30 October, 2020

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Why Are Buddhist Monks Attacking Muslims?

By Alan Strathern

Dr Alan Strathern

Of all the moral precepts instilled in Buddhist monks the promise not to kill comes first, and the principle of non-violence is arguably more central to Buddhism than any other major religion. So why have monks been using hate speech against Muslims and joining mobs that have left dozens dead?

This is happening in two countries separated by well over 1,000 miles of Indian Ocean – Burma and Sri Lanka. It is puzzling because neither country is facing an Islamist militant threat. Muslims in both places are a generally peaceable and small minority.

In Sri Lanka, the issue of halal slaughter has been a flashpoint. Led by monks, members of the Bodu Bala Sena – the Buddhist Brigade – hold rallies, call for direct action and the boycotting of Muslim businesses, and rail against the size of Muslim families.

While no Muslims have been killed in Sri Lanka, the Burmese situation is far more serious. Here the antagonism is spearheaded by the 969 group, led by a monk, Ashin Wirathu, who was jailed in 2003 for inciting religious hatred. Released in 2012, he has referred to himself bizarrely as “the Burmese Bin Laden”.

March saw an outbreak of mob violence directed against Muslims in the town of Meiktila, in central Burma, which left at least 40 dead.

Tellingly, the violence began in a gold shop. The movements in both countries exploit a sense of economic grievance – a religious minority is used as the scapegoat for the frustrated aspirations of the majority.

On Tuesday, Buddhist mobs attacked mosques and burned more than 70 homes in Oakkan, north of Rangoon, after a Muslim girl on a bicycle collided with a monk. One person died and nine were injured.

But aren’t Buddhist monks meant to be the good guys of religion?

Aggressive thoughts are inimical to all Buddhist teachings. Buddhism even comes equipped with a practical way to eliminate them. Through meditation the distinction between your feelings and those of others should begin to dissolve, while your compassion for all living things grows.

Of course, there is a strong strain of pacifism in Christian teachings too: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” were the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.

But however any religion starts out, sooner or later it enters into a Faustian pact with state power. Buddhist monks looked to kings, the ultimate wielders of violence, for the support, patronage and order that only they could provide. Kings looked to monks to provide the popular legitimacy that only such a high moral vision can confer.

The result can seem ironic. If you have a strong sense of the overriding moral superiority of your worldview, then the need to protect and advance it can seem the most important duty of all.

Christian crusaders, Islamist militants, or the leaders of “freedom-loving nations”, all justify what they see as necessary violence in the name of a higher good. Buddhist rulers and monks have been no exception.

So, historically, Buddhism has been no more a religion of peace than Christianity.

One of the most famous kings in Sri Lankan history is Dutugamanu, whose unification of the island in the 2nd Century BC is related in an important chronicle, the Mahavamsa.

It says that he placed a Buddhist relic in his spear and took 500 monks with him along to war against a non-Buddhist king.

He destroyed his opponents. After the bloodshed, some enlightened ones consoled him: “The slain were like animals; you will make the Buddha’s faith shine.”

Burmese rulers, known as “kings of righteousness”, justified wars in the name of what they called true Buddhist doctrine.

In Japan, many samurai were devotees of Zen Buddhism and various arguments sustained them – killing a man about to commit a dreadful crime was an act of compassion, for example. Such reasoning surfaced again when Japan mobilised for World War II.

Buddhism took a leading role in the nationalist movements that emerged as Burma and Sri Lanka sought to throw off the yoke of the British Empire. Occasionally this spilled out into violence. In 1930s Rangoon, amid resorts to direct action, monks knifed four Europeans.

More importantly, many came to feel Buddhism was integral to their national identity – and the position of minorities in these newly independent nations was an uncomfortable one.

In 1983, Sri Lanka’s ethnic tensions broke out into civil war. Following anti-Tamil pogroms, separatist Tamil groups in the north and east of the island sought to break away from the Sinhalese majority government.

During the war, the worst violence against Sri Lankan Muslims came at the hands of the Tamil rebels. But after the fighting came to a bloody end with the defeat of the rebels in 2009, it seems that majority communal passions have found a new target in the Muslim minority.

In Burma, monks wielded their moral authority to challenge the military junta and argue for democracy in the Saffron Revolution of 2007. Peaceful protest was the main weapon of choice this time, and monks paid with their lives.

Now some monks are using their moral authority to serve a quite different end. They may be a minority, but the 500,000-strong monkhood, which includes many deposited in monasteries as children to escape poverty or as orphans, certainly has its fair share of angry young men.

The exact nature of the relationship between the Buddhist extremists and the ruling parties in both countries is unclear.

Sri Lanka’s powerful Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was guest of honour at the opening of a Buddhist Brigade training school, and referred to the monks as those who “protect our country, religion and race”.

