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Which Buddha? Whose Buddhism?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“…it was like a poisoned source which would continue to rot both people and things…” – Émile Zola (Truth)

King Dutugemunu fought his first war en famille, literally. According to Mahawamsa, he waged two succession-wars against his usurping younger brother, Tissa. It was after securing his throne that Dutugemunu began his series of wars against several ‘lesser’ kings and ultimately against King Elara.

Mahinda BuddhismAgain according to Mahawamsa, ‘many thousands’ lives were lost in the two succession wars. Since these were civil conflicts, it is reasonable to assume that the dead were predominantly – if not exclusively – Sinhala and Buddhist. And yet, Mahawamsa says nothing about Dutugemunu being filled with horror and remorse at killing his fellow religionists. According to Mahawamsa, the only crisis of conscience the king suffered was over the deaths he caused in his war against Elara.

The Chronicle has monks assuring Dutugemunu that there is no reason for regret or fear: “From this deed arises no hindrance in thy way to heaven. Only one and a half human beings have been killed by thee….. The one had come unto the (three) refuges and the other had taken on himself the five precepts. Unbelievers and men of evil life were the rest, not more to be esteemed than beasts…” This ‘assurance’ would not have been possible had Dutugemunu’s crisis of conscience included the Buddhists he killed in the succession wars. Mahawamsa mentions only one crisis of conscience because its purpose was to establish a new dogma: unbelievers are worse than beasts; it is no sin to kill them; fighting for the faith opens up a straight path to heaven.

Bhikkhu Mahanama places these words in the mouths of Arhats to lend them gravitas and legitimacy. He had to, because the Buddha had been very clear on the subject. The deliberate taking of life – human or non-human – is a sin, under any circumstances. There are no exceptions; none at all.

In Yodhajiva Sutta (Gamani Samyutta of the Samyutta Nikaya), Yodhajiva, a headman asks the Buddha whether warriors who die in battle go to heaven. Thrice the Buddha evades the question. Pressed again, he answers: “When a warrior strives and exerts himself in battle, his mind is already seized and debased and misdirected by the thought: ‘May these beings be struck down or slaughtered or annihilated or destroyed. May they not exist.’ If others then strike him down and slay him while he is thus striving and exerting himself in battle, then with the break up of the body he is reborn in the hell called the realm of those slain in battle.”[i]

There is no ambivalence here, no qualification. The Buddha does not say those who die in battle to protect Buddhism will go to heaven.

And this unequivocal rule would not have suited either Bhikkhu Mahanama or the monarch who is said to have commissioned the Mahawamsa, Dhatusena.

Dhatusena was Bhikkhu Mahanama’s patron – and his nephew. The uncle brought up the nephew, in adversarial times. Lanka was under Pandyan rule for almost thirty years[ii]; Dhatusena came to the throne after overthrowing the last Pandyan king.

Wars cause carnage. Perhaps Dhatusena was appalled at having to break the first precept on a massive scale; perhaps his warriors were concerned about their afterlife. At this distance, only surmises are possible. And it is reasonable to assume that Bhikkhu Mahanama created the myth of ‘Sinless War’ to encourage the king and/or his warriors before the war and to comfort them post-war.

Bhikkhu Mahanama was a superlatively successful ideologue-propagandist. He upended the Buddha’s teachings and created a new, totally perverted Buddhism, which continues to inform and shape Lankan politics fifteen centuries later.

The Mahawamsa Trap

“Last night

I dreamt

Buddha was shot dead

By the Police…

His body drenched in blood

On the steps of the Jaffna Library…”

Thus begins Prof. MA Nuhman’s hauntingly beautiful poem on the burning of the Jaffna Library. When agitated ministers ask the policemen why they murdered the Buddha they reply,

“Without killing him

It was impossible to harm a fly…”[iii]

True. But the original murder of the Buddha happened in the 6th Century. Bhikkhu Mahanama not only rewrote Buddhism; he created a new martial Buddha to fit in with the new martial faith.

The Buddha of Mahawamsa is a totally different being from Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha we meet in the Tripitaka and other Buddhist texts. Mahawamsa-Buddha is a holy-warrior who uses natural cunning and supernatural force to defeat enemies of faith. Mahawamsa-Buddha does not regard every living being with equal compassion, as the Buddha did. Mahawamsa-Buddha has attachments; he wants to protect Lanka, as the sole future-refuge for his teachings; in this political project, gods are his allies, arch-criminal Vijaya his instrument and Yakkas, the original inhabitants of Lanka, his enemies.

So Mahawamsa-Buddha does something the Buddha never did. He comes to Lanka, and instead of preaching to the yakkas, chases them away. In the Tripitaka, yakkas are not treated as enemies. In the Yakka Samyutta, the Buddha seeks out and converts Alawaka Yakka, with patience, reason and wisdom; Sivaka, another yakka, thrice encourages the merchant-prince Anathapindaka to ‘go forth’ to visit the Buddha[iv].

But in Mahawamsa, yakkas are the original bad guys (to be succeeded by ‘Damilas’). Mahawamsa-Buddha sets an example to Mahawamsa-Buddhists by vanquishing them; he strikes “terror to their hearts by rain, storm, darkness and so forth” and chases them from the future holy land.

Modern Lanka’s inability to maintain civil peace is sourced partly in the Hosts and Guests concept, the belief that Buddhists are the sole owners of the island and everyone else is a mere guest without inalienable rights. This concept is based on another Mahawamsa-creation – the myth of the original bequest. According to Mahawamsa, the Buddha on his death-bed tells the gods, “In Lanka, O lord of gods, will my religion be established, therefore carefully protect…Lanka”

The Buddha’s final days are detailed in the Maha-Parinibbhana Sutta[v]. And nowhere in that extensive account can one find such a request mentioned. The Buddha never says that his teachings in their pristine form will survive only in a tiny island; he does not ask the gods to protect it. The Consecration myth too is obviously another Mahanama fabrication.

In the Yodhajiva Sutta, when Yodhajiva hears the Buddha’s reluctant answer, he weeps. When the Buddha reminds him that he insisted on knowing the answer, he explains that he is crying because he was “deceived, cheated and fooled for a long time” by false teachers who preached that heavenly bliss awaits warriors who die in battle.

Fifteen centuries after the writing of Mahawamsa by a political monk, we are being ‘deceived, cheated and fooled’ by his lay and ordained successors.

Mahawamsa-Buddhism declared Lanka as the sole Buddhist holy-land, decreed that Buddhists and non-Buddhists cannot co-exist here and proclaimed that to wage wars against encroaching unbelievers is no sin. These three myths have helped to turn majority-minority relations in modern Lanka into a zero-sum game underlined with violent intolerance. A Lankan peace and a Lankan nation cannot be until our history, our politics and Buddhism are liberated from these pernicious fabrications by Bhikkhu Mahanama and his descendents.


[i] http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn42/sn42.003.than.html

A more extensive treatment of the subject matter can be found in the writings of the late Prof. Sucharitha Gamlath, especially in the columns he wrote to the Divaina.

[ii] According to the Introduction to the Mahawamsa which says that the five Pandyan/Tamil kings ruled from 480-509 CE

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    Tisaranee, since the Majority of Sinhala Buddhists follow ‘Mahanama Buddhism’ we who try to follow the ‘Buddha’s Teaching’ have become the Minority.

    Cultural Trappings have become the accepted Sinhala Buddhism of Sri Lanka.

    Vesak Lanterns and Thoranas with Loudspeakers, Flashy Katina Peraheras with Dancers and Music and ‘Bhakthi Gee’, have become more important than the true Spirit of ‘Vas’, ‘The Rains Retreat of the Monks’, who are supposed to retire to their Kutis and Meditate on Impermanence.

