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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.


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“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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>> La jude that Buddhism is not stupid

>>March 24, 2014.

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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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>> ACLU lawsuit against La school
>>Jan. 26, 2014.
>> Is Buddhism a religion?
>>Oct. 7, 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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>> Is Buddhism a religion?
>>Oct. 7, 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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Click to access original …

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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
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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. 


‘Is Buddhism A Religion?’ In The Respected, British ‘The Guardian’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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One of these days, when I am finished with popes I will start writing about Buddhism. Given that I was a Buddhist for 18 years I do know a fair amount about Buddhism. I have asked and answered the ‘is Buddhism a religion‘ question many times. IF your definition of a ‘religion’ involves or requires a God (with a capital ‘G’) or many gods (with little ‘gs’) you are out of luck and barking up the wrong tree. But, Buddhism is much more than meditation. It definitely talks about the after-life and the after-life-after-that and the after-life-after-that-and-that etc. etc. So if religion is something you want to deal with the afterlife, Buddhism will definitely give that to you with a healthy dose of reincarnation. It is reincarnation that made me stop being a Buddhist. For the world of me I cannot reconcile, come to terms with or believe in reincarnation. So, I stopped being a Buddhist. Not a big deal. I am not spiritual in any way or form.

But, some of you may find this article of interest. I didn’t have time to read all of it. I have to do some writing about Pius XII (#261) and why he was loath to appoint a Camerlengo. What I need to write has been buzzing around my head for 14 hours. I have to write it.

So you go ahead and read this. It is the start of a series from what I gather. So ‘bookmark’ it or whatever so you can find the other installments. Enjoy.


Click to access 'The Guardian' article.

Click to access ‘The Guardian’ article.


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