Wednesday, September 19, 2018 09:33:23 PM

The Silent Sangha

By Soraya Deen - Thu Jul 12, 12:40 am

Featured image courtesy PMDNews

One of the greatest challenges facing Sri Lanka today is the failure to bring about communal reconciliation in the island. Hate has grown, gone rampant and viral. On a recent visit to Lanka I was alarmed to hear fellow Sri Lankans freely express a high level of fear and hatred towards their counterparts. I remembered the words of Brian Eno, who once said, “Feelings are more dangerous than ideas, because they aren’t susceptible to rational evaluation. They grow quietly, spreading underground, and erupt suddenly, all over the place.”

The majority Buddhist (constituting approximately 75% of Sri Lanka’s total population) and the Sangha, have a critical role to play in solving this problem head-on. People around the world turn to monastic leaders to guide them in the Buddhist Dharma. Why are the monastic leaders in Sri Lanka silent when their very own cadres are abandoning the real practice of the Dharma by engaging in its desecration through hate speech, violence and unwholesome conduct?…

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