9 December, 2021

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Why I Laugh At Unctuous Buddhist Monks

By Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

I am not writing this article out of malice; if you were to read this article, you would probably understand what I am talking about, and you would laugh with me, not at any particular person; you would see my sense of humor, without hating a particular thing or person. But for some reason, if you do not have my sense of humor, it is fine with me. Only a sage would feign stupidity to give the hoi polloi a chance to have fun by ridiculing him. I think the Buddha had a deep sense of humor when he said that even though all life is sorrowful, we must affirm it and say yes to life even when we are in excruciating pain, even when we are suffering, and even when we are experiencing privation and humiliation. So, it is your prerogative to get angry and act like a monkey or laugh like an enlightened human being. I will let you find out for yourself, so keep reading.

When I express my opinions on Buddhism practiced in Sri Lanka and here in the USA by Sri Lankans, I am not criticizing Buddhism at all: I am just laughing at the stupidity of the misguided hoi polloi, I am mocking the educated yet gullible followers, and I am ridiculing the myopic and unctuous monks who have sullied Buddhism. I know that some of you would feel intense hatred towards me and criticize me as if I were Devadatta or Judas, but that is fine with me, too. I would laugh at your comments, not at you.

If I were to express my opinion using abstract ideas and examples, it would be utterly boring, and would take fun out of your life; I abhor abstract thinking, including abstract paintings. So, I am going to use an example: a well know Buddhist monk. Since he is a Buddhist monk, he is used to this kind of mockery, satire, and caricature; I sincerely believe that he would read this article with disinterest and insouciance, not with anger and malice. If he is not used to mockery, satire, and caricature, I am certain that he would get used to it after reading this article.

I am going to use Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero as an example to tell my story: The purpose of this article is not to ridicule Gnanananda Thero and his followers, but to laugh at what he is doing as a Buddhist monk, to laugh at the status of Buddhism both in Sri Lanka and in North America, and to laugh at those who say “Sadhu, Sadhu,” to his rants. Gnanananda Thero have turned brothers into Cains and Abels; friends into archenemies, and Buddhists into barbaric heathens. He could not have done these things single handedly; his myopic, asinine followers are the actors, actresses, participants, and hapless victims of this drama called “Pure Buddhism, unsullied Buddhism, Buddhism without mundane rituals, and Buddhism based only on the Sutras, meditation, and chanting of Buddhist hymns.” I am not talking about Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther; I am talking about Theravada Buddhism marketed by Gnanananda Thero: Either he is the Clown or the Sage of the Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhism.

I assume that most Sri Lankans would know about Gnanananda Thero because he is the founder of Mahamevnawa monastery, which is currently spreading like mushrooms under his guidance and has around 40 branches throughout Sri Lanka, Canada, USA, Australia, UK, and Germany. I have visited Mahamevnawa’s NJ branch a few times, over the last three years, because some of my friends and colleagues are zealous and ardent followers of Gnanananda Thero.

I do not want to beat around the bush: I find this entire saga utterly facetious. Pretending to be an almost enlightened being, Gnanananda Thero spread hatred, lies, malice, and misconceptions under the guise of Buddhism; his gullible followers unwittingly throw kerosene to this fire of hatred, lies, malice, and misconceptions when they say “Sadhu, Sadhu,” during his rants. As far as zealous and ardent followers are concerned, I have not yet met a single follower who is living his or her life, experiencing the Supreme Bliss that Gnanananda Thero is trying to market. I personally think that Gnanananda Thero thinks that he is the latest incarnation of the Buddha himself, because if you were to listen to his disciples, you would think that he is the Buddha: when they describe Gnanananda Thero, they always use the same words, accolades, titles, and descriptions that are ascribed to the Buddha. On the one hand, Gnanananda Thero is worthy of praise—not veneration—because he has done a yeomen’s task in spreading Buddhism; he has written a plethora of books in simple terms to explain Buddhist Sutras in Sinhalese; so without any doubt his blind followers venerate him; but it is an un-Buddhist thing to use his popularity to spread ignorance, malice, hatred, lies, about other religions, including Mahayana Buddhism; through his uneducated hoi polloi and educated yet blind and stupid followers, he is spreading not Buddhism that I deeply revere but ignorance, malice, and hatred that I reject wholeheartedly with gusto.

Do not think that I am trying to say that other Buddhists monks are saints; not at all; we all know that the majority of Buddhist monks live like laity: They drink alcohol, have sex whenever they get a chance, use profanity like fishmongers, and their hearts are filled with malice, jealousy, ignorance, stupidity, and hatred. Finding a genuine Buddhist monk would be like finding mustard seeds from a family who has not lost someone.

I am laughing at him and his followers because he is adamant on the need to practice Theravada Buddhism in its pristine form as it is described in the Sutras; his vituperative, denigrating, and dictatorial proclamations and admonitions are un-Buddhist and unwholesome.  If you listen to Gnanananda Thero, you would think that he had been alive when the Buddha preached these Sutras, and he had memorized these words of the Buddha; and then after 2500 years later, he was born as a Christian in Sri Lanka, but became a Buddhist monk to spread the words of the Buddha in its pristine, unsullied, and unadulterated form. I am laughing at him and at his followers, not at the Buddhist temples, because these temples will last much longer than their myopic, belligerent, and asinine monks. I wholeheartedly support the temples, not the messages of the so-called founders. There is only one founder: the Buddha; other monks are just impersonators, like the impersonators of Elvis. If a Buddhist is avoiding a particular Buddhist temple because of the deportment of its resident monks, there is only one thing that I have to say: Do not cut your jugular vein because you are angry at your big, crooked, and ugly nose. I do not go to a Buddhist temple because of its resident monks; I usually avoid them like the plague because most of them are unworthy of my time and attention. Even the worthy ones, I ignore them, because they have better things do to with their precious time rather than talking to someone like myself who venerates all human beings equally, without any preferential treatment.

My first encounter with Gnanananda Thero reminded me of the saying in Sinhalese: If the bugs have eaten the cast iron, just throw your rice without inspection. One day, probably three years ago, I watched a video clip that was posted on Facebook.   Gnanananda Thero gave a verbose, empty, vituperative, asinine, and somewhat facetious talk for nearly an hour. I was eagerly waiting to hear an erudite, life-vivifying explanation of the Buddha Dharma; there was no Buddhism in his rant; instead, he shamelessly displayed his sycophancy by saying that he was the first to predict that one day Mahinda Rajapaksa would be Sri Lanka’s President. What is the relevance of his prophecy to the Buddha Dharma? The rest of the rant, for nearly 45 minutes, he criticized and ridiculed Mahayana Buddhism; he sounded more like a fishmonger, not a Buddhist monk. In summary, he talked about four things: malice, ignorance, pride, and hatred. Where was compassion? I know that some people highly praised him for delivering such a vituperative talk; they too are full of malice, ignorance, and hatred; a good example of birds of a feather flocking together.

