BBS does not represent entire Sangha

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The sentiments expressed by the Bodu Bala Sena monks do not represent the views of the entire Sangha community, Anunayake Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thero said yesterday.

“In any community, there are those who hold extremist views. But a majority of Sinhala Buddhists look at this issue in a far more balanced way,” the Thero told a news conference.

He said one of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism was religious tolerance. “The views of the Bodu Bala Sena are not the views of the entire Sangha community,” he said.
He said the Sangha did not seek to create conflict between communities. “We don’t use our fists to solve problems, we use our brains,” he said.

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23 Responses to “BBS does not represent entire Sangha”

  1. Shem on March 12th, 2013 7:06 am

    Well it’s a good sign. You cannot justify violence.
    If the bodu Bala sena has the right can so can the
    Siva Sena and the Hamas.

  2. JJ on March 12th, 2013 7:07 am

    Great to see this issue resolved, thanks to Muslim community for being practical about it, Yes I would assume only a very small minority is behind BBS. we need to think about progress in this country that would mean all communities working together.

  3. Rodger Williams on March 12th, 2013 7:09 am

    Well, if this is the case, all these priest in the BBS must be denounced in public and stipped of their robes. Let us see how courageous the entire Sangha Community is? Or, perhaps the Buddhist people themselves will act and chase these bogus priest out. A Buddhist reformation?

  4. Dinu on March 12th, 2013 9:07 am

    Ven B Thero,
    We truly need Bikkus who represent BBS, who come forward to protect our religion, than tolerance. We know there are kind of Bikkus who look after their own benefits and comports tolerate anything for selfishness. Those Bikkus dont care about religion, country or nation, they are name sake bikkus who enjoys a luxury life today.
    They and their kin and kith owe masses of this country and Buddhism.
    We truly respect BBS who truly concern about religion, buddhists and country.

  5. silva on March 12th, 2013 9:20 am

    Sri Lanka has to cultivate more educated people than racist

  6. Roshan on March 12th, 2013 9:53 am

    Who started this BBS, it is the Govt who started this to counter the Sangha when they try to support Sarath Fonseka after the presidential election.

  7. Tuan on March 12th, 2013 10:37 am

    Correct,but the government and Sangha were very silent when the violent protest,agitations,hate posters were directed towards muslims of Sri Lanka.

  8. Yosuf on March 12th, 2013 10:57 am

    A timely comment by the Learnt Thero, who is regarded in high esteem by all.I had an opportunity to meet him once . He is well composed and his comments are thought provoking. As a muslim I am pleased to see such respectable Sangha in the society.

  9. Dawood on March 12th, 2013 12:04 pm

    its unfortunate that the Buddhists picked on innocent Muslims who were not militant or separatist. Now the eye of the many global organizations that create indefinite and indiscriminate terror will be on the SL Buddhists and they will organize a decades long wave of conflict.

    All this could have been avoided if the Buddhists had simply been humble and happy not ravenous and full of rage and supremacy in victory over the Tamils.

    The Buddhists have put themselves in the bulls eye with no one else to blame…good luck…

  10. raja on March 12th, 2013 12:10 pm

    BBS used brains as u said but other extremist or rascit sinhalese people use everything on behalf of sinhalese. so be caution before u could start anything.

    as u said there are some people used to do crimes under ur names.

  11. soma on March 12th, 2013 12:19 pm

    we all know this BBS is a government supported group to discriminate the minorities in sri lanka. after ltte now muslims,then they will attack christians. I appreciate if the BBS could stop crimes done by most sinhalese, bars,night clubs,brothels,casinos,massage parlours.

  12. tyu on March 12th, 2013 12:25 pm

    is our muslims are so stupid why should they accepted to do the halal certification for free of charge for export only. who will pay the bills of employees and other expenses. we prefered halal specially on meat items, so ti will be not able in local market then should stop this halal process why did they accept for export only. i cant believe this. we did not wash our backs but wanted to wash others backs WHY.

