The right status and respect deserved for Buddhism should remain intact in the constitution, Colombo’s Archbishop Rt. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said today.
He expressed this view while participating at a religious ceremony held under the patronage of Chief incumbent Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Nayaka Thera at the Sri Sambodhi Viharaya in Colombo.
The ceremony was held to confer the honour on the new Mahanayaka of the Asgiri Chapter Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera and the Anunayaka Theras and the Secretary Thera of the Asgiri Chapter and the Chief Incumbent Thera.
Rev.Cardinal Ranjith expressing his pleasure for inviting him to the occasion also said the teaching of Buddhism bring us relief whenever we are confronted with mental pain and discomfort .
The prominence of the country relies on Buddhism and there should not be any decision to change its due place secured by the constitution as we all live in a country nourished by Buddhism.
Rev. Cardinal Rajith also expressed their willingness to cooperate with the Maha Sanga to enhance the spiritual improvement of the people.
NEWS TWO PEACE EYES… To our knowledge, Cardinal`s statement has been made without consultation and thus, it may not even represent the views of Catholics of the Colombo Archdiocese. At the moment, Cardinal Ranjith is the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka
The right status and respect deserved for Buddhism should remain intact in the constitution, Colombo s Archbishop Rt. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith
As Catholic Clergy, Religious and laity from different Catholic dioceses and different Religious congregations from different parts of Sri Lanka, it is our view that Sri Lanka should be a secular state that recognizes, promotes and protects all universally recognized human rights.
To us, a secular state is one that doesn`t give foremost place, prominence and privileges to one religion, constitutionally or in practice. In our view, such a secular state will enable individuals and communities to be more religious and spiritual and will also promote harmony and co-existence amongst different religious communities. It will strengthen right of freedom of religion of all individuals and communities.
While we recognize the historical and present day contributions of all religions to the country and its peoples, we are also conscious of attacks, restrictions and variety of problems faced by the numerically smaller religious and ethnic communities, at the hands of the Sinhalese Buddhist dominated Sri Lankan state and majority communities. Constitutional provisions are one of the important means of protecting rights of numerical minorities.
To have a secular state, article 9 of the present constitution that says The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give Buddhism the foremost place must be done away. To us, this clause appears to be a contradiction to article 12 (2) of the present constitution which states that no citizen shall be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, language, caste, sex, political opinion, place of birth or any such grounds .
In this regard, we endorse the statement in the 2013 Pastoral letter by all the Catholic Bishops in Sri Lanka that stated that Sri Lanka should shed all those clauses or conditions in its constitution that could be interpreted or read to justify different forms of discrimination against its people .
It`s in this context that we note with concern, and reject the recent statement of the Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, saying that he doesn`t recognize the concept of a secular state. We are also concerned about the Cardinal`s statement implying that human rights are a western idea imposed on us, and that it can destroy our cultural heritage. It is our firm conviction that human rights are universal and captures the teachings of Christianity and other religious and spiritual traditions about human dignity, equality, value of life etc. During times when Church leadership has been blind and deaf to biblical and church teaching on human rights, we recognize and appreciate the role social movements and secular institutions such as the UN has played in awakening us to our vocation to promote and protect human rights.
While we welcome Cardinal`s commitment to work together with Buddhists, we underline that such collaboration must be not to discriminate and suppress numerical minorities, but rather, to promote and protect human rights of all, especially of numerical minorities.
To our knowledge, Cardinal`s statement has been made without consultation and thus, it may not even represent the views of Catholics of the Colombo Archdiocese. At the moment, Cardinal Ranjith is the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka, which historically has been a position rotated on a regular basis, amongst the different Bishops who are members of the conference. But it should be noted that the Archbishop of Colombo doesn`t represent or lead in anyway the other 11 Catholic dioceses in Sri Lanka which are headed by their own Bishops. There are also many Catholic Religious Congregations in Sri Lanka which the Archbishop doesn`t represent. For all purposes, this appears to be a personal statement of the Cardinal and not of the Catholics in Sri Lanka.
