-free motor vehicles.

      They grow hair and make themselves attractive, adopt customs, habits and lifestyles like normal people, have secret love affairs, some of them live in boarding houses instead of temples, they listen to music and watch movies and have illegal sex with women or young boys. They keep mistresses in the temple (Buddhrakitha Thero and Ms. Vimala Wijewardene), and even take part in terrorist activities such as assassinating Prime minister (Somarama thero). Some of them drink alcohol, I have heard about monks who even keep Beer in their fridge. Some of them even form trade unions/associations; there was a time when the leader of the Nurses trade union in Sri Lanka was a Sinhala-Buddhist monk.

      Some of them perform false miracles and pretend to heal sick people with pirith water. They tie pirith thread and bless people expecting the people to fall on their legs and worship them. Some of them preach their own Bana (sermon) instead of Buddha`s Bana.

      The Sinhala Buddhist monks were War mongers, they supported and encouraged war. They take part in racist politics criticizing and condemning all other religions and races and creating communal hatred among Sinhala Buddhists and others. They take part in protest rallies, burning flags and effigies and also engage in fast unto death. Some Buddhist monks shredded their robes to take AK-47s and earn more respect. We saw how monks were involved in brawl in the parliament with blood soaked faces.

      Another new trend is the love for eating non-veg food (Meat and fish) among Sinhala-Buddhists monks. A new school seems to see nothing wrong in Buddhists eating animal flesh (including fish). An article by Ven. Dr. Vilegoda Ariyadeva thero, a former University of Ruhuna academic is a giant step toward guilt-free `Buddhism-friendly` meat eating. Dr. Ariyadeva thero claims meat eating is customary in Theravada Buddhist societies. Now a days when the Sinhala-Buddhists monks visit houses for Arms-giving (Daane) they expect expensive sea food and sometimes meat too. There are also Sinhala-Buddhists monks in Sri Lanka consuming food/drink in the afternoons/night even though they are not supposed to do so.

      Even though Buddhism does not have any caste system, caste is used among Sinhala Buddhist monks more than lay people. Different nikayas are formed according to the caste.

      Most of the Sinhala Buddhist Monks do not even follow the 5 basic moral principles (Pancha sila) what Buddha has preached. These monks are a damn disgrace to Buddhism?

      The Buddhism preached by the Sinhala Buddhist monks is no longer able to provide any vision or guidance or constructive power but are only occupied in maintaining their own petty positions in an already atrophied hierarchy resting on a utterly disillusioned and rapidly crumbling society from which the spirit has long since departed. They have subordinated the interests of the society to national goals and the narrow ambitions of nationalist and racist leaders.

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        Yesterday was POYA DAY.During this day did you get ASTANGIKA SIL. If not better to practice it before making this type of comments.

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        Janaka, Maithriya and meththa means the same thing – Loving kindness. Maithriya is Sanskrit, meththa is Pali.

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      If one wants an analogy from the past in order to predict the fate that awaits Rajapakse, one needs to look no further than at what happened to SWRD Bandaranaike! An oxford-educated barrister who had a very privileged and Westernised upbringing, who came to a very sticky end when he stirred up Buddhist nationalism in order to get into power.
      History repeats itself as a new generation of politicians seek to endear themselves to “the common people” by going native through their adoption of religion, native dress, etc.
      The dogs they unleash on their own people are too dumb to differentiate good from evil. They will maul their masters in the end.

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    According to this great Buddhist Philosopher , Sinhala Buddhists are born Sinhala Buddhists and it is bad.???

    Wonder whether this is different to Hindus, Christians, Muslims and of course Jews?.

    Should we be banning the Thai Buddhists, Cambodian Buddhists Burmese Buddhists and not forgetting the largest segment and ever increasing Chinese Buddhists?,

    Perhaps Ms Serasinghe thinks she is Richard Geer.!!!

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      the group of people you have mentioned are mongolians. you are the only racial group i mean black to follow mongolian buddhism and worship mongolian buddha. to borrow your own words is yellow skinned mongolian buddha a kallathoni. kick the kallathoni pariah buddha out.

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      K.A. Sumanasekera

      “Sinhala Buddhists are born Sinhala Buddhists and it is bad.???”

      Didn’t you know this simple truth?

      Keep the religion away from your language. If these two are mixed it become a lethal cocktail.

      “Wonder whether this is different to Hindus,”

      No it is the same, Tamil/Saivaite cocktail has thrown up the all sort of reactionary leaders.

      Religion and language should not mix in the political context.

      Sinhala/Buddhist is a narrowly defined nationalistic identity. Buddhism has nothing to do with Sinhala/Buddhists. In fact I want to liberate Buddhism from Sinhala/Buddhists am working on it.

      Start thinking that you are either Buddhist or a Sinhalese you will see the difference, and relieved. You are carrying an unnecessary burden all your life.

      If you are simply a Buddhist you will feel freer. If you are simply a Sinhalese you will feel freer.

      No one expected the Sinhala/Buddhists to carry the burden of protecting Buddhism. As you said billions of them living outside the island who are much more capable of being Buddhists.

      So let go the Sinhala/Buddhist identity and embrace both identities not as one but as two, Sinhala and Buddhist.

      If you need help just drop me a mail.

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        “No it is the same, Tamil/Saivaite cocktail has thrown up the all sort of reactionary leaders”. Why don’t you just say LTTE created Buddism. They created the tsunami why shouldn’t they? For you breathe LTTE you cannot write your shopping list without mentioning them. See who has made the mark in your mind Buddism or LTTE

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          Lanka Liar

          “See who has made the mark in your mind Buddism or LTTE”

          Do you think above is the most difficult question I ever have to respond to?

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            try writing something without mentioning the LTTE. Then you will see who you are.

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            Ok I will give you an easy question. Which country committed the worst war crime in the world ?
            I give the answer below. Try first ? Don’t cheat ok.

            Sri Lanka.
            See you have cheated.

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              Lanka Liar

              Tamil Eelam and Sri Lanka.

              We need to have a comparative study in relative atrocities committed by both parties to the conflict in order establish the number one worse offender.

