Put your name down, and resist violence

What happened

A week ago, a violent a mob of about 2,000 Sinhalese, including a group of Buddhist monks led by the Mahanayaka of the Rangiri Dambulu chapter Inamaluwe Sumangala thero, stormed and vandalised a mosque in Dambulla. The mosque was declared an illegal structure, but it is unclear how this far this is accurate.

Several videos, broadcast on national TV in Sri Lanka and now circulating globally on YouTube capturing the violence beggars belief. There are members of the sangha engaged in physical violence and verbal abuse. There is a member of the sangha who disrobes and exposes himself, in public, in front of the mosque. In one video, Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala thero suggests that the maniacal mob is actually a shramadaanaya, and that destroying the mosque is something that they should in fact be helped by the government.

Aside from the physical violence, which includes scuffles with Army and Police personnel, the derogatory and racist language employed by Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala thero and other Buddhist monks during the attack against the mosque, and a nearby Hindu kovil, is appalling. Though the violence of the Sinhala idiom employed loses much in translation, Groundviews put into English the most disquieting comments for a wider appreciation. More startling are anti-Muslim, Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist Facebook groups that have thousands of active members and with content too inflammatory to even translate.

A week after this violence,it has not received the condemnation it deserves from the President, government or mainstream media. Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala thero, perhaps reacting to the indelible record of violence captured in film, attempted to suggest to the BBC that the footage of the mob broadcast on TV was doctored. Ironically, his own media websites showcase the same violence, in greater detail.  A Press Release issued on 25th April from the Government Information Department, only in Sinhala, strangely referred to the violence as a ‘minor misunderstanding’, yet reiterated that Sri Lanka is “a multi-religious, multi-ethnic society” and that “in addition to respecting their constitutional obligations, as well as the policies and principles of the government, all Sri Lankans have a long standing tradition of being respectful of each other”.

What is the fall-out?

The photographs, audio and video recordings of the violence in Dambulla have gone global. They cannot be erased. Incensed by this incident and those who led it, there are now growing threats of violence by sections of the Muslim community, though there are many voices, including the Muslim Council, who are calling for calm, and a more reasoned approach to the transformation of this conflict, noting that the actions of a few are not indicative of the nature of the majority.

There is a real danger that unaddressed or if simply glossed over, this militant religious extremism can very quickly and very seriously undermine Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation, and contribute to new, more geographically dispersed violent conflict. Extremists from both the Sinhala-Buddhist community and the Muslim community can also use this incendiary incident in Dambulla to stoke up communal tensions, leading to heightened fear and anxiety.

What can we do?

The shameful behaviour and expression employed by the Mahanayaka of the Rangiri Dambulu chapter, along with the monks he led and the crowd of thugs is not remotely associated with or reflective of the philosophy of the Dhamma, the teachings of the Buddha, or the way in which a Buddhist monk is supposed to behave and speak. Many online have already expressed their dismay and deep concern over the actions of a few, placing Sri Lanka in the media spotlight again for all the wrong reasons.

We have a choice, but time is running out. Speak up. Put your name in a comment below, in English, Sinhala or Tamil. Say that last week’s violence was not in your name. Renounce a fringe lunacy and resist extremism. By putting your name below, oppose mob violence and bigotry as ways to resolve disputes.

If we have to fight, let’s fight to keep Sri Lanka free of extremists who threaten not only what they seek to destroy, but also who and what they claim to represent. Add your name below, and please pass the message on.

What will be done? 

After a month, the names and comments of those who signed up will be printed out and sent to the Presidential Secretariat, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Religious Affairs & Moral Upliftment, along with the Department of Buddhist Affairs, Department of Christian Religious Affairs, Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs and the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs.

How to sign up?

Join hundreds of others by adding your name as a comment to this blog post. This is the preferred mode of input, and scrolling through the other comments can help to frame your own thoughts. For those who find this difficult, send us your comment and name using the form below, which we will as quickly as possible, add to the site. As a final resort, you can always email the comment to editors@groundviews.org. Bear in mind however that human resources curating this site are limited, so it may take a while for your comment to appear. Please bear with us.

This campaign ran from 27 April to 31 May 2012. More details here.

About Sanjana

An Ashoka, Rotary World Peace and TED Fellow alumn, I have for over fourteen years explored and advocated the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to strengthen a just peace, reconciliation, human rights and democratic governance. I set up and curate the award winning Groundviews, Sri Lanka's first citizen journalism website. An expert on new media literacy, web activism, digital security and online advocacy in Sri Lanka and internationally, I also work extensively on the advancement of information management during crises, both sudden-onset and protracted. I am a recognized expert and trainer on digital security for activists and journalists at risk, using technology and encryption to capture, disseminate and archive vital stories during the war in Sri Lanka and in austere human rights contexts.

1,261 responses to “Put your name down, and resist violence

  1. I am Sanjana Hattotuwa. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

    • I say ‘No’ and you should too!

      Violence against any race or religion for whatever reason is against religious, social and moral principles in a decent society.

      “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
      Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha

      “Those who are patient in adversity and forgive wrongs are the doers of excellence.”
      Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم)

      • Charmaine

        Charmaine
        This is so ridiculous. All blame should be pointed straight to the Sri Lankan politicians who have taken over and ruining everything for every noble person who wants to live a peaceful life.
        .

      • Asif

        Absolutely,All Sri Lankan Want Peace,All religion seek peace and seek peace through Patience and perseverance.Few Misguided people do not represent the Community as a whole.May Almighty Guide All people.

      • Walter

        Absolutely correct. The action of Buddhist monks in Dambulla was a disgrace to Lord Buddha. If they have a conscious they should give up robes without damaging Buddhism, the most peaceful and sensible philosophy in the world.

      • Dr. Aleem Moulana

        I totally agree with those great teachers, but the fanatics and extremists dishonour their great teachings and philosophys……..why?

    • eshani ruwanpura

      I am Eshani Ruwanpura. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

    • Sameera Rajage

      My name is Sameera. I am True Buddhist and Sri Lankan. This Violence was organized by some people who dont like srilanka is living with peace. This violence is not in my name nor in Lord Buddha’s name. We can’t accept this in Sri Lanka.Violaters must be Prosecuted……. God Bless Sri Lanka….

    • sajath

      This violence was organized to destroy the Law and orders of our country and religious morals. The government should take proper action stop such a violence organizing by the name of religion in future..

    • Anonymous

      I denounce violence against any ethnic community in Sri Lanka.

    • Suvendrini Perera

      Last night
      I dreamt
      Buddha was shot dead
      by the police,
      guardians of the law.
      His body drenched in blood
      On the steps
      Of the Jaffna Library.

      Under cover of darkness
      Came the ministers,
      “His name is not on our list,
      why did you kill him?”
      they ask angrily.

      “No sirs, no
      there was no mistake.
      Without killing him
      It was impossible
      to harm a fly-“

      M.A. Nuhman, on the buring of the library in Jaffna.

      Who did the mob at Dambulla have to kill before they could perpetrate such despicable violence in the name of Buddhism?

  2. I am Mohamed Hisham, I am a Sri Lankan and a Muslim. This violence we are seeing makes me concerned as a Sri Lankan, as a Muslim; and of course this violence, is not in my name, please…

  3. nagulan nesiah

    Not In My Name – Nagulan Nesiah, a Sri Lankan.

  4. Thanu

    My name is Thanu Yakupitiyage. I am Sri Lankan, of Sinhala and Buddhist background. This violence is not in my name and is absolutely shameful.

  5. Thanu

    My name is Thanu Yakupitiyage. I am Sri Lankan, of Sinhala and Buddhist origin. This violence is not in my name and is absolutely shameful. As Sri Lankans of multiple ethnic and religious backgrounds, we need to seriously consider what kind of a culture we want to create- not a culture of violence, nationalism, and racism, but a culture of pride in a multicultural, multiethnic, and multireligious Sri Lanka.

    • Dr. Aleem Moulana

      You are absolutely right Thanu. Am a srilankan malay muslim, a medical doctor by profession. I abhor violence, especially, communal or religious violence. Certainly no religion or the prime teachers of any religion has promoted or taught violence as a protest, lord Buddha, Prophet mohamed, jesus christ etc, they promoted the civilised triangle of peace , tolerance and patience towards human problems . This culture of such mob violence to settle a religious constraint is sad, unprecedented, shameful and should never be exercised in our land of multi communo-ethnic situation. As we move on in the new millenium, our civilised values must be enhanced with pride, nationally and internationally. Such a form of religious mob violence should never be repeated by any ethno-religious community in this fair land as a reprisal…… certainly not in my name or sake. Dr. Aleem Moulana.

  6. I am Shaad Hamid. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is certainly not in my name.

  7. Deborah Philip

    Deborah Philip. Sri Lankan. This country is not only for the Sinhala-Buddhists. Learn to share.

  8. Balachandran Gowthaman

    I am Gowthaman, named after you know who. And I am disgusted at the behavior of the monks and certainly not in my name!!

  9. shehara jayasinghe

    The Budhist extremist monks give ‘ flash mob’ a whole new meaning.. However I firmly believe that everyone needs to be protected in this ‘sacred land’, not just the violent ones..

  10. howiviewit

    Despicable Acts and heinous crimes carried out against an innocent and defenceless minority all in the name of Buddhism.
    Sorry but I will not allow these vile, terrorising elements of the so ‘Dhamma’ and the sangha carry out these actions in the name of all Buddhists.

    Kindly see to their arrest and disrobing for their hateful actions carried out against innocent beings. The Mosque has been there since the 60’s, when our country, under the SLFP, was developing and cannot be removed or relocated today. So kindly think carefully before making such rash, ignorant decisions in order to merely pander to the requests of a minority in the government.

  11. howiviewit

    I am Samath Gammampila. This criminal acts carried out by a minority, extremist organisation in our country does not represent Buddhism or Buddhists such as myself who want to live in peaceful co-existence with all inhabitants of our country.

    The mosque cannot be removed or relocated from its original place, where it has been standing for over 60 years. Kindly think twice and choose the middle path when considering your actions instead of deluding yourself with the ideals of an extremist minority politico-religious organisation which continues to exist in our country.

    • Sharm

      I am amazed. I have studied Buddhism and it is an exercise in tolerance of all things. This incident has everything to do with politics and little to do with religion.

      It is time, people stopped manipulating religion for politics for the greater good of this nation, and unity in diversity of race, religion, caste, creed etc

  12. My name is Arosha Bandara and I am a Sri Lankan Buddhist. I too say that the behaviour of the monks and mob at Dambulla should not be in my name.

  13. Malalthi de Alwis

    Let us not make the same mistakes Hindu fundamentalists have made in Ayodhya, India.

  14. Erfan Ismeer

    I am Erfan Ismeer. I am Muslim. I am also a proud Sri Lankan and will always be a proud Sri Lankan.

  15. howiviewit

    I am Samath Gammampila. These acts of violence do not represent me nor the Buddhism I practice

  16. I am Dhanushka Kottegoda. Im a Sinhalese Buddhist but most of all Im a Sri Lankan. This was not done in my name or the name of Lord Buddha. What they say is Buddhism is not Buddhism. What they say is Sinhalese is not Sinhalese. They are not Sinhalese nor Buddhists, They are terrorists and what they say is terrorism. Lets pray for those misguided souls. Lets promote Peace and Unity.

  17. Pasangi

    Pasangi Weerasinghe. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  18. I am Hana Ibrahim. I am a Sri Lankan. This country doesn’t belong to one community.lt belongs to all of us.

  19. Subha Wijesiriwardena

    I am Subha Wijesiriwardena. I am Sinhalese and an atheist. I was raised in a Buddhist family. My grandmother still lights a lamp every evening, goes to temple when she feels like it and gives alms often to those who need it. This act of hatred and violence in Dambulla is horrifying, saddening and regressive. The fact that it is being carried out in the name of a wise and respected philosophy is a disgrace; in the name of my grandmother, and countless others like herself who are compassionate, intelligent and strong human beings. I know this is not Buddhism. We all know this is not Buddhism. Those very monks instigating this protest knows it is not Buddhism. If they think we are fools to believe them, let’s show them we are not. They are fools – not us.

  20. Sajitha De Alwis

    I’m a buddhist Sri Lankan. I believe such shameful acts cannot be tolerated. The responsible individuals should be brought to justice if we are to establish the ‘multi-ethnic society’ pronounced by the government! Such violence will never be in my name.

    -Sajitha De Alwis

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  22. Thaha Muzammil

    I am Thaha Muzammil. I am a Sri Lankan. I condemn what took place in Dambulla and affirm that this violence is not in my name.

  23. R.M.B Senanayake

    This is the result of extreme religious nationalism. Its a crying shame that the name of the Buddha is being brought into disrepute by his followers in Sri Lanka. But all right thinking persons of all religions including the Buddhists should stand up and protest against the extremist monks. During the days of the Sinhalese kings the Sangha was controlled and disciplined by the King. This duty now falls on the State but our politicians who are behind all these vile incidents can’t be expected to fulfill this traditional role of the King. We are a doomed country unless the right thinking Buddhists come forward and protest against these monks and demand that the Rule of Law be implemented by the ruler. The President must in his own interest discipline these errant monks instead of bending backwards to please them. The Prime Minister has shown that he has no principles although he pays lip service to the ideals of tolerance. If this intolerance is not checked through the Rule of Law our future is indeed bleak.

  24. Pradeep Jeganathan.
    Not in my name.

  25. Ruha

    I am Ruha Devanesan. I am a Tamil Christian of Sri Lankan descent. This violence and all other acts of violence committed in Sri Lanka are not in my name. If Buddha were here today, I am quite certain he would stand up against last week’s violence. Since he is not, we have his words to guide those who purport to follow his way of life: “Hatred will not cease by hatred, but by love alone. This is the ancient law.”

  26. Sheila

    I am Sheila Richards. I am a Sri Lankan. The violence in Dhambulla was certainly NOT in my name. I do not condone or approve of it.

  27. Jayanta de S wijeratne

    I am Jayanta de S Wijeratne.I am a Sri Lankan.I totally condemn all acts of violance and the breakdown of law and order in our country.

  28. Alhaj M H M Uwain

    I am M H M Uwain, a proud Sri Lankan and a Muslim. I have worked for years as coordinating secretary of former Minister of Religious Affairs late Hon. Lakshman Jayakody. This country is all of ours and we cant allow a small group of extremists to challenge peaceful co-existence. This violence is not in my name.

  29. I am Daniel Alphonsus. Not in my name, my family’s name or my friends’ names.

  30. My name is Iromi Perera and I am Sri Lankan. The acts of these monks in the name of Buddhism is truly horrific and far from the basic principles of Buddhism. As a Buddhist it disturbs me that these acts are supposedly also carried out on behalf of me too. These acts of violence is not in my name. They undo all the work towards reconciliation and peace that this country have been working towards.

  31. Preveen Rodrigo

    I am Preveen Rodrigo. I am Sinhalese and an atheist. I was raised in a Buddhist family. It is because of the failings of people like this that I am atheist. Certainly not in my name.

  32. Rameez Aboobacker

    This is Rameez Aboobacker representing the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. I am proud to be a Sri Lankan and strongly condemn what it took place in Dambulla by a tiny minority extremists who don’t represent the whole pure Buddhists n the country.

  33. Mohamed Irshad

    I am Mohamed Irshad. I am a Sri Lankan Muslim. The violence in Dhambulla was certainly NOT in my name. I do not condone or approve of it

  34. verlore

    I am Rushda Mohuindeen. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is certainly not in my name.

  35. Dejan de Zoysa

    Name : Dejan de Zoysa
    Sila / samadhi / panna – May no hindrance effect the outcome of these basic precepts. May we all become wise, and stray away from this violence that serves to undermine our being.

  36. raja

    Its sad sad sad , reap and you shall show Jesus said – if this happens , A religious war will be far worse than any war .
    lf a sacred site of a another religion is found in Buddagaya , how we we feel if it is bombed .

    The Violence in a sacred area is an insult to buddhists all over the world.

  37. I am Rushda Mohinudeen. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is certainly not in my name.

  38. Im Mohamed Fairooz. Violence not in my name!

  39. I am Lohan Gunaweera. This violence is not in my name.

  40. Nimisha

    My name is Nimisha Muttiah and I am Sri Lankan. It is long over due that Sri Lankans stand up and condemn such atrocious acts such as these.

  41. Dimitri Samaratunga

    I am Dimitri Samaratunga and I am appalled by the racist and raucous mobs led by violent “monks”, who are supposed to set an example for the rest of society and adhere to buddhist teachings of compassion and tolerance. If the mosque is illegal, settle the issue judicially like reasonable human beings, not by mob rule. I am also shocked at how many young Sri Lankans, who are around my age, are supporting vile, inflammatory and hateful facebook groups. I thought my generation would learn from what led to the horrible civil war that we all grew up with. Now that we have a chance for peace, reconciliation and prosperity these idiots want to go back to the bad old days for the sake of misguided racial and nationalist pride. Pride comes before the fall. Diversity and multiethnicity makes our country’s rich heritage even richer. These acts of violence and intolerance are not in my name.

  42. Anonymous

    I am Harith de Mel. This violence is not in my name. Kumar Sangakkara said it well, we are Sri Lankan above all.

  43. Alex F

    Neither the monk’s abhorrent and disgusting actions nor the Sri Lankan govt’s connivance with this Chauvinism in supporting the monk’s nor the support from the Sri Lanka’s legal system by ordering the Mosque moved is in my name. Time to end the pervasive bigotry in Sri Lanka starting from the very top.

  44. Emil van der Poorten

    The conduct of those responsible for this outrage is beyond description as is the response of a government that seeks to conceal what happened and does not seem to want to do anything about an obscene state of affairs. I am a 74 year old Sri Lankan and I NEVER thought I’d see this happening in my country. EVERYONE needs to speak up against this outrage NOW!

  45. Danukh Amerasinghe

    I am Danukh Amerasinghe. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  46. SUNELA JAYEWARDENE

    I am Sunela Jayewardene. I’m a Sinhala Buddhist who feels the Dhamma has been hijacked to achieve personal goals of men masquerading as monks. Ideally, the Sangha should be cleansed by the senior prelates of the various Buddhist Orders; a Sanghayanawa for the Sri Lankan Sangha is long overdue!
    This violence is certainly not in my name!