I usually give every person a second chance, because everybody deserves a second chance. Recently, I listened to what Gnanananda Thero had to say about Kalakarama Sutra. Again, I was eagerly waiting for an erudite exposition, using similes, metaphors, allegories, and analogies, both canonical and modern, to illustrate the facts and reveal the essence of Kalakaram Sutra; I thought he would discuss about the illusory nature of consciousness, the contexts of the doctrinal categories such as aggregates, spheres, elements, and Dependent Arising. I was eagerly waiting for him to describe the Buddhist logic of “four alternatives”—affirmative, negative, both affirmative and negative, neither affirmative nor negative; I thought he would use an example from Christianity since he was a Christian to demonstrate how to apply the Buddhist logic of “four alternatives” to the question, “What is the nature of Jesus the Son of God and God the Father; are they of similar substance or the same substance? I thought he would use the Christian Homoousian and Homoiousian concepts to compare the Buddhist logic of “four alternatives”; instead, he just regurgitated what he has read. After using so many synonyms, he finally used the word “omniscient,” to describe the Buddha. If I were to listen to another talk delivered by this monk, I am pretty sure that he would say: The Buddha is omnipotent. So, if the Buddha is omnipotent and omniscient, then the Buddha is the same God, worshiped by the Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Well, who cares about creation? Creation is just the icing on the cake. If you do not believe me, find the two video clips that I watched and then decide for yourself.

Let me paraphrase and quote some of hackneyed sayings of Gnanananda Thero: The Buddha has taught that birth as a human being is a very rare achievement. Fortunately, we have now obtained that rare achievement. Yet, we have to remember that man’s greatness does not lie in his nationality, caste, clan, or any such feature, but solely on his conduct. Man’s experience of happiness and suffering, too, is related to his three modes of action: mental, verbal, and physical. The Buddha devoted all his life to save man from suffering. We are followers of the Buddha, and our fervent hope is to see a world full of people who are freed from suffering.

Have you ever met a person who is freed from suffering? I have, but all of them were dead.

Now, compare and juxtapose what he preaches about the Buddha and what he says about Mahayana Buddhism and other religions. I can understand his asinine remarks about other religions, but why Mahayana Buddhism? Gnanananda Thero inadvertently promotes the concept of Bodhisattva even though he vehemently denigrates Mahayana Buddhism. Instead of freeing his followers from suffering, malice, ignorance, hatred, and jealousy, Gnanananda Thero is spreading all these negative aspects and qualities like a wild fire in California.

We are told that the Sakyamuni—the Sage of the Sakyas—was an itinerant preacher, lived a simple life, and won the hearts of many followers without denigrating other preachers. Have you ever visited Gnanananda Thero’s monasteries in Sri Lanka? If you have, what was your impression? Is he disenchanted with his life of luxury? Does he wallow in luxury and accolades? Is he spreading the teaching of the Buddha or marketing his own brand of Buddhism?  I do not think that Gnanananda Thero, his disciples, and the followers are practicing austerities that would reduce them almost to skeletons in order to understand privation and suffering. Instead, he lives like a god of the six lower realms in continuous enjoyment of the senses, while pretending to be in an unbroken bliss of meditative experience and marketing the concept of “enlightened being.”  The zealots, who follow him like the wheels of a cart that follow an ox, think and believe that Gnanananda Thero’s brand of Buddhism is authentic, pure, refreshing, and without mundane rituals; his ardent followers believe that Gnanananda Thero reveals the essence of Buddha’s precious discourses. For God’s sake, give me a break! Stop preaching hatred in the name of the Buddha; stop telling lies to the poor, uneducated, educated but gullible, anti-Christian, anti-Muslim, or anti-Hindu Sri Lankans. What you are doing is truly unwholesome and un-Buddhist.

The supreme purpose of Buddhism is to achieve liberation form the cycle of life—death and rebirth—by attaining enlightenment (Nirvana) and entering a timeless state, free of both craving and suffering. I have not seen a single person yet who can convince me that he or she has achieved this supreme purpose. So, what is the purpose of this drama and hatred?  Perhaps, it is just money and fame. Do you think I am being sarcastic or facetious? I am not the kind of Buddhist who contemplates on my breath everyday to achieve Nirvana, and look down on others who do not concentrate on their breathing. My entire life is a meditation. I experience just a spark of this supreme bliss when I play tennis; it keeps me healthy and out of trouble; playing tennis is my Nirvana.

Ever since I can remember, I have been making a constant effort to live according to the wisdom that I have found in Dhammapada; of course, time and time again, I have failed miserably, but my struggle would not end as long as I am alive. Here are some of my favorite verses from Dhammapada: A man is wise if he is peaceful, loving, and fearless; if you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone; there is no companionship with the immature; life is as good and as bad as it seems; there is no need to add anything extra; many do not realize that we here must die. For those who realize this, quarrels end; the one who keeps company with fools will be sorry for a long time. It’s painful to live with fools, like being always with an enemy.”

Well, I think it is time to end this conversation. In a few days, we are going to celebrate the beginning of another big cycle, bigger than just a day. I cannot think of a better way of ending this conversation than using the words of Robert Burns: “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero – Kalakarama Sutta

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    Asoka,

    “I experience just a spark of this supreme bliss when I play tennis”

    Needless to talk about your understanding, I’d better talk to a butcher.

    BTW, why the hell you keep the name of Great Asoka the Buddhist Emperors name ?? never found time to ditch it ??

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      Dr. Asoka excellent work – pleasure as always to read! Hope you succeed in educating the Sinhala Buddhist Modayas of the Sinhala Buddhist racist diaspora!

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        Dr. Jagath this is a Superb analysis of the destruction of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the diaspora.. Rajapaksa’s militarized Buddhism is spreading its tentacles in the Sinhala racist diaspora the world over. Rajapasse is trying to fight the international community and the move to bring Jarapassa to Hague for a war crimes trial by spreading Buddhist hatred among his supporters in the Daspora. Hope that monks like Sobitha thero can stop this.
        Sorry to say that Sinhala Buddhism is today a crucible and HUB OF IGNORANCE and VIOLENCE and militarism.
        Sinhala Buddhism is an insult to Buddhism the world over!

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          Please translate this excellent article into sinhala and publish widely since it is the Sinhala Buddhists who need to read this an understand how they are manipulated by the Corrupt and criminal Rajapaksa regime to DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE and LOOT Lanka!

          Bravo Dr. Asoka!