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      All over the world Buddim is perceived as a religion of peace and harmony but not the Sinhala Buddhism . That is why this special focus on Sinhala Buddism by the auther. There is nothing wrong with Buddhism but the there seems to be lot wrong with the Sinhala part. Count the number of sins committed by the Sinhuala Budist, and the endorsement for such crimes by the Buddist of Sri Lanka especially the leaders and monks. To day they are depicted as criminals and thugs. This should change. This can only happen with a regime change. Need a very strong moral leader. Do we have one. I doubt very much because there are no Buddhist in Sri Lanka only we have is Sinhala Buddhist.

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      What the hell are you talking about Sumanasekera?

      Had too much to drink last night and your little brain has dissolved?

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      Sumanasekera has to talk cock

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      Hail,

      This K A S IS A GREAT SINHALA BUDDHIST and A PHILOSOPHER In 20th century to 21st century,

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      Don’t forget accroding to right-wing Christian fanatics in the USA, Jesus is a Republican!

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        Just saw a Documentary about how Jews were persecuted in 12th and 13th Century England. There are fanatics in every religion, and we seem to be going through the Dark Ages of Sinhala-Buddhism now. Sharmini should let those people who want to go to the Buddha, as a God who can grant them favours, do so. That is in the Spirit of True Buddhism, which is Kindness and Compassion for those who need the support of someone higher than themselves. They will soon be able to listen to the True Dhamma and walk on the Right Path.

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          In 13th Century, English persecuted the jews. Was it happening today? Today we are in the 21st Century, Racism and racial violence is rampant in sri lanka with the state blessing. Buddhism is a noble philosphy that was distorted by some sinhala/Buddhist preachers. Buddhist teaches 5 Sils. These roque buddhist monks are not taking any sils. They only wear the robe and bring dishonor to the robe as well to the priest who strictly follow buddhism as preached by Gauthama Buddha. These rogue monks are trying to create a rift between the muslim and sinhalese community. I am from colombo and I have more sinhalese friends than muslim relatives. Functions at my house are well attended by majority sinhalese community. The rogue monks from remote village have not co-existed and they do not cherish the value of co-existing.

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      Don’t be a cretin in this argument. She is only pointing out to the newly emerging right-wing fanatics who misuse this name to hide their sense of nakedness and bankrupt ideals.

      So far the majority of Sinhala people don’t subscribe to this, and the hope of the writer is to let the fence sitters see sense in knowing whether to fall onto the landbside or sea side.

      Eventually the two words will not be used together as there is NO concept of true Sinhala Buddhism. It is just a myth of a few seeking an audience and following.

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      Sumane, it is Richard Gere you ignorant mule

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      Najachcha Wasalo Hothi, Najachcha Hothi Brahmano
      Kammana Wasalo Hothi, Kammana Hothi Brahmano

      One does not outcast by birth or Genius by birth
      Thus will be outcast by deed or will be genius by deed

      No Sir, Nobody is a born Buddhist. He or she is a Buddhist by deed only

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    Sinhala-Buddhist is a mere political invention to shield political filth with the nobility and tolerance of Buddhism. In fact, Sakkayaditti (socially conditioned personality view – Sinhalese, Asian, etc) is one out of ten fetters a follower of the eightfold path breaks at the point of stream entry (sotapanna or sovan). So, reinforcing ethnic identity in Buddhist practice amounts to delaying one’s entry into the path of healing. You may see my article “a brief note on Buddhism, Ethnicity, and Peace” on Groundviews.

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    I always wonder why the supreme protectors of Buddhism in Sri Lanka the Mahanayakes do not act definitely against the Bodu Bala Sena and other groups monks and individual monks who are not acting according to the teaching of Buddha. The individual monks and groups of monks should be disrobed by the Mahanayakes. If this is not done by the Mahanayakes, then the Mahanayakes become part of these huligans.

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      You know the very question that I ask myself repeatedly. We the many feel those mahanayakes are superior in SL but the problem lies that there are no laws or the relevant lawful guidelines to apply when some so called saffron robed buddhist monks abuse the lord budda´s buddhism according to their own setups.

      The similar problems exist almost in every area not enabling to go against the unlawful behaviours in the country.

      a) It is said that some viharayasa are being abused by so called thugs but claiming all incomes that come under particular temples belong to them just because they worked for those temples for long

      Reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8xscNpT6c4

      b)All forms of abusive vendors seem to be harassing in buses – this is simply petty issue if the politicians could take their actions against them. Some bus drivers and conductors sound to be fear of threat of these vendors – but when it goes for investigations – there will be no relevent laws to enforce – so the problems of this kind stay unsolved for months or years – if this was the case on any Country in developed world – rulers would not neglect without taking proper actions

      Reference:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c8dIw81m5M

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        Thank you for your comment Ann. Reading your comment brought out memories that were hidden in my mind. Years ago in 1984 I wanted to study Japanese and my tutor was a young Buddhist Monk. One day after my lesson he made a comment which until today is relevant in Sri Lanka. His comment was “Lankawe hondama business dekai thiyenne, ekak tuition kadayak daganne eke, anith eke para aiyene bogahak hoyagana pansalak arinna eke”. Which means “there are only two good businesses in Sri Lanka, one start a tuition shop, and the other is finding a Bo Tree and starting a buddhist temple.

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          thanks too.
          Can you please explain me why we the lankens are yet difficult with reforms to the prevailing laws in the country – to be useful to see forward in every issue. EU countries bring amds to prevailing laws after discussing the emerging problems – so amendments should be made to the paragraphs where it is necessary – be it in terms of Buddhists behaviours or vendors´behavoiurs to be better controls, we need appropriate laws. Lanka is proved to have highest literary rates with the average are becoming clear why we need reforms to new laws to improve the qualitiy of the life. Right atthe moment, Germany´s hardliners CDU is trying to set equal rights for homesexual married couples, while italians seem to be fear of Balasconi´s reelection. These mean even developed nations too have problems in many areas – because of the we are all human beings. But what bothers me even if we the lankens have adequate professionals in Justice/Law areas, not adequate is being made. Alone the fact that LLRC ´s minor recommendations are yet to be implemented – as Rajiva himself reiterated – calling the move is painfully slow – why our folks cant move as malaysians or comparable folks have done – I believe, we need society buidling machineries rather than those building or road constructions – LANKEN state should investe more in that areas and work together with universities closely. Studying closely the likeminded problems in Germany or any other country that were torn by long held wars – sociologists, psychologists and the related professionls should work hard to shape up the mind sets of the average folks – then it can help achieving final goals.