  13. NALEEM on March 12th, 2013 12:29 pm

    WE SHOULD STOP THE ISSUE OF HALAL CERTIFICATES FOR EXPORT MARKET, WHY SHOULD WE DO IT FOR FREE OF CHARGE WHEN WE DONT HAVE IN LOCAL MARKET.

  14. milhan on March 12th, 2013 1:02 pm

    bbs has a hidden agenda….why cant bbs stop sexual crimes…boozining…etc…above 65% courtcases are sexreleted…and srilanka tops among boozing nation…what a shame..im a mulim patiot. not communal minded like bbs.bbs if u want to make pious ur followers just do that its good…but dont antoganise them being pious…its not buddism…

  15. Rushdy on March 12th, 2013 3:30 pm

    Well said sir but don’t you think it is responsible of Sanga to come out and said this more openly than this and call action against BBS

  16. kali on March 12th, 2013 3:53 pm

    I have a message for the Honourable Anunayake Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thero. What you say is heartning but sadly you are in the minority. If proof was needed as to the importance of BBS who are on the rise you dont need look further than Gotha being the Guest of Honour shaking hands with BBS. Under MR these racist groups have grown in confidence and prominence and it is not going to be very easy to shake them off.

  17. ranjith chandrasekera on March 12th, 2013 4:37 pm

    Action taken by BBS is not against Muslims, but religious fanatics attempt to take control of the economy by introducing Halal.

    Past few decades Muslims had no problem consuming food that were not Halal. Then, the Muslim women in Sri Lanka did not fancy to wear Hijab and Burka, instead had a cloth covering the head and elderly women had corner of the saree to cover the head. The men, mostly the elders who had been on pilgrimage to Mecca had a red hat and others but not all used to wear a handkerchief to cover the head when attending the prayer time. They all communicated in either in Sinhalese or Tamils.

    At a recent press conference a spoke person for Ulima said that Muslims in Sri Lanka does not consider Saudi Arabia or any other Islamic country as their country of birth, other than Sri Lanka. If so, why are they now trying to implement Halal certificates and promoting their children to learn Arabic.

    This phenomena is not happening only in Sri Lanka. Islam invasion has become a global issue, threatening freedom of other believers.

  18. Zacky on March 12th, 2013 5:53 pm

    It is now for the Muslims to come up with a similar view. The theologians should rein in the pseudo Muslim exhibitionists. Like the famous French saying .” L’habille ne fait pas le moine”. Your dress doesn’t make you a priest. In Malaysia only the theologians can wear the religious garb. But in Sri Lanka every Tom Dick and Harry is in a religious garb and creating mayhem with their half baked knowledge among the gullible young Muslims.

  19. Christy on March 12th, 2013 7:00 pm

    We support BBS. Some monks do not  stand for the nation and its people . Well for the Sinhalese budist people. Since we did not use our fist to solve our problems as some monks wanted. We were under white man since 1505 until 1948 and after that a 30 year war with Tamils, this pattern must stop. Long live the BBS

  20. Jay on March 12th, 2013 8:11 pm

    No right thinking buddhist would support BBS,Some external forces are out to create troubles,may be LTTE related people trying to fan up tensions by posting racist comments online .

  21. Lee on March 13th, 2013 7:44 am

    guess who was the chief guest at the opening ceremony in galle buddhist centre which is an offshoot of bodu bala sena

  22. gamaral on March 13th, 2013 4:08 pm

    Budhism is a religion of tolerance and Islam is a religion of peace. In both religions, we have followers of idiots, ingots, lunatics, and fanatics. In Islam, we have Thaliban to daface the beauty of the relitigion and for Budhism we have BBS filling the void. Thank God, we still have people with a firm head on their shoulder so that we will not see another ’83 of Sri Lanka or ’91 of India.

  23. Capucine on March 13th, 2013 11:31 pm

    This is the result of the jocular constitutions brought up by Colvin and JR.It is high time that we teach these  BBS what they are. Let us hammer them till they cry for mercy

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