ලොව පවතින ආගමික මතවාද හා නායකයන් ගර්හාවට පාත්ර වන අන්දමේ සදාචාර විරෝධී කටයුතු වත්මන් ලොව තුළ ශීඝ්රයෙන් පැතිර යමින් පවතී. බොහෝ දෙනකු තම ආගමික මතය සේ පිළිගන්නේ පාරම්පරිකව පැවතෙන දෙමව්පිය දායාදයෙන් උරුම වන සංකල්පයන්ය. ආගමික මත හා ඒ හා බැඳී වර්ධනය වූ සංස්කෘතිකාංග හා සාහිත්යාංග දීර්ඝ කාලයක් නොනැසී පවතින්නේ පරම්පරාවෙන් පරම්පරාවට එම සංකල්ප කාන්දු වන බැවිනි. ඇතැම් ශාස්තෘවරයන් පාරම්පරිකව ආගමික සංකල්ප පිළිගත යුතුයෑයි කියද්දී තමන්ගේ බුද්ධියෙන් විමසා බලා නිදහස්ව ආගමික මතයක් පිළිගැනීමට අවකාශ සලසා ඇති ආගමික ශාස්තෘවරයන්ද ලොව පහළ වී ඇත. අනාගතයේදී මේ මත දෙකම දරන ආගමික නායකයන් බිහිවීමටද හැක.
වත්මන් ලෝක ජනගහනය සලකා බැලූ විට මුසල්මානු හා යොහෝවාදී ලබ්ධිකයන් බහුතරයක් සිටින බව පෙනේ. අනෙක් ආගමික මතවාද වන්නේ බුද්ධ ධර්මය හා හින්දු දර්ශනයයි.
පුරාණ ඉතිහාස කරුණු පිරික්සීමේදී විරුද්ධ ආගමික මත දරන ජනයාට හිරිහැර කිරීමට ඇතැම් අන්තවාදී ආගමික කණ්ඩායම් කටයුතු කර ඇත. එම විරෝධතා භෞතික ද්රව්ය යොදාගෙන කළ අවස්ථාද ඉතිහාසගත කරුණු හැදෑරීමෙන් දැකගත හැකිය. ඇතැම් විරෝධතා විවිධ සන්නවේදන ක්රම මගින් කර ඇත.
තාක්ෂණය හා සන්නිවේදනය ඉතා ඉහළ අගයකින් වර්ධනය වී ඇති වත්මන් ලොව තුළ සදාචාර විරෝධී අයුරින් ආගමික සංකේත, හරයන්ට හා ආගමික නායකයන්ට ගැරහීම වේගවත් වී ඇත. මෙහි ආසන්න සිදු වීම තමන් අවට වාතය සුවඳවත් කිරීමට යොදා ගන්නා භාණ්ඩයකට ආගමික නායකයන්ගේ රුව ඇතුළත් කිරීම දැක්විය හැක. ජාලියගොඩ, පිළියන්දල නමින් ලිපිනයක් සඳහන් වන එවැනි සුවඳ කාරකයක් බණ්ඩාරගම සදාචාර සම්පන්නභාවය අගය කරන වෙළෙඳ මහතකු අතට පත්වී පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තෙක් එම භාණ්ඩ පැමිණීම සටහන් කළ හැක. ලුසෙන්ට් (Lucent) යන වෙළෙඳ නාමයෙන් හඳුන්වා ඇති සුවඳ කැවූ ඝනකමැති කඩදාසියක් මත බුදු රුවක්, ක්රිස්තුස් වහන්සේගේ රුවක් සහ සිංහ කොඩියක රුවක් මුද්රණය කර ඇත. එක් කඩදාසි කොටුවක එක් රුවක් ලෙස එම සමාගම මුද්රණය කොට බෙදාහරිමින් තිබියදී බණ්ඩාරගම නගරයේ වෙළෙඳ මහතකු මිලදී ගෙන කළුතර දිස්ත්රික් එ.ජා.ප. මන්ත්රී අජිත් පී. පෙරේරා මහතා අතට පත්කර ඇත. ඒ මහතා ඉකුත් දිනයක ආගමික හා ජාතික සංකේත අඩංගු සුවඳ කැවූ කඩදාසි පිළිබඳව පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ අවධානය යොමු කර ඇත.