  47. Anonymous

    My name is Chathuranga Meewaddana. I condemn these violent acts. All violence should be abandoned.

  48. Anonymous

    Not in my name. Radhika Hettiarachchi.

  49. Anonymous

    Not in my name. Denver Peterson

  50. I am Sri Lankan. I am part Burgher, part Sinhalese. My friends are of all ethnicities and religions. We condemn this violence. This was not done in my name. My name is Marisa Wikramanayake.

  51. janakie

    I am a SrI Lankan and I respect religious,cultural and ethnic diversity of people and do not believe in violence of any form.

  52. Mohamed Dawood

    Sunil And his gang of Srilankans got it RIGHT!

    ” This Land belongs to you
    This land belongs to me
    This land belongs to all of us
    To live in HARMONY!

  53. Senani Ellepola

    I am Senani Ellepola and I was sickened by the footage. Thia blatant incitement to violence by those who should be promoting compassion, tolerance and detachment from material things is beyond belief. If a buddhist priest could publicly threaten a young woman (who had done nothing to offend him) in foul language saying he will not only smash her kovil but her home as well, and then get away with it without any condemnation from the President, the Mayanayakas, the main stream media or the law, then this is not a civilised country leave alone a Buddhist country any more.

    • Emil van der Poorten

      Well said, Senani!

      This horror is, obviously, supported by our government and its minions. What an international disgrace!

  54. Anonymous

    V. Kailasapillai
    I am a proud Sri Lankan and would place on record my view that such violence would certainly disintegrate the multi ethnic society. Let us respect the religious practices of all the religions in our country and live in peace and harmony in mother Lanka. This violence is mot in my name.

  55. Sanjaya Wijeratne

    I am Sanjaya Wijeratne. I am a sinhala and a follower of Buddha’s Teachings and not a Buddhist! This violence is not in my name.

  56. Not just me, but my family and my friends, of all races and religion, are against any acts of violence. I also trust that Inshallah the majority of Sri Lankans, regardless of background, will understand that this horrific event has nothing to do with/ is not representative of any one community or one religion – it is only the act of some very misguided individuals. We need to open up forums, and so does the President, that foster mutual love, inclusion and understanding between our different communities. This thread is hopefully the beginning of that.

  57. Yazir Arafath

    Yazir Arafath

    If Buddha was here to see this, then he would have been totally disgraced by the action of his followers.

    I am proud to be a Sri Lankan!

  58. Vishan Wickremasinghe

    Vishan Wickremasinghe

  59. sacw

    Harsh Kapoor, from France

  60. Vasuki

    Vasuki Nesiah

  61. Not in my Name….! I Love my Country, pearl of the Indian Ocean..! Land of Serendipity…! Love every bit of this paradise Island! Let’s not make these HOOLIGANS heros in this Paradise, I pray to the Almighty Allah that he guides everyone in the right path and opens up their minds and hearts so the peace prevails..!

  62. I am Mahesan Niranjan, and I was very disturbed by this violence. The monks and the mob sounded just like what made me run away from Sri Lanka 29 years ago. That this was all in Dambulla is particularly painful because when my kids were young and were learning about the Roman civilization at their school in the UK, I took them to the wonderful rock temple to show them that our ancestors also had a well advanced civilization. I am ashamed to think my kids might see the recent videos and figure out how far we have progressed in the 2000+ years. Not in my name – NO, none of the violence of the last 30 years.

  63. Shakeeb

    I am Muhammed SHAKEEB. I am Sri Lankan Muslim. This violence is not in my name.

  64. Buwaneka

    Buwaneka Galpoththawela, I am a Sri Lankan. A believer in Religion. This violence is not it my name

  65. Sohan M Fernando

    Sohan M Fernando

    I am Sohan M Fernando; Sinhala Christian — and a Sri Lankan: I say this disgusting behavior and attitudes are “not in my name”.

    Moreover, this appalling incident (and similar inflammatory attitudes of some of the populace, e.g., the facebook groups mentioned), are all also “not in the name” of the true Mother Lanka; not representative of her — because they deeply contradict her true nature. So this incident and such people are, perhaps, deserving of being branded “unpatriotic” and “un-Sri-Lankan”…

    …yet, in recent years it is mainly against innocent people (such as HR defenders and journalists), not against those who deserve it, that such terms as “unpatriotic” or “traitor” have wrongly been bandied about. So now it is high time for our leadership(s) to stop doing that; and, instead, get some backbone and change direction and start unambiguously teaching and preaching what it REALLY means to be Sri Lankan — and stop this overemphasis on things like, for example, the Sinhala identity or the Buddhist identity. Not only the country’s leadership but also all religious leadership must do this.

    Moreover, even to non Buddhists it should be clear that the Buddha would have “protected” or “grown” Buddhism ONLY in ways that aren’t harmful to or at the inconvenience of other people. Probably this recent incident and hateful attitudes are in themselves far more disrespectful and harmful to the Buddha’s intentions and to Buddhist principles, than anything else.

  66. Anonymous

    tuan dilshan, srilankan, sad & sickened by the Dambulla violence.
    NOT IN MY NAME, most certainly!

  67. Rory Winter

    Who is behind these disgraceful attacks on Christian churches and Muslim mosques? They look as if they are orchestrated to me. And why does the Sangha permit its monks to indulge in such violence? Why does the President not condemn them? It seems that, in Sri Lanka, Buddhism is used as a weapon of racism and nationalism. Shame, shame! In the name of my Sinhala ancestors I denounce these attacks. They are not only an attack on other religions; they are an attack on the Dhammapada itself.

  68. A.R.M. Imtiyaz

    I am A.R.M. Imtiyaz, not only the past week’s brutal violent act against Masjid, but also all forms of violence including wars against the Tamils were not in my name. The island of Sri Lanka may face similar acts of violence against non-sinhala-Buddhists as long as there is a space for politicization of Buddhism to win power.

  69. Rida Marikkar

    I am Rida Marikkar, I am Sri Lankan Muslim, I live in America and its sad to see this happening, my best friends and family are devout buddhists, tamils and christians, i celebrate all the religious holidays because thats what my friends invite me to, and i love it, please dont start another war, i want to come back to Sri Lanka one day and live in the beautiful Island!!

  70. shehan madawela

    shehan madawela painter

    shocking and disgraceful ….

  71. Nare Bandaranayake

    I am Nare Bandaranayake. Sri Lankan. This violence should definitely not be in my name.

  72. Gamini Jayamaha

    I denounce violence by monks also I denounce Muslims building mosques in Buddhist sacred grounds.

  73. this is not Buddha`s vision. Please stop this all stupid.

  74. Vasantha Raja

    I totally condemn the attack on the mosque led by some monks and laymen.

    Vasantha Raja

  75. waruna padmasiri

    I am Waruna Padmasiri. I am a Sri Lankan and a Buddhist. Tough I feel that the above statement is too long and in places a too aggressive, hence I cannot agree with every word of it. BUT I can say that one hundred percent, this violence was not in My name.

  76. Gini Appu

    I am Geneva 2012… and this was certainly not in my name, but I like it! My raison d’etre

  77. Heba Husain

    I am Heba Husain. This was not done in my name.

  78. Nuwan Liyanage

    Not in my name.

  79. I am Pamuditha Anjana. I am a Sri Lankan, a Sinhalese with a deep Buddhist background. I follow Buddhas teachings by heart and I am really sick and tired of all the racism that is spreading fast throughout the country. These acts of the monks in the name of Buddhism is truly horrifying and they are far from the basic principles of Buddhism.This violence is not in my name.

  80. Not in my name, a few foolish individuals are only making such a mockery of themselves and hurting a noble philosophy preached by a compassionate human being more than 2,500 years ago on this planet. They must be subjected to the law of the land!

  81. Not in my name, those who break the law must face the law, irrespective of what color clothing they choose robe or disrobe

  82. Chandra

    I’am Chandra and a proud Sri Lankan loving my country.
    This incident was not in the name of Sri Lankans.
    Shameful!
    President please take note before its too late.

  83. Thayalan Pirapakaran

    I’m proud of our vibrant culture, sports and people but this is off the charts and needs to be publicly condemned by any right minded Sri Lankan or human being for that matter.
    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – MLK Jr

  84. Roshan

    I am Sri Lankan and love this nation. But this kind of behaviour cannot be condoned, EVER! – the actions and words of the monks is shameful to say the least and will only serve to incite another form of violence in our society. When will we ever learn?!. This is by no means in my name!

  85. My name is Raashid Riza, most certainly not i my name.

  86. I’m speaking on behalf of Sri Lankan Pastafarian communion, and anyone who practices the faith of Flying Spaghetti Monster in this country. I can assure you that non of our members will practice, assist or uphold any form of violence, hatred or discrimination against any person or group of people.. They will never glorify of approve such acts committed by others. Fellow Pastafarians, please testify.
    NOT in the name of His Noodle Lord or the Holy Prophet or the Holy Gospel. RAmen!!

  87. My name is Raashid Riza, I am Sri Lankan, most certainly not in my name.

  88. I am Lalith Gunaratne and I am for maitrie, karuna, muditha and upeksha !

  89. Anonymous

    Liven Jansen

  90. Lukman Harees

    I am really pleased to see growing number of Sri Lankan brethren disowning the vicious &,atrocious language and violent acts of those in robes who were a disgrace to the tenets of Buddhism . Lord Buddha said’ hatred ceases not with hatred but with love’. ‘Wetath Niyarath Goyama kanawanam Kaata Kiyamuda Aye Amaaruwa’- When the fence and the bund eat the crop, then to whom can we complain?’ One advocating violence do not belong to any religion as making people live with dignity is the basis of the religion’. Let the history disown those vicious characters as well? Not in the name of any religion ,humanity or race. They do not deserve to be called humans . They are beasts and robots without human feelings

  91. S V Kasynathan

    I am a Tamil also.
    Evidently this was not done in my name but against me.

    It was really done against all of us, for everyone of us belongs to one minority or another.

    They did not do it as Buddhists or in the name of the Buddha. They did it as members of a majority that is getting used to seeing itself as no other.

    And let us not pretend that this happened only at Dambulla the other day. It happens every day and all of us know it.

    • Channa Wickremesekera

      I agree, this is simply the majority running amuck, drunk with the power of having the whole island to itself after a long time. The Buddha is being used as a weapon all over the island, especialy in the north and the east where Tamils and Muslims are being forced to accept Sri Lanka as the land of the Buddha. The Dambulla incident is a more violent expression of that same triumphalist attitude which also, to a great extent, informs the intimidation of ‘traitors’. The majority in Sri Lanka has always had this attitude towards the mnorities in Sri Lanka but they have never felt this powerful and untouchable.

      This petition is cute. While I suport the sentiments expressed by many people here I would also like to point out that a petition of this sort also has the potential to strengthen the hands of the regime that condones and promotes chauvinistic triumphalism. If there are many signatures, the president may ‘relent’ and allow the mosque to continue, thereby demonstrating his generosity and magnanimity and his willingness to listen to the voices of dissent. While those who signed this cute petition celebrate their victory and while some even praise the regime for its magnanimity the chauvinists will move somewhere else.

      Let us oppose all acts of extremism, not just those committed in our name. And let us also understand where this extremism is coming from and focus our energies more on dealing with that.

      • S.R.Sivasubramaniam

        I am a Tamil and a Saivaite by birth. Like to live in this world peacefully with all humans and other creatures. Most people belong to a particular religion because of their birth and up-bringing. You do not need a religion to love or respect others or to be a good citizen of the world. Why do we need a state religion? States should not promote any particular religion.
        Why do we need Buddhism as a state religion if this cause division and hatred among its citizens? Why do not we unite together to repel the state religion and make SriLanka as a secular country? Only the self interested people will oppose this.
        All public officers serving the country , including, the President, should not be seen as promoting or practicing any religion in the course of their duties.
        I do not see any purpose of belonging to any religion if one cannot love and respect another human.

  92. Frances Evans

    My name is Frances Evans. I am Australian. My sons are half Sri Lankan and we want peace for Sri Lanka our home.

  93. My name is Nikita Tissera, a Sinhalese Buddhist. The Dambulla attacks were a clear low point for being one. These robed, territorial hate mongers are a disgraceful representation of Buddhism. I apologize sincerely from everyone who has been hurt or bullied by those who claim to represent my race or religion. Never in my name!

  94. Nishan

    I am Nishan Ratnayake. I am against this violant act. Violant demontration is totally against the core value of Buddhism.

  95. Sona Barnes

    Hi, I’m Sona. I embraced Islam on my own accord 24 years ago, Allahu Akbar! I love and respect Gautama Buddha. I know his teachings and continue to employ them in numerous areas of my life without finding any contradiction with Islam.Indeed, I am inclined to believe the Buddha to be one of the unmentioned Messengers of Allah. This violence is definitely NOT in MY name. May Allah Guide all of us.

  96. Malisha

    This is such shameful behavior and true Buddhists would never support such violence!

  97. pory ushan

    im porty ushan and what happened last week is not in my name.

  98. Im Asanka Brendon Ratnayake, an Australian born Sinhala Buddhist & this violence is not in my name, im embarrassed & appalled by these actions.

  99. VRKA Muragedera

    I am VRKA Muragedera. I WAS a Sri Lankan but gave my citizenship away as it has been obvious for many years that it would get even worse. They came for the Tamils, I didn’t speak, they came for the muslims, I kept quiet, and then they came for me….

  100. Randika Goonatilleke

    As a Sri Lankan brought up on Buddhist values, I find the monks’ actions completely hypocritical to traditional Buddhist teachings which emphasize the importance of tolerance of other religious practices.
    Also, protecting “sacred sites” is contrary to the Buddhas fundamental teaching of “anicca” or “impermanence.” “Tanha” or “desire/attachment” is the root of all “kilesa” or “defilement.”
    I mean,..that’s why you become a monk-to rid yourself of attachment!

    The violence last week is an embarrassment to every Buddhist person in Sri Lanka and I strongly condemn these actions

  101. I am Harendra Alwis. I find this violence shameful and stupid because it destroys that which it was called to build, desecrates that which we are called to venerate and defiles that which is holy to all Sri Lankans.

  102. Anukshi Jayasinha. Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  103. Mahisha Warusavitharana

    These ‘monks’ nor those that were there speak in my name. I will also not offer any alms to these ‘monks’ – unless they correct their ways.
    Certainly, not in my name, and not in what Master Gautama taught, and certainly not a thing a civilized person / group would do.
    May all being, be at peace.

  104. Anonymous

    Masha Amal Musaffer : No, Not in My Name. I have learnt Buddhism throughout my whole life in primary, secondary and high school. My mother tongue is Sinhalese. As much as these radical monks claim their love to the country, history, culture and religious places, I too love them, take pride in them as a Sri Lankan. I am sure my ancestors going back to thousands of years too lived here, So it belongs to me as much as it belongs to you. I respect all the religions and ethnic groups in Sri Lanka. Hope everything will calm down, and the hate that seems to be politically motivated will be abolished. Peace be upon all of you!

  105. Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda

    Certainly these acts have been committed not in the name of ‘Dhamma’ but in their own personal and selfish interests: ‘thanha’. Time has come to re-examine what it means to be a ‘patriot’ or ‘nationalist’, or ‘Buddhist’, or ‘Muslim’, or ‘Christian’ or ‘Hindu’. We may belong to any of this cultural group but the most important thing is the values that we uphold in our personal and social life?

  106. No religion that I know of promotes violence to those with different beliefs. Those who interpret it as such should not call themselves followers of that religion, let alone leaders and preachers of that religion. It is shameful and certainly not in my name. Being a monk, priest or clergyman should not exempt you from punishment – rather it should doubt and triple both your responsibility and your accountability. The same goes for the government and law enforcement authorities who now need to take action and make sure this grievous wrong is somehow set right.

  107. Maria Chanmugam

    Maria Chanmugam. I am a New Zealander and the mother of 4 Sri Lankan children…this violence is NOT in their name. We believe in a peaceful, harmonious and tolerant Sri Lanka for all Sri Lankans of any ethnicity and religion.

  108. Delon Weerasinghe

    While for years they spread their poison about how this country belongs to Sinhala Buddhists I kept my mouth shut. Because I thought they were children in a sandbox throwing a tantrum. But this is a small sandbox and I am sick of their tantrums. Keep your mouths shut or we will open ours. Not in my name.

  109. Samanmalee Unanthenna

    Not in my name.

  110. Amaya Weerasinghe

    Amaya Weerasinghe – violence is NOT IN MY NAME . I am ashamed to associate myself with the broader definition of a “Sinhalese Bhuddist.” Violence in any form is so far from the teachings of the Buddha.

  111. Channa Jayasekera

    Once again we see the venom of the robed cult that has, for so long, hijacked the promise of Sri Lanka and the freedom of her people. May they not divide us again.

  112. Asha Abeyasekera

    Asha Abeyasekera – Such violence is not in my name.

  113. I do not agree with the part of the statement that asserts that ‘the actions of a few are not indicative of the nature of the majority’. I think the actions in Dambulla are reflective of the dominant ideology of the Sri Lankan state which a majority of the majority community in Sri Lanka subscribe to. Many in the majority might not agree with what the Bhikkus did the other day but many do believe that this country is Sinhala Budhdhist. I also don’t agree that ‘this militant religious extremism can very quickly and very seriously undermine Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation’ because i actually think that there is no such reconciliation process underway in Sri Lanka. Despite all of the above and despite being deeply uncomfortable in identifying myself as a ‘Sri Lankan’ within the existing framework, i use this space to register my protest. Never in my name. Kumaravadivel Guruparan, University of Jaffna.

    • Deborah Philip

      Guru – I completely agree with you on the fact that what happened in Dambulla reflects the dominant ideology of the Sri Lankan state. In fact religious persecution against religious minorities in Sri Lanka is an extremely common occurrence. The only difference is this time it has made national headlines.

      • Nimalka Fernando

        I also agree with Guru. This is the state ideology and the forces that MR unleashed. There is no attempt made towards reconciliation. I condemn this act and say Not in my name

      • Anberiya

        Yes- I agree that volence against minorities is a common occurance. It can be at a football match at Kalutara, or non payment of a hotel bill at Mawanella.This is one of many incidents. Even if actual violence does not happen, minorities particularly Muslims living in Sinhala majority areas live in fear of voilence. It is as if fuel had been poured by extremistts and waiting to be lit by a matchstick.