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            Hi I agree with you. But for the Sri Lankan Government to follow the path you have prescribed, the leaders of Sri Lanka should have an open mind and above all they should be serious in their minds to find a solution for the issues. Unfortunately, the leaders today are only worried about the bribes they can collect and do not care or worry about the country or the people. My fear is we may have a bigger issue than LTTE in years to come as all the diaspora today are earning more than ever before as they have been in their host countries for 30 years now and have got involved in the politics in those countries and above all they have the block votes to change the minds of any foreign country. This is the biggest fear I have. The opposition in Sri Lanka is also a division of the ruling UPFA, hence Sri Lanka is going from bad to worst each day.

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      The Mahanayakes are not speaking out against BBS and other S-B extremists for the same reasons that the Vatican has kept silent for years about sex perverts among catholic clergy.

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    The so called “Rituals” you referred to, are needed to “direct” the people of less understandings and intelligent capacities to the “PATH”. The trouble with large majority of our Buddhist Temples and Priests is that they do not make an effort to lead such people through this step to the next of more enlightened step of “understanding” and “awareness”. They like to “keep the flok” in tact and slowly convert it to a “big business”. This “business in Temples is very lucrative and “attract” the attention of the “hawkish” politicians, because if you frequently visit and support it, there is nothing more to do to get the most wanted “vote” to gain entry to the Parliament, which is a much “Bigger Business Outfit” than the Temples. The corrupt politicians know it best and that is why recently, a “Dane Pinkama” in the form of “Tax Free Vehicle Permits” were offered with “Public Funds”to the Temples and the Priests. So the “Theory” now is keep rituals and lead to “affluence”. For them it is a better state than Nirwana.

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      An Earthly Nirvana

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      I agree with you, keep monks and temples out of politics. When involed in politics they will not serve the public but only the politicins. That’s what the bodubalasena is trying to do as they have no political affiliations. Buddhism being a very peaceful religion that is non invasive and non compulsory on even among the followers, has to be protected from the other fundamental religios sectors who would ultimately destroy it as seen in many countries.

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    Now a day’s our monk’s not follow Buddhist philosophy. They fallow blind politicians. Finally laymen become victim. Because, they fallow monks blindly. We appreciate your courage to write this type of sensitive issue without any fear

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      Thank you Sir.

      You are one amongst a few who understand the messages I try to get across through my articles.

      Sharmini Serasinghe

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        Could you please stop insulting the Buddha by refering to him as ‘Lord’ Buddha?

        Lordship is part of the British hereditary peerage system and a human being can not rise above others by a feudal family right like that.

        Thinking that we need to honour the greatest human being who lived on this earth by making him a Lord is a shameful colonial hangover.

        Just refer to him as Buddha and if you understand even 1% of what he preached, you will begin to see that is what he would have expected.

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          Address the main point. Lord or God or Mate is not important here.

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          Ajith – Wouldn’t calling a great teacher just by name disrespectful?

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            @ Fahmy, Buddha is not a name. It means the Enlightened One! Before He became Enlightened, His name was Siddhartha Gautama.

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        Please stop ridiculing Sihala people, who are Buddhists. You are aiming these articles to western oriented mostly Christian elite and the NGO base who would love to see our culture criticized. You may have been brought up in a highly westernized atmosphere where all Sihala traditions such as Dane, pinkama,Pirith , bana etc are considered being a Godaya. You say Buddha did not ask to do all that. Then do you think what your friends in Colombo do in their churches, are all what Christ wanted done. Never mind I don’t question you about the Muslim friends. Why are you so angry and despise the Sinhala Buddhist culture. I’m bigining to think you are payed by a NGO to bring disrepute towards the Sinhala Buddhists.

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          Banda, you must be a Kandyan bugger. Do you know what we from the South call Sinhala back-stabbers and traitors? We call them Banda with no spine!

          So go and hide your fat bum under the thuppotiya.

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            Makkai kiyanne gong bass.

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            Yes Im , and am not ashamed. we fought for the country did not change our religion and would fight even now.The author and you who are the slaves of the Englis master is not very happy about bandas , simons etc. The author thinks only Rvd. Piyadassi is able to preach, as i remember he knew a little English. she takes pride in associating with him but not the very educated other monks who are Sinhala scholars.Any one without English back ground is shunned by this category.Im not ashamed to be a banda but im not Dalu banda but Punchi banda.

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              Banda you are a true Banda of Sri Lanka – Always out of point. Keep it up.

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              Banda,

              What slaves you talk about……. “slaves of the Englis master is not very happy about bandas”

              Could you show where in our history that say Sinhala people were slaves of British……..In fact the Sinhala people were lazy to work, that British brought Indians to grow tea, rubber and coconut, tar roads and the railway lines in Sri Lanka… now which you proudly drink and ride, while tea bringing in Billions of Dollars of foreign exchange. What science, math, sports, law, commerce and arts you learnt before British came.Why don’t you go in your Gon Karatta wearing amude…your national dress to show your national pride……

              Wern’t you the slaves under your own Sri Lankan kings, who sons did the same jobs that their parents did…..and kings who gave most cruel punishment for convicts. It is British who brought in Law and Order to our country. Read before you write.

              It is nothing but you people with empty swolen false pride that ruin our country and make nway for your down fall along with your Low minded Theravada buddhist fanatic monks who preach peace while instigating violence among communities.

              Mahayana Buddhism is more reserved, advanced and practiced in the eastern and Western developped countries.(please check in google)

              Go and get yourself a Bullock cart to see Vesak with your partner. Yamang Bando vesak balanna……..

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              According to learned Jayantha, I should be wearing a ambude and ride a gong karate, all because of my Sinhala name. Thank you. We need a lot like you to get country forward. May be get rid of all Sinhala Buddhists too. English speaking Christians who can move and converse with suddas will be the pride as in the old Lanka. Fantastic. First win the election.

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              The fellow who is writing under Jayantha seems to be a Tamil, who has been influenced by Subramanium Masalami and co.. I have no arguments or dealings with that kind. Take care and be with the British.

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            How you call the South Banda – or you just kidnap him without calling anything is it

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            Even Kandyans want to be educated in Christian Schools.