මෙම සුවඳකාරක කඩදාසි එහි මුද්රණය වී ඇති රුව කැපී යන අයුරින් සතිපතා කපා දැමීමට උපදෙස් ලබා දී ඇත. අවසන් කැපුමේදී බුදුරුවේ සහ ක්රිස්තුතුමන්ගේ රුවේ ගෙල පෙදෙසින් කැපී යන ආකාරයෙන් නිර්මාණය කර ඇත. මෙවැනි ක්රියා සිදු කරන පුද්ගලයන් හා සංවිධාන උන්මත්තකයන් විය හැක. නැතිනම් තමන් අදහන මතය පමණක් ලොව පවතීවා යෑයි ප්රාර්ථනය කරන පිරිසක්ද විය හැක. අන්තර්ජාලය වැනි සයිබර් අවකාශය තුළ කෙරෙන මෙවැනි ක්රියා අතර චීන ජාතිකයන් සොයාගත් කඩදාසි නිපදවීම වැනි ප්රාථමික නිෂ්පාදනයක් තරමටම මෙවැනි කඩදාසියකින් තනා ඇති භාණ්ඩය භාවිත කරමින් කිරීමට යන කටයුත්තද ඉතා බාල එකකි.
Limited Brands apologises for floral bikini’s carrying the Buddha’s image
28 Jul, 2004 00:00:00
Limited Brands apologises for floral bikini’s carrying the Buddha’s image
Limited Brands Inc., the owners of the famous Victoria Secret brand has apologised for inadvertently offending Sri Lankans, particularly Buddhist, with their floral bikini depicting the image of the Buddha.
.The company has also ceased all sales of the product and removed the images of the swimsuits from their websites.
The apology comes in response to representation made by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington DC USA.
Last month, following representation made to the Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar by a delegation of Buddhist monks, the Ministry instructed all Sri Lanka Mission abroad to make representation in their countries of accreditation to remove the offending items from the market.
The Foreign Minister also convened a meeting of all the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of countries where large Buddhist population live.
Subsequently, Anthony Hebron, Vice President/External Communications of Limited Brands has written to Sri Lanka Ambassador in Washington expressing “sincere apologies” of Limited Brands and Victoria’s Secret.
The company has further stated that there was “no intention of showing any disrespect to Lord Buddha or Buddhism”.
The Vice President said the company which supplied the floral bikini design has also stopped selling the bikini from their catalogue, removed it from their website and issued an open apology.
Last month, Sri Lanka’s police and customs were ordered to seize Buddha Bar music and bikinis sporting Buddha images after the Supreme Court ordered a strict enforcement of laws prohibiting the use of religious symbols for commercial use.
The order was made after Buddhist monk Daranaagama Kusaladhamma petitioned the court to ban Victoria’s Secret bikinis with Buddha images, candles in the shape of the Buddha and Buddha Bar albums which carry pictures of the Buddha.
The monk told court that the commercial exploitation of the Buddha image had hurt the feelings of Buddhists who constitute nearly 70 percent of the island’s 19 million population.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – A multi-coloured Victoria’s Secret swimsuit with an image of the Buddha on the bikini top is upsetting many deeply traditional Thais who want its U.S. makers to take it off the shelves.
The mass-circulation Thai Rath newspaper splashed a picture of a buxom blonde beauty wearing the offending bikini on its front page on Wednesday, provoking outcries from politicians in the predominantly Buddhist country.
“We are offended and we will have to tell them we are offended,” said Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam, who is also in charge of Buddhist affairs.
The paper, which said it was alerted to the racy poolside outfit by a Thai woman who spotted it in an American summer clothing catalogue, said the swimsuit was “too much” and “hurt the hearts of Buddhists”.
No representative of Victoria’s Secret was immediately available for comment.
|Jail if Lord Buddha’s image is misused
By Isuri Kaviratne
A two year jail term or a fine of Rs. 100,000 is to be imposed on those found guilty of misusing the image of the Lord Buddha.
The use, display, printing, manufacture, sale or distribution of a picture of the Lord Buddha or figures similar to a picture of the Lord Buddha, statues or Buddhist sign or signs relating to Buddhism in a manner that disgraces the Buddha Sasana will be an offence.
A Commissioner General is to be appointed and he will have the authority to request the Inspector General of Police to ensure protection of temples or Buddhist monuments. Further additional protection can be sought from the Defence Ministry.
A media advisory council is also to be set up and it will be empowered to issue directions to the government media to broadcast or publish events or programmes. Any violation of this directive will be a punishable offence.
