Buddhism, Conflict and Violence in Modern Sri Lanka by Mahinda Deegalle

By Mahinda Deegalle

Interdisciplinary in its method, this booklet explores the dilemmas that Buddhism faces relating to the ongoing ethnic clash and violence in modern Sri Lanka. well-liked students within the fields of anthropology, historical past, Buddhist experiences and Pali study a number of dimensions of the matter. Buddhist responses to the obstacle are mentioned intimately, besides how Buddhism can assist to create peace in Sri Lanka. comparing the position of Buddhists and their associations in bringing approximately an finish to battle and violence in addition to most likely heightening the matter, this assortment places ahead a serious research of the non secular stipulations contributing to carrying on with hostilities.

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Norway has now realized the importance of consulting Buddhist religious leadership in finding a solution to the ethnic problem. Such religious interactions are also recommended by the recent report published by the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO): ‘Norway would benefit from building up networks with Buddhist actors and becoming more visible on the “Buddhist scene” through participation in public ritual events’ (Frydenlund 2005: 34). Mr Solheim himself stated, Lasting Peace in Sri Lanka is our fervent hope.

B. Tauris, 2006, pp. 135–53 (Deegalle forthcoming). 9 On the occasion when the Norwegian Special Peace Envoy Erik Solheim paid a courtesy call to Venerable Buddharakkhita’s residence on Sunday 27 February 2005, the Chief Patriarch expressed this view to the BBC Sinhala programme Sandeshaya reporter on 28 February 2005. See also Daily News for Mr Solheim’s visit to the Mahanayaka of Malvatta Chapter of Siyam Nikaya. lk/ 2005/02/28 (accessed on 1 October 2005). This is the first time such a visit is made to the prominent Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka since the beginning of peace talks.

Violence breeds violence, and despair. It is interesting to look at the suicide statistics; the picture is so dramatic that it does not matter that these figures do not differentiate between Sinhalese and Tamils. 0. Now, Sri Lanka has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. 6 for females). Only a few countries, almost all of them parts of the former Soviet Union, have higher rates. 2). ) 25 RICHARD GOMBRICH What is the relationship between Buddhism and ethnicity? D. Bandaranaike came into power, Buddhists were celebrating the 2,500th anniversary (by traditional dating) of the Buddha’s passing away.

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