26 September, 2020

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When Is Religious Impunity Going To End?

By Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

What provoked the title of this piece is a recent event to which I was witness when a man in saffron robes, a Buddhist priest I presume, jumped the queue at a major private hospital while several other obviously sick patients were waiting their turn to see a consultant who proved to be the epitome of professionalism and kindness.

There we were, a handful of patients awaiting the arrival of the doctor we had chosen to see, with the first of our number already in the consultation room, when in traipsed a man in the robes of a Buddhist priest. Even though appearances can often be deceptive, he was certainly one of the healthiest looking people on the premises of that large private health institution!

And, mind you, he didn’t come alone. He was accompanied by two women dressed in what is colloquially known as “western garb” who, on entry into the waiting area, immediately strode up to the young nurse who was shepherding patients into the doctor’s presence according to the sequence of the numbers they held.

Immediately after this confabulation, the nurse went up to the patient she was next due to usher into the doctor’s room and, after some whispering and head nodding, the already evident smirk on the priest’s countenance seemed to grow more pronounced.

Guess what? The moment the consultant was done with the patient he was seeing at the time the saffron-robed one, accompanied by his two female companions went in to see him, leaving the rest of us to take our turn after their queue-jumping.

I have seen queue-jumping all over this country and, in fact, it seems the rule rather than the exception. However, this instance I found particularly galling because it seemed that people waiting anxiously and in obvious distress had added to their already-stressed-out condition this bit of “in your face” smirking arrogance.

I found it particularly unacceptable given the belief that the life of Bhikkus’ was supposedly a self-sacrificial one, not one where one rode rough-shod over one’s fellow human beings.

But then this is, after all, the Wonder of Asia and part of that wondrousness appears to be to fly in the teeth of accepted civilized convention where people of the cloth are expected to stand aside in the presence of people in greater need. It is, perhaps, a piece of the “Three-Wheeler Culture” that is, increasingly, beginning to prevail in this self-proclaimed cradle of Buddhism, where “might is right” and, if you don’t have the “might,” you simply manipulate or weasel your way ahead of the next person (legitimately) standing in front of you.

Two days later, I see, in a morning English daily, a report of a Buddhist priest who had entered a large private hospital as a means of avoiding arrest for some crime he had allegedly committed. I just wondered then whether ……………!

This happens to be one of the less obnoxious instances of the exercise of power, authority and influence and certainly pales into insignificance in the face of what is happening in Kandy around the whole issue of traffic gridlock and massive air pollution in the hill capital.

In that instance the truly criminal obstruction of another saffron-robed dignitary to the re-opening of the road past the Dalada Maligawa has been compounded by the monumental stupidity of one of the ”senior” Ministers in the cabinet who has come up with a proposal to “rainbow” a bridge lengthwise over the Kandy lake to cure the bottleneck that the present arrangement has created and which was prompted purely and simply by an abortive attempt to destroy the Dalada Maligawa by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, goodness knows how long ago.

When last Kandy’s air pollution was measured – better than half a decade ago – I recall it as being four times as high as Colombo’s. No subsequent readings have been taken because, allegedly, “the funds do not exist for the purpose!” Apart from the “reason” belonging in a grim Sri Lankan Fairy Tale which would have brought a wry smile to the original Grimm himself, it is downright criminal that such measurements are not taken regularly.

Or is it because, as is increasingly the case with the MR2 government, they are so determined not to offend people who clearly deserve to be offended for being prepared to sacrifice the very health and well being of the people of this country for the pettiest and most callous of reasons? This Minister for one could better spend his time seeking tutoring in how to tell the truth and not fill the air with vacuous idiocies.

That a High Priest of the state religion of this country should actively seek to make permanent a state of affairs that causes immeasurable damage to the men, women and children unfortunate enough to have to breathe the air of Kandy defies description. Of course, some context in this regard might be the fact that those who live in air-conditioned places of residence and traverse the highways in vehicles similarly ventilated, would be the last to be concerned with what the hoi-polloi breathe!

Make no mistake: there is irrefutable proof in the matter to which I’ve referred. Kandy’s is probably the most polluted air mass in Sri Lanka. It is a densely populated city which serves as a hub for the entire hill country and there are, literally, thousands of men women and children who do not have air-conditioned abodes or air-conditioned vehicles that shield them from this insidious menace when they are compelled to enter the city’s environs.