    Monks go along with this, and try to make their Events Bigger and Better than the next Temple! A concept which is totally at Odds with ‘Upekkha’ an important Brahma Vihara.

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      You are correct. The best way to protect Buddhism is for us to practice it as per Buddha’s teachings.

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        Sensible@,

        in today s context where the megalomaniac freak President has created in the country – buddhist real teachings have been eroded. Alone focusing on the hate speeches of BBS, we are all aware, they cant never be buddhist monks (sanga) but a religious violent force working for the agendas of the undeground network run by Gota (pesudo supportive to ruling president).I do feel that the bunch of siblings will have to work on the agendas of Northkorean leader ( even going to kill one another can come).

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          Thank you Madam Thisraranee, once again for a brilliant piece. Please translate to educate the Sinhala Modayas..

          Sinhala Buddhism is CORRUPT, MILITARIZED, POLITICIZED, full on IDIOTIC RITUALS to hide the rot within the Saffron Sangha order. The Mahanayakes live luxury lives, are brainless and rotten to the core..
          We need an Ajan Bram and foreign monks to come to Sri Lanka and preach true Buddhism because it is dead in the Miracle of Sinhala Modayas. Buddhism has been killed and maimed by the Sanga and their stupid Sinhala moda DAYAKAYAS!
          At 71/3 Green Path behind the Buddhist Printing Press the Buddhist Monks who go to university dance to English Dance Music that blares all day and night. The neighbours reported them to the Cinnamon Gardens police Emergency and got the rape of Buddhism in Colombo 7 stopped! These are the JHU’s and BBS chosen chokkas!
          Sinhala Buddhism is an insult to what the Buddha taught and the laughing stock of the world.

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            Thisaranee is always best. Her analysis is superb.

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        Sensible,

        There is no need to protect Buddhism. Buddha’s teaching is so enlightening and powerful that it needs nobody’s protection.

        If what the Sinhalese want is to propagate Buddhism (as opposed to the followers dropping it) as taught by the Buddha what they have to do is for a few Sinhalese to be good exemplars of it by deeds. — living Buddhas!

        Actions speak louder than words or wishes. What the extremists are doing is the opposite, they neither follow Buddha’s teachings or help the cause of propagating it by peaceful means as Buddha himself would have wanted.

        Gnanasara’s and Sinhala Buddhist extremists’ actions are in fact damaging to the cause of bringing out the beauty of Buddhism to non-Buddhists.

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          It seems to me that the intention of Gnanasara and his BBS, is to actually turn people away from Buddhism.

          He seems to be more successful than all the Jihadists and Evangelists! Who is funding him?

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      Rationalist

      “we who try to follow the ‘Buddha’s Teaching’ have become the Minority.”

      Since you have become a minority I empathise with your plight. You can count on me for my support.

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        Big Foot – In vain without `Confucius`- 555BC

        Dao – 555BC

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          History is a one sided story of a community to which the writer belong to!!

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            porki jihadi,
            Not yours the Robots off female genital mutilation.

            Get out of Asia – Burma pump it up!!

            We own the new Bank BRICS which leads the way.

            800 dead terrorist at Gaza more to follow!! Way to go Israel.

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              You economic and Financial Market knowledge outdated! You see ignorant seems to be very optimistic of BRICs when you should worry.

              You think BRIC is the saviour while they are the ones need SAVING ;)

              BRAZIL – Investors are fleeing markets from Latin America to Asia, tanking currencies, stocks and sentiment. The good money is now betting on the once battered advanced nations. In Brazil, overbearing taxes, red tape and poor infrastructure have hampered competitiveness – ayyo poor Javi

              Russia – A rogue country good at shooting Passenger planes- The latest casualty MH17 – They cant touch American Fighter Jets.

              India – Fast approaching stagflation — that nasty combination of slow growth and high inflation. Before they provide 1 billion people with food, water, accommodation and sanitation…. rest of the world could be 50 years ahead.

              China – is in the middle of its most severe slowdown since the late 1990s.

              Now you are boasting of BRICs bank…. BRIC has hit a Wall for the moment.

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                Suck this smelly feet robot.
                China has nothing but confidence for over 40 percent of the world’s population. With the largest economy in the group, China is not necessarily destined to dominate. Instead, China advocates equal, open, win-win cooperation.
                The NDB, to be headquartered in Shanghai, will have an initial authorized capital of 100 billion U.S. dollars, and its initial subscribed capital of 50 billion dollars paid in by China alone- 17/07/2014
                The bank, said the declaration, is aimed at “mobilizing resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies.”
                The group grows into a force for a more just and democratic world, it deserves support and applause.

                SAY NO TO ISLAMISM FUNDAMENTALIST AND ITS ROBOTS OFF FEMALE GENTILE MUTILATED AND TIP CUTS!!
                _____________________

                Russia and China agree $400bn natural gas supply deal May 2014.
                “It can be assumed that the signing of the contract will affect gas prices on the European market,” –
                (at same prices of EU $380 per 1,000 cubic metres,in line with what most European utilities pay under discounted long-term contracts, signed in the last two years.)

                Second gas deal by Putin as President now totalling $1trillion signed in May (EU is feeling the pinch)

                No boots on the ground at Hindu-Kush for EU to have the Hindu gas for Europe because it is infested by Islamist invaders. New technology like micro-wave developed by Israel will destroy Afganistan+Porkistan+Bangala for the good of the world.
                News on the Go
                G. Rajapaksa to disfranchise the Islamist of lanka and send them into rendition at Thailand.
                Come on BBS/RS get on with it don’t wait for it- the island needs reform now! Start `nalli cut` like Sanjay G and reduce that population of the pigsty.

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                  “Russia and China agree $400bn natural gas supply deal May 2014. “

                  You ignorant that is for 30 years – SA $13.3bn

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              Dogs fetching, no matter of the bashing it got in 2009. A dog is a Dog

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              You are the biggest A.H. who posts comments on C.T.

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        Native Veddah, Thank you for your support.
        What we need to do is separate Cultural celebrations from Buddhism.

        Celebrations are necessary for us Humans, as long as they are not the ‘Be All and End All’ of Buddhism, or in fact any other Religion.

        Let us Honour Vesak with Religious Observances, as a Commemoration of the Buddha, and His Dhamma.

        Let us Acknowledge ‘Vas’ as an Appreciation of the Monks’ Three Month Period of the Rains Retreat in their own temples.

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      Good heavens, Were I all these years following the wrong Buddhism?
      I thought that these Monks, Wesak-Poson pandols, Pitith Nool, Dalada Perehara, Bakthi Gee, Dutugamunu, Kashyapa, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, Soma, Athuraliye Rathana, Omalpe Sobitha, Champika Ranawaka, Ghanasara, Seeni dewalaya, Ambekke, yapahuwa, Anuradapuraya, sooriyapperuma, Gunadasa amarasdekera, Nalin de Silva,TNL, are the most important factors in Buddhism.
      Where did I go wrong? All life I thought Bandaranayaks and then the Rajapaksas are the protectors saviors of Buddhism.

      Thanks Ms Tisaranee Gunasekera for this invaluable article.
      This write up has helped me and many others to open our eyes.

      What shall we do to the Ganayos who mislead us? Importantly the Rajapakasa who taken us as fools and using us for their advantage?

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        I guess you should contest for presidency at the next election, win and change things your way. Otherwise buy a one-way ticket and travel to india, from there get on a boat, go to some other more amicable place and seek asylum.