But the anti-Muslim message seems to have struck a chord with parts of the population.

Even though they form a majority in both countries, many Buddhists share a sense that their nations must be unified and that their religion is under threat.

The global climate is crucial. People believe radical Islam to be at the centre of the many of the most violent conflicts around the world. They feel they are at the receiving end of conversion drives by the much more evangelical monotheistic faiths. And they feel that if other religions are going to get tough, they had better follow suit.

* Dr. Alan Strathern works on early modern global history (1500-1800) with a special interest in those parts of the world that came into contact with Portuguese imperialism and the theme of religious encounters. His published work initially focused on sixteenth-century Sri Lanka but has increasingly taken a comparative, inter-disciplinary and global approach. He teaches both European and world history. He is a Fellow and Tutor at Brasenose College, and a Lecturer at St. John’s College. After studying Ancient and Modern History at Oxford, Alan Strathern studied for a Masters in History and Anthropology at University College London, and then returned to Oxford for DPhil work in History (1998-2002). He subsequently took up research and teaching positions at Cambridge before returning to Oxford in 2011. He is currently on research leave 2011-13, after having been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for History in 2010. His work on Sri Lanka led to a book Kingship and Conversion in Sixteenth Century Sri Lanka: Portuguese Imperialism in a Buddhist Land (CUP, 2007), and a number of articles on such themes as origin myths, source criticism, and the development of ethnic consciousness. In the past five or six years, he has been working on more explicitly comparative and global questions. One project will result in a book, Sacred Kingship and Religious Change in the Early Modern World, which will look at why the rulers of some societies converted to monotheism and others did not. He is happy to consider DPhil supervisions across a wide range of areas in the early modern world. This article appeared first in BBC.

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    Alan

    Your headline is misleading.

    Buddhist monks are not attacking Muslims, rather it was a fringe group of monks representing extreme views.

    To their credit the Muslims in SL handled this ‘mini-crisis’ very intelligently, more so because they have in general fully integrated with all communities living in this blessed country, and especially with the Sinhalese.

    It would appear that in the recent weeks all this anti-muslim hullabaloo has been put on the back-burner, courtesy of the President.

    So Alan, please don’t try and raise a hornets nest again!

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      You are right MNZ !

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        No, he wasnt right. What he mean by ‘put on the back-burner, courtesy of the President’? this President is the one who created this BBS. His powerful brother sec of defence not only protecting them but enchouraging them and funding them.
        I agree with that portion that Moslims had handled this tensed situation intelligently. Thats really Brave of the Moslems. I salute them for their intellect and patience which certainly made the BeBe Sena (Bebe – drunkard) shocked.
        Alan Says the connection between the extremists and ruling junta are unclear. allan was decent and diplomatic but the fact is otherwise, he knows hat like many of us. Rajapakses popularity is dropping in a rapid pace. To be in power to hand over the reigns to his family morons and to save their skin from possible trials in future they have to be in power. They will go t any extent to cheat the public.

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          Hmm you’ve got a point. Looks like the government and BBS badly want Muslims to react and the BBS supporters too are eagerly waiting for such an opportunity to make excuses and fulfill their hidden agendas. And I know a certain part of media also waiting for such an opportunity. The recent development suggests that these characters will go to any extent to do that. Muslims have to be mindful and remain patient. That’s my only concern at this moment.

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            Rifkana

            Why Chrsitians kill Muslims in millions (Palestine, Pakistan, Afganistan, Libya, Sudan …) and why they use e.media to provacate other religions against them (Sri Lanka, Miyanmar …) all around the world ?

            No Buddhist attacks Muslims in Sri Lanka.

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              Costa, All Provocations are engineered by the Arms Manufacturers in the USA! They have to create Tensions and Wars by encouraging greedy opportunists in poorer countries, to keep their businesses viable!

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              You are still in the nursing stage.

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              You still act in movies or retired?

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              If I may add you here:

              Not buddhists but a group of non-buddhists but in safron robes seem to be attacking muslims in the country. Facts are there, particular group of monks are being guided by western funding bodies. They are absolutely the tiny minority among the over 75% of predominant buddhists in the Island. This can be proved if media could hold a survey (e.g Opinion poll). Buddhists and their adherents in SL have not been violent if not for very few incidents.

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          Harsha

          What I meant by “put on the back burner by the President” was simply that.

          His Excellency can, of course, like a few other contributors have suggested, put it back on the front burner.

          In fact the anti-muslim agenda is not “off the table”, and all stake-holders are very much aware of that.

          It is for this reason that despite Dr Alan Strathern’s impressive academic achievements, the motives for writing his commentary appears to be somewhat suspect.

          Not only was the caption to his article misleading, it is also quite mischievous.

          If he is not an agent provocateur for subterranean handlers, then he is probably looking for work by cost-free advertising of his credentials, which inter alia says: “He is happy to consider DPhil supervisions across a wide range of areas in the early modern world”.