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          Hooooo.

          Are You An Another DALU BANDA?.

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            Dalubanda may be an insult with you and the idiot author woman, but not for us.

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              You spaek Sinhala Buddism. Good grammer

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              Banda, Arent you still drinking the same cup of tea every morning and night which your British masters who introduced 300 years ago. Also it is the same railway that you go to kandy and same subjects you study and same medicine, surgery and sports you do. There are other 80 odd countries that were under British rule who are doing much better than us togay…….why….

              Please tell me one visible thing you and your Govt. did to improve our economy,peoples life styles, society, communities and their income………other than nationalising all the private sterling companies who brought in valuable foreign exchange. You know those same companies went to Kenya and Ethieopia and grew tea and coffee there…..and now they are the world leaders in both by quality and quantity in tea and coffee manufacturers of the world. Go and check what is happened to our Tea, rubber and coconut industry.

              No other governments went after IMF and WB loans such as Rajapakses……and while the highest rates of the world paid by the Sri Lankan customers for Electricity and petrol…..still govt. is running with Billions of rupees in losses. What is happening….Please ask your beloved govt.

              How can you run a country with grade 10 qualified while knowing nothing what’s going around the world with a bunch of Parliament muts to run the country……….

              OBATA BUDU SARANAI…………..APITA KARUMAI……

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              Banda

              JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE A RACIST IDIOT DO NOT INSULT THE AUTHOR..
              FIRST LEARN THE BASICS OF BUDDHISM.
              RACE OR CASTE ARE NOT OF ANY WORTH IN LORD BUDDHAS MESSAGE.

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        You should first understand that Christianity and Islam are aggressively expanding two political religions. Both Christianity and Islam are killing simply because of sectarian violence. One reason why Buddhism disappeared in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh was islamic violence.

        Now, they are trying to do the same in Sri Lanka. Because of that, Sinhala – Buddhist people need political – Buddhists.

        Thank god, snakes like you people failed in the LTTE – Peace Secretariate.

        Under the circumstances, if you are asking people to be true buddhist, Sinhala-buddhist civilization vanishes in Sri Lanka.

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    Great article Sharmini. Colombo Telegraph, please translate this article to Sinhala for the benefit of mono lingual SinhalaBuddhists.

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    The writer seems to think she has a special connection to the Buddha to be able to say what Buddha would have said in today’s Lanka. This is the same problem here in the West, some people think they know what Jesus would have said.

    Moslem fundamentalism is about to engulf South Asia, within next 20-30 years. The Hindu birth rate in India and Buddhist birth rate in Lanka cannot cope with the exponential Moslem numbers which has no family planning. Time to wake up, Sinhala people! Your wonderful little paradise willl be ringing in Allahu Akbar and when Moslems are in majority you will be like the Hindus in Pakistan. You will be totally subjugated, persecuted until you convert to Islam.

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      Hello just in case you did not know Buddhism is a philosophy and, any body , not just Sharmini, who is wise, and can grasp its contents , I guess would feel, and could figure out what Lord Buddha ,would say in these circumstances. So , jay , first understand the first principals of what Buddha thought, and then apply it to the stupid , political crap of, Pataliputra and Gamanpila and Xand Y and Z . He most certainly would have let them remain Sinhala and, removed the Buddhist bit. Reason being , dressing in pristine white ,and praying to statues is not Buddhism. In fact he was at first reluctant to preach Buddhism , because he was not sure if the people would understand it. But those around persuaded him to do so at least for the few( like the present day Sharminis) who could grasp the philosophy.
      So NO to Pataliputra no to Gamanpila and most citrtainly no to Sinhala and Buddhists, IF it is to attack any other person or religion.
      Well written article Sharmini

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        Buddhism means many thing for many people. For some it is kidnapping. For some it is murder, for some it is lying for some it is mediation. All the crimes in Sri Lanka is committed in the name of Buddism. A Buddhist is not happy to build a Buddhist temple he wants to destroy another temple belonging to another faith and then build a Buddhist temple in its place. that is the greatest service he can do to the great religion. Remember the most respected Buddist in the world His Holiness the Dalai Lama cannot step foot in this country. That is the status of Sinhala Buddisim.

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      Before conversion, the fear of extinction will drive to an early grave.

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      BBS and JHU will adore you Jay Chambers.

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        Hope they unite and become BJBHSU

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          Go get lost you Bum.

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      Jay

      Perhaps you think you have found a window of opportunity to espouse your despicable KKK racism on a gullible Asian readership? If you made a statement like this in your own country you would be in jail.

      While you are waking up to the challenges of the global village, Sri Lanka has enjoyed a rich tapestry of multiculturalism and pluralism for over 2000 years, a concept unheard of in the west till the last century.

      A bunch of goons who annihilated an entire civilization of Indigenous people in the Americas, thugs who traded in human flesh in the form of the slave trade, who are you preaching to?

      We can manage our affairs. You stick to yours, please!

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      JAY!!!

      THIS LADY IS TALKING ABOUT BUDDHISM AS TAUGHT BY THE BUDDHA.
      YOU CANNOT COMPREHEND IT. JUST KEEP SHUT. AND NOT WRITE A LOAD
      OF IRRELEVANT “HOGWASH”

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      Jay Chambers,

      I think you are overly reacting. The kind of Islam you talk about will fade in coming years. Already in Saudi Arabia women are becomming more liberal and calling for their rights and independence. With the introduction of new technology and communication societies are changing….world is changing with the new thinking, liberty and freedom.

      Therefore don’t get scared of a Muslim invasion. After all there are wars, epidamics and natural causes happening to balance population, races and religions.

      Don’t worry…..Be happy.

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      You have seen the reality, not that Jayantha does not see it but he is some body’s agent, in a Sinhala name.

