Buddhist monks - back to basics

  • 18 May 2007 09:58:15 GMT

    [steps will be taken by Buddhist monks to visit houses for alms as it was done during the time of the Buddha. ]

    I would say this is the best move taken by the MR government so far.

    Today itself I should make and keep a broom ready.

    When cheevaradharis like Mr. Ellawala Medhananda, Mr. Dambara Amila and Mr. Elle Gunawansa visit the house I can take a good use of the broom.

    Excellent decision.

    Ven. Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Nayaka hamuduruwo sansara duka kelavara ama maha nivan sepama labathva!

    .

  • 18 May 2007 11:49:46 GMT

    The present day`s monks can be divided into six main categories as follows:

    yellow robed thugs

    yellow robed killers

    yellow robed businessmen

    yellow robed cheats

    Yellow robed politicians

    yellow robed beetle-chewing, good-for-nothing bums.

    I prefer the last one because they are harmless.

  • 18 May 2007 14:07:46 GMT

    Shakthi, Raigam,

    Two sides of the same coin.

  • 18 May 2007 14:24:06 GMT

    Before long many lay people in SL too would have to do go house to house seeking alms simply to exhist!

  • 18 May 2007 18:43:52 GMT

    This is a good sign. But this may result leaving the saffron of preist as they get a better chance to see external elements.

  • 19 May 2007 03:39:00 GMT

    BABA,

    He brings the message of love and unity? He brings the message that he is jobless, penniless and is HUNGRY!

  • 19 May 2007 03:53:14 GMT

    Kiwi,,

    All the time people live outside Sri Lanka tell us very soon all Sri Lankans have to go and begg in the streets...

    They told us same thing when Sirima was ruling...

    They told the same when JRJ, Premadasa and CBK was ruling..

    now they tell us the same when Mahinda mama is ruling the country...

    very strange no...

    you people live outside Sri lanka are really Pessimistic!

    [I think you live in Australia... It is really funny to see you guys have to use recycled water (from sewage) for consumption... still we Sri lankas won`t say that Australians have no water! (oops I forgot..yesterday you guys got RAIN no???)]

    [He brings the message of love and unity? He brings the message that he is jobless, penniless and is HUNGRY!]

    Now this is really poor taste!!

    PERA

  • 19 May 2007 06:46:43 GMT

    Pera,

    Your immagination does run riot.

    I am well and truly in Sri Lanka now , but if it comes to a stage where I too have to beg simply to exhist in SL I have my alternatives ready in Australia or New Zealand to get back at any time!

    Of the 2 countries I prefer NZ. As NZ has many things not found in Aussi AND is one of the countries in the world with the most pure water and most pure air!

    As for the other fact which you feel was out of taste just reflect; If a saffron robed monk is at the door step with the paaththaray it`s ` a message of love and unity` and any one will give some food.

    If an ordinary beggar is at the door step with a tin, it`s purely and simply `begging` and is bound to be chased away by many!

    Both are doing the same, for the same reasons. So am I wrong?

    If the buddhists monks were taking the message of `love and unity` to the nation as according to what the Buddha preached, SL would not be seeing this much of hatred and violence.

    During Madam B`s rule when people were forced to dig garbage simply to exhist and people died of starvation many sri lankans abandoned the country.

    Those people began to come back during JRJ`s rule because the country did improve under him till 1983. Thereafter people again began to leave Sri Lanka and that escalated during CBK`s rule and now the exhodus is unprecedented. Why? Is it because the average man in SL is enjoying life under MR`s rule and `booming economy`?

  • 19 May 2007 07:17:47 GMT

    Kiwi,

    [If an ordinary beggar is at the door step with a tin, it`s purely and simply `begging` and is bound to be chased away by many!

    Both are doing the same for the same reasons. So am I wrong?]

    it is also like two sri lankans, one with an emergency exit to Aussi and NZ, and one without!

    Perhaps you may be correct.

    Cheers

    PERA

  • 19 May 2007 15:26:39 GMT

    [Buddhist monks to visit houses for alms as it was done during the time of the Buddha.]

    It was the custom of Hindu monks as well but now Hindu monks do not practice house visits for alms.

    According to time and place we should adjust ourselves, during Lord Buddha time people lived a much different life than today.

    Purpose of the visits to houses are not for just filling the bowls (and dance in the middle of road outside the Norway and British embassies) they should practice and preach drama.

    Lord Buddha is Lord Vishu`s avatar.

    Here is the scriptural evidence.

    http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Incarnations/incarnation-31.html