Dalai Lama`s visit: President tells organisers to reconsider plan

  • 8 Jan 2006 09:34:17 GMT

    Singhalese Buddhist Hypocrisy is at it`s highest level displayed .

    When the Chinese destroyed and keep on destroying thousand years of Buddhist heritage in Tibet, Sinhalese Buddhists including the hypocritical Buddhist monks looked the other way. They did n`t care because for them, `Tibetan Buddhism ` is not the `Buddhism` and the mytho- History given in Mahavamsa speculated that Buddha on his death bead uttered that Buddhism will Cherish only in `Lanka`. There is not a single Buddhist Chronicle among the volumes and volumes of Buddhist Chronicles existing in the world supporting that,but the Sinhalese Buddhists blindly believed this and became Chauvinists betraying Buddhism.

    Chinese tried to dictate terms to us beggars always. I want to share an event which took place many years ago which we tricked Chinese.

    Long time ago in 70`s I was still an AL student in a Buddhist School in Colombo, one of the greatest movie maker ` Akira Kurosawa`s film `Dersu Uzula` was to be shown at a Film festival in Sri Lanka. The movie was produced by the former Soviet Union. The Chinese embassy protested , stating that the movie was made in the vast forest of `Ushari Taiga` , the chinese claim which belongs to them but the Soviets had the control , and also in just one dialogue in the film it was said that ` Chinese are rogues`. The interesting thing is, the movie is about a hunter who lived in the 19th century nothing to do with modern China.

    Those Sri Lankans who loved art movies missed the opportunity seeing this master piece of cinema which won prizes at many International film festivals as well as the Oscar for the best foreign film in that year. Up to now this film had never been screened in Sri Lanka officially.

    But for us, the School boys who were so much in to art movies, this was an opportunity could not be missed. Some of us quite brave and creative plotted a plan. A seminar of Akira Kurosawa`s movies were arranged at the BMICH which Chinese them selves built . Prominent art critique such as Edwin Ariyadasa and some movie directors were invited to give talks. Several movies Of Kurosawa were to be shown in the agenda approved by the film Corporation. Among the list of films was one of Kurosawa`s brilliant movies `Red Beard` which we already have seen. We liaised with the Russian embassy who had `Derzu Uzula` , and at the time Red Beard was to be shown , swapped it with Derzu Uzula`.

    It goes in to history that we broke laws as school children for the sake of art.

    Just a little bit about `Red Beard ` . It was a movie which inspired me so much to become a physician with compassion. Few days ago I watched it again with my 14 year old teenage daughter who watched the 3 hour long black and white movie without yawning and with great enthusiasm .She liked the movie very much!

  • 8 Jan 2006 09:38:19 GMT

    Singhalese Buddhist Hypocrisy is at it`s highest level .

    When the Chinese destroyed and keep on destroying thousand years of Buddhist heritage in Tibet, Sinhalese Buddhists including the hypocritical Buddhist monks looked the other way. They did n`t care because for them, `Tibetan Buddhism ` is not the `Buddhism` and the mytho- History given in Mahavamsa speculated that Buddha on his death bead uttered that Buddhism will Cherish only in `Lanka`. There is not a single Buddhist Chronicle among the volumes and volumes of Buddhist Chronicles existing in the world supporting that,but the Sinhalese Buddhists blindly believed this and became Chauvinists betraying Buddhism.

    Chinese tried to dictate terms to us beggars always. I want to share an event which took place many years ago which we tricked Chinese.

    Long time ago in 70`s I was still an AL student in a Buddhist School in Colombo, one of the greatest movie makers ` Akira Kurosawa`s film `Dersu Uzula` was to be shown at a Film festival in Sri Lanka. The movie was produced by the former Soviet Union. The Chinese embassy protested , stating that the movie was made in the vast forest of `Ushari Taiga` , the Chinese claim which belongs to them but the Soviets had the control , and also in just one dialogue in the film it was said that ` Chinese are rogues`. The interesting thing is, the movie is about a hunter who lived in the 19th century nothing to do with modern China.

