21 August, 2019

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The Curse Of Intolerance

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi desires that all religions should reside everywhere….” Ashokan Rock Edict 7

The attack on Buddha Gaya is an outrage.

When the religious of the different religions refuse to coexist, when they accrue unto themselves the exclusive ownership of spiritual truths or geographic spaces, when rulers see in religions (and in the credulous religious) a means to temporal-power, societal-violence proliferates, wars ensue and tragedy strikes.

Sinhala-Buddhist supremacists proclaim Sri Lankato be a Sinhala-Buddhist land, because a majority of its people are Sinhala-Buddhists[i]. Based on this majoritarian-logic, they preach religious intolerance, rail against Christians, Muslims and Hindus and attack churches, mosques and kovils.

All religious venerate their places of worship. All religious experience sorrow and anger when their places of worship are attacked. The horror a Buddhists feel when a temple is attacked is the same horror a Christian feels when a church is attacked, a Muslim feels when a mosque is attacked and a Hindu feels when a kovil is attacked. Religious violence does not generate peace; religious violence begets more religious violence. A country which is caught in that bloody-vortex will become a living hell. That was the fate of Europe during its religious conflicts/wars; that is fate of countries like Pakistan and Iraq today.

When you attack the edifices of other religions you provide extremists of those religions with an excuse to attack yours. If Sinhala-Buddhist fanatics continue their rampage against churches, kovils and mosques in Sri Lanka, they have only themselves to blame if Christian/Hindu/Islamic fanatics attack Buddhist historical and religious sites elsewhere in the world.

What if the world accepts the exclusionary and intolerant logic of the Sinhala-Buddhists Supremacists, that a country is the sole property of the majority religion? By that logic,India is a Hindu country (and Indian government has no duty to protect the Maha Bodhi). The Hindus are the ‘real owners’ of India and as such have an inalienable right to accept or reject the rights of other communities and permit or destroy the sites of  other religions.

What if such a Hindutva-India decides that this or that Buddhist historical site must be demolished because some Hindus demand it?

Can the BBS protect Sanchi and Ajanta in Hindu-majority India? Can the JHU safeguard Kapilawastu and Lumbini in Hindu-majority Nepal? Can the Rajapaksas save Borobudur in Muslim-majority Indonesia? What about the Buddhist temples dotting lands in which the majority religion is not Buddhism, from Christian-majority US, Europe and Australia to Islamic-majority Malaysia and the Middle East[ii]? How can Buddhist historical and religious sites be protected if countries of the world embrace the BBS/JHU/Sinhala Ravaya logic and their leaders adopt Rajapaksa-practices?

There are Theravada Buddhist temples in Japan where Theravada Buddhists are in a minority. Would Lankan monks allow Mahayana Buddhists the right they claim for themselves from New York to Melbourne, from Tokyoto Kuala Lumpur– that of propagating their own brand of Buddhism and building their own type of temples?

If Christians, Hindus or Muslims do not have a right to build their own religious edifices in Sri Lanka because they are ‘newcomers/non-owners’, what justification is there for building a Buddhist temple in London or San Francisco?

The BBS wants the Indian army to follow the example of the ‘Sinhala army’[iii]. If the Indian army were to heed this advice, it will aid and abet Hindu extremists, build kovils all over India and not lift a finger to protect Buddhist sites.

If the entire world follows the logic of the BBS (which is also the logic of Wahabism, Hindutva and some Christian and Jewish fundamentalists), there will be Theravada temples only in five countries: Sri Lanka,Myanmar,Kampuchea,Laos and Thailand. Buddhism in general and Theravada Buddhism in particular have been able to establish a global presence because most non-Buddhists abhor religious fundamentalism, most non-Theravada Buddhists do not regard Theravada Buddhists as enemies and most world leaders are more intelligent than the Rajapaksas.

Until now, Buddhist places of worship were not targeted by any fanatic of any religion, because of Buddhism’s non-violent and moderate image. The wanton destruction of the Bamiyan statues by the Taliban stemmed not from anti-Buddhism but from a general hatred of anything considered ‘idols’ (Taliban also attacks Shia shrines; the Saudis are destroying innumerable Islamic religious and historical sites for the same reason).

But if the Wirathu-Buddhists of Myanmar and the BBS-Buddhists of Sri Lanka continue their campaign of hatred, Buddhist historical and religious sites will become the targets of fanatics all over the world.

