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Treatment Of This 70-Year Old, Kandy Temple Elephant Is A SIN On All Sri Lankan Buddhists.

by Anura Guruge

From TODAY. Click image to access their Facebook page. They are REAL.

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Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia. He is no longer in charge. But, ….

Click to access my post from just a few months ago.

I do NOT think this can be dismissed as FAKE news. I am NOT there in Kandy, to go and check, but the pictures look real. [Yes, it was over 50-years ago BUT I used to visit the Temple often, have fed the elephants and, moreover, have, unlike most, had the privilege of seeing the REAL tooth relic (inside the innermost sanctum) as opposed to the replica that is on display and paraded in the perahera.]

This is distressing. There is NO excuse for this.

I am kind of surprised and puzzled. In general, ‘we’ (i.e., Sri Lankans) take good care of our elephants — despite some unnecessary stupidity like getting them to kneel to worship Buddhist statues. This is beyond the pale.

This kind of inhumane treatment has no place in any culture, let alone a culture that CLAIMS to value compassion.

I, alas, now, have ZERO contacts in Sri Lanka. I left 52-years ago — this month.

But, I ‘messaged’ Neranjan Wijeyeratne via Facebook. He was one of the many surrogate sons my parents adopted. He lived with them in Paris for years. I was living in the U.K. at the time. But, we visited Paris often and as such I knew Neranjan well. Let’s see if I hear back from him.

IF YOU have contacts in Sri Lanka — ideally with clout, PLEASE do something about this.

This is ANOTHER blot-in-the-copybook for Sri Lankan Buddhists.

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Making Elephants Worship The Buddha Is So Very Juvenile — And So Very Sri Lankan!

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Click to ENLARGE. Saw it on my Facebook timeline today. It makes me very angry and sad.

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This upsets me, greatly. Elephants do NOT worship the Buddha, any other gods or anybody for that matter. Elephants do NOT worship.

Do NOT foist religion on elephants or any other animal.

Dogs do not go to heaven, and elephants have NO notion of religion.

Yes, Sri Lankan Buddhists think this is so special and noble. They are too shallow to appreciate that it makes them look … Well, how can I say it politely.

Elephants deserve better.

To be FAIR, Sri Lankan elephants are, by and large, well treated. They are taught to kneel. So, they will kneel.

This is so juvenile. I wish they would grow up.

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One Expensive, And As Such Possible Rare, Buddha Statue For Sale — And That Puzzles Me.

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I know these folks and they are very nice people. We visit their magical gallery & garden, in Northeast Harbor, Maine — i.e., ‘Acadia‘ — at least once a year. We have even chatted about Buddha statues.

I am in no way trying to cast aspersions but when I saw this it got me slightly puzzled and concerned.

Shouldn’t this be in a museum? In the scheme of things it is not that old, but, it is old enough and no doubt also rare.

I would hate to see it end up in someone’s house as a decoration or worse still as a garden decoration. Heaven forbid it ending up in some corner of a Chinese restaurant.

My point is very simple. This appears to be a statue that warrants some high level attention and care.

I am going to see if I can get a Buddhist temple to show some interest in it. That is all.

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Would You Put A Statue Of Jesus In Fish Tank At A Chinese Restaurant?

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I was both surprised and amused to see this in what was quite a big & fancy fish tank at the ‘new’ ‘Eastern Paradise‘ Chinese restaurant in Rochester, New Hampshire.

What were — or what are — they thinking?

Yes, there are UNLIKELY to be many Buddhists in Rochester.

People, even the Chinese would never think of putting images of Jesus in unusual surroundings — but they have no compunction when it comes to the Buddha. Maybe it is because they kind of know that he is not around. He is a goner. Attained ‘nirvana’ — meaning he ceased to exist.

Not as BAD as the Incense Dispenser I saw at T.J. Maxx in 2016!

Then there was also the Buddha inside a snow globe!

If I was the restaurant owner I would have had second thoughts about this. Not the smartest thing in the world to do.

What do YOU think?

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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans — July 18, 2018.

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Buddha In A Snow Globe — The Supreme Irony.

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This was today, at our local ‘Marshalls‘ in Rochester, New Hampshire.