          Will the real Alan Strathern please stand up!

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          Sama,I too am confident that majority Buddhists dont support the atrocities of BBS but we must remember, in any community people are vulnerable and can be misled easily by a small minority group of extremists. The mere fact that such group exists is a proof that majority is of no use. Responding to a survey is not that we need. We need better and productive actions from the majority (here majority means the moderates from all communities). The battle is not between Buddhists and Muslims or any other community but between the Radicals and Moderates. Unfortunately the moderates are too complacent and are only good at online critiquing.

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          Well said, Harsha!

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      MNZ,

      Ditto. Well said. The only doubt I have is whether the president does both things – putting things in the front burner and then in the back burner? Many recent incidents seem to demonstrate this phenomenon.

      Dr.RN

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        I too have that doubt !

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          I don’t doubt, but see the factually actual.

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            Seems right ! :)

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      MNZ – This anti-muslim entire episode was directed and produce by the ruling family – Thats the courtesy of your ………………

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      ”put on the back-burner, courtesy of the President” ?

      Violence is not condemned, but put on the back burner??

      Oh, this is Sri Lanka where rule of law is replaced by rule by law ???

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        Rule of Law replaced by the rule of middle-finger.

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      Yes, exactly.

      just a small group -led by former violent drunkard monk (pseudo type), to have got record to went on amok by driving without a licence, but reacting like a hyne and in that incident harming two inncient people –

      Not long ago, but yestreday, Weerawansa had added remarks on the issue by accepting there are western donor nations trying to create conflicts by supporting some buddhist segments

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      MNZ.

      Alan’s reference to monks attacking Muslims is particularly with regard to Burma where physical attack by hordes of monks was seen. As for Sri Lanka, you may have a point if it is about physical attack, but verbal and psychological attacks by the fringe group of BBS monks is not less worrying.

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      Mr. Alan Strathern:

      You have mixed Buddhism and Buddhist monks.

      For example, Jesus never preached asking for so many Crusades. Jesus never asked priests to molest children or to divide into different denominations and start fighting Catholics against Protestants. Jesus preached only the Humanitarianism.

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    Buddhist are not attacking muslims in Sri Lanka. I am not a supporter of BBS or any other organization. What BBS has done is they have exposed the ‘cold war’ carried out by some of the Muslims in Sri Lanka. That is the truth but the truth is bitter and difficult to swallow. The muslims need to understand what are issues exposed by the BBS or any other organization in Sri Lanka.They need to address those issues. They need to adopt into the Sri Lankan culture and living instead of attempting to create another Arab nation in Sri Lanka or Arabization of Sri Lanka.

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      What BBS has exposed so far is that Muslims dressing modestly, preventing to identify food slaughtered by Islamic laws. However, they have not objected to the prevalent Bollywood culture. The issues in question are; will Lanka let it’s citizens practice their chosen faith as they see fit without any hindrance and protect that right by the existing laws of the land or would they turn a blind eye and let it take it’s natural course of whatever.

      Insecurity in faith breeds fear and hostility. The right faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. Those who are led to believe absurdity can also be led to commit atrocity.

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        It makes me laugh uncontrollably when some people talk of Sri Lankan culture.

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        And I am not referring to you Maghribi. I am referring to those people who try to advocate Sri Lankan culture. I wish they took a deep look at themselves and their life styles (not just eating rice and curry) before they utter anything about culture. It becomes way too funny otherwise !

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          By the way, what is culture?

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            You should ask ‘What is Sri Lankan’ culture ;)

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        THese are the real issues if you wanna know:
        01. Muslims have started secret unethical converting movement using their shoping mals. They never allow non-muslims to have a family with a defferent belief person. They convert both boy or girl frightening them to kill if not converted.
        02. Muslims have evidently invaded and destroyed thousands of historical archaeological sites of Buddhists.
        03. Most of the drug-kinpins are Muslims. They never takes trugs but they sell them to non-Muslims and use those black money to build up big mosques.
        04. They have planned to convert all Sri Lankans to Islam by 2030 and that is why they are constructing huge mosques in every city to show that already this is a Muslim country.
        05. They are working to eradicate other nations by providing birth-control or other human killing drugs to non-Muslims.

        These are some of the real facts why some monks wanted to reveal what they are doing.

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          Your story and its plot is good for the latest
          SILLYWOOD film.

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          Now can you blame us for calling you guys “Singhalaya modaya kawum kanna yodaya”?

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            And Fuzzy, it was written by a Sinhalese himself!

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          pakeer fasta – Fear and hostility is an impediment to progress in a society. Some of the repercussions are capital flight, brain drain, and depletion of loyalty to country and it’s development strategies. Psychologically; it slows people down in confidence and trust with each other. The end loser is not you.