    • Prof. N. Shanmugaratnam

      Well said Guruparan. I agree with you and join you and the others in condemning this act of intolerance.

      Prof. N. Shanmugaratnam
      Norway

    • Sona Barnes

      I salute you Guruparan! Well said

  114. Dr M L Najimudeen

    Dr M L Najimudeen
    Most of the Budhists in Sri Lanka are very tolerant and respect other religions. Only few extremists with vested interests creat unnecessary problems and unrest time to time. It is sad that the government is not intervening. This problem could have been solved very easily and amigably

  115. nelun harasgama

    nelun harasgama. iam so ashamed. not in my name.

  116. Kindly include my name down as a signitory to the statement.

  117. Buddhism as practiced by these thugs in robes is frightening and one dreads to think of where it will end. What is worse is the state patronage and all the hypocritical bowing and scraping by the politicians who pander to this travesty of a wonderful philosophy. Certainly not in my name.

  118. Sarah Sukumaran. Tamil Sri Lankan and this violence is certainly not in my name.

  119. Harini Amarasuriya

    This is not in my name.

  120. Shanaka Jayawardana

    My name is Shanaka Jayawardana And this violence is NOT in my name or in the name of Buddhism…. These thugs in robes and the idiots that follow them blindly should be stopped, at the very least….!!!

    The Buddha’s preaching has nothing to do with what these hooligans practise…

    May all Sri Lankan’s live as one, always….

  121. I am Jeevani Fernando. I am a Sri Lankan. This, and every other form of violence, is NOT IN MY NAME.

  122. Kshama Ranawana

    Certainly NOT IN MY NAME! A small group of people commit these acts of violence and an even smaller group always speaks up to condemn the violence. The vast majority of Sri Lankans prefer to remain silent. It is time that every Sri Lankan has the courage to publicly condem violence and intolerance, and hold the perpetrators and lawmakers accountable. Only then will true peace prevail in Sri Lanka.

  123. Graeme Overlunde.

    Graeme Overlunde. Sri Lankan. Not in my name. This abomination is not part of our culture or our nation that so many gave their lives to save. The brave young men and women who sacrificed their lives to protect the sovereignty of this nation and the freedom of all races and religions. This is not in their name either.

  124. Florine

    Violence is not a part of any religion or philosophy – thugs have no place in Sri Lankan society even if they wear saffron robes. It is gratifying to know that 30 years of civil strife has taught us the value of peace & harmony and to realize that civil society has to take the lead to preserve ethnic harmony.
    As a Sri Lankan – I denounce this act of violence!

  125. Fazrin Farook

    My name is Fazrin Farook, I’m a Srilankan and certainly not in my name.

  126. Mrinali

    I do not condone violence in any form whatsoever, or for any reason – in thought, word or deed. I am ONLY Sri Lankan. Buddhism is practised in the way you live and breathe EVERYDAY. It is not diminished or enhanced by external aspects.

  127. Nazreen Sansoni. Violence of any form. Never ever in my name. Shocking and disgraceful and, very very sad.

  128. Dylan Fernando

    I am Dylan Fernando and this violence is appalling and is not in my name.

  129. Anoma Rajakaruna

    I am Anoma Rajakaruna. This violence is not in my name.

  130. Pradeep Peiris

    I am Pradeep Peiris and this violence in NOT in my name.

  131. Anonymous

    I am Shanghini Shanmugananthan and violence is most certainly not in my name. Such acts should be condemned, whether its buddhist, hindu, muslim or christian. I do not think religion has violence in its name. The act was disgraceful!

  132. Anonymous

    That shit was not in my name.

  133. Sabira Deen

    May peace reign over our beloved country!! The actions of a few bigots should not be allowed to mar our love for our fellow countrymen !!! My name is Sabira and violence is NOT in my name.

  134. Prof. Jayantha Seneviratne

    I am Prof. Jayantha Seneviratne. I am totally against this violence. Sri Lanka Should be multi religious and multi cuthnic country .

  135. Hans Billimoria – Sri Lankan; not Parsi, not Burgher, not Eurasian, not Sinhalese, all to which I have claim. Not in our name.

  136. Azzam Ameen

    I am Azzam Ameen. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  137. iamjaffna

    Kannan Arunasalam. Not in my name.

  138. My name is Jude Gayantha Perera and this violence is NOT in my name.

  139. Andrew Samarasinha

    I am Andrew Samarasinha and this violence is not in my name.

  140. Thilini Perera

    Thilini Perera. This violence is not in my name.

  141. Ameena Hussein

    Overcome anger by non-anger, overcome the wicked by goodness, overcome the miser by generosity, overcome the liar by truth – Dammapada, Verse 223.
    My name is Ameena Hussein. I am Sri Lankan. Not in my name. The Buddhist monks should take a leaf out of their great teacher’s book. Our great Buddhist country should follow the great teacher’s principles. Our citizens should speak out against violence, against injustice, against oppression.

  142. Camena Guneratne

    This violence is not in my name.

  143. Mike Gabriel

    My name is Mike Gabriel, I am a Sri Lankan and this violence is not in my name.

  144. Hisham

    We are going back again demarking the our land and area and throwing people out. with this kind of attitude peace will be a far fetch reality. Hope all parties can sit together and solve this peacefully. As we say always all communities should have the right to practice their beliefs peacefully.

  145. I am Rashantha, i am of Sri Lankan descent and i love the country of my birth. THIS IS NOT IN MY NAME

  146. Sanshia

    I’m Sanshia Dabrera , a Sri Lankan .

    I feel no one should be defined by religion , race or caste .
    The footage I viewed was nothing short of disgraceful . The BIG question is , how and who will resolve this . Surely the monks cant be given any special treatment in the matter as they didn’t quite behave like monks did they ?

    This violence is not in my name .

  147. Niran Wirasinha

    Disputes ought to be settled by discussion and failing that through legal means in any civilized society. Mob violence is not the way. It is sad that the good name of this country which held so much promise at the time of independence is besmirched time and again by violent acts such as this. Religious leaders, are expected to lead and guide lay people by their teaching and lives. Not to instigate violence against others and to speak with hatred.

  148. I am a Sri Lankan, a Sinhalese, and a Buddhist. I just returned from temple this morning and couldn’t help reflect on how far Buddhism in Sri Lanka has strayed from what Lord Buddha preached it to be. Tolerance, compassion, empathy, among others, are key precepts of Buddhism. The incidents at Dambulla are grossly opposite to this. The of the monks at Dambulla and the monks around the country who have failed to come out in any significant number and denounce their fellow monks’ un-Buddhist actions, have left real Buddhism in this country vulnerable – vulnerable to highjacking by fringe groups. This violence, bigotry, and intolerance – not in my name.

    • M. Abdul Cader

      My hats off…

    • Nelum Gamage

      I am in total agreement to what is stated by Anush Wijesinha.
      I am thankful to Groundviews for giving us this space to express our views and let the world know that what has happened is NOT tolerated by the majority of the majority community- the Sinhala people.
      As much as what happened in 1983 was not condoned by the majority of the Sinhala community..

      Yes, whether the structure put up is illegal or not is the crucial point here. But how the whole problem was tackled by the so called Buddhist monks. The State should have been more alert and arrested the problem before it erupted in this magnitude.
      Definitely NOT IN MY NAME!

  149. Anonymous

    1. “Whosoever is angry, harbors hatred, and is reluctant to speak well of others, perverted in views, deceitful — know him as a vasala.
    21. “Not by birth is one a vasala; not by birth is one a brahman. By deed one becomes a vasala, by deed one becomes a brahman.
    Vasala Sutra: Translated from the Pali by Piyadassi Thera.

    The gentle philosophy of loving kindness preached by the prince of Peace has indeed been hijacked, but NOT in my name.
    Sam Perera

  150. Ashini Fernando

    My name is Ashini Fernando. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  151. Ishak Ahamed

    Proud to be Sri Lankan, seeing the above replies is a proof this is a nation with a conscious heart and will never give in for oppression.’ if you are neutral in situations of injustice , you have chosen the side of the oppressor ‘ Desmond Tutu

  152. Vidarshi Wijeyeratne

    I am Vidarshi Rodrigo-Wijeyeratne – Probably the greatest insult one can do to his religion is to disobey its teachings… A pathetic insult to a glorious religion. Not in the name of anyone who respects Buddhism and finds peace in its teachings.

  153. Nihad

    I born in Sri Lanka. I schooled in Sri Lanka and i am sri Lankan. my Religion only ISLAM.We love peace and harmony . Why we r treated according to our Religion??? Why this much of Racist all around in Sri lanka?? . in case, if Jihad is declared against this violence against those Racist… i will be in Front row definitely.

  154. NOT in any one’s name, but in the name of the Rajapaksa regime, for sure.The issue nevertheless is, how do we stop these dastardly acts ? Two days ago, another sacred place of the Muslims in Kattankudi, Batticoloa was set on fire in the night.
    I SUGGEST, of course to all GOOD Sinhala – Buddhists, mob your local Buddhist temple and Buddhist monks and demand they publicly condemn these acts of violence against other religions and ethnic communities. As Sinhala Buddhists we have a RIGHT to meet in OUR temple to condemn these insulting and dangerous anti social acts by robe wearing men and goons.
    Kusal Perera.

  155. Altaf Hussein

    My name is Altaf Hussein. I love my motherland. Let us not start anything that will be detrimental to our country. We have peace after 30 years. Let’s keep it that way!

  156. Anonymous

    My name is Nivari Jayasinghe. I am ashamed of the recent events in Dambulla. The violence and the disrespect do not represent me nor the Buddhist religion to which I also also belong to.

  157. Bunty

    My name is Rumuz Noordeen i am a Srilankan violence is not in my name

  158. daya

    Not in Our Name. G. Dayaratne

  159. Jananthan Thavarajah

    I’m a Sri Lankan for A Secular Sri Lanka! Fight to amend the Constitution where Privileges and Special consideration given to a Religion!

  160. I am Sri Lankan and Buddhist, and this is appalling, horrifying and embarrassing behaviour from the very people who are supposed to represent peace, tolerance, forgiveness. Absolutely not in my name.

  161. fathima rizvia moulana

    I am a Sri Lankan. My name is Fathima Rizvia Moulana. This violence is not in my name. I love my motherland and let the peace prevail in it forever.

  162. prabu deepan

    I’m Prabu Deepan, I’m ‘Sri Lankan’, this kind of treatment of minorities is unacceptable then, now and will never be! Let’s not jst address the manisfestations, but also the flaws of the system that continues to allow these kind of incidents and more!
    Never in my name!

  163. In the name of His Noodliness, His Savoriness, the Noodle in the Sky, our Saucy Master, The Flying Spaghetti Monster, I, Mahasen Bandara, attest that this violence is not in my name.

    RAmen!

  164. Dr. Ranil Guneratne

    Dr. Ranil Guneratne. As a Sri Lankan, I strongly condemn this and other acts of violence against minorities and demand restoration of the rule of law.

  165. Priya Thangarajah

    Priya Thangarajah. Sri Lankan. No act of violence is ever in my name.

  166. U K Zahid

    Incident is really sad when we are facing a bigger issue on war crime and human rights. It is the Muslim countries that supported Sri Lanka. Besides why only the Mosque and Kovil what about the cricket grounds, hotels etc etc. At least the mosques and Kovils are a place of worship. Do we need all this at this time of the hour. Just to mention a few other incidents; Last year a destroyed Muslim shrine in Anuradhapura, Military took over Ashraf Nagar which belongs to 69 Muslim families also the land that was allotted for a Muslim burial ground. In Illangaithurai Muhathuwaram (now renamed Lanka Patuna) a Shivan shrine was removed and a Buddhist statue was built in its place. A group of Buddhist monks and people attacked the four Square Gospel Church in Kaluthara North last year and the Police have prevented the church from functioning claiming that it would lead to a breach peace. In Ambalangoda the Assembly of God church was attacked in February this year. A pastor in Kalutara was attacked and a house belonging to a Christian was vandalized by Buddhist monks alleging that the church was engaged in conversions. The police failed to frame charges against Buddhist monks. Recently the government has also tried to pass the Town and Country Planning bill which allows for religious land to also been acquired in municipal and urban areas for economic, social, historical, environmental or religious purposes. – WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SECURITY AND RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY COMMUNITY: – Definitely violence is not in my name

  167. Paba Deshapriya

    This violence is not in my name.

  168. Anonymous

    I am Kanishka Ratnapriya. A citizen of Sri Lanka. This was not done in my name.

  169. I am Zaid Mohamed, a Sri Lankan and a Muslim. This violence is not in my name. In addition i would like to suggest an iportnat matter. We need a massive campaign throughout the Island to connect the hearts of the people of the all faiths. We have so many projects and programs initiated by the Government, and/or NGO to promote peace and reconciliation but unfortunately there is no any such intuitive have been made to bring the Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils to a common ground and pave the way to understand each other.
    My humble suggestion to Grounview, please initiate such a move connecting the YOUTH of these community and forming a NATIONAL YOUTH MOVEMENT AGAINST THE RACISM.

  170. MG

    I don’t like it that safron robes get away with stirring trouble. Buddhists monks should promote and follow religious tolerance. If the different religious sects can find common ground in the Holy Land, can’t understand why it can’t be replicated here

  171. RuviniBuddhika

    Not in my name! Nor in any Buddhist’s, I believe.

  172. Faisal

    i am Faisal, this is shameful violence against Islam
    this is not in my name
    we all Srilankan resist these violences

  173. Anonymous

    I am Vanessa Sridharan, I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  174. Surovi Salgado

    I am Surovi Salgado and I am Sri Lankan – this violence is not in my name…

  175. chandula kumbukage

    I am a Sri Lankan Buddhist! I condemn this!
    Not in my name!

  176. Jovita Arulanantham

    I’m Jovita Arulanantham, a Sri Lankan Tamil. Any form of religious extremism that takes place is not in my name-that which took place in Dambulla and that which continues to take place across the North and East, insensitive to the rights of the Tamil-Hindu and Christian majority in those parts.

  177. Kumari

    Not in my name

  178. My name is Gehan Dias and I think the only thing more disgraceful than the monks’ behavior in Dambulla is the government’s unwillingness to stand up for the most basic religious rights. I am a Buddhist and the attacks on non-Buddhist places of worship in Dambulla are certainly not in my name.

  179. Asha

    I am a proud Sri Lankan doing what I can to bring Sri Lanka to the world in a positive light. I believe in giving her a chance. This undermines all the hard work many of us do. The day we realise that Sri Lanka is a melting hotpot of cultures (thanks to its situation on trading routes) and proudly accept this – we will prosper. Segregation is outdated. No violence, verbal or otherwise, is EVER in my name.

  180. Ashmath Azoor

    Not a nother bloody war please!! Pull your self to gether and learn to live in harmony for Gods sake !!

  181. Abdush Shakoor

    I’m Abdush Shakoor. I’m a Sri Lankan citizen by law.

  182. Anonymous

    My name is Karthiga Ganapathy and this violence is not in my name.

  183. Karthiga Ganapathy

    My name is Karthiga Ganapathy and this violence is NOT in my name!!

  184. Anonymous

    I am Ajmeer. I am a Sri Lankan and against violence under the guise of religion. Life and dignity are ‘sacred than the ‘land’.

  185. M Aslam Jiffry

    When i saw this incident in the T.V. i was shocked that monks came and tried to demolish. If a religious dignitary should be behave in well manner and they should control the situation. rather than controlling they should not fire up this issue.

  186. Ramya Chamalie Jirasinghe

    Never in my name.

  187. Anonymous

    My name is Priyangi Jayasinghe. This violence is not in my name.

  188. I’m Damith Senanayake. This violence is not in my name! I am utterly ashamed and afraid of where this country is headed. A few bad eggs in the basket who have no friends can ruin the country. Just like Prabhakaran did… This violence is only done by people who have never even talked to a Muslim person, or a person from another race!

  189. Arshad Wazhar

    I am Arshad wazhar. I am a Sri Lankan. This violence is certainly NOT in my name.
    We love the religion more the our soul. and we respect other religions as well. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an “not to slander what other people worship beside Allah”. we should not forget the fact that majority of the Buddhist people are peace loving, rational and fair minded people and that they do not approve such acts. We are expecting this won’t happen again.
    thank you

  190. pererahussein

    1. “Whosoever is angry, harbors hatred, and is reluctant to speak well of others (discredits the good of others), perverted in views, deceitful — know him as a vasala.
    21. “Not by birth is one a vasala; not by birth is one a brahman. By deed one becomes a vasala, by deed one becomes a brahman.
    Vasala Sutta: Translated from the Pali by Piyadassi Thera

    The gentle philosophy of loving kindeness preached by the Prince of Peace, has indeed been hijacked – but NOT in my name.
    Sam Perera

  191. pererahussein

    1. “Whosoever is angry, harbors hatred, and is reluctant to speak well of others (discredits the good of others), perverted in views, deceitful — know him as a vasala.
    21. “Not by birth is one a vasala; not by birth is one a brahman. By deed one becomes a vasala, by deed one becomes a brahman.
    Vasala Sutta: Translated from the Pali by Piyadassi Thera

    The gentle philosophy of loving kindness preached by the Prince of Peace, has indeed been hijacked – but NOT in my name.
    Sam Perera

  192. Naomi Wijemanne

    If you can’t respect another human being for who he is, or what he believes in – then whatever religion you practice is redundant.

  193. Harshi Hewage

    I am Harshi Hewage. I am Sinhala. I am a Buddhist. This violence is not in my name.

  194. I am Sri Lankan. This, and any other act of violence on any living being, is most definitely not and will never ever be in my name.

  195. Renford M Flamer Caldera

    I was shocked and appalled at the the video … after many years of war I would have thought that we would love the thought that as different communities and ethnicities we would live in peace……THIS VIOLENCE IS is NOT IN MY NAME!

  196. renuka

    compassion. sharing. peace. not violence… ever.

    Renuka Mendis

  197. Mohamed Shafraz

    It is very sad to hear this and it really hurts being a muslim, I pray that we live united and Allah grant us peace within our nation. NO VIOLENCE,PEACE ONLY…….

