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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, ….


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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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by Anura Guruge


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

by Anura Guruge


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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Sri Lankan Archbishop Emeritus, Oswald Gomis’ 2017 Christmas Greetings.

by Anura Guruge



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arch_oswaldAs with posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Christmas Card,” posting Archbishop Oswald Gomis‘ Christmas card is an annual, honored and cherished privilege. 

He has been a good and valued friend for many years.

He and my adoptive father were roughly contemporaneous and firm friends though on many issues related to religion they were on opposite sides. But, that was the beauty and magic of WHAT WAS Ceylon in the 1950s and 1960s. Folks were still friends, relatives and neighbors irrespective of religion.

Father Gomis is a wonderful human being. And to I, that is all that matters. He is now 85-years old.

Enjoy. 

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


Over the last few years he has been using the ‘+’ in front of his name.

That is not a plus sign. It is meant to be a CROSS. It is meant to connote a title assumed by clergy in the medieval times — that of a SINNER. So, the ‘+’ indicates that the Archbishop is signing himself, out of HUMILITY, as a ‘sinner’.


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ICC Should Take Religion Out Of Cricket — Forthwith.

by Anura Guruge


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Watch the start of this YouTube video — 0:39 second mark.

And you will see what I am getting at.


Check YouTube for any and all videos from 2017 involving the Pakistan or Bangladesh teams.


Cricket has a wonderful camaraderie, exemplary behavior on the field and a very precise, and clear ‘Code of Conduct’ that makes sure that it remains THE sport of gentlemen and ladies.

In spirit of the multicultural, multiethnic and MULTIRELIGIOUS nature of cricket — even with the SAME team, e.g., Sri Lanka — we should take religion out of cricket.

I am talking ALL religions. I, as many know, am totally areligious — a reformed, born-again heathen. I have no axe to grind against any religion. I respect those of all religions but prefer if they kept their religion to themselves.

I really do NOT think God or gods play any role in cricket!

IF God chose who wins the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 how come the Israelites didn’t play cricket thousands of years ago.

IF you are an avid cricket fan YOU KNOW what I am talking about — and yes, the above YouTube video spells it all out.

DO NOT get me wrong. I like Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. Some of my abiding cricket heroes are from Pakistan … Imran, Zaheer, Intikhab.

IF the truth be known I am very fond of Sarfraz Ahmed. I root for him, always. I am glad they won. They sure played one heck of a match. But, hearing ALL of them, on rote, claim that this was all due to “All mighty …” irks me. When they beat Australia, how do you think Steve Smith felt when he was subjected to that. Same God.

I never believed God picked sides in wars and always found in amusing that both the Allies and the Germans were constantly praying to the same God asking for the other side to be vanquished.

So, that is it ….

Lets just UPDATE our glorious ‘Code of Conduct’ to include that captains and players cannot reference any religions and religious figures during any public appearances.


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by Anura Guruge

Sri Lankan Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis’ 2016 Christmas Greetings.

by Anura Guruge


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arch_oswaldAs with posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Christmas Card,” posting Archbishop Oswald Gomis‘ Christmas card is an honored and cherished privilege.

He has been a good and valued friend for many years.

He and my adoptive father were roughly contemporaneous and firm friends though on many issues related to religion they were on opposite sides. But, that was the beauty and magic of WHAT WAS Ceylon in the 1950s and 1960s. Folks were still friends, relatives and neighbors irrespective of religion.

Father Gomis is a wonderful human being. And to I, that is all that matters.

Enjoy. 

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.

 


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Meditation Is In No Way Related To Religion.

by Anura Guruge


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No one religion can claim a right to meditation and meditation itself is totally independent of any and all religions. PERIOD.

All the major religions talk about some form or other of meditation. Not to do so would be incongruous, to say the least. Meditation is about mindfulness, reflection, introspection — all things that all religions want you to indulge in. But, there are millions of people who are areligious, including I, who meditate. So to claim that meditation is in someway related to or associated with religion is ridiculous. And it invariably cracks me up when ‘those from the West’ get all animated when talking about Buddhism and meditation. Ah! If only they knew. Buddhism, at its core, is about reincarnation. Meditation is but a tool to contemplate your life and future lives so you can get a grip on making sure you don’t end up getting reincarnated as a fly.

So why this sudden outburst on this issue. It has to do with the Publishing Industry codes assigned to books called “Book Industry Standards and Communications Codes” (BISAC codes). When I went to assign the BISAC for my “Brain Meditation” book I was shocked to discover that ‘meditation’ is buried deep inside the ‘Religion’ category! See below. No big deal but I do NOT consider my book with having ANYTHING to do with religion. It actually says that in the text!


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Sri Lanka So Miffed About United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution Should Leave The U.N. Or Act Adult.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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For "New York Times" coverage.