The attack on Bodh Gaya is a wake up call; Lankan Buddhists must decide whether they are going to allow a bunch of power-hungry politicians and hate-filled monks to distort and implode Buddhism for their personal purposes.

Learning from the Buddha

According to the Kalama Sutta, when the Buddha arrived in Kesaputta, the Kalamas told him, “There are monks and Brahmins venerable sir, who visit Kesaputta. They expound and explain only their own doctrines; the doctrines of others they despise, revile and pull to pieces….”[iv]. Clearly there were BBS-types even during the time of the Buddha. And in Buddha’s reply to the Kalamas, there is one of the best refutations of religious-hatred: “What do you think Kalamas? Does hate appear in a man for his benefit or harm?…. Kalamas, being given to hate, and being overwhelmed and vanquished mentally by hate, this man takes life, steals, commits adultery and tell lies; he prompts another too, to do likewise…”[v]

One of the first lessons in the importance and necessity of religious tolerance was given by none other than Emperor Ashoka. A convert to Buddhism (we would all be pagans or animists, had conversion been regulated out-of-existence), he offered patronage and protection to every religion/sect in his vast empire. He explained why religious tolerance is both good ethics and good politics: “…there should be growth in the essentials of all religions. Growth in essentials can be done in different ways, but all of them have as their root restraint in speech, that is in not praising one’s own religion, or condemning the religions of others without good cause. And if there is cause for criticism it should be done in a mild way. But it is better to honour other religions for this reason. By so doing, one’s own religion benefits, and so do other religions, while doing otherwise harms one’s own religion and the religions of others. Whoever praises his own religion, due to excessive devotion, and condemns others with the thought ‘Let me glorify my own religion’ only harms his own religion….”[vi]

Religious intolerance is a double-edged sword. If the BBS-types become dominant inSri Lanka, life will become as oppressive and obscurantist as in Saudi Arabia or Taliban-ruled Afghanistan– even for Sinhala-Buddhists. They will, in accordance with their limited knowledge, mean intelligence and narrow vision, decide what sort of conduct, music, cuisine, dress, art, science, education, health and living is acceptable or not. They will intrude into every home, interfere with every family and dictate to every man, woman and child. They will turn Buddhism into its antithesis and Sri Lanka into a land of ignorance, bigotry and violent-hatred.


[i] The Mahawasma story about Buddha’s bequest is a myth made up by a monk, about 800 years after the Great Extinguishing.

[ii] The Theravada Buddhist sites in theMiddle East include the Bahrain Meditation Centre, the Bahrain Goneka Vipassana and the Dubai Meditation Centre. There are many other Buddhist sites belonging to the Non-Theravada traditions.

[iii] http://www.srilankamirror.lk/news/8855-take-examples-from-sinhala-army-bbs-calls-india

[iv] http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.065.soma.html. The second solace of the disciples of the Noble Ones in the Kalama Sutta is suitable for an atheist/humanist manifesto: “Suppose there is no hereafter and there is no fruit, no result of deeds done well or ill. Yet in this world, here and now, free from hatred, free from malice, safe and sound and happy, I keep myself”

[v] Ibid

[vi] Rock Edict 12

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    Excellent well balanced timely reminder. TG well done. Please keep it up.

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      Thanks TG, BBS should be banned and a bill on the prevention of the incitement to religious and ethnic hatred passed to prevent hate speach and make it a criminal offense.
      But more importantly Buddhist Sanga need to be modernized and educated to live in the modern world.
      Most of the Monks come from poor families and have no education and a backward looking and don’t read anything and only listen to their half educated older monks.

      Buddhism today in Lanka is a very backward, intellectually and morally bankrupt and regressive religion which is in need of educated monks who see the big picture. Currently the younger monks are manipulated by the older BBS types because they talk loud and this must stop.

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        Now the government says they are going to govern like Mr. Premadasa , Mr. Premadasa policies were defeated by the voters.
        Government Spokesman and Media Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella, recently defended the government decision to have only its members in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the 13th Amendment, citing an example of the PSCs during the Ranasinghe Premadasa Presidency.

        This government will also be changed when they conduct in the same manner.

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      Tisaranee Gunasekara

      Thank you. You are my kind of guy, balanced, single standard and Egalitarian.