Those compelled to breathe the poisonous are of Kandy need to devise a means of putting a stop to this patently unjust and potentially fatal state of affairs. Even if reducing the traffic gridlock in Kandy is not going to produce the ultimate and final solution to that city’s problem with air pollution, it is an absolutely necessary beginning and no Minister with a propensity to utter idiocies nor priest of any denomination should be permitted to stand in the way of basic justice and good sense.

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    Emil van der Poorten,

    RE: When Is Religious Impunity Going To End?

    “There we were, a handful of patients awaiting the arrival of the doctor we had chosen to see, with the first of our number already in the consultation room, when in traipsed a man in the robes of a Buddhist priest. Even though appearances can often be deceptive, he was certainly one of the healthiest looking people on the premises of that large private health institution!”

    Did the Monk rape a boy, girl or a women? Is he coming to test for STD’s or to hide from a crime? Just curious.

    However, if the state gives Buddhist Monks more rights than the Citizens, then the Citizens should have those same rights. Equal before the Law.

    1. Right to abuse and rape boys and no be persecuted.

    2. Right not to work for a living

    3. Right to abuse girls and women.

    4. Right to demand food and compensation for services,

    Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

    Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 1

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

    Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 2

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

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    Emil don’t be such a silly bugger.
    Preeminent place for Buddhism literally means first place in the queue!

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    We must learn how non-Buddhists learning about Buddhism use Buddhist Perception of Nature to solve environmental problems:

    Nancy Le Nash(1938-2014), American journalist Environmental Education consultant, was responsible for initiating, financing and running the project entitled ‘The Buddhist Perception of Nature – A New Perspective for Conservation Education.’ This project developed a new perspective for conservation education by using traditional Buddhist teachings to strengthen attitudes toward the protection of the environment, and to raise public awareness.
    Her work inspired similar projects aimed at probing the environmental ethics of religious and native communities throughout the world. For initiating this globally significant project, Nancy Nash received the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise in 1987.

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      ”This happens to be one of the less obnoxious instances of the exercise of power, authority and influence and certainly pales into insignificance in the face of what is happening in Kandy around the whole issue of traffic gridlock and massive air pollution in the hill capital”

      Our President is the Minister of Environment !

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    How often I have seen, healthy, able bodies and well fed men in saffron robes (who call themselves Buddhist monks), evicting frail old people from the seats “reserved” for the clergy, in long distance buses. And those feeble souls who were ousted from their seats, straining to hold on to the edges of seats, while the “venerable” monk sits comfortably without the least bit concern or care for the man or woman he thus removed from the seat! Fortunately not many “monks” travel in buses these days. The wealthy “monks” travel in air-conditioned comfort of Mercs and BMWs and the less affluent in Three-Wheelers – probably preying on the religious fervour of the poor driver and not paying the fare either.

    Only once in my entire 70 odd years of traveling in buses have I seen a Buddhist monk refusing such a seat and standing all the way. I almost felt like getting down on my knees and worshiping him for he was a rare example of what a monk should be, and worthy of that noble religion and the teachings of the Buddha. Of which, I might add for the benefit of any detractors, that I am a follower.

    On the issue of not opening the road passing the Maligawa, people of Kandy should be given the right to vote on the issue. I am sure an overwhelming majority will want the road opened. Perhaps the Mayor or the Governor of the Central Province could organize such a ballot. Or, the Peradeniya University could conduct a poll to determine the views of the people. After all it is the people who are sovereign and therefore their wishes respected – unless of course we are already in, or moving towards, a “Buddhist” theocratic dictatorship!

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      Ken Dharmapala:
      Your challenge which reads,” Perhaps the Mayor or the Governor of the Central Province could organize such a ballot. Or, the Peradeniya University could conduct a poll to determine the views of the people,” is a very simple one but unfortunately not likely to be accepted by any of those you’ve listed or even that other much-publicized body that has a well-earned reputation for issuing “statements” that amount to nothing – the “Sixth Day Adventist” one!

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    Our Village lassies don’t wear Western garb..Neither they accompany Saffron Clad ones ( as Ms S callas them) at least in the public in broad daylight.

    Neither they, both go to Private Hospitals to see consultants.

    So it is a shit fight in the Elite Tent.And nothing the Dalits can do about it.