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      Who raised electricity bill?Who again lowered it?Apply the
      same maths to BBS-Muslim racism.

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      Oh Come on ! Give me a break ! Sinahalese are aping western and bollywood culture in everything they do, so much for the Sri Lankan culture. Talk about anything other than culture.

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        Sri Lankan culture, Wearing dirty satakaya while racing Lamborghinis, Intimidate the opposite team and winning rugby matches, exhibiting Datu while embrasing murderers, Impeach CJ with a select panel of donkeys, Buying opposition MP’s and boasting 2/3rd majority. running a name sake airline while losing billions and pumping fuel free from petroleum corp. Building shipless and planeless ports. Destroying wild life while demostrate against killing cows.
        Rocking the cradle while pinching the baby.
        Performing Re Daniel dawal Miguel character.

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      Sunil, you are right. SL Buddhists are not attacking Muslims. But, BBS is encouraging Buddhists to attack and formenting hate, it is more dangerous than physical attack. Look at Burma as an example. Hate speeches were there for quite sometime with no action from the government before actual killing took place.

      Why do you keep treating out SL Muslims as if they are NOT YOUR OWN CONTRYMEN? That’s the problem you should attempt to solve.

      Sunil, you keep talking about SL culture? What is your culture – boozing, letting your women walk half-naked, gambling, talking thrash, killing because they belong to another culture, hate speech, etc.

      Be real, man!

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    Is Alan working for the GFT?.

    The latest theory doing rounds in Srilanka is that this Muslim Bashing by Elements who are parading as Buddhist Monks is a creation of the stealth forces working overtime to turn the Muslims in the North aginst the Govt and vote for the TNA.

    One analysing the recent events thoroughly like the alleged attacks and people who were in the first cab off the rank to make political capital in Parliament, and the world wide propaganda to give it maximum coverage clearly point to collaboration between the TNA and the anti Govt overseas elements.

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    It’s quite obvious why the Muslims are attacked worldwide. In Sri Lanka, Prosperity of a few Muslims has become so visible; jealousy has crept in. Jealousy is cancerous and can eat up human values and blinds rational thinking. In Burma, Fear of the Muslims becoming a strong force in their faith. In Arabia, for land and natural resources. In Europe and the rest of the world for all the reasons mentioned above and for displaying Ethical and Moral values in their attire, food and commerce.

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      Not that. Muslim fundamentalism and dogmatis have lead other faith people to protect themselves from this tribal faith with crazy beliefs which reject inquiry and examination on the issues of the world.

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        pakeer fasta – Islam is a powerful religion with more than 1.9 billion followers, a faith that continues to grow despite the best efforts of its opponents to crush it (and despite the stupidity of Muslim extremists who dishonour Islam with their brutality). Islam will not be harmed by any speech, film, book or work of art. Indeed, the foolishness of those who seek to denigrate Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) in this fashion is that their work simply inspires more people to learn about the man who founded humanity’s second largest religion. A man whose life was so remarkable that, 1,380 years after his death, it continues to attract enthusiastic converts to his teaching of the oneness of God and the oneness of mankind.

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          Why then musilims looks like to kill themselves when a film or critical book was doen on Islam?????????? The reality is dogmatics cannot practice patience? They are always aggresive fox? When USA man produce a film against Muslim Funadamentalism, foolish Muslims in Sri Lanka blok the roads souting against USA. Peple converted to ISlam since they can sleep with many women. Islam is only about sleeping with women, believing as the Quoran said, and other useless things. Islam is the worst believe in the world since it never teaches to respect other cultures and things. They always want that foolish ‘oneness” nobody can find nowhere.

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    mr.sunil, dont fear about other community,people like you have to improve your own community BBS made many unproved false allegations against minority,
    Here are some examples of contradictions and inconsistencies in BBS statements in news reports of the past

    • On 13.02.13 the BBS was reported as saying it had never campaigned for banning of Halal certified food but only for a boycott of such products. On 28.02.13 the BBS was reported as saying that Halal Certification should not be permitted under any circumstances and should be discontinued immediately

    • At a rally in Maharagama on 17.02.13, the BBS is reported to have declared that Halal certification was forced on the country by charging fee for it. The falsity of this claim was exposed at a news conference reported on 12.03.13 where it was revealed that the negligible amount paid by companies for Halal Certification is not to the consumer

    • A report on 23.02.13. said BBS called for a state run institution to take over the certification process. On 27.02.13 it was reported that the ACJU suggested that the Government take over the job. The very next day it was reported that the BBS had rejected the proposal and called for the certification to be removed altogether

    • At a joint news conference reported on 12.03.13, Buddhist clergy representing the three Nikaya, the ACJU and the CCC announced that Halal Certification would be provided free of charge by the ACJU and that displaying of the Halal logo on the products would be on a voluntary by companies. The BBS was reported the next day not only calling for a ban on Halal foods and the entire Halal Certification process, but calling for the abolition of the ACJU.

    their intention is not protecting Buddhism, they are purchased commodity by anti-SriLankan international element,but their hatred speech invades many intoxication to many normal people, even sunil is one of the victim

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      While I say BBS is a menace, I must say all what you say here is not right. I must also add that none that shouts in BBS are following Buddhism. They are rogues in robes.