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        Wanathe Soma, so Sad that you are one amongst the many who have been misled about Buddhism.

        The next time Ajahn Brahm from Perth, Australia, visits Sri Lanka, please go and listen to his Dhamma Talks.

        They are truly enlightening to us poor souls who are led to believe “that these Monks, Wesak-Poson pandols, Pirith Nool, Dalada Perehara, Bakthi Gee…..etc” are the Essence of Buddhism.

        I am only joking, because I can see that the Above was written ‘Tongue in Cheek’

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          Rationalist Its not soma, its Shiromi.
          Shiromi Ganegoda originally from Wanathamulla now I live elsewhere. Cant disclose my location due to fear of abductions.

          Thanks for the information about the Australian Monk. I gather that from what you are saying the real Buddhism has to be imported. What about the Siamese monk Virathu? Is he a good one too?

          I have another question bothering me since long. Hela Urumaya and Bala senawa are worried about Muslim women’s attire and they say few decades back they wore sarees not abayas. How abou the Sinhala women? They too never war modern Sarees as we do now, Sleeveless revealing Blouse, Mini skirts or Jeans, Pants so on right? Sinhala women or Our Mothers, Grand Mothers wore Osariya or Reddai Hettai or decently covered Sarees those days. Monks themselves were carrying patthare, on bare feet, and their head fully shaved. Now their robes are stylish, let their hair grow wearing sleepers so on, didn’t they change? So why not Muslims women change? Why should we bother after all. It same like the Halal issue. Let them eat anything they want.

          I heard that people say Bala Senawa is a work of the President and Gotabaya. Is it true. Some say Koti in Europe and Norway are funding them. The same Norway tried to split our country into two in the past, they have openly supported the Koti. If so why the UNP, JVP and our patriotic people let us know the facts. Isn’t it their duty? Some even say that Gotabaya ran away to the USA during the height of the war. He has given medical report that he is mentally ill something wrong with his head it seems. If he is mentally ill and medically condemned how can he be a civil servant with enormous powers. There are rumors that Gotabaya doesn’t listen to the President anymore. If you have any facts do share please. I am totally confused.

          Although Mr. Ranil doesn’t have a backbone he looks to me an honest gentleman. Finally I must admit that JVP is slowly but surely becoming popular thus swelling in numbers. Anura Kumara somebody- I mean its leader is speaking so well to the masses. At the running rate President will lose his vote bank significantly.

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            “What about the Siamese monk Virathu? Is he a good one too?”

            Shiromi,
            I have seen photos on CT, of Virathu of Burma and Gnanasara of BBS, exchanging gifts in Burma.

            So I would not advise listening to his ‘Dhamma’.

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              Wanathe Shiromi & Rationalist

              Please watch this clip:

              Please see Ajahn Siripanno’s beautiful dharma talk here:

              http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=29547

              Ajahn Siripanno gives an enthralling Dhamma talk on the timeless teachings of Ajahn Chah. The talk was given at the Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day on 16 January 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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                Thanks Rationalist and Native Vedda.
                I will listen.

                I have asked you a few questions but you didn’t reply.
                I am extremely sorry if I made it difficult to answer, didn’t mean to offended you.
                Yes you are right about Virathu. A friend of mine called me and gave me a lecture about who and what Virathu is up to.

                My friend told me that he is a cancer must be removed at once or he must be buried at the earliest.

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            Shiromi Ganegoda,[Wanathe Shiromi ] and[ to other commentators].

            you said,

            “Some even say that Gotabaya ran away to the USA during the height of the war. He has given medical report that he is mentally ill something wrong with his head it seems. If he is mentally ill and medically condemned how can he be a civil servant with enormous powers. There are rumors that Gotabaya doesn’t listen to the President anymore. If you have any facts do share please. I am totally confused.”
            this is my personal view, even though I am not a psychologist.
            There is no any confusion over the Insanity of our so called Secretharis of defence ministry, Hothambaya,
            And he is suffering from Inferiority complex also.
            Like all the Djaha Jarapassa Clan.
            Mainly the MARAYA,
            Because All of them are Not educated Properly And well trained in Looting and Thuggry, which is in their blood.
            So we in a circle of insane’s Rule.
            Remember the Insane Bulls in a China shop.
            Those bulls are now gone mad with power and looted money from people.
            That is why they have 50 Odd Foolish Advisors around them but listening to only Family clan Rapists, Heroin dealers, addicts and Drunkards.
            And these Suckers have a help of few Arse Licking, so called Back boneless Jurnos from Local Medias too. [ Paalas, Indaas, Dulaas]
            They have taken the most appropriated strategically point at the moment “THE Sinhala Buddhism”,
            With misleading poor masses to Go to temples with a Bottle Petrol and a Sward,
            Instead of coconut oil lamp and Flowers to give respect to The great Teacher, LORD BUDDHA..
            And Those vultures are preaching that they are the Saviours of Buddhism and Nation.
            And there is a Robe clad Criminal called Gandassaara, calling him self a Monk, Who was once Humiliated and attacked by a Muslim Woman, and now hell bend to take that revenge from MUSLIMANS with cult called Balu sena.
            I assume, If some body,[a male] have a back bone, he should have Kids

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              Jumapitiye Mr. Amare,
              Thank you for the insight.
              I was under the impression that since Gotabaya and Basil were Anandian and Mahinda a Nalandian (Where brothers and most of my cousins studied and doing well) they very well educated.
              Again I have mistaken about them as I was mistaken about Buddhism.

              I was mad about people who addressed Gnanasara as Nanasara and Gandasara. But not anymore. They all were right. I finally see the clear picture who the fake patriots and who are real ones thanks to people like Ms Tisaranee and commenters like you all.

              Shiromi

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      Rationalist

      Lies and Imaginations of Monk Mahanam is the land of Native Veddah the Para-Sinhala “Buddhists” in Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah are not Buddhist, but Para-Sinhala with a painting of Buddhism.

      FALSE FLAG OPERATION of Malaysian Airlines Fligh 17

      MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed False Flag

      http://www.pakalertpress.com/2014/07/26/mh17-verdict-real-evidence-points-to-us-kiev-cover-up-of-failed-false-flag/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pakalert+%28Pak+Alert+Press%29

      Why, they want to put the Blame on Russia. World reserve Currency.

      IMF and Word Bank have competition, pissed at Russia and China and Brazil.

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      Tisaranee Gunasekara –

      “Mahawamsa-Buddhism declared Lanka as the sole Buddhist holy-land, decreed that Buddhists and non-Buddhists cannot co-exist here and proclaimed that to wage wars against encroaching unbelievers is no sin. These three myths have helped to turn majority-minority relations in modern Lanka into a zero-sum game underlined with violent intolerance. A Lankan peace and a Lankan nation cannot be until our history, our politics and Buddhism are liberated from these pernicious fabrications by Bhikkhu Mahanama and his descendents.”

      Yes, Yes and Yes.
      I am of the same opinion and Conclusion.

      Monk Mahanam lies and imaginations. Lions gene, Flying Buddha, Kuneni etc. The Para-Sinhalese are Illegal Boatmen, Hora-Oru and Kallsathonis. They have bo shame to lie, contrary to Buddha’s teachings.

      Lanka is the land of Native Veddah and Veddahn. The Land does NOT belong to Para-Sinhala Buddhists only. The Para Sinhala Para-Buddhists need to get back to where they came from South India. The DNA in them proves that.

      This also explains why there are hardly any Tamil Buddhists in Lanka nd hardly any Sinhala Hindus, whereas the so called Sinhala are Sinhala speaking para-Tamils from South India.