It was, of course, nowhere near as offensive as the Incense Dispenser I saw at T.J. Maxx in 2016. [See below] Still amuses me how folks think nothing of disrespecting the Buddha. But, he doesn’t mind since he is not around and I doubt whether too many truly devout Buddhists shop at Marshalls or T.J. Maxx. C’est la vie.

The first thing that crossed my mind was Buddha and snow. After some thought I came to the conclusion that he probably did encounter some snow in his travels — since the physical domain he operated in (discounting the supernatural flying through the air stories) did encroach upon the foothills of the Himalayas. I doubt whether he saw much snow but he probably did see some — maybe just in the distance, on the mountains.

Then I was struck by the supreme irony. Buddha trapped inside a glass globe! Wow. He hated being trapped. He so desperately wanted out — out of everything. So, this is a rather cruel joke — of sorts.

Did I buy it? NO. Just too this picture with my Google Pixel 2.

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Buddha’s Birthday — April 8, i.e., Today, Is NOT Universally Celebrated/Accepted As Such.

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Click to ENLARGE and read this snippet here which does talk about April 8th as the Buddha’s birthday. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access the original article from
The Japan Times‘.

Most Buddhists believe that the Buddha was both born on and died on the Full Moon day of May — albeit 70 odd years apart.

Hence the widely celebrated holiday of Vesak — which is on the month of May Full Moon.

So celebrating the Buddha’s birthday on April 8th seems strange.

Yes, of course, one could have worked backwards and tried to determine when the Full Moon was in ‘that month’. It would not have been April or May. Those are European creations that make centuries later. So, trying to nail a specific date would be hard and quite ‘hit or miss’.

Big difference between April and May — and a fixed date vs. the Full Moon.

Just wanted to make sure YOU appreciated that April 8th is not universally accepted or celebrated as the Buddha’s birthday. Not by a long chalk.

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Would The Buddha Really Have Said “When You Love A Flower, You Water It Daily”?

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I saw this on Facebook Friday, December 16, 2016.

As soon as I saw this it struck me, immediately and viscerally, as incongruous.


I really don’t remember hearing much about the Buddha, i.e., Gautama Buddha, talking about love! That is true and in my youth I was very immersed in Buddhism and would have remembered if ‘love’ was a major plank of the Buddha’s teaching.

Got me thinking. Gautama Buddha and love! Hhhhmmmm.

This was a man who walked away from his newly born son, supposedly his only child, without a backward glance or any regrets — within 24 hours of the son being born! This was a man who walked away from his doting wife. Why? Because he fretted that life was misery. I only started seeing this aspect of the Buddha over the last 15 – 20 years. I do not see him as what you would call an affectionate person.

Then there is his WHOLE thing about ATTACHMENTS. Love is the ultimate form of attachment.

And then on further reflection I realized that it is very unlikely that the Buddha would have said: “When You Love A Flower, You Water It Daily”.

Three reasons.

  1. This would have created an attachment to a ‘thing’, i.e., the flower, that by nature would soon die. That was anathema to the Buddha. So, that was strike one.
  2. The Buddha was BIG into flowers — as ‘things’ that should be used when meditating, and doing so by focusing on how a fresh, beautiful flower would soon die, wither away and become unsightly. Strike two.
  3. The Buddha would have known that you don’t water a flower per se, and that any amount of watering would not permit it to last ‘that long’. Strike three.

I could be wrong. But, this does not sound like a saying from the Buddha. Enlighten me IF I am wrong. I am all ears.

Thanks. Merry Christmas.

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Think – Today: Did “General Tso’s Chicken” Get That Name?

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tsocIt is a staple, and one could even claim that it is one of the most popular dishes in American Chinese joints — General Tso’s chicken (also spelled, General Gao’s/Gau’s chicken, General Tao’s chicken or General Tsao’s chicken. So who was this general and how did he invent this dish.

Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.

Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Who Features In The Tallest Statue On Earth” — interestingly (and possibly ironically) the three tallest, currently standing statues in the world, feature a Buddha! It would appear that 5 of the ten tallest statues (in the world) depict a Buddha. Check the list out on Wikipedia

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Meditation For The Day — Learning To Stretch Time.

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