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    Dear Allan,
    Buddhists do not attack muslims. Halal procedure has been there as long as we remember. It is surprising to see a group called ‘Bodu Bala Sena’rallying against this Halal thing all of a sudden. You can ask any buddist or a Sri Lankan who is this Bodu Bala Sena’. No one knows the answer and no buddhist is partial to this group. BBS’s history is old as the protest agianst halal slaughter.
    As a journalist you should be fully aware of the way thinngs work and what people do to change public opinian. Thisis something like that too.
    Still buddhists maintain their non-violance policy. You should not worry about it.

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      Senevi, Halal system may or may not exist here for a long time. But selling Halal certificate’s for money began in Minister Ashroff’s time. He was the pioneer of extremist muslims in Srilanka. He was the pioneer who brain washed young muslims by giving extremist ideas and poured Jihad mentalism to them. He was the pioneer who taught muslims to encroach the buddhist arch. sites specially in East and grab lands and settle there. He did all those under the patronage of CBK whom now shedding crocodile tears about Buddhism and Sinhalese.

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    “the global climate is crucial”; indeed, we’re reaping the harvest of the neo-con’s so called war on terror.

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      Yes, the Ozone should be protected.

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    Most Buddhist are peace loving and tolerant…..but they are not stupid either…..when ethnic or communal or religious violence is engineered from outside interests, Sri Lankans are clever enough to understand the threat and nip things in the bud…..unlike the west….economic hardship across the board is a strong catalyst…..and Saudi/Zionist/British run Salafism or Whabbism has no place here….The Halal certification which started all this nonsense….. is to finance the Al Qaeda franchise…..stop behaving like a shrink watching an arsonist at play and adding spin!….

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      What worries most Buddhists who are; peace loving and tolerant are people like you and BBS hate speech circulated on the social media. Peace loving people see the destruction that is caused by these fanatic BBS Bhikkus in Sri Lanka. One must be deaf, dumb and blind not to see the damage that has caused to Buddhism worldwide. A philosophy of Peace is now showing the Burmese Monks rampaging the blood and property of Muslims.

      Please Stop consuming poisonous propaganda about Muslims and start being a productive member of society. The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant media blitz. Blaming Muslims is not the solution. Rather to learn their culture through authentic sources and respect. You should examine and investigate before falling gullible into a Media Propaganda about Islam.

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      Vipula,
      If what you say is true, why don’t you or one of the many sinhalese buddhists who have the same sentiments as you, write to this forum with the facts? To any forum for that matter…

      All of this is nothing but lies and hate mongering. You say that Halal Cerficiation was for ACJU to fund an Al Qaeda Franchise,but the amount proved to be so negligible that contrary to what the BBS claimed the prices never came down.

      I Challenge you to come with facts!!

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      Vipula,
      You are another lucky Sinhalese Buddhist, born with correct amount of SANKARA DHARMA… correct amount of brain cells..
      Ignorance is Bliss…
      Anura

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      Before you point a finger at others, there are 03 fingers pointing at yourself. Try it.

      The correct question should be – why do SL Muslims treated as if they are not Sri Lankans? Is only Buddhist are Sri Lankan, and the rest non-Sri Lankan?

      Everyone agree, Buddhists are peace loving people. But what good is it when the majority are keeping silent when a minority of Buddhists are causing havoc against their own countrymen?

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    It is true at Buddhists are peaceful people and they do not want harm any one. It BBS should be blamed for all these Anti- Muslim activities not BUddhist people . BBS does not have support of The Majority of Monks. They love peace and harmony .unlike this tinity minority monks all monks and all Buddhist are good people.

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    The Buddhist Monks have no authority to take the law into their own hands.We are supposed to be a democratic country and We have a president.
    The main issue is why the President is quiet, he should have intervened and settled the issue long ago before damage was done.This shows that the president is openly supporting the BBS for his own political gains.

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    first i have to say i have remained a strong critic of BBS from the very beginning. But many ppl are trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. What we saw in SL was simply the anti islamic or islamaphobic sentiments displayed just like it did and does in Western world. I have seen many worse attacks on muslims in the western world by hate speeches. what started in SL was brought to SL from western world and their anti islamic web sites. So it is laughable when a westerner wonder what happen in SL.