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    It is an excellent article. It is unfortunate that people like KA Sumanasekera still does not get Sharmini’s message. What she says is that a person does not become a real Buddhist just because he was born to a Buddhist family or he carries the label of a Buddhist. Most of the Sinhalese have become Buddhists by birth and not by conviction. Majority of them follow the traditional rituals that have been copied into o Buddhism from Hinduism and other religions which believe in a God, a creator of the world. On top of it radical monks have encouraged people to believe that Buddha has given a special task for Sinhalese Buddhists to safeguard Buddhism. Due to this false assumption Sinhalese Buddhists could resort to any violent act for sake of their race or Buddhism. The sad part of it is that majority of the Sinhalese Buddhists know next to nothing on real Buddhism , which they are willing to protect over their lives. If they know Buddhism well they would understand that nothing is permanent in this world including the race and the religion. Even the ‘Self” is a misconception and there is no real person in us. If there is no person why we are taking the heavy burden of protecting our race and other entities surrounding us? A Buddhist would try to protect humanity as a whole without any discrimination. He would extend loving kindness to all the people without any restriction.

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    We now understand why Buddha never wanted women to be ordained.this desktop buddhisam .good for journal Articlae to attract so caled educated mob in west

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      He probably knew they were smarter than you. They could do their bit even from the corner of a kitchen!!!!

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    I openly say people commenting positively for this article here and the writer are complete idiots. What Lord Buddha taught and what Sinhala-Buddhist civilization and Sinhala- Buddhists are completely different.

    For example, Jesus Christ said “love thy neighbour” and asked peoples who never did sins, when the W###hore was close to death by stoning, to come forward. That was Jeus. Yet, catholic Church created by the Roman kingdom, vatican and the pope who carried out crusades were against Jesus Christ’s preachings.

    Writer, you are not capable of understanding the difference between what Lord Buddha taught and who Sinhala-Buddhists and Sinhala-civilization are.

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      You know so much and your contribution never makes any sense.

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      I think K A Sumanasekera and Jim Softy had too much kassipu last night.
      Hangover today and can’t read or understand. Pickled brain syndrome.

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      To J S and K A SUMANA
      even though you two are born idiots [J S AND K A S},
      We hope and pray that both of you,
      After getting Educated And Enlighten,
      May attain NIBBHANA .

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      It has been proved time and again by many readers in CT that the biggest idiot in this forum is none other than Jim Sotty.

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      Jim Softy,

      It is not what Lord Buddha told what matters……..but the disciples or the clergy who preach his teachings and their behaviour that matters.

      Yes Jesus christ preached about the “Love thy neighbor” concept….but now there are thousands of Christian churches who preach the same Gospel and the concept around the world while people are watching. In the end people will judge which church is the best example of Jesus preaching.

      Similarly in Buddhism there is Theravada and Mahayana sects. While Therevada doctrine is preached in countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Butan and Thailand…….Mahayana is preached in China, Japan, Korea, and most Western world (Pl.check google)

      Finally people in those countries will decide which doctrine is closest to Buddha preaching.

      Therefore it is not a matter of an outside religion that is invading to another religion……..but the people are rejecting one, due to it’s weaknessess and joining another.

      Therefore no one can force anybody to either join or reject a religion. It comes from their own hearts and through examples.

      Finally no religion in the world approve violent acts or behaviour of their clergy against another religion.

      Good luck.

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    Excellent article . Hope the article will have an impact on the Mahanayakas and Sri lanka’s PoliticL leaders .

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    Excellent article . Hope Sri Lanka’s Political Leaders and the Mahanayakas will bring about the necessary changes for a loving, and compassionate Sri Lanka.

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    The problem lies in the fact that the popular Buddhism being practiced is built on a ritualistic Hindu base and beliefs. The very cobwebs that had obscured the philosophical Hinduism in Lord Buddha’s time on earth ( and yet do ) and which he sought to clean-up, have become part of Buddhism today. The need for a God of course is a human condition. Unfortunately in Sri Lanka the ill- understood Buddhist philosophy at the popular level has been hijacked by politicians and political monks and morphed into Sinhala- Buddhism. What prevails now in popular practice is Sinhala – low grade Hindu- low grade Buddhism. This amalgam has been adopted by politicians as a political tool to perpetuate their rotten rule to fool the people and fool themselves. I see many monks who are intellectually capable of comprehending the great philosophy propounded by Lord Buddha, but they are also entrapped by tradition and habit to follow a dwarfed form of Buddhism. Most people who practice the dwarfed amalgam that is called Buddhism in this country today, however understand and practice the fundamental Buddhist principles of Metha ( kindness), Karuna ( Compassion), Mudita ( Sympathy) and Upekka (Equanimity). Excessive Upekka has in fact has made almost all to tolerate what is happening in and to this country very calmly. This is not conducive to developing a vibrant and effective democracy in this country.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran,
      In my opinion the fundamental or ideal Buddhism can only be practised by the Arhats who have attained Nibbana. But as you say most Sinhala Buddhists understand the Buddhism that was established in the third Sangayanawa. On the contrary to writing by this writer that is what we here at bana.

      One need not follow fundamental Buddhism or seek to attain Nibbana at this life or next life to be a good Buddhist. If only you read Kalama sutta you may understand what I am trying to say.

      For that and many other reasons, I do not agree with your saying that ‘what prevails now in popular practice is Sinhala – low grade Hindu – low grade Buddhism.’ Nowhere in Dhamma Buddha said one would go to hell for seeking help from Gods. He only said it is futile.

      There are five, eight, ten, or sixteen Precepts in Buddhism. Monastic orders have longer lists. But they are not a list of rules to follow. I say that because, one does not end up in hell if he breaks any of it. So, unlike theistic religions, Buddhists have a choice to chose the number of precepts they can follow. Now think of why most Sinhala Buddhists chant five precepts twice daily.

      Olcott Buddhists such as this writer Sharmini may have chosen to read her chosen precepts only once in her lifetime. I do not complain for that for Olcott Buddhists are becoming different bread to that of Sinhala Buddhists. Like Mahayana Buddhists, who uphold only the ‘Three Pure Precepts’, Olcott Buddhists may also have developed their own understands of five precept. Who know they may have only Four Half Pure Precepts.
      Leela

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        Leela ,

        Thanks for your response. I cannot dispute what you say, because you know more of Buddhism than I do. I studied Buddhism as a subject for the ordinary level examination and have continued to study religions since. What I have learnt most is from what I hear and what I see. My comment arises from this back ground.

        The story of how Lord Buddha taught the lesson of Karma to the distraught mother who wanted him to revive her only child who had died ( asking her to bring first Mustard seeds from a home that had not experienced any death) always guides me. This is quintessential Buddhism to me. The noble eightfold path and the four principles essential to life, I have referred to above , define Buddhism to me.