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            BOYCOTT THE RACIST AND HATE SPREADING Buddhist temples of the SInhala diaspora. IN Los Angeles there is a temple where the so-called monk is a business consultant and drives a black MERC! Diaspora temples are all about money making for the monks – just like the corrupt monk in Sri Lanka who get MERC and BMWs from the Jarapassa regime and are bought by the CORRUPT rulers of the cournty.

            It is ironic that the Sinhala diaspora Buddhist temples that spread venom and racism against minorities in Sri Lanka, when they are themselves minorities in Uk, EU, USA, Aussi etc.
            These UNBuddhist temples should be investigated for spreading HATE SPEECH and religious and racial hatred and wrong doers prosecuted.

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        Buddhism is distorted in Sri Lanka and in the Sinhala temples all over the world. A religion of peace has become the language of rank nationalism and violence – this is the Rajapakse strategy to fight the move at the UNHRC to hold Gota the white van goon and his brothers accountable for all the disappearances and killing including @ Weliveriaya..

        Buddhism is being distorted and destroyed by Jarapassa and monks who are the regimes hired and paid assassins..

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          That is correct.
          Buddhism is being completely distorted by this fake Gnananda Thero of Kribathgoda who is making a living out of fear,with his sermons about present life, future life,the mystery behind life after death to the gullible.
          As it is, no one is bothered about the future of man,but only one’s own petty welfare and that of his kith and kin.
          The best example is the present regime in our island and the people involved in it.
          One can talk for hours and hours about compassion,and not be compassionate when it comes to enacting legislation to facilitate land grab,commit murder and rid critics with impunity,impeach the CJ in the absence of her defence counsel and by summoning witnesses after declaring that no witness would be called.
          Ask any Guru or this Thero about ‘Truth’.
          They will not understand that it is a movement which cannot be captured and would come out with some nonsensical explanation.
          Religious charlatans doing holy businesses survive on the stupidity and credulity of the gullible and politicians make use of them,it is the same every where.

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            Asoka’s article smells of Bestiality as in the US or Mahawamse, Omission in Penile Cancer and Other Studies Promoting Circumcision.(@O@)
            (Book illustration:Isfahan, Iran, 15th Century; Man having intercourse with a horse,exterior of temple in Khaguraho;Ancient Greek sodomizing a goat,plate XVII from ‘De Figuris Veneria;Hokusai Katsushika’s (1760
            -1849)Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife;Art by Franz von Bayros depicting oral sex between a woman and a deer.)

            The smart folk apply and migrate. The lucky ones win the lottery green card. The scheming, arty, farty, party whimsical journalist who can be purchased for the now discarded laptop (tablet in vogue) smuggle themselves to the west foaming and frothing about a situation they have bestowed upon themselves-

            The chemistry woman Thatcher opened the doors to the effected urban populace of Colombo but who crept in none other than the financiers of the mother of all step fathers VP’s war. The hand bag created dictators supported them and also destroyed them all with the intention of becoming the Queen herself that which was always denied by the British public.

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        Dude

        We understand the anger and hatred you, Sharmini and Asoka (Doctor of no use) have towards Buddhism and MR regime as you always bring and show selected cases to support your extremely biased, baseless and illogical arguments. 3 of you are real idiots not only because you took the stupid decision of leaving this unique and only country where pure Theravada Buddhism prevails and practiced, to become slaves in the dark part of the world but also you have lost the opportunity to learn and understand what real Buddhism is all about.

        Buddhism is all about Sraddha toward Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and stopping ourselves being salves to any other, which you severely lacks. So there is no doubt according to original teaching of our lord Buddha that 3 of you’ll end up in any of the 4 hells soon not only due to your lack of Sraddha and hatred towards great Maha Sangha who protected the pureness of the Buddhism for us to practice for over 2500 years but also due to your extreme Moha. Please do take care of yourselves and think seriously.

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      This John is apologetic to rulers. So nothing else we could expect from a man of his level.
      Immeidately I started to read the name of thero – Gnanananda, I thought it was a mistake made by Dr. Asoka, because many from SL incl. me are against that -Ghanasara – Leader of BBS. Anyway, going through the article, I feel Ghnananda Thero is also one who would go on pray for MR and the clan. If this thero is honest, he should have already realized, the way that MR regime is moving is far from all buddhistic way of life; MR perpetrate all crimes (contract killings, biased crime investigations, biased media freedom and go on with all forms of corruptions as no other leaders in the country did it).

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      Thanks Dr. Jagath Asoka for your wonderful article that fully supports what Sharmini has written. Hats off to both of you, we need such educated and brave/bold people to expose the facts. Please continue your good work. Sharmini’s article has broken a record on CT with the highest number of comments.

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      Dr. Jagath Asoka,

      “When I express my opinions on Buddhism practiced in Sri Lanka and here in the USA by Sri Lankans, I am not criticizing Buddhism at all: I am just laughing at the stupidity of the misguided hoi polloi, I am mocking the educated yet gullible followers, and I am ridiculing the myopic and unctuous monks who have sullied Buddhism. I know that some of you would feel intense hatred towards me and criticize me as if I were Devadatta or Judas, but that is fine with me, too. I would laugh at your comments, not at you.”

      Europe got over this problem during the Age of Reason and Enlightenment. It is TIME that the Mahanama Sinhala Buddhists also get into the Age of Reason…..

      Jagath, you are a normal rational human being using reason, and the guidance given by the enlightened Buddha was,and quote, Ms. Shamani Serasinhs’s write up:

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

      “By converting the philosophy into a religion, Buddhist monks, also converted the Buddha, into a ‘God’, and themselves, as his ‘Messengers’, who must be revered and worshiped; totally disregarding the Buddha’s words-“

      “Believe nothing, in the faith of traditions,
      even though, they have been held in honor,
      for many generations, and in diverse places.

      Do not believe, a thing, because many people speak of it.
      Do not believe, in the faith, of the sages of the past.
      Do not believe, what you yourself have imagined,
      persuading yourself, that a God inspires you.

      “Believe nothing, on the sole authority, of your masters and priests.
      After examination, believe what you yourself, have tested
      and found, to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.” The Buddha”

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        “Svakkatho, Bhagavata, Dhammo”……
        “Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here & now, immediately effective, timeless, inviting each & everyone to come and see for themselves. Leading All towards perfection. Directly observable, and realizable by each intelligence… ” Anguttara Nikaya 1:16.1 + 6:10

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      And he is JOHN – LOL
      A Sinhala-Buddhist village John, LOL

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    This is a self-righteous diatribe by someone seeking to describe some self-righteous jackass of a monk. The writing is so poor here and it might well be one of the few times that shooting the messenger would be justified!

