- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (July 15, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226789497
- ISBN-13: 978-0226789491
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Buddhism Betrayed?: Religion, Politics, and Violence in Sri Lanka 1st Edition
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Anagarika Dharmapala contributed much to the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and world-wide. He also was successful in taking steps to preserve Buddhist sites in India, which were being neglected by the Hindu rulers and people. He, however, also planted the seed of hatred of Tamils in the Sinhalese mind. This hatred led to discriminative policies, which in turn, led to 30 years of blood-letting in the island.
This book describes the history and effects of Sinhala-Buddhist chauvanism in the island. Note that this book was banned in Sri Lanka when it was published.
Buddhism, one of the greatest philosophies of all times, has stayed clear of this type of fundamentalist extremism, except in Sri Lanka. This book describes in clear detail how this great religion has been perverted in Sri Lanka.
Buddhists in Sri Lanka believe that the entire island nation belongs to the Buddhists (divinely ordained, according to some) and that people of other persuasions have no place there. This has led to a `Buddhist-Action' movement, supported by a Buddhist dominated parliament to enact laws to this end.
Buddhism is enshrined in the Sri Lanka Constitution as the State Religion. Although other religions are allowed religious `freedom', this is in practice marginal at best.
According to the Sri Lankan government's own published data, more than 64,000 Hindus, Muslims and Christians have been killed by the government forces controlled by the Buddhists, for seeking religious equality. Thousands of Churches, Hindu Temples and Muslim Mosques have been burnt, bombed or otherwise destroyed by the Sri Lankan armed forces.
All this is contrary to the worldwide perception of Buddhism as a tolerant and pacifist religion. Indeed Buddhism, as practiced in other countries such as Thailand, Myanmar and in parts of China, is 'Tolerant' and 'Pacifist'. I have personally experienced this in many places and love the way Buddhism is practiced in most places.
In Sri Lanka, however, mobs instigated by Buddhist fanatics kill non-Buddhists in the name of Buddhism. This book provides an accurate description of Buddhism as practiced in Sri Lanka.
Dalai Lama, the greatest and most recognized Buddhist of our times, is a persona-non-grata in Sri Lanka, and is refused entry to the country. Buddhist leaders in other countries have refused to be associated with Buddhist associations in Sri Lanka.
This is a must read for all interested in Buddhism.