      The Vedda Tribe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

      Tamil-speaking Veddas of Vaharai await war recovery support

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

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      Tisaranee Gunasekara –

      RE: Which Buddha? Whose Buddhism?

      Sinhala Buddhism? Other Buddhism, Read and listen Below.

      They all Lie. They have no shame. Did Buddha teach that?

      Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

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

      Uploaded on May 29, 2010
      She sent her grandson to school with the idea of providing him with proper education to make him a good person. The Buddhist monk in charge of the temple asked her to send the child to the temple and she sent him there because they were poor. There was no possibility for them to pay the money for tuition fees. That was the reason why they sent the boy to the temple school.When the child began to refuse going to the temple school so adamantly, grandmother had to look for the reason. It was then only that she discovered that the child who was sent to learn good behavior, ethics and Buddha’s Dharma from the monk had in fact been abused by the monk.

      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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      Lord Buddha did not preach to Kill innocent Tamils he preached Ahimsa and non violence.

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      Dear Tisaranee Gunasekara –

      “The Chronicle has monks assuring Dutugemunu that there is no reason for regret or fear: “From this deed arises no hindrance in thy way to heaven. Only one and a half human beings have been killed by thee….. The one had come unto the (three) refuges and the other had taken on himself the five precepts. Unbelievers and men of evil life were the rest, not more to be esteemed than beasts…” This ‘assurance’ would not have been possible had Dutugemunu’s crisis of conscience included the Buddhists he killed in the succession wars. Mahawamsa mentions only one crisis of conscience because its purpose was to establish a new dogma: unbelievers are worse than beasts; it is no sin to kill them; fighting for the faith opens up a straight path to heaven.”

      Thank you, Brilliant piece od writing. The Para-Sinhala Modayas who came from south India as per DNA in their bodies will keep on lying the monk Mahanama.

      These Para Sinhala spins like the Wahhabis and their clones.

      That is why Amarasiri Equates BBS to the Wahhabis. Strange bedfellows.

      You are giving the background support for this hypothesis. Than bk You.

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      “”” Sinhala Buddhists follow ‘Mahanama Buddhism’”” Isn’t Mahawamsa a book about history of Lanka but nothing to do with Lanka Buddhism? If there is additional book other than Sutras used by Lanka Monks, it should be VissudhiMagga by BuddhaGosha. Just my thoughts. I don’t believe most of S-Monks understand real Buddhist teachings, and I don’t like or respect Lanka Buddhist practices which give unnecessary precedence to tree worshipping and Wasala Sutra type teaching which judge and strongly classified humans as good or bad..

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      What happened to those young, serene Buddhist monks who appeared before our homes seeking alms in those years when we were young lads? What happened to those pious Buddhist monks who walked around, behaved and conversed gently and respectfully? Those were monks who never spoke against other religions nor espoused violence. We deeply respected them and the religion that they belonged to.

      Came 1952/1956. Radical, politicised monks spoke first against Christians; then against Tamils. The fad took over and in the next 6 decades Buddhism was murdered, violence and disunity let loose under its name. All they wanted was political power and material comfort. Creatures like Buddharakhita, Somarama brought shame to the religion and buried decent Buddhism once and for all. We now have Champika R, Gammanpilla, Weerawansa, Nalin de S, Gunda Amerasekera, Dinesh Gunawardena, Gnanasara and the like trading on the good name of Lankan Buddhism for their own personal and material gain. They give a whiff what happens to the religion and pious Buddhists.

      Are there no Cardinal Sins or the Dalai Lamas among our many Mahanayakas to come out boldly and stop the rot and save Buddhism.

      Backlash

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    Thisaranee another piece of brilliant research into Buddhist scriptures. Thank you for enlightening us.Sri Lankas history starting from time immemorial based on archaeological findings and Buddhist history based on scriptures must be prepared on a priority basis for the use of school children have to be undertaken .

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    Thanks Thisaranee for shedding light on hitherto unknown facts about Buddhism, at least to me. I thought you hold some sort of Doctorate in political science or something. It looks like a you are a walking University to possess such insight into all what you write. Hats off to you and protect yourself for the sake of humanity.

    All what I know as a layman is, that the present day Buddhism practised by those who claim to be custodians of Buddhism is MARA/GOTA BUDDHISM and the true Buddhism practised by a silent majority of Buddhists are sidelined and silenced by these two thugs. Otherwise, how could these two thugs manage to stop the MAHA SANGHA SABA MELA which was organized by all the sanghas in Kandy in the immediate aftermath of the arrest of our General was STOPPED from taking place. I presume all the Heads of all the Nikayas were threatened with death, if it was to take place by the MARA/GOTA murderers.

    The only solace now is coming together of all parties to abolish the executive presidency, which has become a devil in our country. I read a line in one of those articles that some one mentioned at the time of drafting the constitution that there should be a clause that THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE REMOVED IF HE BECOMES INSANE AND THAT CLAUSE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FINAL DRAFT.

    ARE WE NOT PAYING THE PRICE FOR THAT. IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, OUR PRESENT PRESIDENT BECAME INSANE IMMEDIATELY AFTER WINNING THE WAR AND HE STILL REMAINS IN POWER.THAT IS THE PREDICAMENT OF OUR COUNTRY.

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    Those were the days when a foreigner could come here, preach and convert and not suffer any of the privations that present-day evangelists of other faiths suffer.

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    Here is one for Sinhala Buddhists who point the finger at Muslims and the Koran:

    “Mahawamsa mentions only one crisis of conscience because its purpose was to establish a new dogma: unbelievers are worse than beasts; it is no sin to kill them; fighting for the faith opens up a straight path to heaven.”

    So Mahavamsa has given approval for the Sinhala Buddhists to kill unbelievers, be they Tamils, Muslims or Christians.

    This is what I have been saying all along and the Sinhalese commentators think what I say is racist.

    Now I hope they see the truth bared by Tisaranee.

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      No matter how obvious true facts are, those who are blinded by racism are unfortunately unable or unwilling to admit the obvious. Ultimately the biggest threat these ‘blind followers of Mahawamsa’ pose to non Buddhists is minimal compared to the damage they are causing Buddhism itself. It is the cancer that is spreading within the ‘body of Buddhism’.

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    “A Lankan peace and a Lankan nation cannot be until our history, our politics and Buddhism are liberated from these pernicious fabrications by Bhikkhu Mahanama and his descendents.’

    This is the gospel truth for the world to know.

    Tisaranee Gunasekara, thank you for bringing this truth out.

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    I am new to Buddhism and am amazed by Buddha’s wisdom and truthful teachings. It is extremely disappointing to witness the distorted Buddhism being practiced in Sri Lanka which, in my opinion is the only threat to true Buddhism. However, those who know the path, have to demonstrate His teachings, which ultimately will be the only fortress that protects Buddhism. Thank you Thisaranee.

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    Mahavamsa is not an opinion piece. It a narration of history. The monk narrates the history as it happened. He is not the architect of other people’s actions.

    What does the fool want the monk to do? Not narrate some parts of the history because it was “horrible”??

    I see there is an puerile attempt to equate “Infidel” concept of fundamentalist Islam and Christianity with the Mahavamsa.

    No one bashed another for not believing the Mahavamsa. The policy is strictly take or leave it. Thats what I suggest this fool hiding behind a pseudonym to do too.

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      Your wise words fall on deaf years. Thiru et al will use any criticism of Sri Lanka or Buddhism to further the Eelam agenda. CT, being run by annonymous exiled journalists, will publish any article by the LTTE diaspora or anyone else so long as it is critical of the country.

      There are good things happening in Sri Lanka too but they receive no publicity.