        A perpetual search for spiritual upliftment should be a the hallmark of a Buddhist, although nirvana/nibbana/ liberation are distant goals for most souls. It is a journey, few Buddhists in Sri Lanka understand and hence the distortion and dwarfing ,I see around me. The rituals that are embedded in Hinduism have been the Maya that has hidden the greatness of Hindu thoughts and concepts from most Hindus. Rituals have evolved into an attempt at bribing the God/ Gods in Hinduism today. The same phenomenon is manifested in the Buddhism practiced here. Hinduism and Buddhism in reality are thoughts and philosophies that stimulate and fire the intellect. Unfortunately, they have been reduced to the level of blind faiths and beliefs today. Both religions have lost their dynamism and direction in practice. Both religions have been brought to the level of the masses and the masses have not been challenged to jump as high as they can to partake as much as they are capable, of the sublime and profound in both. The need to strive has been negated in both religions in practice.

        I do not know whether I make sense to you. I have however tried my best to explain.

        Dr, Rajasingham Narendran

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          As per My Knowledge I agree with your Ideas mentioned in this reply to leelarathne.

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    Pristine form of Buddhism is a highly spiritual and philosophical religon. It elevates the human being to a very high state of spiritual existence.

    Let us hope that Buddhist will value this legacy and learn to separate the eternal truth from the rituals and racial concepts that have crept in over the years.

    The human being can reach the highest state of existence as well as fall to the lowest.

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    This is one of my favorite beautiful conversational statements I learned from the history of Ceylon while I was pursuing my Buddhist Studies in Sri Lanka. I am not very much sure about the names of the persons, but I am sure about their posts.

    The King, who is a devout Buddhist himself, a protector of Buddhism himself and a righteous ruler, offers his kingdom to the Sangha, headed by the Mahanayaka. The Mahanayaka, the head of the Sangha, the ones in the right path prescribed by the Buddha, replies – Oh king, the protector of Buddhism, the righteous ruler and the lord of men, rule righteously, and the king did so.

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    I am glad. Sinhala Buddhist People criticize their practice of religion. That is the pathway to develop insight. Most religions wont allow that.

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      Every religion allows that except some sects of Islam. The biggest problem with Sinhala Buddhism is the ignorance. The word “Only” is the biggest problem in Sinhala Buddhism.

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    This post stands nothing but little knowledge about the context. The writer should do more study on the subject matter. Being a Buddhist is not only the qualification for write a paper on SINHALA BUDDHISM.

    1. She did’t reveal lastly what happen to Somarama and Buddharakitha. They both changed their religious faith. Why, They knew that by involving with pragaghatha was one of the offence that leads to dis allowing them to behaving as the Buddhist monks.

    2. She didn’t distinguish with Ollcut Buddhism and SINHALA Buddhism.

    3. Forget to write about Anagarika Dharmapala (the siahala buddhist national leader) and his task.

    Therefore herewith I am suggesting DO HOME WORK PROPERLY AND FURNISH THE LETTER AGAIN.

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    This essay should be circulated and posted in every social media.

    To the educated the current hatred orchestrated by BBS cannot surely be the teachings of Lord Buddha. The Sri Lankan Muslims have always had held high regard and respect to Lord Buddha. Never seen or heard them denigrate the founder of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in private or in public. They refrain from it for the simple reason that they are prohibited to do so. Haraam – The opposite of Halaal. What is difficult to fathom is the attack on the healthy eating habits, the modest dress code and to earn an ethically asset backed shariah compliant return on their investments as Muslims in Sri Lanka. We do not expect the politician to solve this issue as historically they have sold their faith and the country for a few pieces of silver. Asking politicians to save the economy is like asking Bernie Madoff to manage our household budget and John Wayne to entertain our young children. Politicians by their very nature and their very presence distort/destroy/sodomize economic order. Politicians create law after law to alter human action and the resulting human interactions we label an “economy”. Politicians also steal from the unborn and create economic distortions in the future, kind of like meddling time travelers.

    BBS has to recognise the threat within their belief system and should focus on strengthening Lord Buddha’s authentic teaching if they are to survive the next millennium. The Muslims should united as one community and respect each others different preferences to following their Imaams or schools of Islamic thoughts. To us the life in this world is a test and the results are apparent when we release our last breath.

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      People like Hussain Fahmy seem to have more respect and regard for Buddhism than born Buddhists and BBS types.

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      I read with glee that Mr Hussain Fahmy is very concerned about Buddhism survive the next millennium. My immediate thoughts were; if only Mughals and other Muslims of yesteryear had likewise thoughts even for a glee, today, we would be having a lot priceless idols, monuments, original scriptures of Asoka era that were there at Nalanda and elsewhere.

      Though I say this none of it may be worthy for real (pure) Buddhists like Sharmini and co for Buddha had never asked us to save them or worship them. For that reason, I am sure Sharmini and co would defend all barbaric acts by Mughals. Mr Fahmy need not bother.

      I also have noted Mr Fahmy wanted Shamini and co to strengthen ‘Lord Buddha’s authentic teaching enable ‘true’ Buddhism to survive the next millennium’.

      However, we can visualize his inner thoughts when we read his comments at the last paragraph. Fahmy doesn’t say he wanted Buddhist or Buddhist Monks to unite. But he says; ‘Muslims should united as one community’ and different Islamic schools also to unite.

      Mr Fahmy should read my comment where I said; ‘in my opinion the fundamental or ideal Buddhism can only be practised by the Arhats who have attained Nibbana.’ Mr Fahmy should also note that Monks and laymen at BBS do not aim to attain Nibbana at this life.
      Leela

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      Try telling this in the middle east your head will be gone.

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    Excellent article by a true Buddhist Philosopher. I request you to translate this into Sinhala and try to publish in local papers.

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    Thank you Ms. Serasingha for being bold enough as one comment says to enlighten the Buddhists.She is learned enough to say what she has to say as she has been a disciple of Most Rev .Piyadassi and has a grasp of what the Buddha taught.I totally agree with her when she says the crux of the matter is that there is no God in Buddhism to look upto in times of personal crisis.People living in the modern world are loaded with challenges affecting their lives for which the lay Buddhist do not get counselling from learned monks.Her suggestion to introduce comparative religious studies in schools is commendable.There is much more to write regarding Sharmini’s article.But at the moment I ask all those lesser individuals who send email after email rousing emotions of laymen to read and reread Sharmini’s article.

