Saturday, June 21, 2014

Minority Moderates among Hypocrite Majority ?

Clad in a saffron outfit does not make one a Buddhist monk automatically. 
Ordination is just a Ceremony of affirmation and having ordination too does not make anyone a Buddhist monk automatically either. 
There is a clear path to be followed, if one needs to be really qualified to be a Buddhist monk. That is to follow the path of a Bodhisattva. 
A Bodhisattva is a person who devotes his or her life to the Buddhist way. 
The vows focus on doing compassionate deeds, striving to benefit every human being and seeking enlightenment. 
Not setting fire and or pelting others’ places of worship. 
Then you become a hooligan and or a murderer than a monk. 
The saffron outfit will not protect such people. 
During the recent incidents in the South of Sri Lanka, I see the Social media was awash with many postings, some in favour and some against for the actions of hooligans in saffron outfits. Among the Against lot, I found an interesting number of Buddhists along with people from the community that was affected. 
I understand the mindset of those who were affected but what were the Buddhists among them were thinking, I was pondering. 
They call themselves the Moderate Buddhists. 
Then the next question sprang into my mind was, where were the Moderates people of other faiths. 
I did not see anyone crying foul when the Buddhist shrines in the East of Sri Lanka were vandalized by bulldozers or the Tigers Flag was taken to the Vatican a few years back. 
Are only Buddhists moderate? 
If so, why I wonder.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Are Only Buddhists In Sri Lanka Moderate ?

Clad in a saffron outfit does not make one a Buddhist monk automatically. 

Ordination is just a Ceremony of affirmation and having ordination too does not make anyone a Buddhist monk automatically either. 

There is a clear path to be followed, if one needs to be really qualified to be a Buddhist monk. That is to follow the path of a Bodhisattva. 

A Bodhisattva is a person who devotes his or her life to the Buddhist way. 

The vows focus on doing compassionate deeds, striving to benefit every human being and seeking enlightenment. 

Not setting fire and or pelting others’ places of worship. 

Then you become a hooligan and or a murderer than a monk. 

The saffron outfit will not protect such people. 

During the recent incidents in the South of Sri Lanka, I see the Social media was awash with many postings, some in favour and some against for the actions of hooligans in saffron outfits.

Among the Against lot, I found an interesting number of Buddhists along with people from the community that was affected. 

I understand the mindset of those who were affected but what were the Buddhists among them were thinking, I was pondering.

They call themselves the Moderate Buddhists. 

Then the next question sprang into my mind was, where were the Moderate people of other faiths. 

I did not see anyone crying foul when the Buddhist shrines in the East of Sri Lanka were vandalized by bulldozers or the Tigers Flag was taken to the Vatican a few years back. 

Are only Buddhists moderate? 

If so, why I wonder.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Should Sri Lanka have Blasphemy Laws?

Should Sri Lanka have Blasphemy Laws?

Such laws are already in existence in many parts of the World.

Should Sri Lanka have religious police too?

Such institutes too are already in existence in many parts of the World.

Then again you have to ask yourself two important questions.

The first one is to protect what, such laws are needed now.

The second one is who will oversee the implementation and execution of the laws to the last letter in a fair manner.

Thinking loud on social media, like most of us do these days will not take any of us anywhere, unless we find the right answers to those two very important questions?

Have a dialog with yourself first, before venture in to start  " thinking laud " on social media platforms. 😓