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        O Yes you are right. Is it why CT publishing any article of Para-BBS which has been funded by Para-LTTE diaspora.

        Thanks mate for telling us.

        BTW, Was that why Para-Pimpiya Mara and Para-Grease Piya Gota blocked CT in Silly Lanka.

        Have a life man, you guys are rotting. Uva will answer you all soon, just stay put until then.

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          ‘O Yes you are right. Is it why CT publishing any article of Para-BBS which has been funded by Para-LTTE diaspora’.

          CT publish these articles to show how ridiculous the BBS are. (They don’t have to do it, the BBS make themselves ridiculous).

          But why are there no articles about what is good in Sri Lanka? Is it because the anonymous exiled journalists have nothing good in their hearts to say about Sri Lanka?

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            ‘But why are there no articles about what is good in Sri Lanka?’

            Fine, Tell me just one good thing happening in Sri Lanka under this Para-regime. I will withdraw my comment if you can come up with it.
            Lets not talk about Para-BBS. Para-BBS is another Para-LTTE with a different name brokered by Para-Norway. Para-Nanasara has an agreement with Tamil diaspora to ridicule the Para-Muslims. Their first contract was to hit at Halal issue. Pata-Nanasara is barking for Para-LTTE dollars.

            Probably the only good thing this Para-regime, under a despot idiot Paraya did was making 16,000 a month @ Mattala port. That too after destroying a significant amount of wild life.

            Para-Gota the American resident Gandhaya, must be locked behind forever for abducting & killing people indiscriminately. Foul mouthed Para Champika must be taught a lesion for his deliberate lies. Para Jackass Anthony must be shot with shit in public for relating Para Pimpiya Mahinda to Dutugamunu and then to Suddhodhana.

            CT’s service is commendable.

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              ‘Fine, Tell me just one good thing happening in Sri Lanka under this Para-regime. I will withdraw my comment if you can come up with it.’

              Flycatcher, you wanted one.

              Justice C.V. Wigneswaran attends the 57th AGM of Sarvodaya as the Chief Guest

              Major General Jagath Dias, together with 591 Brigade troops of the 59 Division of SFHQ-MLT donated dry ration packs to needy people at Selwapuram 18th

              Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, joined Muslims in Kilinochchi area to celebrate ‘Iftar’, breaking of Ramadan fast, organized at Kilinochchi Harmony Centre on Tuesday (15)

              India’s government is set to undertake a multimillion dollar reconstruction of 49,000 houses for internally displaced people in former war zones in northern and eastern Sri Lanka

              Subway, the US-based fast food franchise popular for its submarine sandwiches has opened its first store in Sri Lanka.

              The reconstructed Colombo – Jaffna, Northern Railway Line up to Jaffna will be completed by September, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said.

              Dr. Cyril Wijesundara said that ten botanical gardens would be established in the island within the next two years.

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              Do you want, What is good happening Aasharya Island Under the MARAYa and HOthambaya’s Rule.

              [1] The approved number of advisers for the President is 25 and been appointed. Each adviser is paid Rs.30,000 a month, a vehicle allowance of Rs.30,000 and a telephone allowance of Rs.5000. In addition a quota of 170 litre of petrol is Rs.162 and the monthly fuel allowance Rs.27,540.

              Accordingly, the monthly cost for each adviser is Rs.92,540.For all Advising Idiots for a year it would be Rs.25541040. Mr. Dissanayaka’s.

              [2] Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport has generated only Rs.16,185 as revenue in May.

              [3] report of a young girl who was raped by a military official who had befriended her while partaking in the training programme.

              [4] 11 year old school girl raped on 11 consecutive days and another 9 years old school girl too victim at the hands of 7 naval soldiers at Kaarainagar navy base.
              all bestial culprits released .by a cardboard lawyer.

              5]
              FMM exposes ‘Toga’ the latest Frankenstein monster created by devil incarnate Gota
              (Lanka-e-News- 26.July.2014, 11.30PM) The arrest of Tamil Journalists of the north when they were on their way to Colombo citing the false ground they were in possession of cannabis…
              Full story >>
              6]
              “Star of Palestine” Rajapaksha supports Israel Military action against Palestine – Azath Sally writes to GL
              President jarapassa, who is also the President of the Sri Lanka-Palestine Friendship Society was awarded the “Star of Palestine” by H. E. President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit to Palestine..

              [7] An Inter; organization tracks down money laundering of Rajapakses via two very wealthy Pakistani nationals: Gota’s over 100 illicit Companies detected
              (Lanka-e-News-24.July.2014, 1.30PM)
              An international team investigating the ‘black money’ of Rajapakses had discovered that the monies amassed out of funds and assets of the LTTE , treasures dug ,illicit commissions , robbery of public funds and through various other illegal methods have been invested via two very wealthy Pakistani individuals…

              [8]Learn about the scoundrel who enticed the children towards the wolf after dressing the latter in human attire
              (Lanka-e-News-24.July The very foundation and fundamental aim of justice is its dispensation equitably and fairly to all with equality . It will not be fair play or sacrosanct justice if it is to be dispensed differently to.
              credible but true : Secretary Hettige gave orders to release navy rapists on President’s instructions..!
              (Lanka-e-News- 21.July.2014, 1.30PM) It is no less a person than Medamulana Mahinda Rajapakse , the President of Sri Lanka(SL) cum commander in chief of the three forces who had interfered with the legal processes and given the barbaric unlawful order through his Parliamentary coordinating secretary Kumarasiri Hettige…
              11 year old girl raped on 11 consecutive days and another 9 years old too victim at the hands of 7 naval soldiers Karainagar : all bestial culprits released
              (Lanka-e-News- 20.July.2014, 11.00PM) Lanka e news is in receipt of reports pertaining to the attempts that are being made to suppress an incident where a 11 year old girl had been held captive and raped for 11 continuous days…

              [9]Geneva investigation begins: how those who surrendered with white flag , and over hundred Vavuniya camp POWs killed on Gota’s order -ex Army commanding chief gives evidences.

              [10] Major General Jagath Dias, together with 591 Brigade troops of the 59 Division of SFHQ-MLT donated dry ration packs to needy people at Selwapuram 18th.
              ON HIS OWN Pocket money????/.
              [11] National Savings Bank is now disreputable ‘National Sexual Bribery’- 380 clerks recruited on cash and sexual bribes. youths revealed , in order to secure their NSB appointments , they even had to provide sexual bribes to astrologer Sumane and a Nil Balakaya chief who solicited sexual favours.
              [12]Mundala Police today said that four suspects have been arrested so far over the gang rape of a 17-year-old-girl inside a barbershop in Udappuwa.
              THERE ARE MANY MORE TO FOLLOW AS A CUT AND PASTE JOB, BUT GOOD NEEWS.

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        Why not CT seek the views of the three MAHANAYAKES here, now that what we appear to have is quasi-buddhism?

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          Punchinilame, if it is irony you intended, your suggestion is extremely funny, but for the equally extreme harm it can bring to the country.

          Two of the Mahana Yakas, Asgiriya and Malwatte, were against the filth Kerry Facker sought to inject into the Sri Lanka economy. Then Mahinda Rajapaksa offered money to them, proceeds of over a hundred tax free luxury vehicle permits, which they readily accepted in exchange for their silence.

          Just so this comment is made readily understandable to the following herd, let me please say, that Theravada brand of Buddhism, aka Sinhala Buddhism, aka Gnanasara Buddhism, is a pseudo religious racist concoction aimed at enabling ‘agendized’ priests to co-govern and leach off the state.

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        Nimal

        “There are good things happening in Sri Lanka too but they receive no publicity”

        Name them please.