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    You are not the first one to try and ban Sinhalabuddhism.
    Several European nations tried for 500 years.
    It survived, and still provides the basis of culture, philosophy, arts and livelihood for a majority of Sri Lankans.
    I’m sure it will survive your pathetic attempt. Quoting some Europeans is not going to help.

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    This article deserves to be posted on the most racial Lanka Web and test the reaction of those like Waduge and his dirty dozen. It’s comical to read them happily rolling themselves in their own feces.

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    Go get a brain man and learn English first.

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      This is for Mark Souza.

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      Why not you try it first before asking others to do so.

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    this an excellent article, ppl like you should come forward and safeguard the nation before it became too late
    thanks

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    As far as we are concerned, Sinhala race is evolved over a two thousand five hundred years by assimilating various races like Yaksa, Naga, Raksa, Deva and etc with the descendents of Wijaya. And the Buddhism that Arhat Mahinda brought to this country is the Buddhism that was established in the third Sangayanawa. But the tree worshipping that was practised by the said tribes meaning ancient Sinhala people was not discarded by Arhat Mahinda. Indeed one could say that worshipping and bathing of Bodhi tree is a continuation of that practice. So, one could conclude that the Sinhala Buddhism we practice today is the Buddhism that has been practised from the time of King Devanampiya Tissa.

    Buddhism that this lady appears to follow is a far cry from the Sinhala Buddhism that I have rationally and briefly explained above. We call such people Olcott Buddhists. Olcott Buddhists need not necessarily have studied at schools established by Colonel Olcott. You can identify them from their love to pally Buddhism with western science, western rationalism and western empiricism. These people have conveniently forgotten ‘sath sathiya’, ‘Kalama sutra’ and Jathaka Katha. Not surprisingly, they propagate with their fellow NGOs that it is not in agreement with Buddhism for Buddhists to go to war with LTTE.

    Even this day, Olcott Buddhists worship the British Raj. So much so, they would like to forget that Sinhala Buddhists were discriminated and harassed by our colonial masters much more than other minorities. They even love to forget that our freedom struggle is associated with “Sinhala Buddhist Revival” towards the end of the nineteenth century. Fortunately, likes of them are a limited variety.
    Leela

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      Leela of the infamous Leepotter, what kind of Buddhism are you practicing? The BBS and JHU kind?

      You are a bloody rogue who played out people through your Leepotter business and now brag that you have a big house with a big garden in Horana, another one in Colombo, another one in UK and life member of Otters.Of course you can live like a king on stolen money.

      Please don’t insult Buddhism by calling yourself a Buddhist.

      You are just another rogue like MARA & Co., you bum suck.

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        I think Leela is an executive member of the BBS, He has not denied it, there is a Dr. who is their lay spokesperson :)

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        M M
        you should not get angry.

        we all can understand who are the hunters and looters are.
        One day they are supposed to pay for their Sins.

        There is a saying that ” dogs bark, Jackals Howl, But Caravan never stops.”

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        Hey Muththa
        If you want to take my comments personal and wish to shove me out of this blog by pointing fingers, I say you’ll never succeed. I couldn’t care two hoot about your bloody lies. You may live in your lair wherever it is but I have been living in my real life paradise where I am for more than three decades. As I said before, it is always open for those that matters. But, there are two Rottweilers to welcome dirty buggers like you.
        Leela

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          You are a bloody crook and a liar just like your pay masters. Hope some one drowns you in the Otter’s pool.

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      Leela,

      Do the Tamils come under the etc. category? Why the coyness in naming a very significant component of the Sinhala identity?

      Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Pardon me for sharing my view with you. Nagas are a tribe that existed in the State of Orissa some 3000 years ago. There was also a tribe known as Kalabras which invaded Tamilaham (combination of Chera, Chola & Pandiya regions) and were instrumental for the spread of Jainism and Buddhism. However, the fact remains that Lord Buddha was a born Hindu. Buddhism was described as a refined Hinduism by the late Jawaharlal Nehru. Buddhist philosophy is noble and widely acclaimed throughout the world. It had the force of converting Emperor Asoka to practice tolerance, love and compassion, but not cruelty. Hinduism to my knowledge is more than 12,000 years old. For your information, the official language of Hinduism was Sanskrit though there were other languages. Language is only a means of communication. The names of places such as Himalaya, Saraswathi (River), Malaya, Indonesia, Singapore, etc, are Sanskrit words which were in usage for more than 12,000 years. Similarly, the word Arabic is a Greek word. Moreover, Afganistan was known as Hindu Kush region which were ruled by Hindu rulers. Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion in Iran, but people practicing Zoroastrianism were massacred mercilessly by the Muslim invaders. This is recorded history. I am not against any faith or religion. Civilizations perish on account of natural disasters from time to time. Islam is the youngest religion. With the passage of time Islam was accommodated. Every religion teaches the path to reach God. No religion promotes violence and hate propaganda. Even in the Rig Veda it is mentioned that all are equal before the eyes of God and that women should accorded a special place. Every religion maintains one God. Even in Hinduism, the truth is there is only one God, but the ancient sages had seen God in the masculine and feminine form, without which the world cannot survive. Only thing there is a difference in the nature of Hinduism and other religions. Hinduism is individualistic while others are congregational. Hinduism is liberal and tolerance. At the same time there were religious war in Europe between the Catholics and the Protestants. With the passage of time the realization of their faults saw the incorporation of Human Rights Charter in the constitutions of every country as well as in the United Nations Charter and the European Union., whereby civilized people recognized others’ human rights and denounced cruelty on various pretexts. It is a tragedy that Asian countries had not paid attention in the formation of an Asian Union with the incorporation of Charter of Human Rights and Freedom. I had the privilege of associating with the Buddhists and especially with the Buddhist priests. The Buddhists were really sportive gentlemen which I found during the matches (cricket) when I played with the Army and the Air Force. Moreover, with due respect I should mention the experience I had with some Buddhist priests who really showed their love and were really humble when I visited their Viharas and guided me in the participation of their danas. When we discussed, it was almost the same like in Hinduism and exchanged views. Buddhist priests are of the view that anyone is at liberty to worship their places and conversion is not a must. (Even in the churches, we were guided properly by the churchmen and lend a helping hand in participating at their functions without any restrictions. It appeared that service was their motto.) They are hell bent on non-violence and against cruelty. They are one who will never forget the assistance rendered by me during the evil days of Premadasa when Sinhalese youths were massacred on suspicion. Even when the Twin-Tower was attacked, we were discussing and they had expressed their sorrows for not realizing the precious innocent lives. Presumably it is against such a background, the Buddhists may have turned out to be extremists. We cannot come to an immediate conclusion that they are against the Muslims. However, it is a sordid state of affair to observe that some house-maids are sent under Muslim names by agents which indicate that religion has been utilized for commercial purposes. But the Muslims also should also adapt themselves to changing conditions. There are good-hearted Muslim Parliamentarians for whom I have defended and they were always for non-arrogant. But in Colombo, I know a case where a Muslim politician transferred a Sinhalese Inspector of Police to a different place when he discovered that this Muslim politician had a hand with the underworld criminal gang which engaged in illegal activities on a complaint lodged by an affected person. Sometimes revealing truths are bitter. It is this type of fears that compel a Sinhalese into Buddhist extremists. Moreover, since Science and Technology has advanced to the extent that explosives are hidden in the garbs they are wearing, Western countries are worried about the security, which I think is an accepted fact. Similarly Passports and Identity Cards are also manipulated. Moreover, in this century women should be given legal recognition in the true of spirit of religious teachings. The punishment given to women is beyond imagination. These are also matters inter-twined with cruelty. With the passage of time will this culture be introduced to Sri Lanka which can run in the minds of Sinhala-Buddhist extremists. Will this not tarnish the image of democracy in Sri lanka. Politicians are up to anything for gaining votes. I feel that Sinhala-Buddhist extremists should also have a fair hearing and have to look into their grievances and aspirations and have a meaningful negotiation. The same method can be attributed to the Muslims as well. The best method is for educated people and religious leaders to thrive this issue on a stage monitored by a recognized international body, so that hate propaganda can be defeated.