    Focussing on the major issues facing the Dalits, I was glad to hear that the boss of Malwatta Chapter came out to say nay to Batalanda’s Penal Code to castrate the Theravada Sangha.

    Will this Bill get through before the White Judges and Hybrid Court put up their Tent to try our Sinhala Buddhist Soldiers?.

    I know our Dalit monks in the South are planning Bodhi Poojas every night from the day the White Judges open the Hybrid court.

    Wonder whether the Malwatta Chapter boss do the same with Kirra in attendance.

    Mr Poorten can go there too just to show solidarity with our Dalits whom I believe supported Mr Poorten when he was a young radical.

    And say Hello to Kirra..

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      WTF do you constantly go on an on about “Dalits” and “Batalanda Ranil” you stupid donkey?

      Don’t you know things go stale after a while?

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      Sumaney:
      There truly is no end to your idiocies, but do you have to keep confirming it comment after comment?

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    This shows the hatred against Buddhist monks.

    What is their objective ?

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    Whereas religion teaches the equality of humankind and preaches to practice loving kindness, we have a situation where a priestly class which is above the laws of the land and more equal than the ordinary lay people.

    These privileged beings are protected, nourished and polished by the state at the expense of taxpayers belonging to all religons, races and creeds. They even claim to have ‘Lion Blood’ running in their veins making themselves superior to these other foreign aththos who populate this resplendent isle.

    Unfortunately nothing can be done to correct this monumental inequality as such an action would tantamount to betrayal and treachery of the religion and race and render such politicians liable to be rejected by the multitudes of patriotic bathimathun who worship these privileged beings.

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    There appears to be an attack on ‘Buddhism’ to move forward the new constitution. This article is not even attempting to hide the fact. Every religion has its priest who abuse their power. In Sri Lanka we are using the few Buddhist priests who do this to justify replacing the majority religion from the place it deserves. All nations place the majority religion as such and give recognition. We have no problem with Catholic priests who support terrorist and encourage killing. Have you raised this issue/ write about this? This ‘Yahapalana’ is not bringing democracy to this nation. If there was no democracy there would not have been any elections and no new government! This government is hiding behind democracy to bring in their ‘Gestapo’ police to rule the nation.

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    I have found that when I complain about any ethnic or religious discrimination — I am at the receiving end of both — those discriminating and in the majority say that I am raising communalist view points and am a communalist.

    Such persons who discriminate are often in majority and carry the day. I have therefore learnt to shut my mouth up and keep quiet.

    I am happy that you are speaking up.

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      Just a Commnent

      “Such persons who discriminate are often in majority and carry the day. I have therefore learnt to shut my mouth up and keep quiet. “

      No, No and No. Speak up.

      Don’t shut your mouth. Used it in addition to eating.

      Don’t keep quiet. Just express what you believe is true, but it will be credible if you can give supporting data, and good reasons why it is credible.

      Ask Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler. Newton. Foucault and Einstein.

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    One question for you Mr. Van der Pooten why did’nt you speak up and say that the doctor should see the people in the order of the numbers they had taken. Maybe the whole problem with Sri-lanka is that noone seems to take a stand for justice. This would never happen in a western country because the people would not let it happen even if it was the president himself.

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    I usually take an ambivalent attitude with these things.

    For example – in my lifetime I have seen a few Catholic Popes come and go. There hasn’t been much fanfare.

    Although Pope Benedict put a spoke on the wheel. After almost after 600 years he became the first Pope to resign. The reason he had to resign was an eye opener too.

    Pope Benedict was was responsible for homosexual rings where priests frequent discreet bars, saunas and “safe houses” to satisfy homosexual urges. There were also individuals who had a weakness for sex with minors.

    Now, I could have written an article titled “Rampant Homosexual Activity in the Catholic church defies the Lord” – but I did not. I did not because I know vast majority of Catholic priests are decent God fearing human beings.

    Similarly, the last 10 times you have visited a hospital would have been without such incidents. Yet, you ignored all those and chose to write an article titled “religious impunity” over a single errant monk to elucidate as if its systematic.

    You might know this, and I do not even try to explain given the maturity you seem to consistently display in this forum – However, EVERYTHING IS SUBJECTIVE.

    In other words, you create your world. This is how you created yours. The ugliness on display here is a reflection of yourself than that of the errant monk.