      Well Said by you below:

      “What if the world accepts the exclusionary and intolerant logic of the Sinhala-Buddhists Supremacists, that a country is the sole property of the majority religion? By that logic,India is a Hindu country (and Indian government has no duty to protect the Maha Bodhi). The Hindus are the ‘real owners’ of India and as such have an inalienable right to accept or reject the rights of other communities and permit or destroy the sites of other religions.

      What if such a Hindutva-India decides that this or that Buddhist historical site must be demolished because some Hindus demand it?”

      Buddhism grew at the expense of Hinduism. Almost all Buddhists are former Hindus.

      Well, here are the facts with support based onn data and events, and reason.

      1. BBS, is Sinhala Buddhist Racism to continue the Monk-Ruler Hegemony using Monk Mahanama Myths.
      2.They prevent an Egalitarian Sri Lankan society being formed.
      3. It was the Sinhala Buddhist Racism, the core cause of conflict in Sri Lanka.
      4.Sinhala Buddhist Racist Monk Somarama killed the Prime Minister SWRD B in 1959, and converted to Christianity, before dying.
      5. What they practice is not Buddhism.
      6. It is called Mara-ism, the Buddhism of the Devil.
      7. Lanka was originally, Animist, Jain and Hindu
      8. The original Natives were Veddah, Yakka, Naga and Raksha.
      9. King Ravana was Hindu, and civilized.
      10.There was an advanced civilization before Buddhism,
      11, Bali, Indonesia 94% Hindu and is peaceful.
      12, Unfortunately, Lanka became Buddhist and violent with Buddhist Monks and they infected some Sinhala people.
      13. Buddhism is the curse of Lanka, which Bali Indonesia escaped.
      14. It is not the Sinhala people, the problem. It is Theravada Buddhism and the Buddhist Monks,the Monk Hegemony is the problem.

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      This time when Mr. Bsil went to India to explain SL stand on North (13th ) he was told about the India stand and had given some warnings. Among the warnings were that sacred Buddhist places will be in danger if you are to be stubborn. So the explosions at Buddhagaya are the results of that and are soft warnings….

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    As always an excellent article!

    According to the Sinhala Buddhist extremists since they are the majority, they have the right to decide on the practices & the eating habits of minority religions within Sri Lanka.
    But what they forget is that
    a majority of South Asians are Hindu,
    a majority of Asians are Muslim &
    a majority of the world’s population are Christian.

    Just as Tisaranee said, either behave like a world religion or a 5 nation religion.

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    You are such a woman that you dont respect your religion also. I been a muslim see the stupidity, anger you have towards Buddhists. You must be paid form some Islamic or Anti-buddhist organization. You are very immoral the way you criticize your own religion. If you were a muslim woman, and you did like this, you know what will happen to you ?
    If Sri Lanka is a muslim country or you are in a muslim country, will you be able to critisize Ismal in this manner ?
    You can write like this because you are in a buddhist country. All Muslim supporting sinhalees will undetand sins they commit, when Shariya is implimented and peole are soned and hanged.
    Till then, Write as much as you can, THisaranee

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      Nice try Abdul.

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      I think CT must warn readers not to assume that names under which articles appearing here are the real names of the writers. I seriously dont think that this Abdul fellow is a Muslim. Looks like he is a BBS radical because of the ambivalence and contradictory nature of his arguments. Also, the name Abdul is very very rarely used singularly among Muslims as it is only part of a longer name and does not stand on its own.Im certain that Tissaranee is intelligent enough to have already detected this and not take the fraudsters message seriously.

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      Abdul Sumir,
      When Catholic preiest molested young children, who came forward to fixed those issues? It was/is white Christians.
      What Thisaranee does is similar.
      Abdul, how many of your Buddhist monks suduced young boys or young monks Every year? Any young monk could escape and continue to be a monk without that sexual sacrifice in SL? It is like we tried to become high ranking school CADET officers with closed legs :-) ha ha. Remember the fun!!!
      Has a SINGLE Buddhist monk (Ganaya) is SL ever convicted for sexual harassment??
      I am telling you : Think if you have brains!!
      Jesus said: See if you have eyes, hear if you have ears —
      Anura

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        and… Think if you have brain.

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      Abdul, you sound exactly like a BBS. Stop pretending and make Sinhala race a bunch of idiots.