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    Dear Alan,

    Buddhist or Buddhist monks are not attacking Muslims in Sri Lanka or in other parts of the world. There are bunch of rogues in robs and they are dancing to the tune of some parties of vested interest to create chaos in Sri Lanka & bring a bad reputation. A true Buddha’s lay follower will follow the 5 percepts and monks will follow the 8th noble path. When they do that, they can not harm anyone. http://www.dhammaweb.net/books/Dr_Walpola_Rahula_What_the_Buddha_Taught.pdf

    When less than 1000 rogues try to bring chaos out of almost 15 million Sinhalese living peacefully with other minorities in this country, when western media and other local medias with vested interest try to portrait that Sinhalese or Sinhala Buddhist are racist even the right minded thinking Singhalese will want to fight such falls publicity. They do not wish to be identified with NGOs / INGOs or so called activists against the nation and they will not participate on event against BBS but it does not mean that they support BBS or any such extreme views. Due to above affiliation worries, they do not come out but it is very unfortunate that most try to show a picture that does not exist in this country. There are millions of minorities who is doing their activities peacefully and live in harmony of the majority. It’s politicians of majority & minority try to use fear psychosis to gain their vote base. Please understand this and when writing, please do not discriminate the teaching of Buddha or Buddhist who follows. You should change your topic to “why are men in yellow robes…..

    If you want to listen to what a true Buddhist monk say please check below – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bDuVDV1Yqs4
    http://www.facebook.com/bahujana.hithaaya

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    THIS WHOLE THING IS, BACKED BY THE PRESIDENT.

    THE PRESIDENT’S BROTHER IS THE PATRON.

    IT IS TO THE CREDIT OF THE MAJORITY OF BUDDHISTS,WHO ARE AGAINST THIS BBS. MUSLIMS TOO HAVE ACTED SENSIBLY AND WITH RESTRAINT.

    ALL COMMUNITIES SHOULD UNITE AND FIGHT THE PREACHERS OF HATRED AND
    ELIMINATE THEM.

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    These researchers like the writer, who had first published this piece with the BBC are merely examining Sri Lankan phenomena as a keen anthropologist would observe baboons in Burundi. Such is their ethnocentric disposition towards the lesser beings of the planet.

    Having said that, it would be largely pointless to admonish him or praise him, as neither would resonate with him. However, the local forum squabbles meander along as usual, with much invective, emotion and side-taking.

    I would suggest that both Muslim commentators and their Sinhala counterparts unite in recognising a common and evasive element that promotes division and work together…

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      People from both communities are trying but some politicians and their media agents are making every effort to prevent that. And those are the people who talk highly of Sri Lankan culture.

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    Dr, Allan, No muslim attack by buddhists or BBS in Srilanka. Only incident happened in Maharagama where a muslim boy raped a sinhalese underage girl and the protest against the business where the boy employed got out of control.

    Extremist Muslims in Srilanka have hidden ajendas. Their sudden boom in population, encroach to buddhist arch.sites,colonise sinhalese areas especially in eastern province, import drugs from Pakistan and India and sell it to sinhalese specially to students, import banned injections which use for infertality purposes and also use for illegal abortions specially for youngers[not for muslims], get married their daughter’s to foreighn muslims so that they can get Srilankan citizenship and settle here, give foreighn muslims to missing or dead SL muslims ID’s so that they can be Srilankans. These are few examples.

    Their aim to increase their population rapidly and within next 50 years the precentage of muslims in Srilanka exceed at least 40% of total population. It is not a difficult task because sinhala families have one or two children and every muslim family have at least 5 children. If you want to get real picture of what’s going on in SL come here and do your own invetigation rather than listen to yarns told by Srilankans[tamils] living in UK.

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      Rana, you know who ordered this injections? its a Top Minister whom is Budhist and he abondend and then Pakistanis got caught. 1st correct Sinhala faults of ARRACK Drinking, while Born Arrack, Dead day arrack, Poya day Arrack, Bomb Blast Day Arrack, Daana Day Arrack and Harak Mas, Marrying Day Arrack and then fight in wedding house… but non of these happen with Muslims…. 30% of the earning goes for Arrack, so who is fault here? also when you born there is a false Horoscope reads that person cannot marry untill 40 years of age, so he or she envy of looking at married people, also they marry after 30 years of age, and punchi paula ratharan, and LRT for 500 rupees. Who is fault ? is sinhala or Muslims? correct Sinhalese 1st then then correct others… oh another one, whom is like to give their kids to Temple? no one in this earth as they know they cannot marry once they become a monk other than creating Homosexuals.. almost 500,000 wasted people in the temple which burden for this country,

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        I don’t know from where u gathered this information. According to police a pakistani involved in this transaction from Pakistan.

        The all the vices you mention here doing by Sinhalese brought down here by imperialists who ruled our country about 300 years or so.