  198. M. Abdul Cader

    My Name is M. Abdul Cader. I’m a Sri Lankan Muslim. I studied in Sinhala language from LKG till A/L. Presently work as a Quantity Surveyor.
    All in my life, studied, worked, played with my Sinhala friends. They are not like this extremist Buddhists.

    Finally I need to say that this violence is not in my name. I’m there to prevent any violence not only against for Muslims, but also to Sinhala, Tamil, or any race. I think it’s my duty to prevent/dislike any violence on behalf of the Human.

  199. Sanjayan Rajasingham

    Sanjayan Rajasingham – not in my name.

  200. Aarthi Dharmadasa

    The deafening silence that has followed such blatant acts of extremism is shocking. They are not bhuddist monks, they are puppets in robes. What is horrifying is the power that the robes represent to those who ignorantly follow in the name of their religion. Because that is how it is preached to them, not because it is how they choose to interpret the teachings of a great philosophy that is meant to guide and shape how one lives their life. This is not in my name.

  201. Bethune naina marikar

    I am perplexed at how our fellow country men would treat another religion;i love this country and the progress;but the poeple also must be work together in harmony;anger is disliked by Allah;and we shall ask Allah to protect;guide and help alll of to solve problems in a cultured and proper manner

  202. nooranie

    I am Nooranie Muthaliph – Sri Lankan. Forget about the religion and faith which I practice, but violance is certainly not the answer!

  203. Anonymous

    I am Azra Abdul Cader and this violence is certainly not in my name!! It is speared on by political entities for political gain. I demand a response from my so called representatives in government. This is an opportunity for Muslim leaders in this country to prove they care for and are aware that they have a responsibility towards the community they have been elected to represent. It is an opportunity for the rest of the government to implement the rhetoric of non-violence and tolerance.

  204. Anonymous

    My Name is Mika Tennekoon, I am Sri Lankan and this violence is not in my name.

  205. I am Selyna Peiris. I am Sri Lankan and this violence is not in my name. If there is a time for moderates to talk – it is NOW. We do not believe in a divided Sri Lanka. We do not advocate discriminatory treatment. We should not let the extremists be proven right.

    This petition also needs to travel into the hands of the masses, the sinhala and tamil speaking majority of the country. Another form of exclusivity is not what this country needs right now. People need to know why its wrong that Dambulla happened. People need to know why its wrong to be silent. People need to know to its not acceptable to indulge this kind of behavior. Mostly importantly, people need to understand that one cannot fight fire with fire. Terrorism is the easy way out. Its time we Sri Lankans started thinking of a long term strategy for a peaceful Sri Lanka. This includes giving constructive criticism and being able to work with a system that is flawed. Being ‘anti’ is often counter-productive. Throwing stones from outside doesn’t always help, in fact experience shows us that is usually boils down into pointless violence.

    While we take a stand for what is wrong, let us also think together as a country what we realistically need to do to get it right.

  206. Rizvi Hameed

    Fokls,, Im Rizvi Hameed,
    Im a Muslim and im a very proud Sri lankan, This violence is not in my name.

  207. Sarah Arumugam

    I am Sarah Arumugam, I strongly condemn this and any other acts of violence against minorities, I urge the government to restore the rule of law in this country. Violence is not in my name.

  208. Abdul Baazir

    Praying Allaah to peace in Sri Lanka

  209. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

    Never in my name.
    Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

  210. I am Farthab Feisal. Any act of violence is not in my name especially for religious grievance. These acts are committed by a futile few who have no sense of apathy. I detest extremism and the use of religion as a tool to divide humanity. Live and let live.

  211. David Blacker

    Some of us fought, killed, died, were crippled, and watched our friends die beside us so that this country would remain united and free. We did not do it so that another bunch of violent extremists could divide our country again in the name of religion; nor for you, the government, to support it.

    David Blacker

    • Sathananthan Bremnath

      Dear David, Fighting the LTTE was relatively easy as they were deemed as terrorists by most of the world, but fighting state sponsored majority chauvinism is much harder. I am glad you see the woods from the trees!

      I, Sathananthan Bremnath, am with you on this that religious bigotry should be tackled head on; only the Sinhala Buddhist can do this and am not sure how long will be before they realise this; when that time comes it will be too late!

  212. Imjad Iyaz

    I am Imjad Iyaz from Galle. Don’t involve in any kind of violence, including which may make conflict between ethnics. We all are Sri Lankan. One Nation

  213. Chathuri Dissanayake, Sri Lankan of Sinhala buddhist origin. This violence is not in my name.

  214. My name is Muhammad Nasir and I am not a terrorist/extremist or what ever they may tag me as. I am a Sri Lankan Moor Muslim and this violence is not in my name.

    I pray that this ends!!!

  215. Chamila Priyanka

    The People who are empty within do so many things to fill their emptiness.They don’t know history, They don’t have any idea about future. Then why i should engaged with them. Therefor this violence is not in my name.

  216. sureshi jayawardene

    my name is sureshi jayawardene, i am sri lankan. this violence is not in my name.

  217. Dilan Bastiampillai

    I am Dilan Bastiampillai a SRI LANKAN! and violence is NOT in my name.

  218. Malathy Knight

    We are Sri Lankan. Proud to be Sri Lankan. Proud to be a part of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural society. This incident totally undermines the essence of the Buddha’s precepts. Such violence is NOT in our name.

    Malathy Knight & Fr. Sydney Knight

  219. Zainul Mahas

    I am a Sri Lankan & a Muslim and have all my life had more Sinhalese friends than Moslim. Now I am worried, for myself, my family and our future as Sri Lankans!

    This violence is not in my name!

    Zainul Mahas

  220. I’m Paul Blacker. I’m Sri Lankan. The violence and religious bigotry is certainly not in my name. Nor is it in my 3 year old son’s name, who is the future of this country!

  221. Mrs Hussainiya Hussain

    I have seen how Tamil community had to suffer in 1983 due to actions by extremists and 30 years from now, we cant afford to have same forces to do more harm to this multi-ethnic, multi-religious country of ours in the name of relegion or race, again! Not in may name…

  222. vipula

    Vipula Wijayaratne – not in my name

  223. Chhimi Tenduf-La

    My name is Chhimi Tenduf-La. I am not Sri Lankan but I am embarrassed. I am proud to live in this amazing country and, for the most part, I think you would be hard pressed to find nicer people than Sri Lankans anywhere in the world. Most foreigners would say this (except, to be honest, when driving). The actions of this mob, and the official response which as good as sanctioned it, is very sad indeed. We can only be proud of the brave woman in the video who stood up to these bullies. She is a Sri Lankan. Not really sure what the other people are.

  224. Anonymous

    Violence is not in my name. never never never.
    Hania Mariam Luthufi.

  225. Atheist

    ASHAMED to be a Sri Lankan!

    Identity based purely on ethnicity and religion promotes a hollow sense of self with no room for morality.

    There is too much public display of religious fervour in this country, and we can see where it leads to, not moral upliftment but MORAL DECAY. I hold you, the President and Cabinet of Ministers personally responsible for the quagmire of thuggery and violence this country is descending into.

    • Sona Barnes

      I am sure ALL of us forgive you for remaining anonymous, Atheist. You hit the nail on the head – spot on!!! 😉

  226. Say no to violence, say no to idiots.

  227. Nadya Tissera. Not in my name

  228. Avisha de Saram

    Hypocrisy in religion should not be tolerated under any circumstance. For us to sit back and watch representatives of Buddhism so blatantly tarnish the beliefs and practices of such a sacred philosophy is unacceptable. The beauty of Sri Lanka lies with the diversity and culture of our heritage, lets not sit back and allow a few privileged people to commit acts of heinous disregard just because they can.

  229. Riyas Izzedeen

    Disgusted

  230. Nizamuden

    I am Muslim. I am also a proud Sri Lankan and will always be a proud Sri Lankan. Violence is not in my name.

  231. This behavior is so far removed from true Buddhism. It’s a disgrace. My name is Sarinda Perera and I am Sri Lankan. This hooliganism will never be in my name!

  232. sachinip

    My name is Sachini Perera, I am Sri Lankan, and this violence is not in my name.

  233. Vindhya Buthpitiya. This violence is not in my name.

  234. Elijah Hoole, Sri Lankan Tamil. This violence was not in my name. Protect the rights of all citizens and bring justice to those who were affected.

  235. Mufais

    I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.Absolutely shameful

  236. rifkhan

    Not In My Name

  237. Anonymous

    I am Oshani Sembukuttiarachchi, a Sri Lankan and this violence is not in my name!

  238. Aniita Nesiah

    Anita Nesiah

    Let there be peace..

  239. Hania Mariam Luthufi.

    May all beings be happy,
    May all beings be free of illness and disease,
    May all beings see the goodness and auspiciousness in everything,
    May none be unhappy or distressed

    Violence is not in my name.

  240. tariq mohinudeen

    i am tariq Mohinudeen. I am Sri Lankan. This
    violence is certainly not in my name.

  241. Anonymous

    My name is Shemani Jayasinghe and I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  242. Rimaz Rizvi

    I am Rimaz Rizvi. I sadly convey this to everyone that the Violence has nothing to do with me. May Peace and prosperity prevail in this Country.

  243. Azmy Shariff

    I am Azmy Shariff,Sri Lankan living in Saudi Arabia.Not in my name.
    Hatred does not cease by hatred,but only by love.

  244. Ruth Dunuwille

    I am Sri Lankan, and a Christian. I would not change my country for any other because I love it dearly. I want to give back whatever I can to Sri Lanka and my countrymen in return for all that I have gained from this beautiful land of my birth. Today I weep for what is happening here and appeal to all Sri Lankans to turn from violence and learn to live in harmony. Resist violence and injustice, but do it in a peaceful manner. Let us overcome evil with good. I am deeply shocked and disturbed by the Dambulla incident and it is certainly not in my name.

  245. Anonymous

    They will come to understand, they will come to feel the pain, and they will come to regret…before their time is done. And may we be ready to forgive. Not in my name… Shankar Kasynathan, Melbourne Victoria.

  246. Im Candice Getui. Im Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name!

  247. Tamara Cornell

    Shameful & absolute disgrace! This violence is not in my name.

  248. Lasantha Pethiyagoda

    Sri Lankans, being ill-equipped to challenge the vilifying assumptions against an enemy of choice, will be inclined to embrace or tolerate a rationale for prejudice and unfair decisions. Fear and ignorance, not countered by a rational presentation of historical fact, become the basis of any future attitude, if not quickly countered by better sense. Disinformation and deception can be cleverly used to frame the public’s attitudes. These sorts of claims, even if later disproved, can effectively set up targets for attack.

    One must become cognizant of facts before allowing oneself to be influenced by innuendo, deception or campaigns for vilification. Popular sentiment against a minority can be instigated at the will of a party with a variety of political interests. As in the case of geopolitical manipulation of sectarian differences and the fomenting of violence, to cause instability within an otherwise independent nation, forces within a community can also act with similar motivations in order to use the ensuing mayhem to their own nefarious advantage.

    Sri Lankans must learn from their past. The horror of ethnic strife is still fresh for many whose lives were indelibly marked by events over the last several decades. Rumour-mongering, incitement to violence, desecration of places of worship, the cult of paranoia induced by ignorance and emotion, belligerence, hubris from “victory”, lack of humility and empathy for the victim, demonising of victims in order to oppress, are all antithetical to all religious philosphies. So, let all communities come together as brothers and sisters, and denounce racism, bigotry and ethnocentric profiling…

  249. Shevan Weerasinghe

    Not in my name!!!!

  250. Nimesha de Silva

    This violence is NOT in my name..

  251. Kanchana N. Ruwanpura

    “One who refrains from causing harm by way of body, speech or mind, can be called a worthy being” says the Dhammapada (V 391). Do the shameful actions of these priests square with the teachings of the Buddha? I fear not. So not in my name; this act of violence and all acts of hatred and violence that Sri Lanka seems to got enmeshed in the past 30 years!

  252. Not in the name of Buddhism. Not in the name of this country. Not in my name.

  253. This violence is not in my name.

    I live in Australia though my heart and soul remain in Sri Lanka where I was born. I am a Sinhalese with a Buddhist background. Compassion, tolerance and coexistence were taught as Buddhist core values. Since the military defeat of the LTTE in 2009, many attempts have been made to create a new conflict paradigm. The aim being to divert the attention of the working people from the intensely growing social and economic issues of the day.

    It is in our best interest to totally disassociate ourselves from such diversionary actions aimed at fragmenting the Sri Lankan society and its people along racial, religious, linguistic and caste lines.

  254. Mohamed Ali

    I am Mohamed Ali, Proud to be a SrI Lankan Muslim, I respect all Religious,Cultural & Ethnic Diversity of the People of the Land, and do not believe in violence of any form.

  255. saadiqa

    Saadiqa Fauz -proud to be a Muslim and Lankan!!! Why oh why do the leaders have to do such rash acts in the name of a particular religion certainly buffles every Lankans mind!
    We Lankans are unique – our smiles are renknowned…and violence is not our nature…no violence in my name please!!!!!!

  256. Mohamed Ramees

    As most Sri Lankan thinks, the incident was planned/carried out by regime and was done with the help of minority of Buddhist. The silent of regime leader is the very good evidence for this. I believe, simple way is to resolve the problem is to bring people government.

  257. naoshaad

    Have these monks forgotten the teaching of the Buddha….shame….these extremist acts are not in my name

  258. Manjula

    Violence is not the answer!
    – Manjula Dissanayake

  259. Asanka Perera

    I am an atheist with a Buddhist background and cannot comprehend this madness. This is downright shameful and the authorities must intervene to preserve the social fabric of Sri Lanka.

  260. dvsvos

    This is a watershed moment. We either stand for unity or we stand for nothing. I am Ashvin de Vos and I am Sri Lankan. This was not in my name.

  261. I’m Uda Deshapriya. This violence is not in my name!

  262. I’m Cham Buddhika.This behavior is unacceptable. This extremism is not in my name!

  263. Eashwaran Sinnaiah

    I am Eashwaran Sinnaiah and a thamil hindu by birth. This violence is not in my name.

  264. E M Bandara Menike

    The behavior was degrading. It was not in my name!

  265. P. Silva

    This kind of behaviour is disgraceful and brings shame on the country! The deafening silence that has followed such blatant acts of extremism is inexcusable..

  266. Dr Laksiri Fernando

    The behaviour of the Buddhist monks involved and the high priest is shameful. The government should appologise to the Muslim community as the peace keeper of the land. No need to say it is not in my name.

    Dr Laksiri Fernando

  267. I am Methlal. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  268. This violence is unacceptable. This extremism is not in my name!

  269. Anonymous

    My Name is Sujith Subasinghe and this violence is not in my name.

    I encourage the silent majority to speak out against this and any kind of extremism. For the Buddhist Monks that participated or support this kind of behaviour… I suggest you reread or rethink the Bhikkhu Vinaya. Alternately simply disrobe and pursue your political aspirations and need for power (within the law of society of course) as a layperson.

  270. Amir

    My name is Amir and this violence (or any kind of violence) is NOT in my name !!

  271. Leo

    My Name is Leo Tissera, this violence is not in my name, May God Bless our little ‘Isle of Serendipity’

  272. Abdul Muizz

    I’m Muizz and this violence is not in my name and i’m a Sri Lankan.

  273. Nishelli

    This intolerance is not in my name. Nishelli Perera

  274. Mary Anne Philip

    My name is Mary Anne Philip. This violence is certainly not and will never be in my name.

  275. This was no monk’s work. That yellow robe is too freely adopted in these days and times. Religious violence? Never in my name.

  276. Hilmy Ahamed

    I forbid anyone using my name for religious intolerance

  277. Nimal

    Any violence not in my name. Race and religion are not my choice. The violent behavior of Inamaluwe Sumangala and other monks is sickening. This is the dominant tendency in the country created during the war.

  278. Not in my name. Aftab Aziz

  279. Anonymous

    I am Madhuka Karunararatne and this atrocity is not in my name.

  280. Hafsa Husain

    I am Hafsa Husain. I am Sri Lankan. The comments posted on this page are truly heartwarming.
    Let us not be deterred by the mindless and intolerant.
    It is our right to demand a just response from our government.

  281. Zuleikha Harrison

    Never, ever again in my name. It is time to call a stop.

  282. Upekshi Fernando

    I’m Upekshi Fernando, This intolerance is never in my name.
    Ashamed of being silent amid 30+ years of violence.

  283. Gayani Samarawickrema

    Voilence in any form is unaccaptable.

  284. Rosanna Flamer-Caldera

    Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, Burgher, Sri Lankan. Certainly not in my name! I agree with most of what is written here and am glad to see so many people voice their opinions about this shameful episode.

  285. Mushtaq

    Going in the path of war to achieve peace is counterproductive, so as the Dhambulla Mosque incident aiming to extend the holy land through destruction and terror. Not in my name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  286. Ravi Peiris

    My name is Ravi Peiris and although I am of a Sinhala-Buddhist background, I consider myself to be first and foremost Sri Lankan. Racism and religious intolerance is something I will not stand for. Not in my name, never in my name.

  287. madhuka karunaratne. racial and religious intolerance – never in my name.

  288. Husni

    I am Husn.violence is not in my name..!!!!

  289. Steve de la Zilwa

    This violence is not in my name.
    Steve de la Zilwa.
    Sri Lankan.

  290. This intolerance is not in my name

  291. PitastharaPuthraya

    My understanding of Buddhism does not see how these so-called Buddhists justify their actions against Muslims and Tamils in Dambulla on that day. It was disgusting to hear the racist and supremacist language used by a buddhist monk towards fellow human beings of a different race and relegion. We have seen in the past how prejudice against a particular race and relegion killed 6 million jews under the Nazi regime in Germany. I do not consider myself a Buddhist although born to a Buddhist family. However, I admire the Buddha as one of the greatest exponents of non-violence. Thererfore, this was done no definitely in the Buddha’s name let alone my name.

    • Anonymous

      I am Durani from a Buddhist background and I will definitely not stand for this racism and intolerance never, ever …….!!!

  292. Thilina Rajapakse. Sri Lankan
    திலின ராஜபக்ச. இலங்கை
    තිළිණ රාජපක්ෂ ශ්‍රී ලංකික

  293. rajivmw

    This is surely a matter for the courts to decide, not monks, mobs or ministers. Shame on us for according them that power.

