Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

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Re: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

Post by manas » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:35 pm

Kamran wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:18 pm


Its an important reminder that we all have defilements.

Buddhists are human and are no different than the humans of other religions.

Buddhists are most definitely prone to tribal violence in the name of their faith as history and recent events in Myanmar and Sri Lanka have proven.
If a Buddhist takes up arms and commits violence, even to 'defend' the faith, they are acting against the Buddhist scriptures, unlike in some other faiths in which such violence is, on occasion, actually mandated by a 'divine authority'. I'm questioning whether we can call someone who thinks it's ok to kill other human beings under these circumstances, a true Buddhist.
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securing this mind like a fort,
attack Mara with the spear of discernment,
then guard what's won without settling there,
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Re: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:14 pm

Kamran wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:18 pm

Its an important reminder that we all have defilements.

Buddhists are human and are no different than the humans of other religions.

Buddhists are most definitely prone to tribal violence in the name of their faith as history and recent events in Myanmar and Sri Lanka have proven.
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Re: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:40 pm

Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka Decry Anti-Muslim Riots

Buddhist monks and activists gathered in their hundreds on the streets of Colombo on Friday to protest communal violence between majority Buddhists and members of Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority that have resulted in at least two fatalities and compelled the government to declare a national state of emergency last week, the first time the measure has been used in seven years.

Riots erupted in and around the central city of Kandy early last week after a Sinhalese man died following an altercation over a traffic dispute with a group of Muslim men. Tensions escalated on 6 March, when the body of a Muslim man was discovered in a burned-out building. The ensuing riots and retaliatory attacks by Buddhist mobss over subsequent days have left two people dead, several dozen injured, with mosques attacked and dozens of homes and business destroyed.

Representatives of the National Bhikku Front said the silent demonstration in Colombo was a protest against the violence that risks re-opening barely healed rifts in Sri Lankan society. “Communal clashes are destroying national unity,” said monks. “We must defeat this trend.” (AsiaNews.it)

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The National Bhikku Front said it organised the silent demonstration in Colombo to protest the communal violence. From aljazeera.com

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