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      Abdul/Farina Shills,

      Introduction to Buddhism. A violent Religion? Monk Hegemony?

      In Sri Lanka, they do the same.

      The 4 noble truths.

      Part 1
      Buddhism The Great — Part 1

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

      Buddhism The Great — Part 2

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

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        Like reading your comments and they are very educational and enlightening. I still feel it will be better to avoid ridiculing religions to this extent. Believe it is against accepted Human Morality.

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      Abdul – you are definitely not a Muslim. You are trying to make others write angry comments on your writings such as you will be hanged and stoned etc. Then the usual ones who write anti Islamic ones will pick on you.

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    Thus is what happend when you live in a muslim country:

    [Edited out]

    You have just commented using the name Abdul -CT

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      Abdul/Farina,
      You think you are a Buddhist (in a Islamic mask), but you are not. This is why – You have a passion for Buddhism so you hate other religions, but Buddha said his teaching is a similitude to a raft for the purpose of crossing over (emancipation from suffering) , but not for the purpose of clinging to. By clinging to Buddhism you suffer here and now. Ashoka a great emperor took hundreds of thousands of lives to realize that and being a real Buddhist he took middle path and had religious tolerance in his empire,but why can’t you?

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        Abdul/Farina are one and the same. They are neither male nor female and are not muslims. It is manifestly clear that they are members of the Balu Bala Sena Group of Companies headed by our Offence Secretary!

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      Poor Abdul,

      Does Buddhism teach Hypocrisy as a key tenet?

      Thank you for exposing this humbug!

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      Thank you CT for monitoring such comments. Farina the fraud has been revealed. Please do continue exposing the trolls whose main intent is to deceive and incite.

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    Very insightful article, thank you. What happened in Buddha Gaya tells us with his own legacy that his teachings are timeless. I hope Gotabaya realizes this and change with his brother Mahinda. If they could do evil and stay in power they definitely will have a mandate to do good and be in power.

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    Between Colombo 4 and Colombo 6, there are more Hindu Temples (Kovils) than in the whole Diaspora across the Western World.

    Lords Kararagaman and Vishnu act as sort of body guards to our Buddha in every village temple across this Buddhist Land.

    Galle Fort alone has three Dutch Churches which date back to Seveteen hundreds.

    In addition , we have hole in the Wall as well as free standing Mary’s, Jesus Christ and even Lord Ganesh in many parts of Colombo and outer suburbs.

    Wonder where this serial Buddhist Basher gets her figures from?.

    Despite this full frontal attack, our BBS will be struggling to hold on to Nagadeepa even, the way things are panning out.

    And it is the holiest of all our Holy places where our Lord Buddha. set foot on three occasions, according to our own Mahawamsaha.

    What hope they have protecting Lumbini and Veranasi, when our rural women old and frail and their monks get attacked on there way to Budgaya?.

    It is strange that Ms T pretends not to have any knowledge of the Terrorist attacks on Buddha’s orignal Bo tree in the Holy City and the Holy Shrine which houses his sacred Tooth.

    And that was in the land of Sinhala Buddhists.

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      i say mr sumanasekera (LEELA OF LEE POTTER) so you hide these few days and now make an appearance ha,i was awaiting ur answers on other articles!

      so tell me K A Sumanasekera ( LEELA OF LEE POTTER) did you have Buddha statues in LEE POTTER LTD or have the Hindu gods like what you get in our private buse? kiyapang man we are waiting

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      KAS or Leela

      Yes there are Hindu Kovil not only in Col 4 and Col.6, but all over the island. So what? There are hundred of Buddha statues in the North and the East after the conclusion of the war.Why not you talk about those? Why talking about Hindu Kovil? It is your political thugs who worship God Kataragama more than Hindus in evry turn of events. Tell your BBS canibles or Sinhala Ravaya buffaloes to destroy Kataragama Kovil and the near by Mosque and to make Kataragama a Pure Sinhala Rajapakse abode.

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        Kautiliya,

        Lanka was Animist, Jain and Hindu, before Buddhism.

        King Ravana was Hindu.

        Buddhas was born a Hindu. His patents were Hindu. a good part of the philosophy of Buddhism has Hindu and Jain origins.

        Monk Mahanama Myths, are like the BBS myths and misrepresentations.

