It is very unfortunate that these saffron robed people are deceiving the innocent and the unsuspecting Sinhala Buddhists in Sri Lanka with help of Buddhist business tycoons
Commented by Karu J, Most respected Sinhala Buddhist politician
As you are already aware this situation
has created a huge rift among the Buddhist monks and perhaps done
more damage to the Buddhasasana than any other elements cited by the
Urumaya. This would leave a permanent dark patch on the Buddha Sasana
with a stench that would surpass the actions of Buddhist monks who
were photographed with clubs rampaging
Whatever these Urumaya supporters say we all know how egomaniacal most of these monks are and how they love to invite the political elite to temple ceremonies and also how they love to be photographed with them. Well, we can understand that as they have not attained even the Sovan status but they unlike us should strive to achieve higher levels of spirituality if they choose to wear the saffron robe.
When you look at the luxurious villas that
have become the abodes of certain Urumaya candidates, especially the
"Asapuwa" of Tuduwe Adhammaloka or the land in Kotte that
belong to the "Miracle Sumangala Baba" it is difficult to
say how they acquired such ultra-expensive properties!? There is
something wrong here as they have chosen to walk
Some idiots say that we should experiment
with saffron robed people since the other parties have failed but
you have to remember that these people failed to adhere to follow
the Buddha Dhamma, even before they decided to run for public office.
How do we expect them to protect the rights of the ordinary people,
the constitution or the nation when they couldn't convince our people
with the teachings of Buddha Dhamma? Commented by Karu
J Most respected Sinhala Buddhist politician
It is very unfortunate that even leading Buddhist Business families are using their family influence to prop up these saffron robed people to save our country, religion and nation when they themselves openly refuse to abide by the vinaya rules which is very much entrenched in the true concept of Buddha Dhamma. We should be thanful to the unbroken lineage of Sanga who have consistently upheld and protected the Vinaya rules for almost 2,600 years that we find ourselves today with the luxury of receiving the priceless teachings of Dhamma. Were it not for the Vinaya rules, specifically Patimokkha rules in Vinaya Pitaka, and for those who continue to abide by them even today, there would be no Buddhism for our future generation..- Commented by a Sinhala Buddhist from UK).
These points were extracted from the 'Kinihira' Political Program on Swarnavahini on 24th Feb.2004.
Participated- Puravidya Cakravarthi Ellawala Medhananda Thero
Topic - To explain why the Supreme Sangha Council decided to contest the upcoming General Election on 'Jathika Hela Urumaya' ticket.
Conductor of the Program- Shan Wijethunge
(The following Comments By PUNYAWARDANA-
Shan is an UNPeer , He manipulated the discussion in such a way to benefit the UNP. And that is what is expected from him when he was given the job.All the participants were very careful in adhering to ' Yanne Koheda Malle Pol' theory
But even the Chakrawarthies were not able
to fool the Buddhists.
Shan- as Bhikkus, why did you decide to come into politics?
Medhananda Thero-Even the Lord Buddha was involved in politics
for 44 years. He taught the
Each of these groups was treated differently.
The Lord Buddha changed all this by creating a society, which consisted
.(If we use the definition of Politics as described in the Webster's New International Dictionary of 1920 "1. The science and art of government; the science dealing with the organization, regulation, and administration of a state, in both its internal and external affairs... 2. The theory or practice of managing or directing the affairs of public policy, then, Lord Buddha was not practising any politics and it was how Lord Buddha through his loving-kindness (metta) treated people when he propagated the philosophy of Dhamma. He never changed the society; even today the Indian society is clearly differentiated into conspicuously idiosyncratic cast system. Commented by a Sinhala Buddhist from UK)
Shan- Why was this decision to enter politics taken so suddenly?
Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero-
We saw that during every election, the politicians gained power though
(The ground reality is that Sri Lankans
are living on borrowed money. My estimation is that every citizen
in Sri Lanka, sooner or later, will have to pay back approximately
Rs70,000 to the world bank . This is what Sri Lankan politicians have
been begging from the World Bank on people's behalf for the last 20
years. In order to sustain Sri Lankan economy for more than 6 months
before it collapses , Sri Lankans have to beg more money from the
Western World I don't think that these saffron robed people have got
a magic solution to go against the western powers..Commented
by a Sinhala Buddhist from UK)
(We are not against the Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya. JSS should have come forward as an independent organization/lobby group to defend Sinhala Buddhist rights. (Muslims in France, Jews in the US, Catholics in the Philippines, Sheiks and Native Indians in Canada are powerful lobby groups). They should have united all the Bhikkhus under one banner. JSS should have put forward their own candidates (lay people) under the JHU or any other political party and supported them throughout the country. In contrast, the JHU has put the cart before the horse. That is why they have failed to attract people. Commented by Gamage Palihapitiya),
Kotapola Amarakiththti Thero-
The only way in which we can achieve a better future is through a
("Corruption is a symptom of institutional dysfunction, thriving where economic policies are poorly designed, education levels are low, civil society is underdeveloped and the accountability of public institutions is weak" (Anti-Corruption Knowledge Resource Centre). In an attempt to curb the spread of corruption, many international organizations have been creating programs aimed at showing the public and private sectors how much damage corruption is capable of creating. These organizations are targeting those countries displaying the previously noted characteristics and challenging them to improve their governance in order to indicate that corruption will no longer be tolerable.- International Business Ethics Anti-Corruption Strategies in International Organizations by Tara Caranic)
(If these saffron robed people who called themselves Buddhist priests discovered an easy managerial solution to this colossal problem of the modern world, they should clearly identify their strategies and inform promptly those organisations such as The International Monetary Fund(IMF) , United Nations Development Programme and Transparency International. I have no doubt that they will be nominated for the noble price for their achievement-Commented by a Sinhala Buddhist from UK
Shan- the Ven.Kotapola Amarakiththi Thero compared Politics to a
Dr.Omalpe Sobhitha Thero-
The Lord Buddha at the time of his Parinirvana saw the 'new' problems
("It is not fit, foolish man, it is not becoming, it is not proper, it is unworthy of a recluse, it is not lawful, it ought not to be done. How could you, foolish man, having gone forth under this Dhamma and Discipline which are well-taught, [commit such and such offence]?... It is not, foolish man, for the benefit of un-believers, nor for the increase in the number of believers, but, foolish man, it is to the detriment of both unbelievers and believers, and it causes wavering in some." Lord Buddha on Vinaya (The Book of the Discipline, Part I, by I.B. Horner (London: Pali Text Society, 1982), pp. 36-7.)