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      Show us how not so poor writing is like; rewrite the article your way and show us what you are talking about. Bet you are just fluff and no substance. And bet you are not even capable of proving me wrong!!!

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        [Edited out] katmai promoting

        Mahawamse Bestiality: Omission in Penile Cancer and Other Studies Promoting Circumcision.

        Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victim he intends to eat until he eats them.

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          “|”Get [Edited out]
          ___________

          “☻/
          /▌
          / \ Pollution is a dirtier word than threats from stone shiva D(:P), Whooohooo. 。◕‿◕,

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    Absolutely brilliant stuff! Keep it coming Sir and Hats off to you.
    This virulent Sinhala Buddhist diaspora is the mirror image of the LTTE tamil diaspora during the war years and is extremely dangerous so thanks for trying to educate the Sinhala Buddhist Modayas.

    The monk is carrying out the work of Rajapakse and Palitha Kohone and spreading racism and distorting Buddhism which is highly militarized and violent in Sri Lanka today. Vesak is highly MILITARIZED in Sri Lanka where the military has run Vesak Zones or Kalapa and is militarized Buddhism colonizing the north east and attacking Hindu, Mulsim and Christian places of worship! These are the same VIOLENT BUDDHIST military that is accused of war crimes and shot protestors at Wliveriya.. All things change as the Noble one said. Militarization of Buddhism under Jarapassa carried out by monks like this fellow, distortions of WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT!

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    I see he is not a Buddhist monk, because he is not teaching what Buddha did teach,

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    We have a branch of this Mahamewna in Melbourne, too, in Endeavour Hills.
    We once gave a dane to a dear departed and the monk wanted to see the amount of money that I was instructed to place in the till. From then on I had suspicions that this is a money-making enterprise. I am informed that Mahamewna is a franchise. There was an evident secrecy about the doings of this temple. This must be investigated

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      Religious affairs section of the responislbe embassy should have to pay attention on any wrong doings of them. I believe it should be one of the duties of them. I have no idea why those sections stay paralized there. May be RULE OF MR also interfere them. This is common to the embassies in Europe too. I believe all buddists feel deliberately neglect these issues not raising a word. Latter should however be not the way if someone is a real buddhist.

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        “religious affairs section”?? when you give the clergy overwhelming power for generation after generation deliberately ignoring the principles of “separating church from state”, you instantly make sure they’re above the authority of even the government.

        this… this simple statement shows so much of what is wrong with lanka right now- you give extraordinary amounts of power to the wrong people and then wonder why things go wrong. “uda balala kela gahanawa” type of situation right here.

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    Dr. Asoka,

    I am a born buddhist as any other is claimed to be in SL. As it is the case for westerners, ones living in countries like ours would not become adherents of a religions by their own choice. If parents or relatives were buddhists, you become as buddhists. In my childhood days, 3 decades ago in the island, we all respected buddhist monks as we were taught to do so. We then the young ones were used to go to sunday daham school at that time. I trully believe all these made People in general behaved much more civilized then than it is today. We respected our elders, teachers, religious monks, sisters brothers etc with a some respcet. I still remember, If we saw a monk walking near to us, as a respect to them, we stood, we even offeredthem bus seat. All these we learnt from our elders. They respected them and we learnt from them. These monks functioned as if they were ourfamily councellors/psychologists in current day in developed countries, since we trusted them in finding solutions within our families; issues related to our society and family. All these were because those monks we believed lived a religious life devoting the buddistic way of life as described in buddha teachings.
    Today, from what we read and see, how the average buddhist monks behave on stages or tv screens – many of us have the feeling the their behaviours have deteriorated to the appalling levels so that I would prefer to offer food and other offerings rather to Homes for aged or kids. We raise the question, why those monks in safron robes become that agreesive. The picture that current day BBS has painted would not leave us easily. Born buddhist like me are fed up even seeing those scenes on TV screens. Let alone, they should be learnt to speak in a gentle manner, that they have lost to this date. Aru Mu, eka meka are common words used by Ghansara Thero in his public speeches today.
    I really dont know who to be blamed for all these ? I have dozens of questions towards minister of lanagauges and religious affairs, but the manner it works today, they are just only ministers appoited to stay mum.

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    Jagath Asoka,
    In so far as an average person is concerned, it is Unitarians that utter “For God’s sake, give me a break!” like phrases. You wrote many such sob-stuff of the God even while writing this and yet act as a ‘true’ Buddhist. What a cowardice scheme to spread hatred against Sinhala Buddhists. Shame on you!

    Last but not the least, I would not criticize you for spreading your hatred against Sinhala Buddhists for you are ignorant of what they believe in. Hence I do not compare you to Devadatta or Judas for it’s an insult to them.

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      Bando Bando,
      None of us would expect from you any thing else. You are an appointed person to do so, so you seem to take that in that way, while in the same time, holding torch to the BBS, who is the most brutal, by all activities. They have proved enough to claim them as a ruler supportive religioius force created to attack non-buddhist folks.

      Besides, the writer has all right to enjoy press freedom which the lanken journalists nowadays struggle in SL. Many of CT readership always praised his articles. And as far as my inf are concerned, Jagath has not attacked sinhala buddhists in the current article, but ridiculed out above mentioned thero´s sycophancy by saying that he was the first to predict that one day Mahinda Rajapaksa would be Sri Lanka’s President.
      Now, of all times, to spread this kind of view while the entire world is on a mission of facts finding MR to be brought before Hague, is actually not acceptalble.

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      Stupid idiot backstabbing Kandyan Banda. Take your Sinhala-Buddhism and shove it up your you-know-where.

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    Could Dr Asoka be the just the front Catholic church -and its’ entire research and (mud slinging) discredit wing -is using to discredit those who left their fold ? People like Kiribathgoda thero, swrd Bandaranaike and Sunil Shantha among others.

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      HE is just criticizing some monks. Sangha mean not just one thousands.

      [Edited out] Asoka does not know Sangha is the right word and not the word monks.

      anyway, he can write about Catholic monks and nuns. there are books written about them. there are wikipedia articles about their sexual molestation escapdes molesting thousands of children all over the world. there are books written in the UK (Anglican ?) about how Catholic monks and tunnels built leading to the nunnery so that can meet when ever they want.
      [Edited out]

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      And he is PAUL – LOL
      A Sinhala-Buddhist village Paul, LOL

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    Sri Lanka, and Buddhism itself, is currently going through the Age of the Counterfeit. There are ‘smart arses’ (sorry for the use of this expression) and swindlers everywhere beginning with the government. In such a context I am glad Dr Jagath Asoka has brought up this issue so candidly. It is a warning to be alert. Christianity has had so many humbugs who made good money on unsuspecting naïve followers who wanted to make a quick climb to heaven. One missionary urged his followers to “give until it hurts!” The same development is now taking place among Buddhist clergy. The Sasana is getting rotten-to say the least. Even the genuine monks in rural areas are being seduced by politicians.