        “Thiru et al will use any criticism of Sri Lanka or Buddhism to further the Eelam agenda.”

        Thiru et al have never been critical of Buddhism nor Buddha’s teaching. However they are scathing at people who practice Sinhala/Buddhism.

        I am happy to join them in their effort to educate Sinhala/Buddhists on Buddha’s Teaching.

        For a change you should follow Buddha’s teaching. You will see/feel the difference and transform you back to a human being.

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      Vibhushana

      “What does the fool want the monk to do? Not narrate some parts of the history because it was “horrible”??”

      Nothing wrong with Mahanama narrating whatever he fancied on that day of writing his piece. There is some thing wrong when Sinhala/Buddhists claim Mahawamsa as the authentic history of this island.

      “It a narration of history. The monk narrates the history as it happened. He is not the architect of other people’s actions.”

      Including Beast copulating with beauty and producing Sinhala people. Did this part of the history happen for him to include it in his narratives “as it happened” sort of way? Though from a women’s point of view beast raping a women is horrible, Sinhala/Buddhist women never questioned this horrible act as one which indeed scientifically possible at the time.

      Perverted Mahanama (the much celebrated by Sinhala/Buddhist who was supposed to be a Demela from South India)must have suffered from scopophilia or zoophilism.

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      Yes, Vibushana. it is a naration and as Tiseranee point out a racist one aimed at enabling the priest to co-govern and leach off the state.

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      Anyone practising Buddhism should be able to invoke meritorious thoughts on every living being. I am referring to Maithree Bawana. The priest I was following said we cannot chant Let all beings free of hatred, anger, jealousy, sorrow, but not Prabhakaran.

      Let all beings including CT commentators be free of hatred, anger, jealousy, sorrow and be filled with joy and find peace.

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      Vibhushana,

      “Mahavamsa is not an opinion piece. It a narration of history.”

      So it is with “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carrol.

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    Tissaranee,
    There were no Sinhala buddhists during Dutu Gemunu’s time. The Sinhala identity was unknown at the time. Dutu Gemenu was in all probability a Naga, where his mother was from Kelaniya and Father from Magama, both Naga settlements.

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    Monster, Demon Gnanasera whatever you may call him has come to wipe out Buddhism.

    The Mahawamsa Trap

    “Last night

    I dreamt

    Buddha was shot dead

    By Gnanasara

    His body drenched in blood

    On the roads of Aluthgama and Beruwala.

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    A brilliant piece of writing.
    Kudos to Tisaranee – The Brave Lady who calls spade a spade.

    Modern Mahanama is Jackson Anthony another one of our great historian.

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    Thanks Thisaranee for enlightening us non Buddhist of Mahawansa lies.

    In my opinion Sri Lanka being a Singhala Buddhist country is a myth in present day scenario. Who is Buddhist in this country ? presidents wife is a non Buddhist what does it make of his children ? surely they all are doing a acting to behave as good Buddhist. Look at most of the past prime ministers and presidents most are non buddhist.

    If you take a census of practicing Buddhist in this country I am sure number wont add up even to 20-30%, in my opinion most of the Sri Lankans so called buddhist are name sake buddhist in other words atheist.

    The current majority is a lost generation,a confused society. This maybe the reason why we see so much social unrest among the majority community. They are caught up with tradition, western education and lifestyle which does not bind with their tradition. This is why I say very confidently in Sri Lanka Buddhism is dying. This is not true for some other countries, for example Thailand, the Thai’s are wonderful people. If you have lived there you will know that you can see qualities preached by Lord Buddha in them on their every day life.

    I have never seen such qualities in any Sri Lankan.

    Just for example take our National Cricket Team, how many of those cricketers make the cross before bowling or when coming in to bat ? quite a lot when you compare against so called established Buddhist population of 72%.

    No matter what you do if you don’t practice what you preach it is bound to fade away sooner or later. Likes of BBS/SR/RB/MR/GR are only adding fuel to that process.

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      down with the smelly feet bat breath dirty dirty `karawadu maulans`

      come on bbs/rs do your duty get rid of these infidel invaders from sri lanka society.

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        Dogs fetching, no matter of the bashing it got in 2009. A dog is a Dog

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          Dog is mans best friend.
          If you do not carry its litter off the street there is a fine of generally $200 in some cases.

          This is also true : one cant help laughing at your stupidity but you are a robot fit for rendition at Thailand.

          http://www.islam-watch.org/authors/85-islam-watch/957-bill-maher-on-72-virgins.html

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          Identical 4 vote downs on my comment Mud head must be thinking rest of us are also mud heads like him.

          Always mud head post comments and votes from himself 1st.

          Low cast Northern mentality will not go away no matter where u wash toilets.

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    The was a Bhikkhu from a royal dynasty who wrote the history he had heard and learned, in the form of the Mahavamsa. It embodies his political and religious biases and related embellishments. It also has the gist of our history with references to Naga , Damila and Sinhala Kings, their Tamil brides and their great and mean deeds. It is also a document lost for centuries, until discovered and then translated by Wilhelmina Geiger. It was also written in Pali, a language not understood by the common man.

    The common Sinhala men and women are even today unaware of the details of the religio-political slants and twists in the Mahawamsa. It is only the Sinhala-Buddhist extremists, both monk and lay, who make the Mahavamsa their political bible. Of course, the Tamil political extreme also finds solace in the Mahavamse, as it provides them the thorny club to swing at the Sinhalese.

    I learned Buddhism from Narada Thea’s text book on Buddhism and did not find anything akin to what Mahavamsa says in it. I have also seen the majority Buddhists follow the preaching of the Buddha and not the distortions of Mahanama.
    They are a people who yet can feel and say ‘ Aney Pau’ and shed tears when anyone, let alone a Tamil or Muslim, is killed. They are a people who visited VP’s ailing mother with gifts of fruits, in the immediate aftermath of the war! How many Tamils did this?

    Further, the Sinhala-extremist fringe ( please note that I am not referring to Buddhists here) now believe that their progenitor was Ravana, Ravana was a Yaksha, in fact the greatest Yaksha of the entire clan that inhabited India and Sri Lanka. The Yakshas are called Iyakkar in Tamil and Rakshasa in the rest of India.

    Let us not damn an entire people for the sins of the few.

    Tisaranee’s interpretation of Mahanama’s political manoeuvring even at the expense of distorting Buddhism is brilliant. However, this is not the sin the majority of Buddhists in Sri Lanka have to answer for, because their religious and political beliefs are not based on his text. Many a sin is being committed in their name! Let us at least now learn to accept this truth.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      ..Dr. says…….
      “…They are a people who visited VP’s ailing mother with gifts of fruits, in the immediate aftermath of the war! How many Tamils did this?…….”

      I know a Tamil family who visited VP’s mother and the trouble they had with security forces then onwards.

      :-)

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      Like saying, the Tamils are very nice people, but they have the tendency to support wholeheartedly racists fascist like Vellupillai Prabakaran.

      We need to understand why. Because the “Educated Tamils” cannot. Tisseranee has done a great job digging deep for the answers, while the Tamils can only pass medical exams in large numbers and support racsit/fascist who thing that it is their birth right to do so.

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    The Sinhalese owe their very existence to monk Mahanama and the Mahavamsa in which he captured the true history. I would put more faith in the Mahavamsa, which has been extremely helpful in elucidating the historical facts not only in Lanka but also in India, than any other chronicle.