(For a time after the Buddha first established
the Sangha, the community lived in harmony without any codified rules
of conduct. Over time, however, as the Sangha grew in number and evolved
into a more complex society, occasions inevitably arose when some
members would act in unskilful ways. Whenever one of these cases was
brought to the Buddha's attention, he would lay down a rule establishing
a suitable punishment for the offence, as a deterrent to future misconduct.The
monastic tradition and the rules upon which it is built are sometimes
naïvely criticized -- particularly here in the West -- as irrelevant
to the "modern" practice of Buddhism. Some see the Vinaya
as a throwback to an archaic patriarchy, based on a hodgepodge of
ancient rules and customs that only obscure the essence of "true"
Buddhist practice. by Thanissaro Bhikkhu)
(Vinaya Pitaka -Sanghadisesa-10. Should any bhikkhu agitate for a schism in a Community in concord, or should he persist in taking up an issue conducive to schism, the bhikkhus should admonish him thus: "Do not, Ven. sir, agitate for a schism in a Community in concord or persist in taking up an issue conducive to schism. Let the venerable one be reconciled with the Community, for a Community in concord, on complimentary terms, free from dispute, having a common recitation, dwells in peace." And should that bhikkhu, admonished thus by the bhikkhus, persist as before, the bhikkhus are to rebuke him up to three times so as to desist. If while being rebuked up to three times he desists, that is good. If he does not desist, it entails initial and subsequent meetings of the Community. -The Bhikkhus' Code of Discipline Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu )
Shan- By plunging into the political mess don't you think that the
Kolonnave Sumangala thero-
What do you mean by the power of the Buddhists? Is there such a thing
The main income in this country is from liquor.
There is no country like ours which preaches 'bana' so much. Still
This shows that the power of the Bhikkus has weakened.
How many of our educated youth are without jobs? You can see so many
The Buddha Dhamma will be preserved in a society that observes the
(Sri Lanka has been a multi cultural, multi lingual, multi religious state since immemorial times. Both you and I were born into that environment/society. We can't change it now. We got to live with it whether we like it or not. However, the majority should rule. Our leaders should come clean. They should maintain their distinct national, cultural and religious identities, wherever they go, whether it is the Kovil, Mosque or the Church. Late H.E. William Gopallawa took his oaths as the President of Sri Lanka in front of a Buddha Statute, while Mrs. Bandaranaike made her maiden speech at the UN in Sinhala.mage -Comment by Gamage Palihapitiya),
(SU Party Leader and the Former Chief Police officer was partly blamed for the worst corruption in South Asia -Survey Report -
Police, then judiciary most corrupt public institutions in South Asia, reveals TI survey-
Law enforcement authorities are perceived to be the most corrupt public institutions in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
Corruption in South Asia
Sectors perceived to be the most corrupt in the region
The police was perceived to be the most corrupt sector in the country, followed by health and education. Government institutions dominate the education sector. Almost 55% of users reported that they had accessed the institutions through irregular means. An alarming 61% of those who interact regularly with the institutions report encountering corruption; irregular fees of various kinds constituted the most common form of corruption cited. Sixty-two percent of the victims of corruption reported that money was directly demanded. Teachers and the members of the management committee were identified as the major facilitators in this sector. Excessive bureaucracy and discretionary powers were identified as the main reasons for corruption in the education sector.
Most of the users (97%) of health services visit public hospitals; 18% of them reported using irregular processes to access the services. More worryingly, 92% of users report of corruption after admission, with the highest number of cases reported for getting prescribed medicines and also for receiving proper treatment. Hospital staff were identified as the major instigator of corruption in the sector. While 30% report of extortion in the corrupt exchanges, 19% said they paid bribes voluntarily to ensure proper services. Monopoly and discretionary powers were cited as the primary reasons for the prevalence of corruption; interestingly, 23% identified a shortage of resources as a major cause. Most of the users (97%) of health services visit public hospitals; 18% of them reported using irregular processes to access the services. More worryingly, 92% of users report of corruption after admission, with the highest number of cases reported for getting prescribed medicines and also for receiving proper treatment. Hospital staff were identified as the major instigator of corruption in the sector. While 30% report of extortion in the corrupt exchanges, 19% said they paid bribes voluntarily to ensure proper services. Monopoly and discretionary powers were cited as the primary reasons for the prevalence of corruption; interestingly, 23% identified a shortage of resources as a major cause.
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