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      Buddhism is mutating.

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      Shayon Jayasinghe,

      Thanks, well articulated. What Mahawamsa Sinhala Buddhism needs is a Martin Luther or Martin Lathers, who reformed Catholicism and Indulgences, to free the Sinhala Buddhists from these indulgences of the Monks who are piggy backing off Sinhala Mahanama Buddhism. The politicians are using these monks and Buddhism to great advantage.

      Religion is the Opium of the masses-Karl Marx. Looks like Monk Mahanama, the current Buddhist Monks (Priests, Mullahs etc.) all are well versed in this religious deception.

      DeJa Vu.

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    I paid a visit to Mahamewnawa at Polgahawela last year. It looked like a maligawa, called Sambudu maligawa. Built as a cathedril simlar to Roman aartitecture.Placeis closed on Mondays for cleaning by some youth clad in white . No proper place to offer pahan and flowers except a corner. As per King Kosala’s 11th dream they sell Budisam making money by sale of books cdd dvd etc.Run Sradda tv channel paralel to The Buddhist tv chanel. It looks like a franchise, not a place to worship and shortenthr journey thru sansara.

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    Asoka, do you want to know why i laugh when i [Edited out]?

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    Jagath,
    You ask “Have you ever met a person who is freed from suffering? I have, but all of them were dead.”
    I beleIve words “suffering” and ” Karma” are misunderstood by the most. People get sick, old, and die, this is the nature and is unavoidable, this is not a suffering you can avoid. I beleIve “suffering” means here is what human being suffer in their mind due to ignorance, attachments and not realizing the nature… Krishna, Jesus and other enlighten people taught people the same, that is how to minimize this suffering in consciousness, perhaps in a simpler way than Buddha… Minimize your mental suffering by realising no separation, unity and oneness by minimizing one’s ego.. There are lot who have minimized this suffering in their consciousness, and some are born with these special capability.
    Anura

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    Jagath and Sharmini are two enlightened people who dig deeper into their conscience and are honest to a fault which irks many a sanctimonious Buddhist who take the philosophy literally and not carry out Lord Buddha’s preachings which are embraced the world over for living life according to our conscience. I am not well versed in Buddhism but the Buddhists I met in villages spread the Dhamma and practice Dhamma more than the prelates.

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    My first experience at a “Mahamvna”: At the request of a friend of mine,on a Vesak Day I visited this Mahamevna. There were a large number of “devotees” and most of the “volunteers” were young boys and girls. I noticed that when they (volunteers) meet each other in their routines, they greeted saying “NAMO BUDDHAYA”. This was little disturbing to me and I thought to myself that I am “ignorant” of Buddhist way of life.

    My encounter with this “GREETINGS” at this “Mahamevna” was “hilarious”. I urgently needed to answer a call of nature and asked one of those volunteers where the toilet was. He showed me the path leading to it and said “Namo Buddhaya”. I completely forgot my urge to use the toilet on hearing this “greeting”; but in my usual way I said thank you. In my after thought, I was wondering whether he, in his ignorance, saw me as a “BUDDHA” and greeted me in that style.

    That was my first and the last visit to a “MAHAMEVNA”.

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    Don’t mistake- -the Kiribathgoda with the wise- Katukurunda Gnanananda thero. The later’s contribution is tremendou.Read his-book’the Magic of the Mind’, a very profound exposition of the same-‘Kalakarama sutta’-very high and abstract-difficult to understand. Viva

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    There are some who’ve lived in Western countries, especially in the US, who want to bring in the technology and modern amenities in life to Sri Lanka. But there are others who witness the novel ways of exploitations going on and want to use that to exploit people in Sri Lanka.

    Some bring in the ponzi schemes to cheat money from people while the religious types use the “Born Again Christian” tricks to fool their Buddhist sheeple to cheat them out of their money.

    Yeah, its a cruel world and seeing some dimwits being fooled out of their life earnings is sometimes hard. I just convince myself that this is part of natural selection and leave it at that. Can’t feel sorry for the deer all the time, can you?

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    DearAsoka
    Kiribathgoda Gnananda Thero is dead on Target when he said that Mahinda will be president.

    After all Dharmasoka was Nothing But a ruthless Killer Warrior before he turned a saint and try to follow the path of Buddha. He ordained his son and daughter and sent them as missionaries.

    Now our Mahinda will follow his after his warriors life by Changing himself from being a percival to a Dharma-Mahinda and convert his four sons to priesthood.
    He has already decided to send one son to the Space where he will preach Mahindism.
    Another will dispense justice like Ellalan and The other is set to convert Sea. The Fourth will be sent to India to Spread Mahindaism. Hope he will carry with him a plantain bush where the woodpecker learnt and attained bliss.

    Cheers!

    Re a Game of Tennis. You remind me of Swami Vivekananda. Who said you will understand Gita better if you play a game of foot ball.