        And the LRT and the “punchi Paula ratharan” concept funded by Norvegians to reduce sinhala population. It is an international conspiracy against Sinhala buddhists. But don’t give the impression that muslims are pure communty. There are lot of muslims in SL doing all the vices and even eat pork.

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      Rana,
      You and your BBS morons must be illiterate retards to think that Muslim population will increase to 40% in even the next 50 years.

      Let me take you through the numbers. The Sinhala population in 1981 census stood at 10,979,400 @ 73.95%, whilst the Muslim population was 1,046,900 @7.05%.

      In 2011 (after 30 years)the figures are Sinhalese 15,173,820 @74.88% and Muslims 1,869,820 @9.23%.

      This change is over a period of 30 years! If the same trend continues for the next 60 years (2071) the corresponding numbers would be Sinhalese 23,562,660 @75.77% and Muslims 3,515,660 @11.31%. This however assumes that the tamil population will continue declining in next 60 years as it did in last 30 years (which is likely to be an incorrect assumption). Therefore the Muslim and Sinhala population is likely to remain very much similar as a % as it is today.

      Infact in even in the next 5000 years,the Muslim polution will not get to the 15% mark let alone 40%.

      Please use the brain that god has given you. Just open up excel, import the figures from the census department or wikipedia into an excel sheet and just drag the cells, and you will see the numbers I quote. You really don’t need to be an census expert or a rocket scientist to figure this out.

      May god enlighten your ignorant soul

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        Ah-Mad, First of all I must say that I’m not a BBS member. Secondly I don’t need to refer Wiki or whatever to learn Srilanka population. I already have copy.

        The figures you forward correct. But that’s not the point. This muslim baby boom began in wthin last 10-15 years. The difference or the comparison from 1981 to 2011 reveal nothing. The comparison need to be done in future maybe in 2025 or so.

        The God has given nothing to me. There are no gods in this world and I don’t believe GODS. The brain or my mind I inherit from my parents and I develop it to the best of my ability. So there is no need to GOD enlighten me. I sypathise your soul and advice you to trust youself not God.

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    Allan Well Said, 100% truth…. Budhist are violent as they cannot marry , as sperm hits the brain and if they are married, there wont be anything like this and look at Japan … the sucess …..also the frustration of the Family politics and Defense Sec is behind all these as he thinks he is a king, Asath Sally a Muslim Politicians have been arrested by Defense minister but Gnanasara Terrorist never been arrested as he is a Homosexual Monk. This is not good for Sri Lanka, soon this country will be separated by the Family whom claiming they rescued. God Bless. Alan you are 100% correct, the Jealousy of Non Believer of God dose this type of things as it is a Survival of the Fittest, in preach monks says ” Siyalu Sathvayo” it means All Are Animals while God Believers don’t mix up Animals to Human as animal is Animal human is human, this difference don’t know by Buddah.

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      Rodney,
      Your silly comment prompt me to give you a quick and sharp rebuttal. Throughout their history, Jews, Christians and Muslims were on logger head at each other. In spite of their belief in one God, they never had any harmony at any time. They killed each other, for the sake of their religion for almost 1500 years. At no time in its history Buddhists sponsored such religious wars.

      Its all down to one omnipotent creator God. Jews Bible say, a Jew named Abraham met the creator first. And therefore they are the chosen people of the God and call him Yahweh. Pious Christians believe their Bible is the true word of God and call him Lord. Muslims say, Abraham’s God’s name is Allah and his word is in the Koran. It is amazing that Yahweh or Lord or Allah incites Muslims through his Koran to kill the Christians and Jews. Muslims repeat such Koran passages at least five times a day. Needless to say, that kind of ramming can spin anyone to be a terrorist.

      Anyway, in their endeavour to gobble up the earth resources, the US has been sponsoring many fundamentalist Christians for awhile. And the Muslims conjectured such effort as a continuation of the crusades that Christians had waged against them for over thousand years. Muslims also realized, Christian’s true motive have been to undermine the Muslim brotherhood and unity. Thereafter, the most fanatical of the Muslims have opted to hit their enemy by any means. For now, both sides accuse each other as terrorists.

      Taking thing in a lighter vain, let me ask you, are those three in a fight for the fittest to survive. Or, is it that One God has made you people study Genesis 1 and 11 story side by side with Darvin’s theory of evolution to open up your brain to think better. So, if you lot are not sure whether you are descendants of an ape or Adam, what’s wrong monks preaching ”Siyalu Sathvayo niduk wettwa” for guys who are no better than animals that were created just a day before them.
      Leela

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    Allan was an academic and good researcher. Why did he suddenly turn propagandic.For example, he says “In 1983, Sri Lanka’s ethnic tensions broke out into civil war. Following anti-Tamil pogroms, separatist Tamil groups in the north and east of the island sought to break away from the Sinhalese majority government.” Isn’t that a mis-statement? How and why did the riots of 1983 break out? Just from nothing , for no reason,eh? Has he missed to note that India had trained the terrorist group in the use of mines and demolition.And it was because of the use of this technique that the soldiers’ convoy was destroyed killing all of them in Jaffna. Attacks on the army and others had been going on before that but not on this scale of sophistication. So do not use the riots of 1983 as the point of departure for “breaking away from the Sinhalese majority govt.” For the terrorist groups there was no breaking away from the govt. They had been fighting the govt forces and killing civilians from the 1970s. As a historian Alan should have been more circumspect with facts and language. This is a bit of slip-shodness creeping into his write.