A Rs. 100,000 fine or prison term of one year could be imposed for failing to follow directives of the council. If a person appears as an ordained monk without having his name in the register of ordained Bhikkhus or in the register of Samaneras he will be liable to be fined Rs. 10,000 or face a one-year jail term.
|Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thera: On a campaign to stop the misuse of religious symbols|
Sri Sambodhi Viharaya Chief prelate, Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thera, who is spearheading a campaign to prevent the misuse of religious symbols has called on the public to look for evidence to support it.
The Thera had petitioned the Supreme Court seeking an order to prevent the misuse of religious images. The court is expected to give a verdict soon.
Ven. Kusaladhamma Thera told The Sunday Times that during the past two years he and several others have been tracing offenders and getting the police to prosecute them under the Penal Code.
“Some politicians don’t help us through fear of losing votes. But we carried on, especially when we heard that some NGOs were distributing images of Lord Buddha in the North and East to defame the religion,” the Thera said.
“Although we only came across instances where images of Lord Buddha had been desecrated, we included other religions in the petition. All religions are the same and we should revere other religious leaders too. If anybody gets to know about any religious image being misused, they too could join us in our campaign,” the Thera said.
The petition had cited instances where Lord Buddha’s image had been used on ladies swim wear, candles moulded to the image similar to that of Lord Buddha and the depiction of the image of Lord Buddha on Compact Discs.
Although importing and merchandising such religiously offensive items in the country are prohibited under the Penal Code and the Customs Ordinanace Act, Ven. Kusaladhamma Thera said they had named the IGP and the Customs Chief as respondents in the case as they felt the two officers have had done little to prevent the misuse of Lord Buddha’s image within the country. The Thera has supported the petition by citing cases of the misuse of Lord Budhdha’s image in foreign countries including Britain, France and Thailand.
Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thera’s lawyer Prasantha Lal de Alwis, who is also part of the group spearheading the campaign said they always warned the people who had been nabbed for misusing images before prosecuting them.
Commenting on those who had been caught in the act he said they had taken action against an engineer who had misused the image of Lord Buddha as well as the staff in a hotel in Bentota who were to launch a ‘Buddha Bar’. “We got the tip off from some employeers so we could take action before they started it,” Mr. Alwis said.
“The offenders in all these instances were non-Buddhists, therefore we believe it is some kind of conspiracy against Buddhism. Though we have included all religious symbols in the petition, we we haven’t got any response from other religious leaders,” he said.
UNESCO support sought to stop misuse of Buddha images
In the wake of increasing complaints on the misuse of the Buddha’s image for commercial purposes, the Government has taken the initiative at UNESCO to obtain support from other Buddhist countries to prevent such practices internationally.
Secretary to the Buddha Sasana Ministry D.W. Abeywickrama said yesterday they along with the Foreign Affairs Ministry will initiate a Resolution in the UNESCO calling upon all Governments and commercial organisations to take action against such persons. “The Foreign Ministry has informed us that this question will be discussed at the forthcoming Executive Board Meeting of UNESCO in October this year,” he said.
The Secretary said they will take steps to prevent the misuse of Buddha’s image and Buddhist symbols at national level in collaboration with other ministries and government institutions.
“During the past few months we came across a number of instances where the Buddha’s image was used commercially in a manner that discredits Buddhism.
There is also a case pending in the Supreme Court on the matter. We assure the clergy and all Buddhists that action will be taken against such harmful practices,” he said.
Meanwhile, a group of Buddhist monks yesterday protested against the film Hollywood Buddha in front of the Buddha Sasana Ministry and forcibly entered the Ministry premises.
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Buddha bar, the popular French bar, which has an outlet in the Grosvenor House hotel here, has upset hundreds of Buddhists by placing an eight-foot tall statue of the sage and founder of Buddhism inside the bar.
<< A Buddha image inside “Buddha Bar”
The Buddhist population here, mainly from Sri Lanka, Thailand, India and China, see this as a gross misuse of their Lord’s name and his teachings and they look up to their governments to take up the matter with the authorities here.
”No Buddhist will be happy about a place that serves liquor and has Lord Buddha’s statue and Buddhist artefacts around,” Sunil Chandrakumara, a Sharjah-based Sri Lankan national and community worker told the Gulf Today daily here.
He also said, it is ”extremely painful” to see the Buddha’s images being misused and referred to a local furniture retailer using Lord Buddha’s image to advertise its wares.