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    Are the Buddhist monks practicing Ahimsa (non-violence), Karuna (compassion), Metta (affection), and Maithriya (loving-kindness) towards fellow humans (irrespective of race/religion) or are they in the name of Buddhism promoting ethno-religious (Sinhala-Buddhist) chauvinism and hatred? The Sinhala-Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka are the most corrupt, most racist, and the most dangerous. Buddhist monks are supposed to have given up all the worldly things (Materialism) but in Sri Lanka, it’s a different story. The Sinhala-Buddhist Monks are Corrupt to the Core. These so called Sinhala-Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka do business, handle money, have Bank accounts and apply for Bank loans. It was found that a very large number of Sinhala-Buddhist monks had invested money in Sakvith Ranasighe’s illegal financial companies. They even sell the ata pirika (robes and other stuff) that the people donate them to earn money. Some of them are even employed. They engage in gambling, buy and sell shares, buy lottery tickets and so on. See the number of Pin-keta (tills) in the Buddhist temples. What they do with all the money they collect? Most of the culprits caught in printing fake currency notes were found to be Sinhala-Buddhists monks. They make money by selling the Car permits given to them. They print, record and sell books, magazines and Bana/pirith CDs, etc. and earn thousands of rupees in a short period. Buddha Business has made the Sinhala Buddhist monks very rich. They own bungalows and real estates and have luxury cars and vans, employing drivers. Very soon they will also apply for driving license. They also have the latest most expensive mobile phones, lap tops, etc. They do not go from house to house with the begging bowl as instructed by the Buddha, instead the villages bring food to the temple and also the Sinhala Buddhist monks employ cooks in the temple. We have also seen Sinhala Buddhist monks selling posters, begging for money, going from door to door asking money. Buddhist-monk led politicians wheeling and dealing in imported Mercedes Benz and being caught with the pants down illegally selling tax-free motor vehicles. They grow hair and make themselves attractive, adopt customs, habits and lifestyles like normal people, have secret love affairs, some of them live in boarding houses instead of temples, they listen to music and watch movies and have illegal sex with women or young boys. They keep mistresses in the temple (Buddhrakitha Thero and Ms. Vimala Wijewardene), and even take part in criminal/terrorist activities such as assassinating Prime minister (Somarama thero). Some of them drink alcohol, I have heard about monks who even keep Beer in their fridge. Some of them even form trade unions/associations; there was a time when the leader of the Nurses trade union in Sri Lanka was a Sinhala-Buddhist monk. Some of them perform false miracles and pretend to heal sick people with pirith water. They tie pirith thread and bless people expecting the people to fall on their legs and worship them. Some of them preach their own Bana (sermon) instead of Buddha`s Bana. The Sinhala Buddhist monks were War mongers, they supported and encouraged war. They take part in racist politics criticizing and condemning all other religions and races and creating communal hatred among Sinhala Buddhists and others. They take part in protest rallies, burning flags and effigies and also engage in fast unto death and now, self-immolation. Some Buddhist monks shredded their robes to take AK-47s and earn more respect. We saw how monks were involved in brawl in the parliament with blood soaked faces. The Sinhala Buddhist monks lobbed a grenade at the Shah Rukh Khan show in Colombo. At present the Sinhala Buddhist monks are engaged in violence against the Muslims and Christians. They stormed the Fashion Bug, verbally abused the Muslims (hambaya, goni billa), and threw rotten eggs at shoppers, attacked and destroyed several Mosques and Churches. Another new trend is the love for eating non-veg food (Meat and fish) among Sinhala-Buddhists monks. A new school seems to see nothing wrong in Buddhists eating animal flesh (including fish). An article by Ven. Dr. Vilegoda Ariyadeva thero, a former University of Ruhuna academic is a giant step toward guilt-free `Buddhism-friendly` meat eating. Dr. Ariyadeva thero claims meat eating is customary in Theravada Buddhist societies. Now a days when the Sinhala-Buddhists monks visit houses for Arms-giving (Daane) they expect expensive sea food and sometimes meat too. There are also Sinhala-Buddhists monks in Sri Lanka consuming food/drink in the afternoons/night even though they are not supposed to do so. Even though Buddhism does not have any caste system, caste is used among Sinhala Buddhist monks more than lay people. Different nikayas are formed according to the caste. Most of the Sinhala Buddhist Monks do not even follow the 5 basic moral principles (Pancha sila) what Buddha has preached. These monks are a damn disgrace to Buddhism? The Buddhism preached by the Sinhala Buddhist monks is no longer able to provide any vision or guidance or constructive power but are only occupied in maintaining their own petty positions in an already atrophied hierarchy resting on a utterly disillusioned and rapidly crumbling society from which the spirit has long since departed. They have subordinated the interests of the society to national goals and the narrow ambitions of nationalist and racist leaders. Not only the Indians but even the Sri Lankan Tamils gave up Buddhism and accepted Hinduism. Even if someone advise them to return to Buddhism, for the Tamils to go back to Buddhism, has 2500 years of Buddhism in Sri Lanka (the so called Dhammadveepa) influenced any major changes in the Sinhala society (the so called guardians of Buddhism chosen by none other than the Buddha) in terms of attitude, character, behavior, morality and so on or has it failed very miserably?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yheaIfkGKA

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    There was a time in History we had no schools to impart Knowledge to the masses in the country, before the advent of the British, as there were only Monasteries teaching Buddhism, called Pirivenas. Then, only the literate and the learned were the Priests. So the Laity had to depend on the Buddhist Priests for Knowledge. After the British made Knowledge available to the masses of this country with a Sensory Perceptive Knowledge based Education System, today the Laity are more Knowledgeable than the Priests. Sadly there are yet Educated who say Sadhu, Sadhu to Buffoons like these calling themselves as Buddhist Priests. I have stopped giving Dhanas or inviting these Bogus Priests, not even when I am dead.

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      It is all because we dont have a rule of law in the country today. Today ´s situation is litterarly anarchic. Very recently I happened to listen to a youtube video in which they discussed about lanken national heros.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMpZXR0Utu8
      I thought the callers would repeatedly add Rajas as their heroes….. as it is depicted in local media today. Unlike I expected, not a single caller added the view that Rajapakshes are their heroes. Only one caller came with that we have to call the solidiers as heroes. This helped me understanding that the masses have lost the respect of the rulers, but the rulers handles all these by their thuggery.

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        Above two jokers should know that whatever their elk that live afar daydream and write, Rajapakse will win the next presidential election and the general election hands down, because the majority is with them, and the majority is with them because they have seen they are better off with them as never before, because unlike 30 years prior to May, 2009 all Sri Lankan have absolute peace now.

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          If this would be the case, I have no doubt, that MR would end up with the very same fate of Premadasa senior. Today the society is made like for them. None of them would praise them, if they would not be forced to do so.
          Not even few days ago, Sobitha thero made it very clear that we must change the current constitution into a people friendly, beneficial one – which is the uttermost need right at the moment. I believe all right thinking people, impartially, unbiasley consider that the great thero ´s point is the need of the hour.

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            “|” I have no doubt, that MR would end up with the very same fate of Premadasa senior.”|”
            _______________

            Let the revolution begin! Lol

            ……(\_/) This is Gota’s pet bunny,BBS.
            ……( ‘_’) ︻╦╤─
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            Join Gota’s army & copy & paste on CT.

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      So have I asked anyone known to me not to continue with Dana to today´s buddhist monks, instead to do rice packets to the most that need the help or animals that would be even more grateful to have offered them a meal. In present day lanka, alas, the animility of the average have reached to the unbearable levels.So the best would be to offer more to the animals. Thanks god, I dont live in that island for the last 3 decades.

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    It is great to see many Christians are discussing buddhists and they are far interested buddhists than they themselves.

    Anyway, what Buddha taught that the most important thing is to investigate oneself always with respect to what we are doing, what we are thinking and what we are saying.

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      JS@
      the one who keeps company with fools will be sorry for a long time. It’s painful to live with fools, like being always with an enemy.” this I felt when reading yours.

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      Dear Jim
      Please remember Your Master MR is a Baptised Catholic.By Marrage.
      You Ration May be Stopped and You Dog Vanned(White vanned).

