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Mahanayakas want a Board to scrutinize Buddhist books

Postby cooran » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:03 pm

Hello all,

Good to see some guidelines will be given regarding the proliferation of commercial buddhist books - at least in one country.




Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A memorandum has been sent to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the Mahanayaka Theras of the three Nikayas to set up a Board of the Maha Sangha and laymen to approve books pertaining to Buddhism.
The Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatta and Asgiriya chapters of the Siyam Nikaya and Amarapura and Ramanya Nikayas in a joint memorandum to President Rajapaksa, stated that this procedure had become a necessity to prevent and avoid the publication of books distorting the life of the Buddha and Buddhism.

The Mahanyakes’ have stated that some books published recently had distorted the life of the Buddha, his doctrine and the life and times of Buddha and Buddhism.

The Mahnayake’ have cited two specific books as examples of this distortion which they claim are titled, "Apa Upan Me Helabima Budun Upan Jambuddepaya" and "Buddhothpaththiya Heladivai" giving false information about Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, his doctrine and other events of his life.

Such distortions could be prevented if the scripts of books on Buddhism and Buddha’s life were submitted to a board of erudite monks and laymen prior to their publication.

The memorandum has been signed by the Mahanayakes of Mawatta chapter Ven Tibbatuwawe Sri Sidhhartha Sumangala Thera, Mahanayka of Asgiriya Chapter, Ven Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera, Mahanayake of Amarapura Nikaya, Ven Dauldena Gnanissara Thera and the Mahanayke of Ramanya Nikaya Ven Weweldeniya Medhalankara Thera.
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php ... 27,0,0,1,0

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Re: Mahanayakas want a Board to scrutinize Buddhist books

Postby Individual » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:13 pm

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Re: Mahanayakas want a Board to scrutinize Buddhist books

Postby Ben » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:39 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
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Postby cooran » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:43 pm

Hello Individual,

My understanding is that they are talking about false information - which runs counter to the historical facts accepted by all Traditions, academic scholars and historians.

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Re: Mahanayakas want a Board to scrutinize Buddhist books

Postby Individual » Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:26 pm

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Postby pink_trike » Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:35 pm

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Postby Cittasanto » Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:51 pm

quite a lot of books have to pass through inspection anyway, It would depend what type of book it was! if t is an educasional book I would of thought it would of needed checking for acuracy anyway, but they could set up a voluntary version ofwhat they are asking for like the comic book/gaphic novel companies did, it isn't essential but it givs a certain guarantee.


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Re: Mahanayakas want a Board to scrutinize Buddhist books

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:21 pm

Greetings,

I don't like the idea of banning such books, but I'm in favour of some kind of "stamp of approval" for books that are approved by such a review board.

I also think Buddhist books should try to clearly distinguish what tradition they represent in the interests of reader clarity and perspective, but you can't enforce something like that.

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Postby Cittasanto » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:35 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Mahanayakas want a Board to scrutinize Buddhist books

Postby Ben » Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:39 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Postby Jechbi » Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:47 am

:anjali:

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Re: Mahanayakas want a Board to scrutinize Buddhist books

Postby gavesako » Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:14 am

They have such a board in Burma, and only texts which conform 100 percent to the commentarial-Abhidhamma tradition will be passed. So even Pa Auk Sayadaw's books which contain some controversial detail about kalapas or whatnot cannot be published in Burma and have to be printed in Singapore or Malaysia instead. Such a censorship board would perhaps be justified if Christian missionaries were trying to subvert Buddhism by spreading misinformation (as they already do) but I don't think that is the main point here.
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Re: Mahanayakas want a Board to scrutinize Buddhist books

Postby PeterB » Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:36 am

I am dubious. Hmmmmmm.

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Postby rowyourboat » Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:21 pm

the original books in question was trying to state that the Buddha was born in Sri Lanka. Not Fact.
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Re: Mahanayakas want a Board to scrutinize Buddhist books

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:38 pm

i think it would be nice if there was some sort of board set up to aprove of books by giving them some sort of stamp of aproval, like some dhamma version of the oprah book club, but i'm not on board to just flat out denying people the right to publish whatever crap they see fit to publish, even if it is misleading, racist, etc.

when i first became a buddhist i had to set up my own little set of guidelines to make sure i wasnt reading crap, it wasnt the best system, but it was the best one i could think of, i just stayed away from anything writen by westerners, non monastics etc, these days i dont follow this system and in fact read a lot by people i would have stayed away from then (ajahn brahm, nina van gorkom, ajahn sujato etc) it would have been nice to have had a system already out there that helped me find great information with out having to set up what was basicly a flawed system of my own.
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Postby pink_trike » Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:34 pm

I wonder if the same care will be taken to make sure science and history books are accurate.
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