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      Leela and her ilk should learn what is right and what is wrong before trying to understand the real buddhism. She or he seems to be seeing the otherway around even if the majority of the readers see something common. That is the uniquness of this leela – transe from Horana, now advocating to have got married to a lady. I did not know that lanken state allows lebian marriages. Anyway, Leela is not the representative for the average villagers as she is insisting.

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    thank you sharmini, its great reading for srilankans who can understand, but many will not,it is the reason why our country will never go forward, going through the comments you have got it just shows what a country we live in ,with people like you we can start change , and hope the change comes soon before its to late.

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    Sharmini Serasinghe is a bloody silly woman to talk about something she doesn’t know. If she’s born Buddhist, she wouldn’t speak in this way. If lord Buddha was there, he wouldn’t banned Buddhism at all. He would know what to do next. If he was there he would change this silly woman’s mind and ignorance. Has she got a religion? If you talk about somebody, you have to be in that specific person’s shoe stupid woman. No wonder these people get killed in SL.

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      Sami,

      your ilk of people are the majority in the country – that has no doubt been the threat to real buddhists like Ms Serasinghe. If you study the article closely, that should have been clear to you and the ilk. How many of commentators have added their comments to this thread. That alone proves how magnificient she has explained the reality of the buddhistic values. As she described it above –

      “Buddhism in its pure form is too deep and complex a philosophy to be understood by the average and undisciplined mind; its teachings, therefore, are greatly misunderstood and misinterpreted by ‘born Buddhists’”

      So long the majority folks behave as you do – nothing will be in our society. That is the message I wanne to pass you here.

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      Sami

      This article is not meant for brain dead retards like you who cannot differentiate facts from
      fiction and still believe in myths. If you cannot understand Sharmini Serasinghe how on earth will you understand Buddha’s philosophy? Please do not waste your time here, these articles are for people who can think.

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    Read the history of Buddhism stupid woman!! Read what lord Buddha had done in old India. He didn’t ban any other religion.

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      Aiyo Sami, why do stupid fools like you waste space on this thread with your idiotic comments? You need to get your spectacles replaced so that your compressed brain can understand what Sharmini is saying.

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    A few questions for Sinhalabuddhists!!!

    It is said that the Lord Buddha arrived at Kelaniya to prevent a war between two tribes.
    Can you tell me a few names of any leading Buddhist priests who tried to stop the war or tried to prevent it from escalating at least?
    The Lord Buddha never ever condoned the caste system.
    Almost all the sects (Nikayas)ordain children as priests based on caste system. For example Siyam Nikaya ordains only those from Govigama caste. Can they be named as true followers of the Lord Buddha?
    The Lord Buddha’s doctrine is for all the people of the world, not for a particular ethnic group.His Sasana or the priesthood is open for any ethnic group.
    How many Buddhist priests have tried to propagate the Buddha’s teachings among the Tamils,and Muslims, at least among those who live outside North and East?
    How many Tamils or Muslims have been ordained as Buddhist monks by our Sinhala Buddhist priests?
    Did the Lord Buddha say that Buddhism should be preached only in the western countries?Did the Lord Buddha say that the Buddhism should be the property of only the Sinhalese?
    Please enlighten me.

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      premalal,
      Are you serious when you challenged ‘Buddhist priests’ to propagate Buddhism among Muslims and ordained them. You have absolutely no clue about Islam. What do you want; do you want to get the head chopped off of the evangelist or the apostate. Search Google and read the Koran on line. Verses 4:89, 9:11-12, 2:217, 9:73-74, 88:21, 5:54, and 9:66.

      I’ll answer you if you ask sensible and rational questions. I see no point in answering question with no logic and that attack Buddha Sasana for the sake of harassing it.
      Leela

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        Leela

        Why are you dishing out bull crap in mass quantities? Even Sinhala-Buddhist monks are converting to Islam and you continue to utter bull crap. See this video clip and you also think of becoming a Muslim, I guarantee you will attain Nibbana.

        Sinhala Buddhist monk speaks about how and why he converted to Islam.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgSaWUlgsxk&feature=player_embedded

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