    The only thing left for the Sinhalese people that gives them courage and a will to fight their enemies is the Mahavamsa and the Buddhist monks, some of whom like Ven. Gnanasara, keep a hawks eye on the future of the Buddhists. Without these the Sinhalese would be a historical, unknown, first century people, whose descendants themselves are unaware of their past, just like the Afghan people who would be totally surprised if they were to know that before Islam raped their country, their ancestors were Buddhists.

    I wish the leaders would produce a hard hitting documentary on the Mahavamsa so that every Sinhalse kid could watch it. There should be contests to check the children’s understanding of this historical chronicle, and they should be rewarded for their knowledge of the tome. In particular, if the Sinhalese are to survive, the part about Dutugemunu and particularly the one related to his sorrow about lives lost and how the Arahants explained that in the service of preserving Buddhism it was not a sin, MUST be made mandatory for every Sinhala child. That, more than anything else, will help preserve the Sinhalese people, in the generations to come, as Islam and its fanatic followers in Lanka, try to overwhelm the country, diminish the Sinhalese and turn it into a Moslem state.

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      ‘The Sinhalese owe their very existence to monk Mahanama’

      That’s all I read and immediately gave a thump down.
      And then look for the name to see who’s comment was it, ha ha ha
      I found the Altar Boy.

      Great Article Tisaranee Gunasekera.
      Must be wonderful if you could interpret this for Sinhala media as well.

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      Jay Chambers

      “I wish the leaders would produce a hard hitting documentary on the Mahavamsa so that every Sinhalse kid could watch it.”

      Its a very good idea. I congratulate you for coming up with such an idea in the first place.

      The prospective documentary should explicitly show how Bestiality, Parricide and Incestuous relation should be conducted in a proper manner. Hopefully Sinhala/Buddhist children will immensely benefit from such a moral education. Keep up your good work.

      May I suggest that you should also write up a “Do it yourself manual” to help the future generation revive act of benevolence such as the following:

      Killing of family[edit]
      • Aborticide – the act of killing a fetus in the womb
      • Avunculicide – the act of kiling one’s uncle
      • Familicide – is a multiple-victim homicide where a killer’s spouse and children are slain.
      • Feticide (or foeticide) – the act of killing a fetus in the uterus or causing an abortion
      • Filicide – the act of a parent killing his or her son or daughter.
      • Fratricide – the act of killing a brother, also in military context death by friendly fire.
      • Geronticide – the abandonment of the elderly to die, commit suicide or be killed. See also Senicide.
      • Honor-killing – the act of killing a family member who has or was perceived to have brought disgrace to the family.
      • Infanticide – the act of killing a child within the first year of its life.
      • Mariticide – the act of killing one’s spouse, especially the murder of a husband by his wife.
      • Matricide – the act of killing one’s mother.
      • Neonaticide – the act of killing an infant within the first twenty-four hours or month (varies by individual and jurisdiction) of its life.
      • Nepoticide – the act of kiling one’s nephew
      • Parricide – (also Parenticide) the killing of one’s mother or father or other close relative.
      • Patricide – the act of killing of one’s father.
      • Prolicide – the act of killing one’s own children.
      • Senicide – the killing of one’s elderly family members when they can no longer work or become a burden.
      • Sororicide – the act of killing one’s sister.
      • Uxoricide – the act of killing one’s wife
      Killing of others[edit]
      • Amicicide – the act of killing a friend.
      • Androcide – the systematic killing of men.
      • Capital punishment – the judicial killing of a human being for odious crimes.
      • Democide – the murder of any person or people by a government
      • Ecocide – the destruction of the natural environment by such activity as war, overexploitation of resources, or pollution
      • Euthanasia (also mercy killing) – the killing of any being for compassionate reasons i.e. significant injury or disease.
      • Femicide (also Gynecide, Gynaecide, or Gynocide) – the systematic killing of women
      • Gendercide – the systematic killing of members of a specific sex, either males or females
      • Genocide – the systematic extermination of an entire national, racial, religious, or ethnic group.
      • Homicide – the act of killing of a person
      • Human sacrifice – the killing of a human for religious reasons
      • Murder – the malicious and unlawful killing of a human by another human
      • Manslaughter – Murder, but under legal mitigating factors
      • Omnicide – the act of killing all humans, to create intentional extinction of the human species.
      • Populicide – the slaughter of the people.
      Killing of superiors[edit]

      Giganticide: David hoists the severed head of Goliath.
      • Deicide – the act of killing a god or divine being
      • Dominicide – the act of killing one’s master.
      • Episcopicide – the act of killing a bishop.[1]
      • Giganticide – the act of killing a giant.
      • Regicide – the act of killing a king.
      • Tyrannicide – the act of killing a tyrant.
      • Vaticide – the act of killing a prophet.

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

      Please provide reference and link it to Mahawamsa so as to authenticate those acts were indeed performed according to Mahanama rituals.

      Lot of the adult Sinhala/Buddhists could also benefit from this.

      I am looking forward to watching the documentary and reading your Do it Yourself Manual.

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      ” if the Sinhalese are to survive, the part about Dutugemunu and particularly the one related to his sorrow about lives lost and how the Arahants explained that in the service of preserving Buddhism it was not a sin, MUST be made mandatory for every Sinhala child”

      The above is Gnanasara Buddhism. It justifies imposing Aba Sarana on four million of Sri Lankan citizens.

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      Thank you Jay for this insightful analysis.

      I am confident that while 90% of the CT readership would disagree with you, another 90% of non-CT reading Sri Lankans would wholeheartedly agree with you.

      Which is good, considering less than 10% of all Sri Lankans are reading CT.

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      Jay so you support the mandatory brain washing that you your self have not manged to come out. These are days that people can read and understand what the Buddha was about – and that it has nothing to do with the racist, violent, xenophobic locally manufactured Sinhala Buddhism.

      Even the Dalai lama has said that the the Buddha if he was around will be with the Muslims of Sri Lanka.

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    Thanks TG for the exposing the difference between refined Buddhism and so called ‘jaathiwaada’ Buddhism as practiced in our country.

    In fact I too enjoyed listening to Bana whenever I could got the opportunity, and always struggled to make sense of it. At most times, I found it to be confusing with a lot of technicalities and myth that I just could not relate to. To make it worse, we have Gnanasaara himi adding a new dimension to the religion of Buddhism.

    To me, Gnanasaara is two faced having twin personalities. When he is preaching and conducting religious discourses, he creates an image of humility, unpretentiousness, meekness and puts on an aura of respectability. But on stage when he is delivering a dire warning to the opposition, he manages to arouse the crowd with ‘rain of fire and brimstone’, enough to arouse sufficient emotions to get on the streets and cause violence and destruction of properties on an unimaginable scale. What a waste of talent, and what do we do with a man like Gnanasaara? If not for his misplaced and misguided beliefs of Muslim ascendancy and a self debasing imaginary erosion of Buddhist culture, he could have utilized his innate talents to draw in those same crowds towards understanding true Buddhism, whereas he now spends his energies and thoughts to destabilize himself, his religion and the whole country known worldwide as a Buddhist country.

    When in Middle East countries, when we move around in public, we Muslims have our formal greeting of ‘Assalaamu Alaikum’ and introduce ourselves before we start chatting. By the way, there are not only Muslims but people from all over the world working in the ME, as there are excellent employment opportunities. Invariably people are curious to know from where I am, and when I say SL, some are surprised. They always thought SL to be a Buddhist country, but were happy to meet a Muslim from SL. Such is world perception. But now they know that we Muslims are a persecuted lot in our own country.