When asked Jaideep Bhatia, marketing manager of the hotel, told the daily, ”I have no comments to make at this stage,” and said, there are many Buddha Bar outlets in the world.
Buddha Bar was created by Raymond Visan in Paris. The bar shot up into the popularity charts for the food, the ambience and the lounge music from DJ Claude Challe as the crossover music caught the fancy of the upwardly mobile.
Danushke Sanjeewa, also a Sri Lankan national, said it may not be easy to tackle an international chain like Buddha Bar. ”We may not be able to take them head on, but can at least register our protest and reveal our feelings over misusing Lord Buddha’s image,” he said.
He added that it was difficult to fathom how a place like Dubai that does not have a Buddhist temple has allowed a bar named so obviously after the Buddha.
”I hope the authorities will at least get the Buddha statues removed from the bar,” he said.
Mr Sanjeewa added that the eight-foot tall statue of Buddha is used as a showpiece in the hotel.
An Indian expatriate Jagan Rao said the whole thing is in bad taste. ”People should realise their moral responsibility in not hurting religious sentiments of anyone so as to develop a healthy societ,” he said.
In the backdrop of the storm raised over the cartoons of Prophet Mohammed, published in a Danish newspaper, Buddhists here hope that the authorities will act to ensure that the followers of other religions do not feel insulted in this cosmopolitan city.
How would the society react if they have found a crescent and star engrossed in the sole of shoes in a Muslim country?
What would be the reaction if somebody engross the cross in the sole of shoes in Italy or a Scandinavian country?
Would they treat is lightly?
So why should we take this case lightly?
Shouldn’t the culprits be given the maximum possible punishment for this disrespect of religion?
This is not the first time that anti-Buddhist elements made attempts to denigrate the Buddha and Buddhism. A couple of years ago, police raided some commercial establishments in the South and seized music CDs insulting the Enlightened One. Even some hotel managements were found to have insulted the Buddha by using his image in the most inappropriate manner to attract tourists
Disgust at cruel soup and abusive of Buddha name(By Palitha Ariyarathna,Propaganda secretary,National Buddhist Authority)
Buddha and Buddhist life began to criticize by many news in the world and it’s deeply hurting the Buddhist world. Peoples who are deal always with the judgments and criticisms about Buddhism insulting the Buddha by making bikinis with Buddha or bodi satwa state, using Buddhist emblems in their toilet accessories, or posting a Buddha in a naked magazine, or even many missionaries are ask for peoples to stamping on Buddha when they unethically convert to the any other goodish doctoring. Lastly extremist like to put a bomb at Buddha state and kill Buddhists in the name of their gods. Still lot of Buddhists are sleep and because of that in the world Buddha bar, Buddha soups or whatever began with the Buddha’s name become popular in many countries throughout the extremists.
Theravada version Buddha Bar
(this and act against Buddhist world)
Mahayanist or smile version of Buddha Bar logo
(this and act against Buddhist world)
Sales of a new Victoria’s Secret swimsuit featuring Buddhist images (link) have been halted internationally by international and local Buddhist protesting happens around 2004, something very sacred should not be used inappropriately in the world as community responsibility.lot of Buddhist concern on these questions.
Why lot peoples do insult on Buddhism and Buddha?
Why spared slander and gossip about Buddhist people?
Why Buddha become a popular in the several menus at five star hotels with meaning of intend to-do insulting Buddha covertly?.
Buddha preaches to the world:
1. Do not kill.
2. Do not steal.
3. Do not engage in sexual misconduct.
4. Do not lie.
5. Do not use intoxicants
If its the Buddha advice to the world why there is bar call Buddha bar?
Why several meat packs include the Buddha image?
Why Buddha picture on a slender Bikini?
Why selling in a five star hotel at Dubai dishes call The ‘Buddha Jump Over the wall’ and it’s containing Shark’s pin?.(link)
We like to thanks the Animal rights activity at Dubai for fire up the issues. But we wonder as a Buddhist was the right activity did not see the name of the Buddha should not be print on such a menu…
Sadly, we Buddhist we want to say to the world those sorts of comments are made every day by people who surround us. By the people we work with and take the train with everyday. Slander and insults are all around us. It’s should be stop now and Buddhists has to wake up.
Sometimes one Word can be weapons. Also in other way just as a kind word can keep you smile for hours, also we have to aware harsh word can ruin your day. “An injury is forgotten sooner than an insult”