    Not in my name. No sir.

  294. Rizan

    I am a Sri Lankan . These Idiotic Violence not in my Name.
    Not a single human being or a race deserve to be treated unequally in this world of because of their Colour, Language, Cast or who they or what they believe.

  295. Gishanka de Silva

    I’ve lived through most of my childhood and entire adult life in the shadow of terrorism and war.

    I still chose to live and work in in this glorious country despite a number of choices to do so in more “prosperous” places in the world. Quite simply, I love this place and its people, warts and all.

    I have no intention of a group of racist, self serving, religion manipulating morons drag us all back into those dark days. There’s a shimmering bright horizon of prosperity, peace and general joy ahead of us, which I hope to fully enjoy along with my fellow Sri Lankans and all who live here.

    Lets hope at least the voice of digital protest works in the face of flaccid and meaningless political intervention.

    • Kishani Cader

      Such an insult to Buddhism… a philosophy that promotes tolerance, love and understanding.

  296. Senaka Weeraman

    These acts are not akin to Buddha but are comparable to his nemesis, Devadatta, the corrupt monk who wanted to the lead the Sangha and turn it against Buddha and his own teachings.

    In the Jathaka stories, in his third and final attempt to kill Buddha, Devadatta put poison in his fingernails with the devilish intention to scratch Buddha to death. Just when he was about to strike, he tripped and scratched himself, dying with his own poison. These evil deeds and betrayal of Buddha, lead him to his inevitable path to Niraya – a perpetual hell. But even Buddha hoped that he would one day see the light

    Please do not deceive Sri Lanka and take her to Niraya. We have been there already and are desperate to climb out. I hope there is a Buddhist leader who can correct these misguided individuals and show them that there is a far nobler path. There are many hidden elements and forces in this world who would revel in the chaos that this will create. The best way is to defeat this is by uniting and sharing the four universal values of compassion, loving kindness, sympathetic joy and equanimity for all to see. This petition is a clear sign of this. I hope it will be extended to Sinhala and Tamil to reach a wider spectrum.

    These recent actions are not in my name, not in my family’s, not in my friend’s, not in my community’s, not in my country’s and not in our universe.

    Whatever people may tell you, it is definitely not in Buddha’s, not in the Sangha’s and not in the Dhamma’s.

    karuna, metta, mudita, uppheka

    Senaka Weeraman

  297. I am Leah Marikkar Bazalgette. My father is a Muslim, my mother a Christian who is also a mix of Colombo Chetty and Sinhala. I am proud of my heritage and believe most Sri Lankans are not filled with hate, but with love, tolerance and mutual respect. This violence is disgusting and those behind it are not true Buddhists, only hiding behind uniforms of religion and spouting violent rhetoric completely in contradiction to the very beliefs they claim to protect.

    Never, ever in my name.

  298. Randima Cavallaro

    Not in my name – Randima Cavallaro, a Sri Lankan, Bhuddist.

  299. Niran Anketell

    Neither this brutish violence, nor the Constitution and structure on which the Sri Lankan state and ‘Sri Lankan’ identity are built, are in my name. I reject them all and demand a stop to the violence, a Constitution that does not discriminate and an inclusive process of reconciliation and remediation before I can proudly call myself ‘Sri Lankan’.

    • Mr. Comment

      I agree with most of what you say, but I do

      • Mr. Comment

        I agree with most of what you say. But, I think identity has little to with constitution – identity is a very personal concept. Your idea of a perfect Sri Lankan identity cannot be everyone’s. Hard Luck, bro.

  300. Samantha Tenduf-La

    My name is Samantha Tenduf-La and I am Sri Lankan – this violence is certainly not in my name.

  301. Anonymous

    Ziyam Kamil

    Not in my name…

  302. Maithri

    During thr war, the government tried to show the world and the country that SL is a nation of cultural and religious diversity. And I believed in it, and to an rxtent that is still true.

    But this whole thing has just gone to show that the government dont care about that unless it is in their own interests. Shameful behaviour from them, and members of the sangha who should really know better.

    I was raised a Catuolic but my mother and her family are Buddhists and she is appalled by this. Even though deep down she still feels that Dambulla is a sacred Buddhist town, to threaten violence against othe r people is completely against Buddhist teaching and those involved should take a moment to reflect upon the religion they holdbso dear.

    I am Sri Lankan

  303. Maithri

    During thr war, the government tried to show the world and the country that SL is a nation of cultural and religious diversity. And I believed in it, and to an rxtent that is still true.

    But this whole thing has just gone to show that the government dont care about that unless it is in their own interests. Shameful behaviour from them, and members of the sangha who should really know better.

    I was raised a Catuolic but my mother and her family are Buddhists and she is appalled by this. Even though deep down she still feels that Dambulla is a sacred Buddhist town, to threaten violence against othe r people is completely against Buddhist teaching and those involved should take a moment to reflect upon the religion they holdbso dear.

    I am Sri Lankan and this is not in my name.

  304. dulan de Silva

    I am for violence when required.If not East Timor will be still under the Indonesian’s ,Russia under the Czar and China under war loads. However this is different and not directed at a wrong that needs to be corrected and in fact is doing a wrong. The fundamental problem is that every govt since Independence catered to racial and religious discrimination. DS took the vote away from plantation workers, Banda removed his suit and wooed the Sinhalese majority, JR watched whilst mobs inspired by his own Ministers burned and killed innocent Tamil kids and their parents.Rajapaksa’s are no better and openly subscribe to the view that minorities live at the pleasure of the majority Sinhala Buddhists. This is where the monks get their power.

  305. Tania Amalen

    Tania Amalen. Daughter of a Malay Father and a Sinhalese Christian mother, married to a Tamil Hindu. I am Sri Lankan firstly and this violence is not in my name.

  306. Anonymous

    Dayani Abeysekera. Not for me.

  307. Amrit Dayananda

    Amrit Dayananda. Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  308. Manique Wijesinghe

    Manique Wijesinghe – a Sri Lankan, a Sinhalese and a Buddhist – but certainly not a ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ and all that has sadly come to signify!! This is an absolutely despicable act and is a sad reflection of the chauvinism which is rampant in our country today.

    Certainly not in my name.

  309. Anonymous

    I am Kushlani Perera. Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  310. Binesh Gunaratne

    I’m Binesh Gunaratne, This was not done in my name.

  311. Anonymous

    This violence is certainly not in my name.

  312. A human being, appalled by the ignorance that keeps dragging our beautiful country down.

  313. Venuri

    Venuri Perera. I am ashamed to be a Sinhalese Buddhist. This is not in my name.

  314. Anonymous

    Blessie Keegel. I’m half Filipino and half Burgher. I’m a Christian, I love Sri Lanka and I believe that everybody should be able to worship freely with respect for each others beliefs without fear of persecution and injustice. This violence is not in my name.

  315. T PBohoran

    I am T P Bohoran. It was sickening to watch such actions from the deciples of a great teacher. This violence is not in my name.

  316. Anonymous

    Yeshani De Silva. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  317. V. Jayachithra

    Was there any demand by Lord Buddha to demolish all other religious temple and kept his philosophy’s landmarks along and, asked act violent to protect the so called heritage? NEVER!!! Buddhism is a one of the best philosophy for peace and conflict resolution with no harm. Lord Buddha has preached love and respect others with humanity.

    I feel so ashamed on people who participated for this act because they failed to be a real followers of Buddhism but some otherrrrrrs’.

    What is the virtue that they gain after this massive sin….?

    This violation is not in my Name.

  318. Christina Syms. Half-Sri Lankan Burgher. Half Filipino. Sri Lankan through and through. Everything I want to say has been said above. This Violence is Not In My Name.

  319. Anas

    Not in my name.

  320. Anonymous

    Visaka N. Abeyratne.
    Certainly not in my name.

  321. Feizal Mansoor

    Yet again, we have proof that all organised religions are secular in nature, have little or nothing to do with original teachings and mainly serve as vehicles for jingoistic triumphalism and social tree climbing.
    In the face of this recent idiocy in Dambulla, the irreparable loss of the Bamiyan statues comes to mind and I wonder yet again when the ordinary people of the world will recognise that one’s faith is not one’s ethnicity and both are of little or no bearing to society. They are private matters and have no place in the body politic.
    Even the Norwegians declare their religious faith as a matter of state and while separating church from state the founders of the American republic nevertheless fell-back on God to assign unalienable rights. And the Magna Carta granted God rights…
    I count the beginning of the end of our culture when we lit crackers to celebrate the death of President Premadasa. The long hand of chaos that reached across the seas in 1505 now has this jewel of ahimsa firmly in its grasp.
    In the Cult of the Goddess Pattini, Gananath Obeysekere’s quotes a few lines from a kavi that refers to Lord Buddha who has His mahavihara in Becca. Becca was the pre-Islamic name of Mecca.
    By his intolerance and hurtfulness, the Dambulla monk has shown that his brand of religio-politics is anathema to dhamma.
    I have heard that the great King Mahasamatta agreed to adjudicate over a dispute about grain for a share of it and that this is the foundation of our society through personal exposition of the Ten Royal Virtues by the King.
    As a nation, whatever the machinations of the political classes, our refuge and our response can only be Dhamma. If we live in dhamma, dhamma will protect us.
    A return to mahasamatta is the need of the hour, in the certainty of our ancients: the general or common consensus is that if we live righteously, the land and the people will be safe.
    We are all children of one mother, let us honour Her and set an example to the rest of the world.
    I think we have to make it appiri for anyone to behave so badly. The only hope for us is a true restitution of our way of life and the beauty is that this is something we can all do everyday and if we trust the wisdom of our ancients no matter what extremists do, through our culture we can defeat them. It was real and living enough to survive the British, shall it survive this peace?

  322. Kishani Kaluarachchi

    Kishani Kaluarachchi. I am Sinhalese Buddhist. This intolerance saddens me deeply. Whatever happened to the middle path? This violence is not in my name

  323. Shaahima Fahim. This violence is not in my name.

  324. Sabra Zahid

    Sabra Zahid. This violence most certainly is not in my name!!!

  325. Mariam Wadood

    May we all be able to live in peace..may we all accept that all have different beliefs…and may these beliefs be respected. May the acts of extremists not be accepted as the view of the better majority. May God guide each and every one of us on his path. A wholehearted thank you to all the sinhalese buddhists who have stood up against the violence.

  326. Anonymous

    I am Radhini Kaluperuma. This violence was not in my name.

  327. Maheshika

    Maheshika de Alwis. My mum is Malay, my dad is Sinhalese, I was brought up in the Catholic faith. I did Bharathanatyam as a child, danced and visited Hindu kovils for blessings with my Tamil friends. One of my grandmothers was given an Islamic burial, the other a Christian one. I have a horoscope, my family believes in astrology , yet I am not a Bhuddist. I will never give up my multi-ethnic, multi-religious values and beliefs. I am Sri Lankan and this violence was not in my name.

  328. This is the first time the violence towards other faiths has been filmed so vividly. Many churches and kovils have also been bombed and burnt in the past. What do these Buddhist monks want? Don’t they know that our culture is enriched with other faiths? We have already lost a lot of our Burghers and Tamils and we are impoverished by it. Even if we build highways and prosper economically, we will still be poor. Cannot Buddhism flourish without the Buddhist monks protecting it? I am sure it can because of its beautiful teachings. May it remain untouched by corrupt and greed.

  329. Jaufer

    Not In My Name, pls – We do not want repeat of the past and looking forward to prosperous Sri Lanka where everyone lives peacefully and respectfully.– NM Jaufer, a Sri Lankan.

  330. Sanda

    The only time I ever feel truly “Sri Lankan” anymore is when I feel ashamed; when I feel like a hypocrite. Surely, there can be no bigger hypocrite than a person practising violence for the sake of religion?

    I am a Sinhala Buddhist Sri Lankan. I long for the day when I can feel proud to claim those tags; when I can say that such violence is not in my name.

  331. Anonymous

    Please Sri Lanka you have a beautiful country and a great population, get your act together. Lets have some news that isn’t about violence. Let the world see the good side of a nation I really care about

  332. mohamed niyas

    I am Mohamed Niyas, a Sri Lankan Muslim, professionally a Teacher. I respect all religions and beliefs in this country and teach the same to all my students of all ethnic groups . I was shocked how can the monks who always preach saamaya, mithriya, karunaawa like great philosophies could lead such a racist mob in Dambulla. I feel relieved to know many of Buddhist people in Sri Lanka condemned this violence.The government should resolve this problem peacefully and treat both parties equally.

    The extremism in any form is not in my name.

  333. Jeff Nettleton

    Please Sri Lanka let the world see the beautiful nation you are, not the actions of the few

  334. I am Dr Riffkhan Fareed,I am proud to be a Sri Lankan Muslim and this is not in my name

  335. Not a Sri Lankan but living here. And I do support the sentiments here.

  336. R.M.B Senanayake

    I find from the comments that there are many persons from all religions who oppose these acts of extremism and violence by the Buddhist monks. Why cant all of us from all religions- men of goodwill who stand for religious tolerance get together. We should form a society to oppose religious extremism and campaign for tolerance. I wish some civic leaders form such a Non governmental Organization and gather together all right thinking persons in our society to oppose these extremists. This religious extremism has nothing to do with Buddhism for Buddhism does not countenance such unruly and violent behavior by his followers.

  337. M Krishnamoorthy

    This violence is not in my name.

  338. Leana Pieris

    Not in my name! Extremism, intolerance, bigotry and violence will never be in my name. I am Sri Lankan.

  339. What the monks did in Dambulla is shameful and disrespectful to the true Buddhist philosophy. But I am sure that all the ‘Temple Buddhists’ Loved the SHOW.Today someone posted something on FB in response to my status update, THEY said “Sri Lanka is the only country where the majority dances to the tunes of the minority”… My Mother is a Malay, my Father is a Sinhalese. I was Educated in a prominent Christian School in Negombo for 2 years and then completed my middle and high school in Colombo at one of the ONLY two TRUE Buddhist Boys schools in Sri Lanka. So you tell me…screw majority and minority…I am Sri Lankan and this was certainly NOT in my Name…

  340. Ramona Oshini Jayawardena

    This is our land, it belongs to everyone who lives in this island paradise….we have gotten an opportunity after 30 years or one would say after the British rule, to grow and develop this country and it s people to great heights. where were these extremists when our sri Lankan men were at war with terrorists…Did the army sign up only Buddhists…NO…we have freedom because men from all religions and all races fought for the country for us! Is this how we repay them, for giving up their lives to obtain freedom….This our country…this is what we represent to the world….Do we want to be disgraced because of these uneducated , selfish hooligans who pretends to be Buddhist monks? This is RACISM with a capital R….. Buddhism is a way of life…The great Buddha did not teach his followers to behave like this! The authorities should nip this problem now before it gets too late.

    we are proud to be from every religion, we are proud to be from any race, we are proud to be SRI LANKAN…..but most of all we should Attempt to be great Human beings!

    I am Ramona Oshini. This violence is not in my Name!!

  341. Hiruni Jayasena

    As a Sri Lankan, Sinhalese, Buddhist it is a truly sad day to see those representing a religion promoting religious harmony, peace and togetherness taking such extreme views and actions.

    A country that has just come out of a civil war which had put it back by 30yrs of development, does NOT need another war fought in the name of preservation of religion or culture.

    Not in my Name….

  342. Afzal Cader

    Injustice in any form – “IS NOT IN MY NAME” —— Afzal Cader, Sri Lankan.

    ” The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the minds of the oppressed ”
    ——————————- FEAR ———————————————————————
    Internationally, the LAW OF THE JUNGLE prevails!

    STAND UP – BE HEARD – BE A CONTRIBUTOR to the CHANGE.

  343. Hasanthi Kumaranyake

    A very proud Sri Lankan and a Buddhist. This goes against all of Lord Buddha’s teachings of a peaceful existence. I pray that these criminals be brought to justice. Everyone is entitled to their religious beliefs and NO ONE has the right to discriminate or violate anyone for their choice of religion!! NOT in my name…and NOT in the name of my country!

  344. Anonymous

    I am a Buddhist (though many might disagree) and I disagree and condemn the acts of the mob at Dambulla. The core message in Buddhism is tolerence and peace. Karma will judge the mob, though some more immediate justice is very appropriate to prevent future occurences of this nature.

  345. Yumna M.
    Last week’s violence, or any violence, for that matter, was not in my name.

  346. jeanne mansoor

    I am Jeanne Mansoor and a Sri Lankan. Of course I am against violence – any violence. What I wonder is how could the Lord Buddha’s teaching have got misunderstood entirely by these monks who then obviously decided that violence against the Prophet Muhanned’s followers was in order and taught that to their followers who trust them. The answers that come to mind are that these monks have actually not read what was written down as Lord Buddha spoke to his monks, or that they don’t realize the essence of his teaching is to let go of one’s ego (ego allows us to feel ‘better’ than anyone else), or perhaps there are some major sickos who in monk’s clothing (or lack of clothing as the article tells us) led astray the others, or that the violent monks are like football fans (they get hold of some booze and go beserk from time to time). Whatever it is, I guess there’s nothing much we can do except try to think of them with compassion because acts of violence do not bring happiness to those who do them.

  347. Anonymous

    It’s Sri Lanka, the country I call home. No violence that takes place anywhere is in my name, especially in Lanka.