    Those Sri Lankans who loved art movies missed the opportunity to watch this master piece of cinema which won prizes at many International film festivals as well as the Oscar for the best foreign film in that year. Up to now this film had never been screened in Sri Lanka officially.

    But for us, the School boys who were so much in to art movies, this was an opportunity could not be missed. Some of us quite brave and creative plotted a plan. A seminar of Akira Kurosawa`s movies was arranged at the BMICH which Chinese them selves built . Prominent art critique such as Edwin Ariyadasa and some movie directors were invited to give talks. Several movies Of Kurosawa were to be shown in the agenda approved by the film Corporation. Among the list of films was one of Kurosawa`s brilliant movies `Red Beard` which we already have seen. We liaised with the Russian embassy who had `Derzu Uzula` , and at the time Red Beard was to be shown , swapped it with Derzu Uzula`.

    It goes in to history that we broke laws as school children for the sake of art.

    Just a little bit about `Red Beard ` . It was a movie which inspired me so much to become a physician with compassion. Few days ago I watched it again with my 14 year old teenage daughter who watched the 3 hour long black and white movie without yawning and with great enthusiasm .She liked the movie very much!

  • 8 Jan 2006 10:29:50 GMT

    Magha,

    My Hat Off to you, very Balanced Analysis, JVP is a fanatic unpractical Political Party which only would de stabilize further more, What China has done to Tibet and Buddism as a whole is a Big Crime. I have been to Dharmasala and heard thousounds of stories about Basic human right issues by Chinese for the Tibatians....

    Wedone mate

    Kassyapa

  • 8 Jan 2006 15:15:26 GMT

    Way to go Magha!

  • 8 Jan 2006 16:23:59 GMT

    Dalai Lama is sensitive and knows about SriLanka`s Situation.

    Sri Lanka Should give him a Visa and should treat him as a religious leader.

  • 8 Jan 2006 17:27:17 GMT

    Magha, I agree with you on several counts including the brilliance of Akira Kurasawa. I have also had the chance to see and listen to the Dalai Lama and he is truly a great representative of Buddhism - calm, full of good humour, thoughtfull and thoroughly charming in a very human down to earth way. Our Sangha can learn a lot from Tibetan Buddhism which is far more developed and more mature than our own. Our Buddhism has fallen prey to sectarianism and `nationalism`, this is something the Tibetans have avoided even with the occupation of thier country by the Chinese. The Dalia Lama as an eminently practical man has seen that fighting with the Chinese will yield less benefits than coming to a mutually beneficial relationship for both Tibet and China. If the Chinese requested that the Dalai Lama not be invited the Chinese should be politely told that he is invited in his capacity as aleader of world Buddhism.

  • 9 Jan 2006 15:57:00 GMT

    I have read a few words about the dalai lama and how the tibettan people have been and still are persecuted. Peaceful protest by the Dalai lama has got nothing tangible in the last few decades but i would tend to agree with Magha`s comments here.

  • 9 Jan 2006 16:19:14 GMT

    Karthika

    will you just give him some respect to his age?

    he was chosen by the people of Tibet to be `dalai lama` so the `panchan lama`.

    they were not royals instead he come from a very poor family.

    they are fighting for illegal occupation of china and give them some assurring words.don`t break their soft hearts.

  • 9 Jan 2006 19:48:10 GMT

    Dalai Lama is one of the world`s great spiritual leaders. He has resided in exile in Dharamsala, India since 1959 when the Chinese forces invaded Tibet.

    His tireless efforts on behalf of the World Peace and Human Rights have brought him International recognition, including the Nobel Peace prize in 1989.

    Can we ever compare him with any of the Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka???

    The entire Maha Sangha from the top(nayaka theros) to the bottom in Sri Lanka are nothing but dirty racist war mongers and politicians. There is no such thing called spirituality in any one of them.

  • 10 Jan 2006 01:37:27 GMT

    Didn`t another Dalai Lama run away from tibet to india in 2001??