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      Mahawamsa may be yours but Lord Buddha is definitely not yours. You Sinhalese a curse to Buddhism and please go back to your jungle life killing animals and eating fresh animals.

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      Sumanasekera,

      Introduction to Buddhism. A violent Religion? Monk Hegemony?

      In Sri Lanka, they do the same.

      The 4 noble truths.

      Part 1
      Buddhism The Great — Part 1

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

      Buddhism The Great — Part 2

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

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      Uncle Sumansekera alias Leela is getting hammered these days poor man!

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        Luckily he is unnailed somewhere.

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    Other than the Mahavamsa is there any other document preferably, one that is written by a non- Lankan that states the Buddha came to Sri Lanka?

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      Read Lotus Sutrha or Lankavathara Suthra. that is coming from Mahayana buddhism and and It is some where from the Orient. It explains who lived in the North and who lived in Ruhuna etc.,

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    The Bebadu Boru Sena should realise that all people treasure and respect their places of worship. It is only a couple of days ago that their associated organisations and JHU were threatening to attack a mosque at Grandpass. Luckily the muslims of Sri Lanka are peaceful and did not retaliate.

    These power drunk Bebadu Boru Senas think that they are in majority and they can kick the minorities around as they wish. They should remember that they are outnumbered in the region and there are equally crazy people out there to take offense and give them as much as they can take. People in glass houses should not throw stones.

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      Though Buddhist are a majority in SL. Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are the majority in the world. Today if there is a vote in the UN asking for a separate state in the North, chances it could get defeated. With spread of Buddhist extremism and non-tolerance of minorities it wont be too far away for such a proposal to be passed at the UN Gen. Assembly…..

      Should remember the minorities in the country are majorities in the world..

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    There should be a limit to this “brainless” acts of BBS who are supported by the regime. The citizens of SL should protest openly against BBS. When this happens BBS will retaliate and that would further ignite the negative feelings of the masses and will stop those who are supporting this Balu Bala Sena.

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    “People in glass houses should not throw stones” better still, people
    in glass houses should not undress with lights on, as one in the Regime
    has taken the lead to do so locally.

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    Sri Lanka under the so called “leadership” of the Rajapaksa’s, is turning into disgusting snake pit.
    We are becoming as disgusting as the Taliban (who destroyed priceless Buddhist statues) Jewish extremists who attack and burn Mosques, and the Christian extremists who kept preventing a Mosque being built in Oklahoma by burning and it. Sri Lanka will never be the same. Religious tolerance is now the thing of the past, and they are too dumb to realize this will destabilize the country, and the beginning of future extremism from all sides. Perhaps they realized having a constant war in the country is far more profitable to them in many ways.

    Another great article Tissaranee. You ask great questions for which there will never be answers. For those who attack you here, seems unable to comprehend that this is a volatile situation, and if it is not contained, will leave this country in a downward spiral of communal disharmony, religious strife, and bloodshed.
    There is no doubt the same hands that manipulate the Myanmar massacres are involved in the instigations
    going on right now. Ultimately it will be ALL Sri Lankans who suffer the consequences.

    The despicable terrorists from the BBS went from temple to temple in the US, being feted and fed, and yet they seem to want to deprive the minority religions in Sri Lanka the right to their own places of worship, while they expect other nations to “tolerate” their temples around the world. Ignorance, intolerance, and hypocrisy, are dangerous traits.

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    Excellent as usual

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    Now. Every body is arguing about Abdul / farina and wheather they are muslims or not. isnt this the most simple what to escape the point putfarward by abdul ?

    1) Just answer the floowing :
    If Thisarani is in a muslim country can she write like this ?
    IF thisarani is muslim can she write like this ?

    come on guys, dont skip the question by putting other things to cover up.

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      What is the gist of your argument Rainbow lover?

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      Hi kelum, Howmany languages do you know? Tell me that first than I will show you writings which were written by Muslims against anyone who goes against righteous teachings. Muslims never keep silence whenever someone goes against the noble teaching of Islam. Muslims never afraid of anything than the God almighty in that course. In Islam talking to the truth in front of a tyrant-having no defensive weapons – is the highest stage of Jihad. Keep it in mind. Talking against wrong is much different than fanning the tyrants who goes against righteousness.

      TG is really brave and intelligent in that sense.