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    Mr van der Poorten,

    There was a time when we mere mortals were in deference to clergy of all religions. Then came the downward slide. Clergy the world over are on notice. Here in Sri Lanka, our Buddhist priests continue to believe, above all, in entitlement – yes, even above enlightenment. Many of them are unable to see nonsense in their ‘status quo’ and none of them will change it. Alas, the day is still a long way off when we can put a stop to their ‘taking the piss’. But that day will not dawn, not as long as we have amongst us the cuckoos who bow and scrape at the earliest sight of a flash of saffron. I’ll hold my saddhu’s till then.

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      Yes Koha. Keep attacking.

      We have the ideal environment now to attack anything remotely Sri Lankan inclusding the Sinhala language, Buddhism and the Sinhala people.

      It is the reign of the foreigners as the Israeli British agent Hugo Swire proved during the last visit. He got their jailed boot licking friend inthe Maldives released through our happy and gay ministers, and dictated to us that the UN process has to start by June. These rogues are getting heroes treatment under this boot licking regime.

      You keep on attacking the same institutions, and comments as Spring Koha, Amarasiri and everyone else.

      [Edited out]

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        Kohage Amma

        “We have the ideal environment now to attack anything remotely Sri Lankan inclusding the Sinhala language, Buddhism and the Sinhala people.”

        Who is attacking Sinhala language, Buddhism and the Sinhala people?
        Please let me know I will deal with them here and now. Now you can relax.

        You are rest assured, you need not to worry if you are not a Sinhala/Buddhist, crook, racist, bigot, Gota, MR, war criminal, paranoid, paedophile, thief, b***s carrier, ……..

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        Mother of Koha seems to be suffering from paranoia and sees plots behind all her(?) pet phobias.

        If she has an intelligent riposte to any comment she should make it, instead of displaying her fear of others’ expressions of their views.

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        ‘Kohage Amma’ ( how quaint!)

        I care a ‘monkeys’ about foreigners! We are talking local business here. I am not alone in ‘targeting’ the ‘same old people, and the same old institutions’. But have you stopped to ask yourself why? Or have you reverted to default mode, pressed into denial by a false sense of ‘loyalty’.

        I am NOT against Buddhism. I AM against the devious imposters who go around pretending to be Buddhist priests and causing mischief, unrest, and mayhem in the land. I AM against Buddhist priests (or, for that matter, any other priests) getting their grubby paws on the levers of power. Are you one of their sympathisers?

        I am NOT against the Sinhala Language; it is a thriving, vibrant language, in daily use up and down this thrice-blessed land, and is in NO danger of capitulating any time soon. I just happen to come out of a generation that preceded independence, and so my education from seaside missionary primary to Maradana public school was in the best English, and together with my more than adequate vernacular covers all bases. I might add that in those days, we were taught more than just the 3 R’s. It was a time teachers taught, and pupils went to school to learn.

        I am certainly NOT against the Sinhalese (or I am liable to be disowned by family). I AM against those, who strut about with a sense of ‘entitlement’.

        I AM against those who go about dragging the Sinhalese (and Sri Lanka) into the gutter by their unscrupulous behaviour. You see them everywhere; in business houses, overseas, on the diplomatic cocktail circuit. Running down Sri Lanka to impress the foreigner. Damn! We rid ourselves of the last colonial master some 67+ years ago, and we are still trying to work out which way to steer the boat. Still clinging to the old trappings.

        All my life, I have watched devious bugger’s masquerading as politicians taking us from one debacle to another, all the time playing to the communal gallery in order to wrest ‘democratic’ power. They built and perfected the template for manipulating the Sinhalese community. Like the pimp, they convinced the lowest common denominator to just lie back and think of Mother Lanka. They bastardised our institutions, filched the public purse, and turned this land into their private fiefdom. For decent people (and there are many in this land) it was a struggle to maintain any semblance of dignity.

        As for the UN, think. WE Sri Lankans let our communal dispute overflow out into the big wide world. From 1958 to 1983 we harassed our Tamil Community till the only way, for most of them, was out. They had to depend on the generosity of other countries for refuge, comfort and succour. It is rather rich now to tell the UN ‘don’t worry; we can sort out our own problems’.

        There is always hope for Sri Lanka, but there is much to be done to make this truly a ‘land like no other’. But first we must get past the nay-sayers!

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          Brilliant response, SK!