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      And he is JIM – LOL
      A Sinhala-Buddhist village Jim, LOL

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        [Edited out]

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          “|”Get [Edited out]
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          “☻/
          /▌
          / \ Pollution is a dirtier word than threats from stone shiva D( :P ), Whooohooo. 。◕‿◕,

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          “|”Get [Edited out]
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          “☻/
          /▌
          / \ Pollution is a dirtier word than threats from stone shiva D(:P), Whooohooo. 。◕‿◕,

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      “Anyway, what Buddha taught that the most important thing is to investigate oneself always with respect to what we are doing, what we are thinking and what we are saying.”

      What a pity you are not following the Buddha’s advice.

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      [Edited out]

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        “|”Get [Edited out]
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        “☻/
        /▌
        / \ Pollution is a dirtier word than threats from stone shiva D(:P), Whooohooo. 。◕‿◕,

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    For me, Only one word is sufficient to succinctly describe Kribathgoda Gnananada, his teachings and and his followers – EMPTY

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    WHY IT IS EASY TO DISCUSS BUDDHISTS THAN THEIR PRIESTS ?

    ” Why did I post this? The Bible assumes that all of the “spiritual” leaders or Church Priests and Ministers (as we call them today) are sinless and perfect. Let us look at the following Verse from the Bible:

    “The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment. (From the NIV Bible, 1 Corinthians 2:15)”

    When a Priest decides to commit adultery or fornication, then he would be disproving the Bible, because as I said, the Bible ASSUMES that all Priests and Ministers are perfect and sinless who are not even “subject to any man’s judgment.” The article below proves that this is obviously a man-made false assumption and corruption in the Bible, and not GOD Almighty’s Divine Revelation.”

    Like other Roman Catholic priests, Father Roger has taken vows of poverty, obedience and celibacy to stay pure and focused on God.Though Father Roger shares his secret with 20/20, he remains in the dark.
    His parishioners trust Roger, who has known since grade school that he wanted to devote his life to the church.
    But he’s afraid if they knew the truth about him he would lose that sacred trust.
    “My ministry will not be able to continue if people knew that I was HIV-positive,” says Roger, who is gay and has broken his vows of celibacy.
    Father Roger is not the only HIV-positive priest. He estimates that over the course of his ministry, he has known 15 to 20 priests who have contracted HIV through homosexual relations. Many have died.
    “I’ve worked with priests who have died with AIDS,” says Richard Sipe, a psychotherapist and former priest, who has spent the last 40 years researching and writing about the sexual habits of Catholic clergy. “I estimated that 750 priests had already died of AIDS,” says Sipe, who has analyzed hundreds of cases of AIDS in the priesthood, and believes that “another 750 priests carry the HIV virus.”
    The Church’s Response
    No one knows precisely how many priests have the AIDS virus or have died from the disease. But a recent effort to find out was conducted by the Kansas City Star.
    Reporter Judy Thomas, who has collected priests’ death certificates over the past few years, says, “We will be able to document that at least 300 priests have died of AIDS — and that is likely to be conservative.”
    But Sister Maryanne Walsh, the spokeswoman for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the official voice of the church in the United States, says this represents only a small percentage of priests.
    “It concerns me terribly that anybody has AIDS,” says Walsh. “And even more so it concerns me that 300 of our church leaders, of our priests, would have AIDS.” But, she adds, “even if you doubled that number, you’d have less than 1 percent. So while you have 300 tragic stories there, you don’t have a trend in the priesthood.”
    Even though AIDS can be contracted in a number of ways, experts including Sipes believe many priests contracted the disease through homosexual relations.
    In his new best-selling book, The Changing Face of the Priesthood, Father Donald Cozzens, a respected Catholic seminary president, says there is such a high percentage of gay priests in the church that he is concerned “the priesthood is or is becoming a gay profession.”
    Sipe, too, estimates that between 25 percent and 45 percent of American priests are homosexual in orientation.
    Sister Walsh says not only would it be difficult to find evidence to support these estimates of gay men in the priesthood, but it is also irrelevant. “There’s no real purpose in saying whether someone is homosexual or heterosexual,” she says. “The issue is whether they can make a commitment.”
    Indeed, the Catholic Church teaches that there is nothing sinful about having a gay orientation or homosexual desires — whether you’re a priest or not. It’s acting on those desires that the church considers unnatural and wrong. So when a gay priest has sex, he is not only violating his vows of celibacy, but the church’s very strong moral teachings on homosexuality as well.

    Preparing for Celibacy
    Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, an outspoken liberal Catholic leader in Detroit, believes most priests are maintaining their vows of celibacy. But he says many of those men are gay. Gumbleton also believes that until recently, Catholic Seminarians failed to teach priests how to integrate their sexuality and didn’t adequately prepare them for a lifetime of celibacy.
    But the church has made dramatic changes in the last decade in the way it addresses sexual issues in seminary. Instead of denying or repressing sexual desire, seminaries now use progressive psychology to help men deal openly with the once taboo topics of sexual attraction as well as homosexuality.
    Seminarians, for example, learn how to channel their sexual energy, and that it is alright to embrace their homosexual orientation. They are taught that intimate, nonsexual friendships may help keep them from breaking their vow of celibacy.
    And even AIDS is now being seriously addressed by the church.
    “Jesus didn’t ask how people got leprosy,” says Father Dennis Rausch, a Miami priest who ministers to AIDS victims and also has full-blown AIDS himself. “We don’t ask how they became infected. We are here to walk with them — not to judge them in their journey.”
    Rausch still has his job and can talk openly about his disease in his diocese because he refuses to discuss how he contracted HIV. By his silence, he hopes to sever the connection between homosexuality and AIDS.
    “The Church has worked so hard to take away blame and guilt and shame and victimizing of anybody with this disease,” he says.
    But not all priests with AIDS feel as comfortable speaking so openly. Often, their homosexuality and the violation of their vows of celibacy condemn them, keep them from telling the truth about their disease, and prevent them from finding the support they need.
    “I’m comfortable with what I’m doing,” says Roger, though he also says the double life he lives sometimes troubles him. “If people wanted perfect priests and ministers and rabbis, perfect clergy, we’d all have to take off our collars and leave the sanctuary.” Roger adds, “I’m a good priest. My HIV is a result of a poor choice I made in my life … And that doesn’t mean that I have nothing left to give to the Church … God will judge me — with all the strengths and the weaknesses that He has given me.”

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      Softy you idiot,

      Your idea of Buddhism is bashing other religions.

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    I grappled all the way through your bitter diatribe. About this statement:….’I can understand his asinine remarks about other religions, but why Mahayana Buddhism?’….. it was disappointing because it seems to approve of ‘asinine remarks’ about other religions. As far as I am concerned, I do not understand or approve of ANY ASININE REMARKS on any faith or its adherents. Something as personal as someone’s faith should be given due respect. This facet of our everyday life is the curse that bedevils Sri Lanka of today.