    Besides, as historian, he presents the claim of Dutugemunu carrying a relic in the spear and taking 500 monks with his army, without historical criticism of the source.The meaning of the very word Kunta used in Mahavamsa where the relic was placed, is a matter of dispute.Later, the King is said to have taken the Kunta whereever he went like bathing. Besides, 500 hundred monks would have been a great liability even to prepare and offer their meals. There shd have been historical criticism from a historian before these are presented as facts to substantiate his thesis.This is why I say he has become propagandic rather being the historian.

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      Malle POL, Sinhale Army created by Raping the unvercity Girls after ARRACK, Singhala will be gone down soon by ARRACK. if you are man enough go close down DSCL or any Wine Shop? Even Head priest is cockup in the night time with Harak Mas then using boys for pleasure, we know this very well. Sorry to tell the truth as I am half Budhist.

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    Rational people expect a reason for every action. Irrational actions emanate from lunatics or fools.

    Criminals also have a reason for their actions. A type of criminality is to deceive people by speaking untruths and arouse their emotions to achieve some goals.

    In this case the Fools think that by resorting to Criminality and deceiving and arousing people they can improve the state of their religon and race. So they are a bunch of Foolish Criminals.

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    You need to consider the real Buddhist monks who live without any possessions in the forest as the real ones. These are politicians dressed in robes that are creating all this hatred.

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    The person behind all illicit & un-lawfull happenings is GOTHA, he is the trouble maker who organize all this in-human happenings. Gotha wants to keep the people under fear so that he could play his game of swindling money in any way he can. People are kept under suspense they will not think of going against the Govt. as they have no time to think & furthermore they will not risen against the high cost of living, white van presence, hostage taking for a large sum of money, political murders ect. After this Govt. is kicked out Gotha & Bros. will run for their life.

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    The headline of this article is”why are bhuddhist monks attacking muslims”.

    Three main reasons

    1.They are suffering from paranoia because the the muslim birth rate is double that of the sinhalese and koran asks them to multiply.

    2.They go by the Mahawamsa and think the country originally belonged to the sinhala bhuddhist and the others came later on and altered the demographics.Therefore they have to maintain the status quo in ancient history as depicted by the mahawamsa and continue to send a clear message to non bhuddhists that this is a bhuddhist country first and foremost and others can continue to live here only if they are well behaved guests with an additional prerequisite to arse lick them.A lick a day will keep the bhuddhist monks away.When they come with their temple donation lists etc the guests are expected to contribute lavishly,even more than the bhuddhists themselves.

    3.Jealosy.Muslims have been traders for centuries and naturally they may own assets more than the rest of the population.However what is not perceived by these monks is that these assets are actually mortgaged to the banks and the muslims will lose it all if there is a sudden downturn in the business conditions and continues over a long period.The muslims have been lucky that the downturns have been short so far but business is risky by nature and they are always walking on thin ice.

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    Quoting the writer…

    So, historically, Buddhism has been no more a religion of peace than Christianity.

    One of the most famous kings in Sri Lankan history is Dutugamanu, whose unification of the island in the 2nd Century BC is related in an important chronicle, the Mahavamsa.

    It says that he placed a Buddhist relic in his spear and took 500 monks with him along to war against a non-Buddhist king.

    He destroyed his opponents. After the bloodshed, some enlightened ones consoled him: “The slain were like animals; you will make the Buddha’s faith shine.”

    Unquote…

    IN YOUR RESEARCH HAVE YOU FOUND ANY OTHER INCIDENTS/STORIES TO ACCUSE BUDDHISM OF VIOLENCE after this reported story in 2ND CENTURY BC???
    For that matter anywhere else in the world?

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    This Rodney seems to be Pathalaya who is off his nuts and does not know to respond to an intelligent debate. Publishing such rubbish dissuades serious bloggers to contribute to Colombo Telegraph.

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    Dr Alan Strathern ? This guy has a PhD or is it an honorary doctorate ? What a shallow, meaningless article !

    “But aren’t Buddhist monks meant to be the good guys of religion?” is this what your university taught you ?

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    ‘COZ, THEY CANNOT MARRY,WHEREAS MUSLIMS CAN HAVE UP TO FOUR WIVES

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