Journalists said they feared for their safety after Buddhist monks, one of them wielding a sword,
forced them to hand over the memory cards in their cameras.
-Broken Buddha pg. 22Shortly after the riots in Sri Lanka in July 1983 I happened to be staying in a monastery in Bandarawela district whose abbot was well-known for his anti-Tamil sentiments. One morning a group of men sat at his feet excitedly discussing the recent events. The abbot was giving his opinion and I recall one of the things he said was that the Tamils should be driven out and that if they didn’t go they should all be killed. As he proceeded he talked in an increasingly loud and violent manner. After about an hour of this a laymen in the front of the audience caught his attention and tapped his watch. The abbot looked up at the clock, saw that it was 11.35 am, drew his tirade to a close and hurried off to have his dana. The audience had clearly agreed with what the abbot had been saying but there certainly would have been mutters of disapproval had he not finished eating before noon. When the notorious monk Buddharakshita was in prison awaiting trial for murdering the then prime minister of Sri Lanka in 1959, the prison routine was changed so that he could have his dana before noon and most people thought this only proper. This ‘addiction to trivia,’ to use Thomas More’s phrase, is pervasive amongst Theravadins and blinds them to what really matters.
Konchog1 wrote:-Broken Buddha pg. 22The abbot was giving his opinion ... he said was that the Tamils should be driven out and that if they didn’t go they should all be killed.
From the Dhammapada:
"He abused me,
he struck me,
he overpowered me,
he robbed me."
Those who harbor such thoughts
do not still their hatred.
randomseb wrote:Well obviously these aren't actual buddhists at this point
Very sad, may they all resolve their difficulties and return to the right way
The riots started when a couple of guys raped and killed a young girl.Konchog1 wrote:These riots seem to have been started by the Muslims when they raped and killed a Buddhist girl.