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    Seems time come to sinhala Buddhist to give up many parts of sri Lanka to this highly intelligent minoritys and go back ruhuna rajadania…because sinhala Buddhist clearly shows they not like give up sinhala language or budhisam at any cost in last 500years..we thank ashoka and shimini for their hard job to show Buddhist truth about christian friendship.

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    Almighty did not know how dump he was,how incomplete he was. He created even SATAN who is trying to destroy him.

    In the same way, Christians don’t investigate themselves because it is a disgusting world. Their past, present are full of crimes and corruption.

    So, they discuss buddhist monks.

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      JimSofty,

      Were you jilted by a Christian boy or girl?

      Sounds like “Hell hath no fury like Jim Softy scorned”.

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    Wrong behaviours of a few Monks should not be an excuse to point the accusing finger at every Monk and Buddhism. Many are genuine and the Buddhist religion is good guidance for human well-being.

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      Bottom line is right at the moment, the average safron robed monks behave no others to laity; they consume alcohol, continue love affairs, enjoy sex though in robes,even do some fradulent businesses.
      Earlier days, may be a tiny minority of the entire Sanga behaved against the devoted buddhistic way, but today, they even vandalize on broad daylight the pvt properties in the name of safegaurding buddhism while keeping well arranged state police as onlookers their abusive acts. I really dont know how many of them are guided by the BBS, but for sure, there have been some monks on the hate speech mode – behave, as quoted from the writer
      “If you listen to Gnanananda Thero, you would think that he had been alive when the Buddha preached these Sutras, and he had memorized these words of the Buddha;”
      I have watched Youtube video of BBS in which some monks stammered stories about the way the islamic restaurants serve sinhalese cutomers unhyginic food as if the particular monk observed them by his own eyes. But all these are just myths spread to attack muslim adherents.

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        Born Buddhist,

        “Bottom line is right at the moment, the average safron robed monks behave no others to laity; they consume alcohol, continue love affairs, enjoy sex though in robes,even do some fradulent businesses.”

        Yes, probably true for the average Sinhala Buddhist Mahanama monk. Some kill like Somarama, who killed SWRD Bandaranike. Other monks do other things, but young boys seem to be their delicacy. Here is some evidence in support of your statement, by a Theravada Sinhala Buddhist Monk. Mahayana monks from Tibet had their fill for a long tome, until the Chinese Liberated the Tibetan people from the Monks. Given below are the links.

        Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

        http://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.

        Mahayana Tibetan Buddhism

        Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 1

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

        Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 2

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

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          This is a global problem for entire developing countries. Underage children are being abused by many in the society. Meaning not that developed nations have no such problems; they do have them, but they also have solutions to reduce them, while ours are far from even finding solutions to our problems. In general, our countries,earlier those who themself took the roles of psychologist, sociologist, family councellors in our society, to become abusers to this day should be because of the erosion of human values in the course of the years.I know it by myself, that our people were more civilized decades ago than it is today. What I meant by human values means nothing else than the respect and dignity of the life. No doubt every society, you will find abusive minded people – tendencies of some are to child molestation; the developed worlds offer programs conducted by sexual therapists while our countries have no sources to do so. Actually, many ours alike countries could improve these systems if the current politics make their genuine efforts only. By watching telecasted event of a school going teenage girl as an English teacher on a village yesterday, I myself felt, why the 5% English speaking people out of cmbo suburbs cant organize a kind of exchange program on Learning English. The latter example given by particular underage girl can encourage the entire nation, if she can why not us.
          Anyway, if any govt in power could correctly identify the people´s problems – sometimes, we the folks could see it becoming the reality in the futre; I mean becoming a prosperous nation to the region. Whatever the issue it is – what lacks in SL is the attitude to make efforts genuinely.

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      Lanka Muslim
      Wrong Again. Most Do not get caught.
      Only Solution for Catholic & Buddist Clergy is to Let them Play Tennis at least to dissipate their pent uyp energy. Price Siddartha dis every thing what a human could and should do before renouncing the earthly pleasures to attain Nirvana, So did Dharmasoka. After all he during his life time Killed more u beings than most of the Criminals who are behind the Bars poiut together.
      All human right violators who proclaimed to be saviors of hu7man life afterwards are great killers, corrupt and criminals at one time in their life.

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    This is no laughing matter!!

    Guess what Jagath, you may be laughing at unctuous monks(e.g. Rev. Gnanananda), unctuous monks are also laughing all the way to the bank.

    Rev. Gnanananda’s temple has a Gothic architecture which hardly looks like a buddhist temple. Some say there are millionaire monks in Bellanvila and Gangarama area.

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    I am a Practising Catholic but greatly respect Buddhism because of the way my wife conducted herself before she passed away helped by the understanding she received from her religion. We often went to a monastery in Waburton and listened to Ajahn Kalyano a very wise monk. We did not go as much to the Sri Lankan temples in Melbourne but whenever we did we found the conduct of the monks in Keysborough very edifying.

    It is easy to criticise the priest in all religions because of the few malicious characters. In today’s context they make for good reading. It is still better to speak of the many good monks who remain unknown and uninteresting because they live a life of simplicity, are not contraversial and do not market themselves.

    The writer has done the right thing in exposing what he thinks is wrong but it is sad to see him spend such a long time on how his article will be received, exposing his learning, condemning in advance those who may not agree with him and so on. His article is not very convincing but some of the responses to his article are more convincing. Fron the responses anyone could see that there are very compassionate and enlightened buddhist as there are those with religious hatred.

    May the New Year bring all of us better tolerance, greater understanding and more compassion.

    I was forwarded this link by a friend.

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      Dear Gamini,

      Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

      Swami Vivekananda

      Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/s/swamivivek213409.html#w7G24Aof45AMJbpC.99

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        Biscuit boofer truth is a relative term and is not the authority!

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        The Professional,

        As Freud said there is no perfect truth, but only degrees of truth and is relative. Swami Vivekanada is of similar belief.

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      May be to your eye it is not very convincing. But to me, he has pointed out clearly why he would laugh at the thero´s idiosyncratic interpretation, though the mentioned thero has been very successful in his mission. And I have no doubt that the current article will work as an eye opener of many -both buddhists and non buddhists.

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    You used the word “hoi polloi” 4 times in your article. Come on man.

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    Buddhism is run with commercial interest by many priest to earn material things in Sri Lanka an abroad. Unfortunate thing is that Sri Lankan migrants who are well educated are the ones who try to introduce so called rituals to Buddhism a. Those thing made the westerners who do not believe God and creators and has some respect to Buddhism give up their interest .

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