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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

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Thanks for the clarification Viscid.

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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

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"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby NDat » Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:35 pm

The first lesson from the Buddha is the Fourth Noble Truths. However, we often forget it when something "wrong" happen. How sad!

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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby Dissanayake » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:48 am

This is a blatant lie of Barefaced Broadcasting Cooperation. BBC again does its usual distortion and spinning of facts and presentation of half truths. Without having pre conclusions of Sri Lanka, I ask intelligent readers to take a note following facts and then decide upon you yourself. At the outset I swear we Buddhists have no animosity towards Muslims and we tolerate every religion in Sri Lanka.

There is a court order to remove all the unauthorized structures from Anuradhapura Sacred City area (World Heritage city). The rule here is no new construction can be done in the UNESCO world heritage sites. That is why some of the new Buddhist structures were removed this year. The only exception was this new Muslim shrine. It is totally a lie that this structure was 300 years old. Everybody can see it is a new structure constructed in recent past.

Its boundaries are demarcated by the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. From the beginning of this year all the unauthorized structures were removed by the authorities. Even buildings constructed for Buddhist pilgrims to take rest and spend night were removed from limits enforced by the Archaeological Department. Some parts of the Buddhist Monks University in Anuradhapura were also removed. But this unauthorized so-called Muslim shrine did not obey this ruling.

Therefore, some Buddhist organizations complained about it to authorities. A Sri Lankan court gave a ruling to remove it. Archaeological Department advised Muslim clergy to remove this structure they themselves. Muslim clergy of this unauthorized structure did not heed to any of these warnings.

BBC pretends that it does not know any of these warnings and court orders. BBC simply wants to discredit Sri Lanka. During the past few weeks, news about court rulings and Archaeological Department warnings were in the media. But BBC shows it does not hear or read any of these. It is pathetic biased reporting.

At the end, villagers got together to remove this structure, because Buddhists can just look aside when their archaeological monuments are vandalised by other extreme religious groups. I do not blame all Muslims. A few small extreme groups who are funded by a Middle East country have popped up recently. They are responsible for this invasion. They had already vandalized several important Buddhist archaeological sites (e.g. Digavaapi temple, Muhudu Maha Viharaya). These invaders have destroyed several historical rock inscriptions dating about 2000 years. Some have blasted these rocks and used them for house constructions.

This has now become a trend, a kind of invasion leading to ultimate destruction of the original Buddhist archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. First they construct small shrine in Buddhist sites and then it is expanded with money flowing from Arabian countries. They do the constructions while burring or constructing exactly on top of the Archaeological monuments.

I am asking simple question from people who are ready to bash Sri Lanka in her every turn.

Will Muslims allow Buddhists to build a Buddhist temple in the heart of Mecca? It is same principle apply here. They have not only prohibited even a small construction related to other religions in their soils but also they have prohibited taking even a small Buddhist or any other religious statue into their country. TA good example of their intolerance is complete destruction of Bahamian Statues in Afghanistan.

But Buddhists will not behave like that. In fact Muslims can build their shrines in other areas in Sri Lanka. Buddhists will not obstruct such works. There are thousands of Muslim and other religious shrines everywhere in Sri Lanka. Nobody should construct ones shrines on top of other religious locations.

It is shame politicians like Anura Dissanayake fuel this false propaganda of the LTTE supporters.

No wonder that the JVP is going to reject from Sri Lankans for its leaders cowardice double game.

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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby chownah » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:56 am

Dissanayake,
I'm very glad that you have posted here. I have been looking for some internet links to try to get more facts about what has happened but have found nothing. Can you provide any internet links which might help us understand what has happened?
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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby pilgrim » Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:20 am

I just returned from a week's trip in Sri Lanka and can vouch for mush of what Dissanayake wrote. There are numerous Muslim (and Christian) shrines everywhere, even built at road junctions. Sri Lankans are very tolerant of other faiths, perhaps even too tolerant. I remember I was at a temple and in the midst of my personal worship, being interupted by the Muslim azan blared out from a nearby lounspeaker.

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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby morning mist » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:09 am

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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby Dan74 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:25 am

It is sad that people succumb to tribalist mentality of "us versus them". "We" are better than "them", "we" are more tolerant, etc etc

The truth is there is no "we" and no "them", there are just people practicing Buddhism and people practicing Islam, each in his or her own way. Some do this and some do that.

I have heard these kinds of knee-jerk reactions only too often, when the group one has identified with appears to be accused of an unseemly behavior. Truth is easily dispensed with, justice is easily dispensed with, when the sense of self is threatened.

What if indeed the shrine was 300 years old and there was no real basis for removing it? What if indeed there were deliberate atrocities committed against the civilians by the Sri Kankan military during the conflict? What if? What does it do to our cherished beliefs of who the good guys and who the bad guys are? Of who we are?
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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby morning mist » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:40 am

with metta,

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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby Claudia » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:09 am

Many greetings from

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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby morning mist » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:35 am

Hi Claudia,

This is not tit for tat, there are regulations around World Heritage Sites anywhere in the world. For example, part of the Buddhist monasteries in Bodhgaya needs to be removed because it is not suppose to be there. If you check the UNESCO regulations you can see for yourself.


Also no one is suggesting that people don't allow others so this is not tit for tat , but asking to be allowed the permission to have Churches and Monasteries in places like the Maldives, etc...is not too much to ask. We are not asking to build it in Mecca .
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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby rowboat » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:24 am

Rain soddens what is covered up,
It does not sodden what is open.
Therefore uncover what is covered
That the rain will not sodden it.
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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby Claudia » Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:26 am

Additional, another thing came up into my mind.
I asked myself: "What would the Buddha say about this?"

(A friend of mine gave this inspiration to me - once he said: "When you have doubts and when you have to find answers: just think about: what would the Buddha do?")

So I thought about, if the Buddha would have been "fighting for his right" (like the right of "Freedom of religion" and to defend this right).
There was only "one" answer in my mind:

My (personal) interpretation of the Dhamma is the way to fight at first "against" my own "kilesas", like greed, hatred, blindness, views, doubts, numbness, excitement, brazenness, lack of conscience (recently I read a very, very good book about that, which my teacher gave me to read).
When I become aware of my attachments on this kilesas, I hope to see clear if the defined rights are to defend by myself ("my" "self"?) or do I attach on this rights, because I identify myself ("my" "self") with this rights, like freedom of religion?
For my own, I can say that I identify myself very much with the idea to be able, visiting Wats and Temples everywhere in this world, because I enjoy being there - because at the moment, I identify myself with "my" believe.
But isn't this an attachement, too?

First of all I think: to write here is a good training to write about my interpretation of the Dhamma in English and to overcome myself in that matter. ;)
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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby morning mist » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:36 am

What I am embarrassed about is the double standard in the name of Metta and Justice . People choose to keep a blind eye to the apparent injustice of one, while tearing another down for a misperceived mistake. This notion of justice is contradictory .
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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby Dan74 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:41 am

Why is it double standards? We are Buddhists here and it only makes sense that we pay more attention to what is happening in Buddhist countries. Some people have teachers from Sri Lanka or have visited.
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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby Jhana4 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:51 am

That monk who encouraged all of that, he is pissing on everything Buddhism is about.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Postby Jhana4 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:53 am

FWIW, this past Vesak I listened to a talk given by the Venerable Gunaratana ( author of Mindfulness In Plain English ). He told a short story of a Muslim friend who asked him about his feelings and views on Muslims blowing up the ancient Buddha statues carved into the mountains of his country. He told his friend "it was a rock".
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.


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