Daily Archives: April 15, 2015

Vesak 2015 In Sri Lanka Will Be On Sunday, May 3 (Not In June Per Some).

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 2014 Vesak greeting.
>> Happy Vesak 2014.
>> Vesak 2014 Pandols.
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No sooner is the Sinhala New Year, April 13 – 14,
done and dusted before Sri Lankan Buddhists
have to start gearing up for Vesak —
the Buddhist equivalent of Christmas, Good Friday
and Epiphany rolled into one mega holy day.

Sri Lankan Buddhist celebrate Vesak
on the Full Moon day of May
in 2015, on May 3, 2015 in Sri Lanka.

Buddhist in other countries will
celebrate it on June 1 — the June Full Moon.

It is possible that the Sri Lankans are celebrating it too early —
the May 2015 Full Year falling rather early in the month.

No matter. In Sri Lanka this is not negotiable
(like so much else when it comes to Buddhism).

Vesak is always the May Full Moon.

So with Aluth Avurudda successfully negotiated,
we will now turn our attention to Vesak —
though I do not ‘celebrate’ it per se.

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Pope ‘Who Am I To Judge’ Francis Takes A Dig Against Gay Marriage.

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by Anura Guruge


Some Related Posts (click to access):
>> Francis nixes gay French ambassador.

* Visits by popes to the U.S.
* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.

Pope Francis’ ‘complicit silence’ … 
Pope Francis co-writes song.

† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.
† Keith O’Brien benighted title Ss. Gioacchino …
† Keith O’Brien resignation as cardinal

Francis says the darnest things 
Francis airport -> Colombo
† Topless protests

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This pope, Francis, IF you haven’t worked it out as yet is the absolute master of doublespeak. IF he was Indian as opposed to Argentinian we would say: ‘this pope speaks with forked tongue’.

What he says, which he knows will get FAVORABLE media coverage, is NOT what he believes in or, even more importantly, what he plans to change.

Despite his (in)FAMOUS “Who am I to judge” remark, this pope, per his upbringing, is not pro LGBT when it comes to Church teaching. He, just last week, refused to accept the nominated French ambassador to the Vatican because he was gay.

He has openly opposed gay marriage and adoption by gay couples.

So this is yet another HEADS UP to those that labor under the mistaken assumption that this pope, Francis, will change the Catholic Church’s attitude and teachings when it comes to LGBT.


Sri Lankan Buddhists, In Their Fervor, Can Be So Funny & Disingenuous.

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I happened to see this yesterday on Wikipedia when I was looking up dates for Ceylon’s (now Sri Lanka’s) ex-Prime Minister Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike.

It just cracked me up (and then reminded me of the agonized hand wringing that took place 56 years ago).

“… his assassination by a Buddhist robe wearer in 1959”.

A “Buddhist robe wearer”?

The assassin was a well known, relatively senior Buddhist MONK.

That was why he was a “Buddhist robe wearer”. He wore Buddhist robes BECAUSE he was a genuine Buddhist monk.

Say it. To obfuscate with words like that is just silly and sad.

Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike was shot and killed by a Buddhist monk. Period.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._W._R._D._Bandaranaike


The Wikipedia entry for S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike goes onto say, quite clearly, that the assassin was a Buddhist monk. So why the “Buddhist robe wearer” nonsense?


The Wikipedia entry for Talduwe Somarama, in addition, even calls him ‘thero‘ — which means a Buddhist monk!

So this is all rather silly and makes the Sri Lankan Buddhist look quite immature.


I remember Mr. Bandaranaike assassination, though I was but 6. I remember the funeral. I followed the trial of Somarama with great interest. I wanted him hanged. He had killed my Prime Minister. Given the circles I traveled in those days, I knew at least two people who visited with Somarama in prison. I remember grilling them about their visit, what they saw, what he had to say etc. I also remembered that he gave up his robes before he was hanged. That was a BIG deal. They didn’t want to hand a Buddhist priest. I also used to know the chief hangman — at the time! Yea. I moved in a rather interesting circle. Not many people we didn’t know. I had FORGOTTEN that they said that he had become a Christian two days BEFORE he was hung. That was Ceylon. Not much has changed when it comes to stuff like this. Talk about … FUNNY.