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    Colombo Telegraph is bias. they cut off most of the Anti-mullim comments. And they cut of must comments that dont support their view.

    CT must be funded from an islamic source or an anti-buddhist source

    By same Abdul / Farina – CT :)

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    CT – this it self prove how bias you are. shame on u !! Where there is obvios Islamic extreemit movements going on in SL and elsewhere in the world, why cant you give a fair view, with out emphasising the buddhist movements ? besides you were so keen on publishing the time magazine againt buddhist activities in Myanmar. why dont you publish the reply by Ven. Thero. ? that it self prove how bias you are against buddhism. IF CT has a back bone, answer the following
    1) will you be able to critisize islam in this manner in a muslim country ?
    2) what will happen to you if so ?
    3) your so-called key writter Thisaranee is safe in clombo. And she can be visible in public too. can you act this in manner in a muslim country ?
    4) if you are funded by Mulim/anti-buddhist funds, that s fine. but how would you defent your hypocracy ?
    5) you guys are not free media or freedom fighters. you Guys are just another extreem group who manipulate things.

    Go on CT Go on.. sale buddhim ( if you are a buddhist). you know what you are doing. Help to Create a mulsim Shariya dopminated Sri Lanka. and see how you would ( you r clhildren will ) live.

    while an an bias criticism over SL govt is highly appriciated, I myself used to be a fan of CT. but the way you acted in Muslim / Islam issue showed you r real picture.

    shame on YOu CT. IF you have back bone, publish this without Editing. im sure more people who had fath on CT have left now, thaks to your slavery to Muslims. People like you are the onez who betrayed Sri Lanka even in the past. No wonder there genarations still exsist.

    Go on CT Go on, till you achive a Shariya dominated SL. allaha will protect you.

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      Aameen (Oh Allah accept this prayer)

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    To CT :
    Further, when ever there is anti muslim vedio, web link is given, CT edits it. But all other liks are accpeted. what sort of she-males are you ?

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      You are a henchayya of Leela is ambivalent.

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    TG reads buddhism from Internet and start preaching.

    TG, What does the bible say about these things ?

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      It says Jim Softy is not a Christian but a bebadu Sinhalaya.

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    A fine article which the extremist will fail to understand and therefore dislike. The tragedy in Sri Lanka is not that a majority of Buddhists support BBS and other extremist groups, they in fact don’t, but that the government supports extremism. What the attack on Buddhagaya has done is to bring the extremists down to earth and make them ponder on Buddha’s own words that violence is negated only by loving kindness and non violence. Learn Buddhism the hard way if they must. When the Buddha predicted the decline of Buddhism in time, he must have foreseen Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule.

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      What I can not believe is Christians and Muslims preach what Buddha said and buddhists behave differently.

      They all want us to be perfect buddhists and vanish so that they can thrive.

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        Thank you for your comment. I know you are truly concerned. Buddhists have to survive as true Buddhists, that is people who follow what the Buddha taught. If not, what will survive as “Buddhism” will be something different, something that supports violence and animosity. Most religions have changed from what they were, but in Buddhism, our values of good living must be preserved for all time. If we lose that there will be no Buddhism isn’t it? Do not worry about what advocates of other religions say. Be unaffected. Buddhism will always survive if we live according to Buddhist values. Be unaffected when some say they have so many billion followers. Numbers do not matter. What many Buddhist writers are trying to convey is the message that without living according to our values there is no Buddhism any way. This is why Tisaranee and others criticise the violent actions of BBS and some others. I feel that BBS and the others will not last long, but there is a fear that Buddhism is becoming violent like the others. Trust you understand my point of view.

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        That means Sidhartha Goutha Buddha and his followers were not true Buddhist so that Buddhism spread all over the world, isn’t it?

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    It is time to think about Mahayana Dharma instead of Theravada because Theravada more prone to extremism we should follow flexible religion. Theravada is like Taliban Buddhism. So Sri Lankan should thing about practicing Mahayana so monks can get relief of their inner pain. For change good time to think of Mahayana which is originally taught by Lord Buddha.

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      May Amila’s pragmatism make a chemical reaction in the brains of the Sinhala Buddhist lots.

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    The curse of intolerance is lying. There should be legislature against lying in court,to the media and all types of lies. All religions are against lying. People should not be able to slander other People.People are not guilty until proven guilty.

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