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    Dear friends,
    I am s Jaffna Tamil who was born and bred in Sri Lanka.The pure Buddhism still exist in Sri Lanka and only in one temple in Colombo.The teachers name is Most Venerable Kotte devananda Thero.His holiness passed away in 1990.
    If anyone is interested you can listen to his sermons in YouTube as some kind people recorded his speeches and now they are on you tube and also can google his name so you will be directed to a website.
    King Dathusena destroyed Buddhism as he burned the books that came in sinhala language (Atuwa tkawa)and translated the books to Pali Language.As time goes buy language changes therefore what happened real Buddhism is hidden in this.
    If you people are interested please go the website s I have mentoned above it will blow your mind away

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    Reading the long line of kings in Mahawamsa, it is evident that all of them assassinated their predecessors to ascend the throne.
    This is so, because there is no mention of deaths by natural causes of any king during his reign.
    There is no mention of abdications in favour of designated successors – sons/daughters,army chiefs,ministers etc.
    There is no mention of any king who chose to forsake the trappings of kingship to retire to a monastery.
    The only Queen was Anula,who was a nymphomaniac.
    Did Bhikku Mahanama purposely omit the vital fact of assasinations?
    Kassyappa killed his father Datusena,and in turn was killed by his brother Mogollana – these appear to be the only instances of “assasinations” recorded.

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    “… if the Sinhalese are to survive, the part about Dutugemunu and particularly the one related to his sorrow about lives lost and how the Arahants explained that in the service of preserving Buddhism it was not a sin, MUST be made mandatory for every Sinhala child.”

    The above is Gnanasara Buddhism. It justifies Aba Sarana for 4 million Sri Lankans.

    It also means Aba Saranai for the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.

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    “I wish the leaders would produce a hard hitting documentary on the Mahavamsa so that every Sinhalse kid could watch it.”

    I propose Jackson Anthony to write script.

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      For some of you the worst enemies are your own who betrayed by becoming a buddhist (or by being sympathetic to buddhism). sunil santha, jackson anthony, swrdb are just a few examples..
      Read about sunil shantha’s sad life story.. the hell he went through due to catholic action dominated radio ceylon brass..

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      Indra – WOW Great idea.
      We should actually do it free of charge. Then distribute to every schools and libraries.

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    Excellent Historical analysis a cut above the trash that qausi anthropologist are dishing out in CT.

    Important to remember that Mahabaratha has parallel in that Lord Krishna advises reluctant Arujuna to kill his relatives – saying that life is cyclic and that death is like changing cloths. So this is the best the Hindu Brahims could come up with – to live off the state, just like the Maha Sanga.

    I am told that Historical records do not indicate that the Buddha ever mentioned Sangan charang Gathami and that it was a latter addition of the parasitic priest who wanted to exchange the life of begging to running around in government funded mercs.

    The Sinhalese Buddhist need to come to terms with the level of perversion Buddhism has suffered in their hands.

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    Propaganda machine against Sri Lankan Sinhala – buddhist civilization is working full throttle.

    It is TG like people who introduced the term SINHALA_BUDDHISTS.

    Then Sinhala buddhists accepted that term and understood what christians, and Muslims doing to Sinhala buddhists using LTTE, Tamils, Human rights and Democracy etc.,

    Now, TG and the gang is talking about Buddhism and Buddha.

    It is all propaganda and brain washing of Sinhala Buddhists.

    I am pretty that there are idiots who would get caught in this.

    I say to Sinhala – buddhists is understand that buddhism and the Sinhala – buddhists and their culture and civilization are different things.

    Don’t listen to these scum voices.

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      You talk about brainwashing Sinhala Buddhists. The sad truth is the majority of Sinhala Buddhists don’t have any brains to wash. If they had, will they continue to vote for these thieves and scoundrels and keep on electing them to high office?

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    Jim Sothy,

    Don’t listen to these scum voices? Yours? No! never. Why do you believe that it was Buddha who coined all the Gathas and Pansil? It is like the Christians believing that all the Prayers and Hymns were recited by Jesus first.

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      You make the point again Gamini. Buddha has nothing to do with the locally manufactured racist poison dished out to you.

      Funny to see Jim Dofty hallucinating about Culture and Civilization ?
      The point here of the article is to point out a poison consuming populous led by the Raja and the Sanga.

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        The Buddha never designed a flag for the Sinhala Buddhists. But the morons did it for their benefit. Now they waive it for every occasion as if Buddha gave it. Buddha, nor the Priests then, ever performed Pansakula for the dead to reach Nirvana, but today the Sinhala Buddhist Priest’s do so, to all the dead Sinhala Buddhists, after the advent of Catholicism and Christianity to this country, seeing their funeral services.

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    I have been reading many historical events of buddha since childhood. Lord buddha died of consuming decomposed pig meat that was almed by one of his disciples. Though he knew it was a stale meat, he did not refuse the offering of his disciple as he thought it would hurt him. When i read here about buddha’s death thriugh TG i am shocked. A country which is said to follow budhdhism, cant it check this simple fact at this information age.

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    Will all above comments be relevant when today’s concept of Buddhism is as per the GR/BBS/JHU doctrine?
    Mahanayakes/ABC/Over 2500 years of the Dhamma, are all these in vain?

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    Response to: – Which Buddha? Who’s Buddhism? July 27, 2014 | Filed under: Colombo Telegraph, Opinion | By Thisaranee Gunasekara –
    From the above TG’s more forceful reiterations there are very close parallels, overlaps and points of similarities and dissimilarities to what the western recreated state of Israel and the extremist’s hard line Jews make out for their brand of selective Judaism. In their own so-called divinely inspired religious books that have the Biblical Pentateuch too embedded in it claim that they are the mythically self proclaimed and self “chosen people” to take over the land of Canaan that includes many times over the land area of the present day state of Israel to encompass Syria, Jordon, Lebanon and its contiguous areas not exactly defined by Yahweh. Notwithstanding the historical facts of escaping and surviving through approx six genocide attempts over the past approx three thousand years of their history seem to be heading for another 7th genocide should some frustrated-extremist persons get a dirty bomb into their hands.

    Majority of these Israelis’ notwithstanding all their intellectual and material achievements still continue to be the proxies of the UK and USA who are trying to take a life of their own even trying to outsmart their creators. Further in the light of the lion of libertarians’ corrective analysis of Gore Vidal’s “United States of Amnesia” may themselves hold the potential to turn into cannon fodder amidst USA’s inevitable quest to pre-empively expand the American Empire as a counter-measure to the less Democratic and more autocratic Red Bear and the Red Dragon along with their mini allies like the rump of former USSR and the North Korean Chinese proxy of 1953. Similarly MR’s SL’s Buddhists Singhalese Mahavamsa-Budhists will be indebted to facilitate the new axis of powers from the southern hemisphere being a super-pearl in China’s so-called string of pearls that India and Japan to too waiting are waiting in the wings to woo MR and Co with more and more goodies to wind-up in the familial vaults in offshore banks.

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    Tisaranee:

    I agree with you that Sinhlala racism stems from believing “Mahawamsa”

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    I did look into the “Sangam saranang gachchami” intonation and in several suttas the three refugees are mentioned and as practicing Buddhists we pay homage to the long line of very enlightened sangha that have carried the message of the Gautama Buddha for so long. I think it is important to be able to ‘see’ beyond the immediate abuses and think of the maha arahts who have been very important in history and also those sangha of today that do try their best to live within the vinaya.

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    The only Tamil Nadu Tamil other than Mahawamsa Mahanama that the Sinhala Buddhists like is KP, Karuna Aman and Pillayan.

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    Thisaranee, What a load of rubbish you have written! you’ve taken facts out of context, also you’ve misquoted them.

    Thisaranee, did you study in a convent?, because you Know nothing of SL’s history.

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