For “New York Times” coverage.


Click for Sri Lanka 'FT' coverage.

Click for Sri Lanka ‘FT’ coverage.


The vote. Click to ENLARGE.

The vote. Click to ENLARGE.


What MY Prime Minister had to say about it ... in the U.K. "Daily Mirror'.

What MY Prime Minister had to say about it … in the U.K. “Daily Mirror’.


Protests in Houston, TX. Click for YouTube video.

Protests in Houston, TX. Click for YouTube video.


Yes, of course, I can be impartial, aloof and maybe even cussed about this because I had no skin in this and continue not to have any. It all happened after I was long gone and it never really touched me.

But, I have heard much of the rumblings and accusations, against both sides, after the war.

My take on this is as a Brit and a cricketer — and I am saying this because the majority of Sri Lankan’s still love their cricket and understand the phrase it is just not cricket.

IF you belong to a club YOU have to adhere to its rules, try to change them procedurally and, if you can’t, and it still rankles you — get the hell out.

Just a few months ago the Sri Lankans were glibly talking about leaving the Commonwealth because they were miffed that certain Commonwealth Heads of State had concerns about human rights violations during the war. Well why aren’t they talking about leaving the U.N.?

To me, and again see opening line, this resolution is NOT a big deal. Yes, Sri Lankan pride, never far from the surface, has been bruised. Well, that is life in the BIG World.

What is this ‘investigation’ going to do? 25 years from now nobody will recall this. Look at the countries that voted for it. Chile! Mexico! Sierra Leone! Come on. Talk about the ‘pottle’ calling the kettle black.

OK. Just to assuage the collective ego throw some tantrums over the next few days … then either shut up let them do their thing … or leave the U.N. and get on with it.


“Sri Lanka Reconciliation” A Rah-Rah 30 Minute Booster Informercial Video That Aired On Some NBC & ABC Outlets This Weekend.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click any of these three captured screenshots to access the (free) YouTube video.

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This was evocative. Cricket in Ceylon. As far as I remember I played some form of cricket every day of my life when I was a boy over there.


This, from what I have heard, was made by a U.S. marketing company, for around US $65K (which is one heck of a good deal), at the behest (and largess) of a Sri Lankan bank (which, obviously, has an interest in promoting the very promising prospects of Sri Lanka).

I haven’t had the time to watch more than the first few minutes. But it looks interesting. They have a better MRI than what we have locally. Maybe I should fly to Colombo for my next MRI. It will be cheaper — of that there can be no doubt or debate.

Well, I wanted to share this (so that people won’t bust my chops saying that I only promote shows about the Vatican).

It should be good. ENJOY.


Louisiana Court Decision That “Buddhism Is NOT Stupid” Greeted With Glee By Sri Lankan Buddhists.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access original from "care2.com" OR Google "Louisiana Buddhist" for plenty of others.

Click to access original from “care2.com” OR Google “Louisiana Buddhist” for plenty of others.


I talked about this in January when the news broke and even pointed out how it is possible to easily be a good Buddhist while at the same time semi-embracing Christianity (or any other religion) without in anyway being in conflict let alone violation.

That a judge would deem the act of anybody associated with a public school, even in Bible-Belt Louisiana, calling a religion ‘stupid’ unlawful was a given. I think most U.S. folks knew that this would be the outcome of this case. That was clear cut. But, I am glad the Sri Lankan Buddhists are so delighted with the ruling. 

I read about 4 articles and could only find one passing reference to the monetary damages awarded to the parents. From what I could see they were awarded $4,000 to cover their transportation costs for driving their kids to another school — and the school district that was sued ordered to provide them, for free, bus transportation to the new school in future.

All of what the school was told to comply with, in future, in terms of what they say and do about religion, goes without saying was the standard American “motherhood and apple pie” creed when it comes to religion in school.

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As far as I am concerned, and as I did say in January, this misguided and obviously very insecure teacher should be fired not for calling Buddhism stupid BUT for her inexcusable and extremely ignorant (even by the low-standards of Louisiana) use of excessive exclamation points. (See image above.) To be that was the most egregious of her faults. My god. So many exclamation points. She really should be fired for that or, at a minimum, forced to attend one-year of College to learn English.

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As for the parents, as I also did say in January, they need to better educate their children about Buddhism — especially when it comes to the Buddhist concept of creation, or more to the point, lack thereof.

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Yes, I have finally started working on a book on Buddhism. When it is published it will definitely help people see Buddhism in a different light — the way I was taught to appreciate Buddhism. 


