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.
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.
Donald Trump In His Diwali Tweet Gets The List Of Celebrants Mangled; 96% Of Buddhists DO NOT Celebrate Diwali!
They must have looked it up on Wikipedia — because they got the list HORRIBLY wrong!
Diwali, as most people do know, is first and foremost a HINDU celebration. A very special holiday for them.
So, in any list re. Diwali, Hindus need to come first ….
Having the list starting with Buddhists is a JOKE.
Only a very small, Nepal-specific subset of Buddhists celebrate Diwali.
96%, if not 98%, of Buddhists do NOT celebrate Diwali.
This was a REALLY STUPID Tweet — even by Donald Trump standards.
Yes, there was a 2nd Tweet that tried to rectify matters by mentioning the Hindus.
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How to gradually reduce sensual desires?
Doesn’t old age do enough on that front?
You can read my response. I do NOT think they were amused BUT, as Buddhist, they are way to polite to delete my comment or be rude to I.
Sad. Sad. Sad.
Some very sad, unhappy people in this world.
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A friend of mine by sending me a detailed exposition of ‘Determinism’ got me thinking about ‘Free Will’ again.
And that got me thinking. Poor Mary. She had NO choice. She was NOT given a chance to say ‘No’!
Wow. How times have changed?
But, we don’t bring this up. It should be.
As a child I was brought up to think what an amazing person Gautama Buddha was. Then, in my 40s, as a DIVORCED dad of two, I suddenly realized something. Gautama Buddha was a Deadbeat Dad! He abandoned his 1-day old son and snuck away at night with a male servant. They never heard from him for 7-years. Classic Deadbeat Dad. Buddhists get very mad at me when I bring this up. But, it has to be said.
Why do we cut slack?
And that then brings up …
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.
What do YOU think?
This is the very first time I have seen an ordinal — in this case XIV (for ’14’) — used next to the Dalai Lama title. With the use of the Roman numerals it looked exactly the same as that used by popes.
Not sure whether this is official or whether it was a creation of western ‘graphic artist’ trying to be clever.
There is nothing wrong with it. I am just curious about the timing. Why now.
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Search on ‘Burma’ & ‘Buddhism’.