          You are echoing my thoughts, as well as (I’m sure) those of many others. The problem with those “nay-sayers” are that they don’t have the intelligence to look beyond their pathetic conditioning and their auto-responses are steeped in paranoid and nationalistic inferiority complexes.

          Oh well, “what to do?”, as the old exclamation goes! The pity of it is that which you have so succinctly expressed in your concluding paragraph. We have to keep these creeps at bay with honest observations and answers such as yours.

          Keep it up, buddy!

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    Emil, I really don’t have a problem with Priests jumping the queue. Obviously they are are not lay mortals like us, and hence deserve some form of priority in the public domain. One sees that even in inside a CTB bus with reserved seats for the clergy.

    The other day I was waiting for nearly an hour at the EMS parcel centre to clear a package I had received from overseas. Despite the large number of delayed customers a Buddhist priest walked right inside the office, and without much ado was attended to. I did not even think it was an affront to us, and I assume it was the case with the others too.

    However, one of the issues I have is when the clergy engage in extreme socio-political activity with the intention of creating social/racial disharmony. True, there are certain sensitive issues which the so-called minority religions need to address. These problems, in my view, are best sorted out by public discourse which should include also the clergy and government.

    The major problem we witnessed before January 2015 was the apparent apathy of the government while some extreme Buddhist monks behaved illegally and with impunity against some religions. This misguided behaviour should not be allowed to happen again because of the potential risk of communal unrest in the country.

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      Can a Hindu priest, Christian clergy, or indeed an Immam get in front of a queue? Is that privilege only reserved for the Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka? How would you react if one of those I mentioned attempted to jump a queue while you have waited for over an hour?

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        Burning Issue

        Honestly, I have no problem with a Hindu or Christian priest wearing the appropriate attire identifying them as such, being given priority in queues and buses.

        To the best of my knowledge Muslims have no clergy, so Imaams and Moulavis do not qualify!

        Of course the Sri Lanka Constitution gives Buddhism pre-eminence, but that’s another story.

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    Good one Emile!

    All this religion debate is a loved by corrupt politicians whose main aim is to distract the people from POLITICAL CORRUPTION and the Yahapalanaya promise to investigate and hold CORRUPT POLITICIANS accountable.

    Mahinda Jarapassa’s project has always been to DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE SInhala masses and it seems they are succeeding once again with the help of the corrupt clown WIjedasa Jarapassa so called Minister of Justice and Corrupt Buddhists and his Theravada Bill.

    Meanwhile, quietly the Colombo Port Chinese White Elephant and Eco Disaster De-development project has been given the green light. This is bi-partisan (UNP-SLFP) corruption at work. Another FINANCIAL AND environmental disaster paid for by the Chinese while it is launching its Asian Infrastructure Bank with hosanas from Ravi K. another corrupt clown.

    Fact is Wijedasa Jarapasa is Mahinda Jarapassa’s man and now that he is being asked to resign over the AVANT GUARD financial and national crime by Sarath Fonseka, WIjedasa Jarapassa is trying to distract everyone with the Theravada Bill while Goon Gota runs the Sinhale campaign to distract the people from the FINANCIAL CRIMES OF THE RAJAPAKSA family of corrupt clowns whose looted billions is the cause of the current financial crisis in Sri Lanka and the falling rupee.

    The Ranil Wickramasinghe Govt. must have a COMMUNICATION STRATEGY to EDUCATED the Sinhala vote who is confused/
    The Yahapalanay govt. and must trace and recover Mahinda Jarpassa and Wijedasa’s and Avant Guard stolen funds before it is too late!

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    Agree 100 percent Emil! The answer is simple:

    Pedestrianize the Kandy city center, and ONLY have good public transport in the Kandy City!

    Time has come to make the high and mighty Mahanayakes and politicians get out of their luxury MERCs and BMWs and Audis and take public transport or WALK in Kandy city centre and around the lake have ONLY PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

    Bud the Car manufacturing companies and car selling mudalaees and private bus operators and leasing companies have hold on the politicians who love super luxury cars. The car madness and log jammed streets of Colombo prove this!

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    Wonder why these clergy do not realize that their behavior is disgrace to Buddhism. Are there no body to control their unorthodox behavior?

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    Emil.

    After reading your piece,I was instinctively going for that masterpiece Buddhism Betrayed by Prof:Stanley Tambiah-Anthropologist par excellence.