We reiterate that as Catholics, we recognize the relevance and applicability of universally recognized human rights to Sri Lanka and fundamental vocation of all Catholics, along with all others, to protect and promote human rights. We also commit ourselves to secular Sri Lanka, which in practice and in its constitution, will not give foremost place, prominence or privilege to any religion, but rather will recognize and promote rights of all persons and communities to have a religion of his or her choice or not to have a religion.
The Mecca city governor visited the fire-damaged school
Saudi Arabia’s religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according to Saudi newspapers.In a rare criticism of the kingdom’s powerful “mutaween” police, the Saudi media has accused them of hindering attempts to save 15 girls who died in the fire on Monday.
About 800 pupils were inside the school in the holy city of Mecca when the tragedy occurred.
15 girls died in the blaze and more than 50 others were injured
According to the al-Eqtisadiah daily, firemen confronted police after they tried to keep the girls inside because they were not wearing the headscarves and abayas (black robes) required by the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islam. One witness said he saw three policemen “beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the abaya”.
The Saudi Gazette quoted witnesses as saying that the police – known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice – had stopped men who tried to help the girls and warned “it is a sinful to approach them”.
The father of one of the dead girls said that the school watchman even refused to open the gates to let the girls out.
“Lives could have been saved had they not been stopped by members of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice,” the newspaper concluded.
Families of the victims have been incensed over the deaths.
Most of the victims were crushed in a stampede as they tried to flee the blaze.
The school was locked at the time of the fire – a usual practice to ensure full segregation of the sexes.
The religious police are widely feared in Saudi Arabia. They roam the streets enforcing dress codes and sex segregation, and ensuring prayers are performed on time.
Those who refuse to obey their orders are often beaten and sometimes put in jail.
They offered hugs, advertised on a placard, in one of Riyadh’s main shopping streets.
They were subsequently arrested by the kingdom’s religious police, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which is charged with ensuring that sharia law is strictly adhered to.
The two were required to sign a pledge that they would not offer hugs again, reports say.
The duties of Saudi Arabia’s religious police, or mutawa, include preventing women driving, enforcing modest dress codes, policing bans on public entertainment and making sure all businesses close for prayers five times a day.
Some in the kingdom find the mutawa’s powers an interference in their lives.
In the remote edges of the trails in Brindnagar, Dialek and Jumla, when the spring sun shone through the wooded edges, on the slopes of the Himalyan valley, in the midst of moist air, Dr Jayasinghe saw the locals tie their hogs on leashes and hunt for mushrooms.
These hogs, like dogs have a very strong sense of smell and detects the mushrooms that are beneath the soil digging through with the aid of their snout and their hind legs. The mushrooms harvested with the assistance of pigs were called “Sukara Maddava” in the early Kahrostrian and Magda Pali languages, which literally meant “dug by pigs” .These mushrooms have a very high medicinal value compared to any other vegetable known to mankind.
It is a fitting act by Chunda Karmara Putta to have offered this variety of mushrooms to the ailing Buddha who was 80 years of age, with the intent of giving some solace to a prevailing health condition he was suffering from.
Sukara Maddawa” could be interpreted as tender pork. But it could also have a different meaning as food that pig loves, known as “truffle,” a kind of mushroom that grows underground that pigs are drawn to by its fragrance and would dig up with its snout to eat.
It has been scientifically discovered that truffle makes pheromone, an androgen-analog substance, with its fragrant smell, attracting pigs to hunt for it and luring it with the sex hormone to dig with its snout for food, and spread its spore around in the process. In fact, pigs have been trained for truffle hunting. The only problem is that those mushroom hunters have to compete with the pigs for the truffles which could be eaten instantaneously by the pigs whenever it was found.