ACLU Lawsuit Against Louisiana School Related to Buddhism Being A Religion Very Disturbing On Multiple Fronts.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access original coverage or Google for plenty of other stories on same …


I saw this on Google yesterday and was very rattled by it on multiple fronts. Of course, incontrovertibly, a teacher should NOT have told the young man that his religion was stupid. That was a very stupid thing to do. Of that there can be no doubt or debate. I am glad that the ACLU is going to go after the school on that. This, with luck, could become the modern day (Scopes) Monkey Trial. I think the time is ripe to litigate this ‘how we came to be here’ issue yet again.

As anybody who is familiar with my work, or has followed this blog, will know, Buddhism is yet another subject that I know more than I should. Actually I consider myself quite an expert in Buddhism since for the first 14 years of life (bar one week), I was totally and utterly immersed in Buddhism. There wasn’t a day that went by when I did not meet and speak with at least one Buddhist monk. I even used to consider a Buddhist chief monk as my best adult friend — given that I saw him and chatted with him nearly every day. I was forced to go to Sunday (and for a short while ‘Poya’) Day school. Would, on average, go to a Buddhist temple at least one other time during the week. There was Buddhist shrine in the house etc. etc. I considered myself a Buddhist until I was 18 and then renounced it because the fundamental notion of reincarnation did not make any sense to me. Much of this has already been documented here on this blog. There is even a YouTube video.

That said the MOST disturbing thing in all of this is highlighted here:

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A teacher using multiple exclamation marks is beyond stupid, and shows a total lack of understanding of the English — even worse than somebody trying to use the beautiful word ‘portend‘ without knowing how to use it. There is another disturbing item in that clipping and I will come back to that later.

Buddhism, in my opinion, is NOT a religion. I dealt with it briefly here. Let me share my main rationale for this. The Buddha is gone. That is one thing that I totally, 100%, agree with him. I too will be gone when I die. Though unlike him, though I am a saint (and you can find folks saying that about me on the Web), I do not intend (thank god) to reach nirvana. I will just be gone. Because I do NOT believe in any kind of residual when I die.

Buddha’s lack of existence is a problem to those Buddhists that have managed to work it out. So, Buddhism does NOT provide anyone to whom you can pray! That is a problem. People want somebody that can intercede. Buddhism doesn’t have that. I grew up among some of the supposedly most devout of Buddhists in Ceylon. Nearly all of them, without batting an eyelid, prayed, daily, actually many times a day, to Hindu gods. That to me is the MAIN reason why I don’t class Buddhism as a religion. If Buddhism was a religion per se, Buddhist wouldn’t have to co opt gods from other religions to get by.

I have for most of my life maintained that Buddhism is a philosophy, a way of life, than a religion per se. Many educated Buddhists do not have a problem with that. Thank god — and maybe that should be one of the three Hindu gods that are worshipped by the Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

So the teacher, the school, this young man and his parents are basically arguing over a matter that really is not worth arguing. Don’t call Buddhism a stupid religion. Just stop worrying that Buddhism is a religion.

Now let me share with you, as a subject matter expert, something that will shock you.

You can, if you really understand Buddhism
(and are secure in that),

be a Buddhist and a Christian (of sorts) without a problem!

My adoptive mother was a Buddhist’s Buddhist. A paragon of Buddhism. But, she, was 13 years taught at a Baptist Girls School in Colombo, Ceylon. But, here is the kicker. The thing she loved most about her job was that she was the one that played the piano for the daily Christian service — and she got to belt out the hymns that she adored so much. She saw no problem with that. A good Buddhist playing the piano for Christians and joining them, with gusto (and she was also a singer), in their hymns. We didn’t have a piano. We had relatives that did. My mother, who played by ear, was often in demand to play the piano. Part of her repertoire was hymns. We didn’t have a car radio — and we drove a LOT. So we had to make our own music. My mother would sing ‘Silent Night’ year round. She would sing ‘Silent Night’ as we would be driving to a Buddhist temple.

So, it can be done.

My surrogate, as opposed to my adoptive, father was a Baptist. I spent at least 40% of my young life at his house. So I would transition from a very committed Buddhist household to a Baptist household and back again without even noticing it. The joys of real enlightened Buddhism. In terms of personality, if not looks, I most resemble him. And I am very glad of that. There is no way that I can, alas, look like him. He, a (Dutch) Burgher, was white. I, as you all know, am brown.

I feel bad for the young man. At 11 or 12, as he should be, be really should learn how to spell ‘Buddha’ — but then again, who am I to speak when it comes to spelling. That said, his parents have done him a great injustice. The Buddha, who was never a god (even with a small ‘g’), never ‘made’ or ‘created’ anything! That is Buddhist gospel. So for him to even think that the ‘Lord Buddha’ could have made anything shows acute confusion.

All told, this is all very sad. I worry about these things.

Yes, #4 or #5 on my current lists of books I have yet to write is a definitive book on Buddhism.