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    The most important unanswered question on which the entire debate depends is – was he really a Buddhist monk or some bald fellow in robes? Without knowing this, discussion of this incident is pointless.

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    Emil,

    Concerned citizens should organise themselves and petition
    and protest aggressively till the road is re-opened.
    That should teach the idiots a lesson.

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    When people feel that there are problems with religious leaders, they have the right to question. But, it should never be in indecent way. As a Buddhist, I was really uncomfortable reading this article.I don’t know what this author’s religion is, but these kind of people should not be allowed to publish their articles in the press or should be edited. This writing style really contain hatred towards Buddhism which is the most peaceful religion compared to other religions in the world. I live in a western country and I know the recognition it has among westerners.These kind of writers do not understand who they are and preach as they know everything.

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      @Sam

      Don’t you think that these most visible ‘representatives’ of Buddhism should conduct themselves in a way that does not allow the worst kinds of interpretations of the faith ?

      While I understand your feeling uncomfortable.. it would serve Buddhism better if you question your local monk about this .. Why are monks getting involved in politics, why do monks who obviously do NOT observe the Vinaya still allowed to parade around ? Why does the Chapter do nothing about it ?

      Now I know it is not customary for Buddhists to question their monks but unless Buddhists make their disgust known, nothing will change. Silence will be taken for assent.

      Buddhists in Sri Lanka would do well to look inward first.

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      Sam:
      I would strongly urge everyone to read what you have to say and judge whether it is not hypocrisy/attempted duplicity of the highest order. Since when did criticism of conduct TOTALLY in contradiction of Prince Gautama’s teaching constitute anti-Buddhist sentiments?

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      Sam, “as a Buddhist” you should feel MOST uncomfortable at the state of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Maybe your monks in NY(?) are better behaved, having had manners and conventions rubbed off on them by virtue of living abroad, where folk won’t put up with the shit that is habitual with a lot of so-called monks in Sri Lanka.

      There is nothing wrong with the views expressed by Mr. VderP, but your view seems to be conditioned by ignorance.

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    Chancre dharmawardene call this the human rights of Sri Lankan Budhhist monks

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    Reading this article and the comments, I get the feeling that Sri Lankans do not like ‘queue’jumpers only when they happen to be buddhist priest. Wherever you go in Sri Lanka there are ‘queue jumpers’. The jumpers are ‘VIPs’of what ever variety, from religious leaders of very kind; politicians including their family extended and multiplied to include the mistress; old boys / girls network; the ladies of ‘whatever is happening in Colombo’magazine crowd and anyone with a house in the right address in Colombo / suburbs and few dollars in the bank account.Sri Lankan need their ‘Who’s Who’ / rich list to associate, interact and serve people. Without this ‘who are you?’ located and graded you are not served or get anywhere in this lovely land of ours. So who are we kidding here? This is a blatant attack on the buddhist clergy and buddhism.

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      @anotherbuddist

      You are wrong. I dont like queue-jumpers whatever they may be ! Do you like queue jumpers ?

      Civic duty and responsibility is not something that is imparted in Sri Lanka. That is why you find people who tip their rubbish into the neighbors property, desecrate our pristine places by littering, don’t drive with ANY form of discipline, have NO EMPATHY for anyone but ourselves and a host of other ills that plague Sri Lanka today.

      There is no need to ‘attack’ Buddhism at all.. the Monks are doing yeoman-service and dismantling the faith from the Inside, starting with Vinaya – and with help from “Buddhists” like you.

      Shame on you for defending such things !

      Thugs in orange robes like that enraged monkey hanging out of the bus with his fist in the air and mouth open, is the vanguard of the End Of Buddhism in Sri Lanka !

      Hearty Congratulations !!!! What was not able to be accomplished in 2500 years by external forces, you guys will be able to do in 20 !!!

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    Emil van der Poorten write about queue-jumping but did not see queue-jumping Catholic priests. How about you write regarding abuse of power by Catholic Church of Sri Lanka (did you remember how they act when child protection authority tried to check one of their orphanage in MR’s time)

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      lipwe:
      Without uttering totally unsubstantiated crap,why don’t you list ONE occasion where I have defended what you claim I have! Repeating the same lie or fabrication over and over again never has made it the truth in case you’ve never noticed.
      Besides, what the hell do you know about what I’ve written over the past half century!

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