Peace can srilanka afford on ethical foreign policy was really through provoking.It is true that if migettuwatte Gunananda and Angaraika Dharamapala were alive today, they would have questioned and stood up for the protection of Buddhism and welfare of Sinhala peoples
But now political has become a family matters or business venture. Srilanka politicians want to be in the good books of the head of other countries rather than being interested in the welfare of the general public. They want to save their own skin so that they can be assumed of their ‘ thrones’ for long time with out any interference from other countries in the form of war. Now all srilankan holding out for the one true hero will born again for the nation. Lot of Buddhist monks and
Buddhist leaders are sought out and fight against intruder of their Sinhala culture and religious belief and they all are saying some of other extreme religious ideologist planning of the ahead of demise of buddhism and finally its country.
Also yet no government authority has been clearly state about unethical conversion of Buddhist to other religion. Its and yet hidden agenda in srilankan society and it’s powered by hidden dollar power of many country and keep it beneath of everyday life of srilankan . The unethical Commission Sabha was appointed on the day of poson in the year 2006 at the premises of most historic Mihintale. Around 348 monastic and laities have given their evidence before the commission for whole 4 year period during appointed its visit to various places throughout the Srilanka. The illegitimate affects of conversion of religions against the Sinhala Buddhist was describes through this report, based on very clear evidences.
Image courtesy by The All Ceylon Buddhist Congress:The first copy of the Commission Sabha Report forwarded to Rev. Udugama Sri Buddharakkita mahanayaka Thero; the Asgiri Chapter, Rev. Dauldena Ghanissara mahanayake Thero; the most honorable chief incumbents of samastha lanaka Amarapura maha sanga sabha, Rev. Iththapane Dhammalankara the sub chief incumbent of the malwathu chapter, Rev. Kotugoda Dhammawasa nayake Thero; President to the samastha lanaka Amarapura maha sanga sabha, Rev. Prof. Bellanwila Wimalarathna Thero, Chancellar Sri Jayawardanapura University, Rev. Balangoda Sobhitha nayake Thero; Parivenadhipathi, Vidyodaya Pirivena
Image courtesy by The All Ceylon Buddhist Congress: Buddhist monk
Image courtesy by The All Ceylon Buddhist Congress: Commission Sabha Report forwarded to Hon.. Minister to the cultural affairs, Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Diyawadane Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa Mr. Dilanga Dala Bandara and other honorable invitees.
Image courtesy by The All Ceylon Buddhist Congress: Diyawadane Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa Mr. Dilanga Dala Bandara
Image courtesy by The All Ceylon Buddhist Congress: Mr. Lalith Weeratunga
Image courtesy by The All Ceylon Buddhist Congress: honorable invitees.
Anagarika Dharmapala is one of the most popular figures in Sri Lanka’s recent turbulent history and he rescued Sinhala culture and Buddhist heritage. Anagarika Dharmapala spent the rest of his life to preserve the Sinhala Buddhsit tradition and even he is extend his mission for protect historical sites in India where the Buddha taught and lived. While Srilanka was under the siege by Christian missionaries without thinking his life and safety Anagarika Dharmapala worked for protection of his Nation and its belief. And he counteracts the destructive effects of Christian Missionary by giving right speech to the nation.
Image courtesy by The wikipedia :Most Ven.Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala thero and Colonel Henry Steel Olcott in Colombo, 1889. Ven.Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala thero was a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, who was one of the pioneers of Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist movement in the 19th century.[He did a great service to improve the Buddhist Education in the country and was the founder of Vidyodaya Pirivena, Maligakanda in 1873 which was granted the university status later in 1959 by the Government of Sri Lanka.A veteran author and a fiery orator, he was a major figure in the Panadurawadaya, a religious debate held between Christian missionaries and Buddhist monks in 1873 at Panadura. Most Ven.Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala thero was born on 20th January 1827 to the family of Don Johanis Abeyweera Gunawardhana Maha Liyana Arachchi Ralahamy and his wife Dandangoda Gamage Christina Hamine of Hettigoda, Hikkaduwa in Galle District.