  348. Anonymous

    S Hilmy
    Not in my name

  349. Sri Lanka is home, my home. Any violence that takes place there is not in my name.

  350. இலங்கைத் தீவின் யாழ் குடாவில் வசித்துவரும் இரங்கைப் பிரஜையான அபிமானசிங்கம் சித்தாவத்தை உதயகுமார் ஆகிய நான், ‘டம்புள்ள’ பள்ளிவாசல் மீதான கெடுபிடியினை மாத்திரமல்ல, முழு இலங்கையிலும் சமயங்கள், சமய அமைப்புக்கள்மீதான ஒடுக்கு முறைகளையும், வன்முறைகளையும், சட்டத்திற்கு முரணான செயற்பாடுகளையும் வன்மையாகக் கண்டிப்பதுடன், முழுமையாக எதிர்க்கிறேன்.
    சிங்கள தேசமானது அதனது “ஆரியன்”- சிங்களம் – சிங்களவர் – ‘தேரவாத’ பௌத்தம் – லங்கா என்ற ஒன்றுக்கு ஒன்று என்ற அடிப்படையிலான பிழையான, கற்பனையான கோட்பாட்டின் அடிப்படையிலான சிங்கள – தேரவாத பௌத்தத் தேசியவாதத்தினை சொல்லிலும், செயலிலும் (in words and deeds) நிராகரிக்காதவரை, இலங்கைத் தீவில் சிறுபான்மைத் தமிழ் பேசுவோரது சமயங்களும், சமய அமைப்புக்களும் ஒடுக்குமுறைகளையும், வன்முறைகளையும், சட்டத்திற்கு முரணான செயற்பாடுகளையும் தொடர்ந்தும் எதிர்நோக்கவேண்டியே இருக்கும் என்பது எனது கருத்து.

  351. I am a follower of Lord Gautama Buddha. Lord Buddha taught that every religion should be respected regardless of their beliefs, and we are taught to be compassionate even to our mortal enemies.

    Buddhism is based on wisdom, tolerance, and compassion.As such, the behaviour displayed by certain monks and people is a violation of fundamental Buddhist principles and values. Such behaviour is indeed deplorable, shameful, and damaging both to the Sri Lankan Buddhist community and Sri Lanka in general.

    As a Buddhist and as a Sri Lankan, this violence is not in my name.

  352. Anonymous

    Amana Zahid. This violence is not in my name!

  353. Aamina

    Any violence happening is not in my name

  354. Aadhil Aziz

    I applaud this massive forum backlash, and frown upon the racism that started it. Yesterday I posted hoping that all Sri Lankan Muslims would show restraint and calm. Yesterday I had not watched the video when I posted, today I have.

    My views have not changed, and they reflect pretty much everything stated by everyone in this thread. This is wrong, and this should not be tolerated, yet Muslims should not escalate the issue. Remain calm, and behave rationally without escalating this situation.

    I applaud the highest Muslim group in this country for calling for restraint and advising a 2 day fast, and not to protest after Friday prayer. I hope any protests that did happen, happened peacefully. Islam means peace in Arabic. So how ironic that Islam is associated with terrorism the world over.

    I love Sri Lanka, and will repeat the question I posted on another thread, does the colonial genome run so deep that we cannot help but devide ourselves? Are we never destined to live in peace?

    I grew up believing that our generation will change this country for the better.

    I believe that for the most part, it will, forums such as this only help.

    I believe that there will always be more we can do, and that we should not rest for one day.

    I believe in the people in Sri Lanka, and their voice.

    I believe in Sri Lanka and am proud to be born a Sri Lankan.

    I am Aadhil Aziz, and violence is not in my name.

  355. Monalee Suranimala

    Monalee Suranimala. So not in my name.

  356. ashan

    I’m ashan bandaranayeke this violence is not in my name, I’m a christian of mixed race parentage.

  357. My name is Natassja Gunasena. I’m a Sinhalese Buddhist Sri Lankan. My family is multi-religious. My dearest friends, and the friends of my parents, are multi ethnic AND multi religious. It was Buddhism that taught me to respect and understand all religions. This violence is not in my name.

  358. Poshala aluwihare

    Not in my name

  359. Ranmali Abeyasinghe

    I am Ranmali Abeyasinghe, Sri Lankan, this violence was not in my name. Its such a shame that after all we Sri Lankans have been through we have not learned anything.

  360. Devanesan Nesiah

    Devanesan Nesiah

  361. Nuwan Yapa, Atheist grew up in a Sinhala-Buddhist background.

    This disgusting act of violence is not in my name…

  362. Danushka M.

    Not in my name.

  363. Navaratna-Bandara

    Time has come to say NO to racism and religious extremism.

  364. Ira Wirekoon

    I am a Christian, with a Buddhist background. I learnt both Christianity and Buddhism as my father was a Christian and my mother a Buddhist. I learnt to respect all religions in our land. I love my country and was ashamed to see the behaviour of the so-called Buddhist monks. They should not be allowed to spoil the name of Sri Lanka.

  365. Anonymous

    Not in my name

  366. Sam Ashroff

    It is with great sadness I write this based on the media reports pertaining to the violent incidents few
    days ago at the Fifty year old Dambulla Mosque.

    It is beyond belief that having gone through the trauma of a thirty year strife rooted in communal disharmony, there are people who are bent on planting the seeds for further disharmony in violation of all common sense and a sense of inclusiveness, justice, and decency. Isn’t it time to turn a new page in history and build a nation of peace and harmony for the benefit of each and every Sri Lankan regardless of race, religion or ethnic origin?

    I sincerely wish the political leadership will have the foresight and a sense of goodwill to ensure that every Sri Lankan is treated with due respect and dignity they deserve. Sri Lanka does not need any further negative publicity. Muslims as a community has been loyal to the concept of an undivided and unitary Sri Lanka. They certainly do not deserve to be treated in this manner by people of ill-will and ignorance.

    I like to conclude by quoting the Canadian Charter of Rights which states that “the mark of a great country is the way in which it treats its minorities.” and a quote from Mahatma Gandhi who said “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.”

    I wish Sri Lanka well and Hope and pray that it has the inspired leadership and a sense of justice and generosity to maintain peace and harmony for the present and future genarations yet to come.

  367. George Cooper

    I am a British citizen living in Sri Lanka, and any such intolerance is abhorrent and unacceptable in today’s world. The Ven monk should be ashamed of his actions and words.

  368. Sithy Haleema

    I am a Sri Lankan Muslim and i condemn the violence in Dambulla. We must remember that this was committed by an extreme minority group and does not reflect the views of the majority of buddhists are peace loving. I want an official condemnation of the incident by the Govt.so we can all move on with our lives.

  369. Sean Amarasekera

    Sean Amarasekera.
    Sri Lankan.

    Not in my name will you fight
    Not in my name will you kill
    Not in my name will you burn a child
    Not in my name will you lie
    Not in my name will you invade
    Not in my name will you rape
    Not in my name will you terrorise
    Not in my name will you lie
    Not in our name will you dare to speak again
    Not in our name

    • Luxmy

      Not in my name to discriminate between citizens.
      Not in my name to disrespect any citizen for his or her faith.

  370. Sabrina Ahmed

    I am a Sri Lankan Muslim and i condemn the violence in Dambulla.

  371. Thassim

    I am Thassim Akbar. Sri Lanka is blessed land to be shared by all of us. Let us strive to make it so by building a caring society. God Bless this country and its people.

  372. Shirin

    Shirin Hussain. This violence is not in my name.

  373. Alefiya

    Ridiculous and disgusting.
    Not in my name.

  374. Melanie Wirekoon

    Sri Lanka – a land like no other! Is this what we are? The end of a 30-year old war was the time to take the country forward. Three years have gone by and it is too late already. We have missed out on a glorious opportunity and we can only see that the country is going backwards, what with the rising cost of living, taxation at every turn, the breakdown of law and order, education and health services, and now in addition rabble rousing and “flashing” monks – what a disgrace! This country belongs to all religions and races, there should be no place for intolerance of others. Learn to live in harmony and work for the betterment of our land, not just for yourself.

  375. Wijith DeChickera

    NOT a noble view, intention, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, concentration.
    IN vain his teaching?
    MY heart bleeds for Sri Lanka…
    NAME: Wijith DeChickera

  376. Stefan Andre Joachim

    Return this country to its rightful owners… this country belongs to 21 million Sri Lankan’s NOT to less than 200 in government! Return to the true teachings of Buddhism! NO VIOLENCE!!!

  377. antonnorbert

    Definitely, not in my name.

    This is an insult to Mother Lanka, it’s people and generations to come.

  378. Mother Lanka belongs to all of us, regardless of our different cultures and religions. Violence against any culture in this country will never be in my name.

  379. Dhushyanthy Jayawardena

    I am Sri Lankan. Not in my name.

  380. Indira Gunasekera Baron

    Please not in my name.

  381. Suad

    I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
    Khalil Gibran

  382. Muhammad Siddique (Professor)

    I am Muhammad Siddique, a professor at University of Peradeniya. I left the West and returned to SL because I love this country. I had abandoned a lucrative teaching position in Malaysia and returned for the love of this country. I have great respect for the true teachings of Gautama Buddha but not for what goes as the parochial minded Sinhala Buddhism (SB). I hasten to say that a large majority of Buddhists I work with are fair minded people and do not subscribe to this parochialism of SB.

    Some of the bloggers elsewhere who are chauvinistic Sinhala Buddhists claim Muslim intolerance against Buddhists in some Muslim countries and justify their actions. But let them go to Kelantan state in Malaysia, where more than 95% are Muslim and ruled by the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS). You will find as many 200 Buddhist temples in this state. In one of them, a huge reclining Buddha statue (in Wat Photovihan in the Tumpat district) said to be the largest in South East Asia was constructed in 1980. In another temple in the same region there is a very tall seated Buddha statue as big as, if not bigger than the one at Bahirwakanda in Kandy. In Kuala Lumpur and in some other cities, where Sinhala Buddhists are miniscule minority Sri Lanka Buddhist temples are found where priests such as Bhante Sri Saranankara Nayake Maha Thera who is the Chief Adhikarana Sangha Nayaka of Malaysia are serving. This priest had successfully rebuilt the temple in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur as a new magnificent temple of Sri Lankan architecture in 1996. Many Sinhala people have become citizens of Malaysia despite their recent arrival. Chinese and Thai Buddhist temples are found all over Malaysia. In Islamabad, Pakistan where there are hardly any Buddhists, the government of Pakistan has donated land for the building of a Sri Lankan Buddhist temple. Even the Taliban in Afghanistan who blasted the Buddha sculptures on mountain face ( I do not condone their action because the Holy Qur-an prohibits insulting/degrading what other people venerate) explained later that they did not do it for the hatred of another religion but to show their protest against the UN body spending millions of dollars in the restoration work of these sculptures when Afghan people were starving under US sanctions.

    The chauvinist Sinhala Buddhists have to shed their frog in the well mentality and develop a broad outlook. Do not they see that they are in the spotlight because of their narrow minded attitudes against the minority Tamil and other communities? What they continue to do against Muslim, Christian and Hindu places of worship in many parts of the country is not going to endear them to reasonable people in all parts of the world .

    I know these few hundred people who disgraced the Buddhist religion by their action Dambulla and elsewhere did not do this in the name of the good Buddhist people of this country and definitely not in my name.

    Please register my name in protest of their action, not in my name.

  383. Suba Sivakumaran

    Not in my name. Suba Sivakumaran.

  384. Haseena Mansoor. This violence is not in my name.

  385. Anonymous

    I am Shafraz – Not in My name!

  386. Nalin Cooke

    Not in my name. Nalin Cooke

  387. Anonymous

    Certainly not in my name. The larger questions are how can Civic society in this Country persuade the powers that be to institute a proper rule of law without fear or favor in this Country of ours.
    Max Gunasekera

  388. F.Sumaiya Ziyaha

    I am Sumaiya Ziyaha… This violence was not in my name…….

  389. Muhammad Siddeeq

    Muhammad Siddeeq

    The mob violence in Dambulla is totally unacceptable. If unchecked, sooner than later, the country will plunge into anarchy. No one should be above the law and no one should be allowed to take the law into his hands .If any laws are broken, it is for the law enforcement authorities to take action, not for any individual or group of individuals, however important their position may be.

    Coming at a time when Sri Lanka has still not found a way to get out of the tight situation it faces following the UNHRC resolution, the Dambulla violence will make it even more difficult for Sri Lanka. Didn’t the monks know how badly it will affect Sri Lanka internationally or is it that they just didn’t care?

    Here is hoping that that the right thinking people of this country, who are certainly the vast majority, will raise their voices against ill thought and counter-productive violence and rally to save Sri Lanka from bigots and racists..

  390. I am Minoli De Silva and I am a Sri Lankan.and none of this religious discriminatory violence is in my name.

  391. R Senanayake

    My name is Rajika Senanayake and I am very sad about the disgraceful behavior of the priests in Dambulla . Any attacks or any form of violence is not in my name and not in the name of any peace loving citizen of Sri Lanka.

  392. Shahama

    I am Sri Lankan and this violence was not in my name

  393. PF

    I am Prashan Fernando – This violence is not in my name.

  394. Sanoon Mohideen

    I am Sanoon Mohideen. This violence is not in my name.

  395. Jan Ramesh De Saram

    I am human and neither this nor any other violence, racism or bigotry are in my name.
    One Blood, One Love !

  396. Farzaan

    I am Sri Lankan living in London.
    Sri Lanka is proving to the rest of the world that there are clumsy politicians and clumsy religious leaders in existence in this day and age.
    The law of the country starts from the top with the President. If the president cannot set the tone right then all will be a mess. This is what we see today in SL

  397. Saroj Pathirana

    I am a genuine follower of Lord Buddha’s teaching of racial and religious harmony so this violent campaign is not in my name. Saroj Pathirana

  398. Yohan

    Yohan Lawrence ….. not in my name…

  399. Kumi Samuel

    This is not the compassionate, tolerant Buddhism I respect. This is so far from the loving kindness it teaches. This is impunity for hatred. Not in my name ever! Kumi Samuel

  400. Sofie Buelens

    I am a Belgian married to a Sri Lankan. Hasn’t history taught these people anything?

  401. Frishtha

    Majority of Sinhalese Buddihist are peace loving friendly people. We should not allow minority opportunists to tarnish that image.

  402. Davidson Panabokke

    NOT IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY.
    Inciting hatred and attacking the mosque is as bad as putting people behind barbed wire, imprisoning people for years and decades without charges, refusing IDPs access to aid agents, refusing counselling, preventing memorial services, denying return of IDPs to their original homes, and villages, militarising civil space, confiscating citizens’ land and property to form extensive ”High Security Zones”, refusing elections to provincial council, maintaining lawlessness through paramilitaries, preventing journalists from reaching areas in crisis, attacking’disappearing/murdering human rights activists, journalists, aid workers, parliamentarians and ordinary citizens, changing demography by government assistance, building massive war memorials for ”heroes” in areas where they killed civilians massively, building a large number of Buddha statues where there are no Buddhists, occupation army supplying free drugs to the oppressed youth,…..
    NOT IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY.

  403. Vindya Dassanayake

    I am Vindya Dassanayake. I am a Sri Lankan and a follower of the Buddhist philosophy. I am deeply saddened that leading members of the Sangha do not understand the simple essence of Buddhism.

    Sabba papassa akaranam – Kusalassa upasampada
    Sachitta pariyodapanam – Etham buddhanasasanam

    To keep away from all evil – Cultivate good (thoughts, habits and speech)
    To purify one’s mind – This is the teaching of the Buddha

    This shameful act of hatred and violence is most certainly not in my name.

  404. shazeer

    Despite end of 30 years of ethnic conflicts Srilanka is a nation where people are not united because of those three glaring frailties. RACISM,INJUSTICES AND INEQUITIES. no matter how much people scream we are one nation, we are not gonna win as a nation until we get rid of those three.

  405. Anonymous

    Not in my name. Ruhanie Perera

  406. ksandras

    Koshika Sandrasagra. I’m Tamil and Burgher..and Sri Lankan. This is a disgusting demonstration of how far secular religion has moved from the teachings and spirit of Budhism. This violence is not in my name.

  407. We sign this in solidarity with those in Sri Lanka speaking out against the mob violence and desecration targeting the Muslim community. A significant number of Sri Lankans clearly and rightly abhor this violence and have expressed their outrage. The violence in Dambulla, however, was not an isolated event. It is the outcome of Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism and a majoritarianism that dominates all levels of political discourse, and a culture of impunity that encourages such acts of blatant lawlessness, particularly when they are perpetrated against minorities. To recognize this is to take responsibility for what has been committed in the name of the people, and to work to ensure that it never happens again. The violence in Dambulla does not only hinder post-conflict reconciliation, but rather, is a symptom of the failures to have any meaningful reconciliation process at all.

  408. Vigy Nithianandan

    I am Vigy Nithianandan and violence s not in my name.

  409. Dilhara Abhayaratne

    Not in my name.

  410. What makes Sri Lanka a beautiful country is diversity – the diversity of its people and the diversity of its terrain. These differences make us stronger, not weaker. Violence makes fools of us all.

    I am a Sri Lankan and this was not in my name – Anushka.

  411. Anushka

    What makes Sri Lanka a beautiful country is diversity – the diversity of its people and the diversity of its terrain. These differences make us stronger, not weaker. Violence makes fools of us all.

    This was not in my name – Anushka.

  412. Sunila Abeysekera

    never should any act of violence be committed in my name

  413. avant3

    As a Buddhist and as a Sri Lankan, this violence is not in my name. My name is Avanthi Liyanage.

  414. Rizmeer

    Priest and protesters entered and attack the mosque was an unlawful and not acceptable event. They should have gone for a legal action if they believe the mosque was constructed illegally.
    We haven’t finished the past war and bad memories yet, this is the time we all should be stand up and build the country as one nation. Getting ready for a racism war is not healthy for the country at this stage.

    President should invoice in this incident personally and all the people need an assurance for a peaceful life in the country. Because we all love the country and there is no other land like Sri Lanka.
    Need to take action (or stop the activities) against the group who still promotes the racism and trying to create unwanted problems and issues between religion. This is I think very important at this stage because people get emotion fast.
    we respect people, and we respect all religions, any voilence compaigns are not under my name…

  415. Rev. F. Reid Shelton Fernando

    I endorse the views of RMB Senanayake and it is time that the good people should come together for religious tolerance. The leadership must come from the Buddhist leaders Rev.Fr. Reid Shelton

  416. Sajad Careem

    Feel a bit let down Sri Lanka…

  417. ksandras

    I’m Koshika Sandrasagra, half Tamil, half Burgher…and brought up Catholic, Buddhist and Hindu…with respect for all religions. That’s what Buddhism is supposed to be – tolerance. This secular religion has stepped so far away from the precepts of Buddhism that it’s become a travesty. This violence is not in my name.

  418. Another scab on the scarred landscape of Sri Lankan behaviour. Wish the Sangha and the Government would gets its tongue out of the nether orifice of the degenerate and the dregs and give us something to be proud of, rather than ashamed and despairing of.

