Where Science and Enlightenment Collide

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Denounces The Dalai Lama

ghanasaraMaybe this isn’t truly something that should be posted here, or maybe it is a good example of how even our leaders can stumble when it comes to the Dharma, however this has weighed on my mind all week.

Last Tuesday, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk leading an anti-Muslim campaign has accused the Dalai Lama of being influenced by “Muslim extremists” and said the Tibetan spiritual leader could not be accepted as a world Buddhist leader.

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the secretary general of the Sri Lankan Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), spoke out on Tuesday after the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader called on monks in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to end violence towards Muslims in their countries.

Clashes broke out in two Sri Lankan towns with large Muslim populations in June during a BBS-led protest.

Reacting to the Dalai Lama’s comments made in India, Gnanasara told reporters: “Like Pope for Christians, he is considered as the leader for all Buddhists by the West. But we don’t accept him as the leader of the Buddhists.”

Although I do not know the full situation that goes on in Sri Lanka, I do know the Dalai Lama and his heart.  When he asked Buddhists in Sri Lanka to end the violence against Muslims in the country he was within the teachings of the Dharma and the Buddha, and this was the motivation behind his bequest.

“These are the four resolves: the resolve for wisdom, the resolve for truth, the resolve for generosity, and the resolve for peace. One should not neglect wisdom, should preserve truth, should cultivate generosity, and should train in peace.” — Buddha


“To kill a living being means to inflict upon him the greatest of all sufferings or evils, for inasmuch as life is the greatest good, so the greatest suffering, or the greatest evil, that can befall one, is to be deprived of life.” – Sangharakshita, The Ten Pillars of Buddhism.


tremble at the rod,
are fearful of death.
Drawing the parallel to
neither kill nor get others to kill.
tremble at the rod,
hold their life dear.
Drawing the parallel to
neither kill nor get others to kill.

Whoever takes a rod
to harm living beings desiring ease,
when he himself is looking for ease,
will meet with no ease after death.

Whoever doesn’t take a rod
to harm living beings desiring ease,
when he himself is looking for ease,
will meet with ease after death.

Speak harshly to no one,
or the words will be thrown
right back at you.
Contentious talk is painful,
for you get struck by rods in return.

If, like a flattened metal pot
you don’t resound,
you’ve attained an Unbinding;
in you there’s found
no contention.

[Dhammapada 129-134]

If I could get Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara a message it would be this: “Stop it sir! you have let your ego blind you, and turn you away from the middle way. Your behaviour borders on that of a child, now go apologize to His Holiness, it does not matter if you think he is the leader of all Buddhists, all who follow Buddhism already know this. What you have done is unbecoming of a spiritual leader now march mister!”

Maybe it is just the dad in me, who knows!



One response

  1. This is the first I’m hearing about this. I’m happy you decided to share your perspective.

    July 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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