Anagarika Dharmapala was close associate and worked with Colonel Olcott and Most Ven. Hikkaduwe Siri Sumangala Maha Nayake Thero. Anagarika Dharmapala saved Sinhala Buddhist from cultural collapse. His reformation of Buddhism increased chance to even attract the Sinhala Buddhsit leaders for involvement of right political leadersip for protects the nation itself. It’s yet tied until today.
Because following hidden foreign policies Once again Srialanka heading dangers way. Sinhala Buddhist leaders must consider their involvement in right leadership. Planning is essential, as well as cares to ensure the course is followed by country leaders until presidential level.We all elders and youths are will one day again responsible for working srilanka graveyard with all the fights between different scat and religion meaning full peace can developed by following Buddhist leaders like Anagarika Dhramapala.
Leaders of our country are trying to give priority for covert foreign policy. How can a country burning out own safe policy for help other country?
The Buddhists of the world must follow the example set by Anagarika Dharmapala and ven migettuwatte Gunananda.
We all wish one more ven migettuwatte Gunananda or Angaraika Dharamapala would be born again in srilanka and other countries would be able to live in peace and harmony again.
This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition
Beijing’s special envoy took the unusual step of meeting with Rajapaksa last week – official visits are usually limited to government figures.
Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tweet recording his meeting with Liu Zhenmin, which was unusual because Chinese envoys usually only meet with government officials.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this one was particularly eloquent. Adding a fresh twist to what would otherwise be a plain vanilla diplomatic visit by the Chinese special envoy to Sri Lanka last week, former China-friendly president Mahinda Rajapaksa tweeted a picture of himself posing with the Chinese special envoy.
An endorsement of sorts of an old friend in trouble, the picture signalled Beijing’s willingness to keep its options open in the strategically important Indian Ocean nation.
It was also a departure from Beijing’s usual outreach as Chinese envoys are known to restrict their interaction to government figures. The current leaders often complain that China had no channels of communication with them when they were in the opposition.
“This is the first time the Chinese have contacted Rajapaksa since he lost the election in January,” his spokesman Rohan Welivita told the South China Morning Post. “It was a courtesy call.”
Government officials refused to respond when asked if they were aware of the meeting.
Beijing dispatched Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin to Colombo as special envoy to mend relations between the two countries, strained since Rajapaksa’s shock defeat in January. The new government has put several Chinese-funded infrastructure projects on hold, most notably a giant reclamation project called Colombo Port City that was inaugurated by President Xi Jinping in September.
At a press conference on Friday before leaving Colombo, Liu said he had a “highly successful” trip, meeting the president, the prime minister and the foreign minister. There was no mention of Rajapaksa. Liu’s unannounced meeting with the former leader was in keeping with his low-key trip.
Though Liu told reporters that the Sri Lankan government had assured him they will break the stalemate over Colombo Port City and other projects, he also let known his impatience.
“I joked with the Sri Lankan leaders that they have taken eight months for government transition, now they must not take eight months to restart the projects,” he said.
Executives connected to the stalled Chinese projects have expressed similar impatience to the Post over Sri Lanka’s pro-tracted electoral process that has seen two elections in eight months, even though there are signs the government is sincerely trying to put some of the projects back on track.
For Rajapaksa, too, the meeting delivers a boost at a difficult time. His attempt to resurrect his career by trying to return as prime minister in August’s parliamentary elections did not go anywhere.
The government has also brought several corruption and criminal charges, including money laundering and the use of death squads, against him and his family.
But down as he is, Rajapaksa still enjoys the support of a section of his United Peoples Freedom Alliance, which is split between his and President Maithripala Sirisena’s camps. The Sirisena camp has joined Ranil Wickremesinghe’s single-largest United National Party to form the national government.
“Without Rajapaksa, there is no opposition,” said Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, executive director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, on the curious situation of the county’s two main parties being in the same government.
“If he gathers support and steam and the government lacks coherence, the opposition can get back on.”
And as China looks to get back on in Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa is a hedge it can hardly afford to ignore.