    Ranjan Karunaratne

  419. Shahani

    I am Sri Lankan and this violence was not in my name.

  420. Seyyeda Zahara

    I am a Sunni Muslim who strongly believes in the practise of extreme patience and complete faith in Almighty Allah in every situation of life. This life itself is a testing ground for us and the reaction that a few muslims are making towards the Dambulla mosque attack is ridiculous and not in my name.
    This reminds me of the historical incident where the leader of Yemen came in with a powerful army to pull down the Holy Ka’aba in Makkah. The people of Makkah were small in number and helpless to defend the army. So they prayed to Almighty Allah for protection and Almighty Allah sent flights of birds from heaven who pelted the army with tiny stones. The moment a stone touched a person, his skin burnt. In this way, Almighty Allah destroyed the whole army and the Holy Ka’aba was saved.
    Allah’s help will come only if we bear the threats and torture with patience and sincerely turn to Him for help. People who go round destroying and damaging cities and lives of people who are not in favour of the attack are only ridiculing themselves in the sight of Almighty Allah. Any Muslim who really wants to help save the mosque in Dambulla should pack his bags and go to the Dambulla Jumma Masjid and live there. Then he will understand the real situation there and if anyone tries to attack the mosque he can wade them off in the name of Allah. False demonstrations in a different city is not going to help stop the attack of that mosque.
    I sincerely pray that all Muslims think in the true Islamic aspect and practise patience and forgiveness in the name of Almighty Allah. Aameen…

    • shivah Navaratnam

      I oppose mob violence and racism practiced by the fringe elements in Dambulla. I call upon the govt. to promote, advance and protect the rights of all Sri Lankans alike, and take pro-active steps to foster harmony, pluralism and tolerance among all groups. I particularly condemn the actions of the Buddhist clergy who participated in a extremist protest and denigrated the sentiments of the peace loving muslim community. The state being primarily composed of the majority Sinhala Buddhist power-elite should take steps to stamp out racial intolerance emanating from sections of the community by the vigorous and impartial use of the rule of law.

    • Shashi Ellawala

      My Name is Shashi Ellawala. I am Sr Lankan and I was raised a Buddhist, but this is not the Buddhism my parents taught me. I was taught to respect all religions and people equally. This violence is NOT in my name.

  421. I am ashamed to be a Sinhala Buddhist. And disgusted to see these thugs in robes, morons who have no understanding of Buddhism, behaving like barbarians. The Buddha would be ashamed. Not in my name.

  422. Anonymous

    My name is Rasika Degiri, I am a devout Buddhist and I am saddened by the way some sanga behaved. they show lack of respect towards other religions and encouraged violence and damage to property by their blind followers. I am saddened by the silence of this so called Buddhist society where monks are preaching a new type of Buddhism outside of the teaching of Buddha where race and hate are given priority. please don’t let anyone damage the clean image of dhamma and sanga, this is the greatest sin according to Lord Buddha.

  423. Born and lived in Sri Lanka. Religious extremism and bigotry is definitely not in my name.

  424. Amirthava Shane Ramachandran

    True it is unacceptable !! budhism preaches love not hate !!! but some people think to gain from these things !!! not so good !!! It’s sad cause I didn’t see so many people revolting when my brothers and sisters were getting massacred !! but still at least some people stick together, thats good to see !!! hope this problem resolves. blood and time is always wasted no matter who or where it is !!

  425. Nadishka Weerasuriya

    My name is Nadishka Weerasuriya. I am Sri Lankan, and this violence is not in my name.

  426. madmolecule

    I cannot do better than agree wholeheartedly with every compassionate statement made by those before me. I am grateful and delighted to find so many people who reject this reprehensible action initiated by a few vile individuals, which have once again cast a sad shadow on my beloved Country.

  427. Hazari

    I am a muslim, I am a Sri Lankan, I am Sinhalese,
    We are all One, don’t break us up

  428. Mithila Narendran

    My name is Mithila Narendran and athough I hail from Jaffna, I am Sri Lankan above all else. I was brought up to respect all religions. This violence never will be in my name.

  429. Safnas Farwin

    I am Safnas Farwin.I endorse zero-tolerance on violence.Definitely not in my name.

  430. Shibly

    I am Sri Lankan Muslim. Proud of my mother land. This hatred is not in my name,

  431. Shreen Saroor

    Never in my name.

  432. First they stopped the Azan we all know how it started and now attacking the mosques and bombing. During the Geneva Human Rights Convention 2012 (HR Violations problem)- Sri Lankan Government was pleading for votes from Islamic Nations. I wonder what the Government Muslim Minsters are up to?
    What hope has any community got when monks who should be promoting peace according to the teachings of the Lord Bhuddha are encouraging and supporting such racial activities? Defintion of ISLAM : Islam is an Arabic word which comes from the word ‘Salaam’ which means ‘Peace’. It also means submitting your will to Allah – the Almighty God. In short Islam means peace acquired by submitting your will to Allah (SWT). Muslims in Sri Lanka are friendly and loving. We have been always like that for centuries. I have lot of nice Buddhist friends they are not like this. But sadly there are some extremists in Buddhist community. Buddhist Monks should practice Buddhism not POLITICS.

  433. Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala

    My name is Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala, I am a Sri Lankan, and this violence is not in my name.

  434. Violence is not in my name, I declare; and it is in the name of religions and tribes.

    On the recent ugly events at Dambulla; We should not fool ourselves in to thinking that “oh this is just a minority of rowdy people, good Buddhist are not like this”. The problem is not the people. They are just average people like you and me. Probably bit too emotional, and probably bit to naive in falling for propaganda. The real problem is the organized religion. Institutionalized religion has been, and always will be a problem. The only solution is to less of that, less mosques, less temples, less churches. These should be “demolished” over the passage of time, when the people learn to keep their faith as a private and spiritual matter, and not an excuse to form a mob against people they dislike. Until such time, we have to agree that one religious mob trying to destroy the shrines of another religious cult is an ugly sight…

    While I see institutionalized religion and the source of violence; I would not however advocate wiping anything out artificially. Let nature take its natural course. I feel though that path to stability lies in a direction that institutionalized religion is given less and less immunity in invading our lives. Religions are institutionalized for no other reason than politics. Allowing politicians to abuse it directly vice versa is the sole purpose of the existence of institutionalized faith. It is nothing but a political device. This however, it not a criticism against all forms of belief systems and ethical systems that do exist and make a very positive impact on society.

    These people oppose the Islamic shrine, because they KNOW the politics that comes with it. Unfortunately they are forced to choose equally evil political Buddhist camp, which is unfortunate…

  435. Anonymous

    My name is Rosie Keegel. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  436. Rosie Keegel

    My name is Rosie Keegel. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  437. Rashida Galely

    My Name is Rashida Galely. This page and all the comments here make me feel very proud to be a Sri Lankan.

    This violence is shameful and most certainly not in my name.

  438. Anonymous

    Sad….. Today people don’t respect each other priority …..This violence is not in my name

  439. Roshni Alles

    Roshni Alles. Sri Lankan. Not in my name.

  440. Kshanika Udugama

    All acts of violence not accepted by me.

  441. Leisha Lawrence

    Disgraceful! DId we come out of 30 years of ethnic war to start a religious war? Where is the religious tolerance? This has to stop NOW.

  442. Romola Rassool

    My name is Romola. I am Sri Lankan. This is not in my name.

  443. Aneesha Peiris

    What a disgrace and embarrassment to both Buddhism and Sri Lanka. The government backing all this “Sinhala Buddhist” nationalistic crap is not just sad, but very scary. Open your eyes before history repeats itself.
    Not in my name.

  444. what’s happening is utterly insane and ridiculous!!

  445. Shehani Thampapillai De Zilwa

    Change has to first begin in the heart. It’s time sri lanka tears down the racial and religous walls dividing us and come together with love and tolerance as a nation. I’m a mix of 50% sinhalese and 50% tamil married to a burgher…but more importantly i’m 100% Sri lankan.

  446. A proud Sri Lankan

    I am a Muslim, living in a Buddhist country, received my formal education in a catholic institution and have friends of different faiths. Happy to have it all. Thankful for the freedom all religions have in this wonderful country which is been destroyed by the politicians!
    The people who protest in the name of religion need to be educated to follow their faith and respect other faiths. And they should also be made to realize all religions have the same message.
    And we definitely have more important things to protest, be concern of…cost of living is not going down!

  447. Shameem Mueenideen

    My Name is Shameem Im Muslim by religion .. Sri Lankan in every drop of my Blood , This is My country And I love it to the core … I am Against any sort of Violence … and Justice needs to be done to any trouble makers

  448. Hafsa Moulana

    Any violence is not in my name.

  449. Mohamed Falih Feizal Caffoor

    Falih. F. Caffoor
    Certainly not in my name.

  450. Jayani De Alwis

    This violence, any act of violence is not in my name.

    With metta

  451. Kenneth McAlpine

    “I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.”
    – Mahatma Gandhi.
    My name is Kenneth McAlpine, I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  452. I am Louiqa Raschid. I was born in Sri Lanka and was a citizen for many decades. NOT IN MY NAME.

  453. Anonymous

    Religious leaders should be “religious” not politicians. “politicians” should exploit any situations to retain in power. I condemn any violence. People have to be very alert about “politicisation of every aspect of human life”

  454. Prof. Jayantha Seneviratne

    Prof. Jayantha Seneviratne
    Certaintly this violence is not in my name.

  455. Caryll Tozer

    It is an absolute disgrace that politics, pajero monks, and rabble rousing monks have taken over Buddhism. We are multi ethnic and multi religious and we should go back to living in peace and harmony. If more people practiced the Buddha Dhama , and spoke more often and openly against such bigotry, maybe we could begin to stem this rot. We are all Sri lankans and the sooner we accept it the better.

  456. Renuka Jayasundara

    I am Renuka Jayasundara. I only saw a glimpse of the video and did not have the courage to watch it entirely. i preferred to hide behind the comfort of not knowing the ugly truth. I thought the Doctrine of Buddha was to remain in this world for 5000 years after his death. How did it totally disappear from our country within 2500 years?. and what are we “the Minority” to do to stop the doctrine being distorted by the majority ? I honestly don’t know!. All i know is that what ever we are doing is not enough!

  457. I am Rinas Mohamed. I proud to be a Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  458. Prabo Mihindukulasuriya

    Buddhist monks cannot be above the law in this country. They are as human as everyone else (regardless of their aspirations), and susceptible to the same human evils as everyone else. The Dambulla violence plainly reveals, once again, the un-Buddhist nature of hegemonic Sinhalese-Buddhist ideology and vigilantism. As a nation we need to resolve this critical question: Do citizens of minority religious and ethnic identity have equal rights to exercise their religious and civic liberties as their Sinhalese-Buddhist compatriots? Yes or no. My name is Prabo Mihindukulasuriya. I am a Christian Sinhalese and I love my country. This violence was not done in my name.

  459. Tharanga Kularatne

    If violence was the last option, I’d still not choose it. So, certainly not in my name.

  460. Nitharshan

    I’m Nitharshan, Any violence against any religion or society is not an acceptable behaviour. Certainly, I regret for this kind of riduculous horrific activity.

  461. Anonymous

    Deshini Liyanaarachchi

    I’m a Buddhist, and this lunacy and bigotry is certainly not in my name. Nor can it be in the name of anyone that calls them self a Buddhist because they understand, let alone live by, the very basics of the Dharma (as opposed to doing so merely resultant to the accident of birth). To say that this intolerance and unintelligence, let alone the violence and filth, was in the name of Buddhism is to be oxymoronic. And to those saying the Muslims did it first – again, refer Buddhism. No matter what the reasoning or angle, this is not how it should have been dealt with, nor allowed to be dealt with. We have laws and a legal system for a reason.

    Sign the thing. Pass it around. Forget how jaded you feel about what can or can’t come of it. For once go on record instead of merely talking about it. Spread the Sinhala and Tamil documents (found at the same link) widely. Urge people to take a stand, at least for the record if nothing else – at the very least to show that some of us have learned from the last 30 years, and will no longer allow neither stupidity nor injustice in our name, let alone violence and hatred.

  462. Ahmed

    This is a case of Monks gone wild, who seem to have forgotten their role in society and religion, and evidently seem to have the consent of some politicians. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. Not in the name of religious freedom.

  463. Lets forget the past, lets be more liberal thinking respect each others religions , our country has gone through enough and we should stop this permanently, The Sinhalese and Tamils and all other people are our own blood “WE MAY HAVE DIFFERENT RELIGIONS,DIFFERENT LANGUAGES,DIFFERENT COLOURED SKIN, BUT WE ALL BELONG TO ONE HUMAN RACE”. think about the future , our next generations are they going to suffer the same fate ? I love my motherland let work with that spirit, forget the past think and work hard the future, Teach our children the values and importancy of religious tolerance, and completely ban VIOLENCE,

  464. Shamilka Samarasinha

    My name is Shamilka Samarasinha and I am a Sri Lankan of Tamil and Sinhala descent. I have zero tolerance for any form of violence and this VIOLENCE IS NOT IN MY NAME

  465. Shashi Ellawala

    My name is Shashi Ellawala. I am Sinhalese and raised Buddhist but above all I am Sri Lankan. My parents taught me to respect all religions and people equally. This violence is NOT in my name.

  466. Anushya Coomaraswamy

    The incident in Dambulla was disgraceful and must be condemned. It was certainly not in my name.

  467. Senel Wanniarachchi

    My Name is Senel Wanniarachchi.
    Not in my name. Certainly not in the Buddhas name.

    P.S. Where have all the moderates gone?

  468. Prasanna Mahagamage

    I am Prasanna Mahagamage .These acts of violence is not in my name. Not in my parents names. Not in my brothers & sisters names. Not in my friends names.

  469. Najmudeen

    We condemn this violence. All Sri-Lankans deserve to live in peace and harmony regardless of their race, religion or colour

  470. Shamina

    I condemn this violence

  471. Mahinda Wijesinghe

    Of all the leading religions in the world, never has a drop of blood been drawn in the name of the Buddhist religion since Time began, where the Teacher has preached ahimsa or compassion to all beings. ON NO ACCOUNT CAN VIOLENCE, BY A FEW THUGS IN YELLOW ROBES AND OTHERS, IN ANY FORM, BE CONDONED. They must be punished. So let us not blame the religion. It is the singer, not the song.

    This violence was not in my name.

  472. Roshni de Fonseka

    My name is Roshni de Fonseka.
    I am Sri Lankan, first , last and always. I find this violent act disgusting . I hope our leaders will come out and condemn it as such and ensure that the wrong-doers are brought to book. Let us walk the talk.

  473. Farhan Sufiyan (@msmfarhan)

    I am Farhan Sufiyan, and I am a proud Sri Lankan Mslim Citizen. These violence committed by racists is not im my name.

  474. Sankini DeSilva

    Not in my name.Sankini DeSilva

  475. Cyril Pathiranage

    I am Cyril Pathiranage,Sinhales and Buddhist,living in south.Thase act of violance is not in our name.I condemn it very strongly.Now the time is comming for save real budhism from the racest.

  476. Not in my name.
    Not then.
    Not now.
    Not ever.
    We stand up and speak out so that the Isle of Compassion cannot be over-run by extremists of any kind.

  477. Atheist

    Nirmala de Soyza – I am a Sri Lankan and I love this beautiful country with its rich diversity of cultures.

    This bigotry and violence may under no circumstance be in my name.

  478. Savithri Rodrigo

    I am Savithri Rodrigo. If our leaders don’t have wisdom to see the wrong that’s being done in the name of religion, then it is time, we the people, do something about it. Courage my fellow citizens, let’s denounce this new paradigm that is dangerous and doesn’t augur well for the future generations who will inherit this country. Stand up and speak out against religious extremism in Sri Lanka.

  479. naushara mohammed

    not in my name naushara mohammed

  480. Anonymous

    Shireen
    All religions abhore violence and advices tolerance of each other. So I cannot understand the acts of the very people who should set an example to the laymen and earn respect doing the very opposite.

  481. Shireen

    Shireen
    All religions abhore violence and advices tolerence of each other. So I cannot understand the acts of the very people who should set an example to the laymen and earn respect doing the very opposite of it.

  482. Janice Hakel-Ranasinghe

    I am Janice Hakel-Ranasinghe. As proud Sri Lankan Citizen I have condemn any form of violence and this VIOLENCE IS NOT IN MY NAME.

  483. Dayapala Thiranagama

    Not in my name

  484. Dr.Farouk Dawood

    A Buddhist is one who abides by the precepts of the enlightened one of Royal lineage.
    A Sri Lankan is one who desires peace and prosperity for our Motherland Sri Lanka.
    These are hooligans in saffron camouflage.
    NOT IN MY NAME.

  485. Dr.Farouk Dawood

    Nay, to be Human is to abide by the precepts of the the Noble One, these precepts are not in conflict with the teachings of any other religion.

  486. Arittha Wikramanayake

    I think it was Abraham Lincoln who said that to “to sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards of men”. We have been cowards for too long. So, “not in my name”.

    • Dr. Aleem Moulana

      Oh no not in my name……no reprisals even,not in my name…..such violent….protests….that too for the sake of religious protests, I personally strongly Abhor.

    • M.V. Muhsin

      M.V. Muhsin

      We have, and will continue to, admire the secular nature of Sri Lankan society and the compassion and humanism that Buddhists stand for. Let no one take this away for our culture. The violence shown by these misguided, if not miscreant, hoodlums is not in my name and should be roundly condemned.

  487. Thushan Hemachandra

    I am SInhalese and a Buddhist. This behavior is exactly the opposite of what the Buddha preached. The very basic Buddhist principle of “Maithri” speaks to how we need to show peace and compassion to all, even to those we may disagree with. The hatred and violence on display here is disgusting, and a slap in the Buddha’s face. So please, not in my name.

  488. Shenelle Wijethunge

    I am Shenelle Wijethunge, I am Sri Lankan, and this violence is not in my name.

  489. Anupama Ranawana

    I am Anupama Ranawana, I am Sri Lankan, I am Sinhalese. This violence is not, has not, and never will be in my name.

  490. Annesley Joseph Ranasinghe

    I am Annesley Ranasinghe. Not in my name

  491. Marie Hakel-Ranasinghe

    I am Marie Hakel-Ranasinghe. I condemn this violence.

  492. Anton Padmasiri

    Kennedy stood up for the right of James Meredith to study in any college he wished to irrespective of the colour of his skin. For this one black man Kennedy was willing to commit part of the national guard. This despite it being politically inconvenient to do so. Because of that and because of many others who believed in the equal rights of all 60 years later the country was ready to elect a black president. We may not have such visionary leaders but we the people can and must.

  493. Mangalika de Silva

    Mangalika de Silva

    NOT IN MY NAME!

  494. Yazmin Yousuf

    As a former muslim this is what I have to say – Sri Lanka thought me to embrace buddhism, love hinduism, adore the christian faith and have nothing but love towards islam…as a nation that has thought me so much…The monks who defile the scared buddha and his teachings should be arrested and should issue a public apology for not only hurting the peace made but also for defiling the good name of buddha…after all if the great Buddha was alive, what would he say?

    NOT IN MY NAME.EVER!

  495. Anonymous

    Joanna Satcunan. I am Sri Lankan and this is certainly not in my name.

  496. Joanna

    Joanna Satcunan. I am Sri Lankan, and this is not in my name.

  497. Punitham

    64-yr violence should stop with this. People have woken up somehow. Better late than never.
    Sri Lanka Spring for morality and humanity.

  498. Niroshan

    Not in my name! Never! This is not Buddhism!

  499. razix

    This sickness of secular behavior will destroy Sri Lanka’s proud and unbroken tradition of 2500 years where she was never dominated by any outside influence. Tamils and Sinhala are the original dwellers of this Great Land. Sri Lanka never has and never had any problems in accommodating the people of various faiths. However, there is a new trend which is emerging– a carefully planned and crafted and incubated by the elites of the world in order to knock down the barriers of the geographical and physical boundries of the world. Does Sri Lanka has to feel ashamed of being called a Buddhist Nation? It is OK for Pakistan or Saudi Arabia or Yemen or UAE and the host of other nations to be Islamic Republics but when the non muslim nations claim their proud ancestral hIstory, all hell breaks loose! Some of you consider it cheek to be called secular and indeed it is fashionable to be called secular up to the extent that you will annihilate your own self identity under the name of being politically correct. But to all those self righteous people who are beating the drums of secularism–let me ask you this question. Why it is OK for Saudi Arabia not to have ANY other INFIDEL’s place of worship? It is OK if the non muslim minorities are persecuted EVERYDAY in Egypt. It is OK if the non muslims are forcibly converted in Pakistan against their will everyday. It is OK for the Sikhs when they are forced to pay JAZIYA in Pakistan even today! It is OK that in Thailand and Malaysia, that even a day does not go by and we hear a bomb blast against non muslims or their place of worship! It is OK for the muslims to build the Mosque at ground zero and proclaim the might of Allah and to rub the nose of infidel and also to sprinkle the salt on their wounds by saying that this will increase the dialogue between the Muslims and the west!! It is OK for the muslims to occupy the street of Paris and Holland to pray and worship in the middle of the traffic and claim the might of Allah! It is Ok for the muslims to start their AZAN at 4;45 AM in the non muslim country but non muslims are not supposed to have any symbolism declaring their faith in muslim countries! All of you can have the AIDS of secularism and chest thumping self righteous and self annihillatory behavior…but please spare me..

  500. Chathurika Hemachandra

    It breaks my heart to see this happening. We are all human beings, and all of us have the right to live in peace without prejudice. Definitely Not in my name.

  501. Ayona Wijemanne

    Absolutely despicable, and completely goes against all Buddhist principles. How they can commit such violence in the name of buddhism- a peaceful philosophy, is a huge hypocrisy. No such behaviour from ANY ethnic group in Sri Lanka should be tolerated and it is never justified. The government need to think VERY carefully about the implications of leaving such behaviour unpunished, for the future of Sri Lanka. None of us wish to see history repeat itself.

  502. The actions of a few, abusing the name of our nation… I condemn it

  503. The actions of a few… are to be condemned… not in the name of Sri Lanka

  504. Anonymous

    I am Azhara Aziz and this violence is so not in my name

  505. umesh500@hotmail.com

    I am Umesh. I am tamil-hindu. The violence is not in my name. There are 20 million people in Sri Lanka. 3 Million worldwide. We need to weed out the minority racist thugs who have caused so much hardship since 1948.

  506. sunari silva

    As a Buddhist I am so ashamed of the igniorant, intolerant and thuggish behaviour displayed by the Mahanayake and his followets. This goes against all the teachings of the Buddha. Peaceloving srilankans of all religions and races should speak up to defend the good name of our nation and defend the rights of all our people. Bigots should not be tolerated.

  507. Ramani

    Born Ramani Nanayakkara, sinhalese, buddhist.
    Not in my name! Haven’t we had enough war and violence in Sri Lanka?

  508. Jayantha Dhanapala

    Certainly not in my name. The Dambulla violence and intolerance can provoke another cycle of mindless chauvinism unless the silent majority voice their unanimous condemnation compelling the Government to act decisively and speedily. The true Sri Lankan patriot, anchored in a rich past of tolerance and co-existence, is a not a racist or religious bigot.

    • Well said Uncle. (Trust all’s well with you & yours…let’s catch up soon. Been too long!)

      True pity that some of these monks try to “own” or “#occupy” this philosophy of Buddhism. Not in my name.

      -Sasha

      • S V Kasynathan

        but I hope we are careful about this true sri lankan patriotism thing – and thus buying into the space for the ‘paradesi’s and their mosques and temples that need to go. we can be humane without having to invoke our rich past……

  509. Aran Navaratnam

    I am a Sri Lankan by birth and Canadian by choice (due to the war)…but this kind of behavior exhibited by the Monks is despicable…These monks should be confined to the temples and shouldn’t be allowed to partake in politics or policy making…time for a dawn in Sri Lanka…and I say we speak out in a non violent manner….Buddha is awesome…I love the fellow…and I hope these adherents also live up to his reputation…

  510. Mahendran Thiruvarangan

    I don’t want to call myself a Sri Lankan. I love the island called Sri Lanka, where I was born, and I like to live there. This violence is not in my name. Also, the violence committed in the past (especially during the conflict) by the many different actors was also not in my name.

    I don’t think we can bring an end to religious intolerance while preserving a state that offers all kinds of official, unofficial, constitutional and non-constitutional privileges to Buddhism. Let’s also call for radical reforms to secularize the Sri Lankan state. But I recognize that this initiative is better than making no intervention at all.

  511. Dr. Mario Gomez

    Not in my name!

  512. Chanika

    This shameful display of racism is not in my name.

  513. Anonymous

    I am an Australian citizen so I am sure there will be those who say I do not have the right to comment. However, I love my country of birth and want to voice my opinion. Those who are regarded as religious leaders need to preach love and tolerance and above all, should abhor violence. What are we teaching our children, who will be tomorrow’s leaders?
    In the words of a great man who fought for harmony, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
    ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Sri Lanka, your wounds have barely healed. Don’t let it happen again.
    Renuka Dissanaike

  514. Mohammed Mahuruf

    As a peace loving Sri Lankan I resolutely oppose the acts of aggression in the name of religion. NOT IN MY NAME!!!

  515. Suren Raghavan

    not in my name at all

  516. Manori Gunawardena

    I am Manori Gunawardena. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is certainly not in my name.
    “One who, while himself seeking happiness, oppresses with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter.” (Dandavagga: Violence) Dammapada verse 131.

  517. Faizun Zackariya

    Faizun Zackariya
    Not in my name!! . Religious extremism/violence of all forms should be vehemently denounced.

  518. deshal d

    the only way to “protect” buddhism is to live by the teachings of the buddha – i don’t see how the actions of last week get us any closer to the realisation of anicca and anatta. deshal de mel – sri lankan.

  519. Ruki Fernando

    I’m Ruki Fernando, Sri Lanka and this and any sort of violence is not in my name

  520. Janaki Perera

    Not in my name. Janaki Perera

  521. Abdulcader

    AbdulCader

  522. I am Ayidha Abdul Salam. I am Sri Lankan and this violence is not in my name!

  523. Abdulcader

    What Lord Buddha said and those who preach don’t follow,
    ” … Sabbaa disaanuparigamma cetasaa,
    N’evajjhagaa piyataram attanaa kvaci,
    Evam piyo puthu attaa paresa”m
    Tasmaa na hi”mse para”m attakaamo’ti … “. (S.I. 75)

    “My mind wanders in every direction in this world. But I can not find anyone who is dearer than one own self. If in everybody the self is so dear, so cherished, those who have loved themselves should not do harm to the self of others”.

    ” … Sukhakaamaani bhuutaani
    Yo da.n.dena vihi”msati,
    Attano sukha”m esaano.
    Pecca so na labhate sukha”m … “. (Dhp. 131)

    “Living beings yearn for happiness. Those who use weapons to harm other people so as to seek their own happiness, will never find happiness in the next world”.

    ” … Sukhakaamaani bhuutaani,
    Yo da.n.dena na hi”msati,
    Attano sukha”m esaano,
    Pecca labhate sukha”m … “. (Dhp. 132)

    “Living beings yearn for happiness. Those who do not use weapons to harm other people so as to seek their own happiness, will find happiness in the next world”.

  524. Manjula Gunawardena

    This violence is not in my name. With the wounds of war still so fresh one would think politicians, community leaders and religious leader would be working towards a more united Sri Lanka instead of bringing us perilously closer to more unrest. We as a nation need to work towards respecting all our citizens and understanding that it is in our diversity that we find our strength.

  525. Gamini Fernando

    Not in my name. Gamini Fernando

  526. Indu Abeysekara

    Thank you for initiating this citizens protest. I am shocked and distressed after viewing the footage of men in yellow robes – monks they are not – inciting a crowd to hatred, violence and intolerance.
    These bigots definitely do not speak for me.

  527. Adnaan Sabireen

    My name is Adnaan Sabireen. I’m a Sri Lankan Muslim. A SRI LANKAN Muslim. We Muslims are not outsiders, invaders, intruders or any such thing. We are Sri Lankans and have been for generations. We are very much an integral part of Sri Lanka society and we have shed sweat, tears and blood, even sacrificed our lives during various periods, for various reasons, to protect the integrity, unity and the way of life of Mother Lanka.
    I’m sorry to say the way the monks (especially the Chief Incumbent) acted was utterly disgraceful. Inciting and promoting violence and inter-religious disharmony, insulting and degrading other religions and beleifs and outright violence, just to name a few.
    I sincerely hope the government and the relevant authorities take immediate and sufficient action to control this now, before it escalates in to another inter-communal conflict. It is heartening to see that a large majority (including Buddhists) does not support the actions of the ‘so called’ Monks.
    This violence was certainly not in my name.

  528. Gillian Sathanandan

    All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing
    Burke, Edmund

  529. Malik Mohamed

    This was surely not in my Name and a few hundreds of my Non Muslim friends will also agree it was not in their names either.

  530. Anonymous

    I am a Sri Lankan. Violence is enough and enough for us. No violence in my name.

  531. ruwanthie

    i read the comments again and again.
    it’s all been said, so powerfully.

    nothing more to add. but my name.

    ruwanthie de chickera

  532. Thiruni Kelegama

    I am Thiruni Kelegama. This shameful act of hatred and violence in Dambulla is horrifying, saddening, and makes me hesitant to call myself a Sri Lankan. I firmly reiterate that this violence is certainly not in my name.

  533. My name is Sugala Senanayake.I am a Sri Lankan and this shameful act of violence is certainly NOT IN MY NAME.

  534. Geetha Lakmini

    I never this in my name.

  535. ashan

    United as one

  536. I am Aanjeli Wimalasiri. I am a Sri Lankan citizen. This violence is not in my name.

  537. Tissa Jayatillaka

    I am a Sri Lankan and I am greatly saddened by this latest show of intolerance of and insensitivity to democracy and pluralism in Sri Lanka on the part of a segment of our fellow citizens.Will we ever learn?

  538. Abhi Ananth

    This violence is not in my name.

  539. Abbyramy P

    I am Abbyramy Paramanayakam. I am a Sri Lankan citizen. This violence is not in my name.

  540. Anonymous

    I am Gayathri Attanayake. I am a Sri Lankan citizen. This violence brings disgrace to our motherland. This violence is not in my name.

  541. Gayathri Attanayake

    I am Gayathri Attanayake. I am a Sri Lankan citizen. This violence brings disgrace to our motherland. This violence is not in my name.

  542. Shamila Burhan

    Thank you for starting this. We shall actively take part in promoting co-existance, tolarence and reconcilliation. best wishes to make a positive change in our country.

  543. Sandeep Jayawardena

    I am Sri Lankan and this violence is not in my name. Watch the video. Know what happened at renounce it.

  544. Parakrama Abeygunawardane

    These are not Buddhists priests but just pretenders and Thugs.they misguide foolish people while insulting and disgracing Lord Buddha.

  545. pirutha maindhan

    Not in my name. But I am cynical about the chances of the minorities enjoying the same level of rights and respect as the majority.

  546. Nissanka Rajapaksa

    This violence is not in my name.

  547. Kumar Abayasekara

    The end of military activity in the war twixt Liberation Tigers of Elam and the Sri Lankan Armed Forces is not the end of the war! Many historical lessons suggest that wars only end when the underlying issues are rectified. Treating all religious and ethnicpeoples with dignity regardless of any human classification of supremacy is the beginning of reconciliation and real victory for all affected people. The scars of war has taken its toll on almost everyone in Sri lanka whether it is Pirabakaran’s family members or Rajapakse’s family members to a greater or lesser (loss of lives or constant threat to life) extent. Is this not the time to rebuild the nation? If we lose this opportunity we would have jeopardised the futures of most Sri Lankans including expatriate Sri Lankans who yearn to return and help in the nation’s development.

    Real security and development only follows from reconciliation, justice and peace between all Sri Lankans. The more powerful one is the greater is this historic responsibility. Seize this opportunity now or lose it forever.

    This is not a time for revenge but reconciliation. The manner in which other Buddhist dignitaries and all Sri Lankan Buddhists and others respond to the violence of the above mob will reflect their true beliefs.

  548. R.M.B Senanayake

    Right thinking people must get together and resist religious extremism. I am reminded of Hobbes state of nature and the war of one against all an all against one. Buddhist monks should have no legal immunity for the type of criminal action they indulged in.

  549. Hiran D Dias

    The greatest enemies of Buddha’s noble philosophy are monks and so-called buddhists who formed that indecent mob. Several decades ago I saw them come to the University, criminal types disguised in Buddha’s noble robes who engaged in indescribable ragging. For them others like them, the robe is way to fool the innocent people and accumulate wealth and be fed and maintained by them. Sad that in the 2600th year when Buddha attained enlightenment, these criminals occupy sacred places of worship. Like in Thailand, there should be a Council to disrobe them.

  550. Hijaz

    Please stop the racist behaviour against other religions in Sri Lanka because we suffered a deadly ethnic war for the last 3 decades. Our politicians have to stop politicizing the religious extremism in the country for their own gain. Every society expects peace in the country.

  551. Gayathri Attanayake

    I’m Gayathri Attanayake and I am a medical student. This violence brings disgrace to our motherland. This violence is certainly not in my name.

  552. Siv.sivakumar

    It is a disgrace for the srilankans. It is not the fault of the Buddhist monks. They are just playing to the tunes of the politicians. The govt. wanted to create problems of this nature just to turn the people away from the economic hardships the ordinary people are encountering and who are fed of with this govt.

  553. Jeanne Samuel

    It saddens me to see what has become of our beloved Nation. We are a people trying to heal from the wounds of a protracted cruel war. Is this not the time for peace and reconciliation which should involve all faiths? It is time to take a stand against religious intolerance and hold the government accountable and responsible for the violence in Dambulla. I say the violence was not in my name.

  554. Ranil Senanayake

    I am embarrassed and ashamed at what is being done in our names to the other communities. i am frustrated that I am powerless to stop it. Please accept and convey my apologies and my sorrow to the entire Muslim community. I pray that the bigoted thuggery is only an expression of the corrupt rulers and not the people.

  555. Dr A.C.Visvalingam

    We have just got over a 30-year war, which began with a similar disregard for one minority. Let us hope that President Rajapaksa, in whose hands there is sufficient power to nip this in the bud, will not let another highly destructive conflict develop in this long-suffering Motherland of ours.

  556. KM Razool

    My name is Mohamed Razool.. and I am not a racist..

  557. Angela Shihara Fernando

    My name is Angela Shihara Fernando
    I am a child of dual ethnicity, Tamil & Singhalese.
    This violence is NOT in my name.

    Blessings, Love & Light,

    Angela

  558. Anonymous

    Violence doesn’t represent Buddhism and violent monks are a disgrace to the country & Buddhist philosophy they profess to represent. They do more harm to Buddhism than save it. This violence and hatred is definitely not in my name. Learn to live peacefully and let others live too.

  559. greenpinkyellow

    My name is Samanthi Gunawardana and I was born in Sri Lanka, reside in Australia. I am Sinhalese and Buddhist. I stand in solidarity with everyone here and this violence is not in my name.

  560. Aran Navaratnam

    Its a shameful behavior exhibited by the Buddhist Monks….Time to confine them to the temples…

  561. Cuthbert

    The expansionist strategies of islam are well-documented all around the world including Sri Lanka; however violence has no place in our resistance. The spread of islam must be stopped at all costs, albeit peacefully and without the unfortunate violence we saw last week.

  562. revan wickramasuriya

    Pray for the day that all peace loving Sri Lankans can get rid of scum like this from holding positions where they can have such influence on people !!!

  563. Siddharth Kotian

    Thank you everyone for not keeping quiet.

  564. Dilrukshi Handunnetti

    It is time that all forms of religious extremism is peacefully resisted. There is no future for any one of us, otherwise

  565. Nimal Dissanayake

    I am Nimal Dissanayake. Sri Lankan. A Good Budhist. last week’s violence was not in my name.

  566. Priyantha Kodagoda

    All religions are great all the leaders Lord Jesus , lord Buddha and the mighty Allah would be shamed the way we people behave. So its the time to reunite & stand against shameless people who are trying to create another war.

  567. Dayananda Gunawardena

    We are experiencing the break down of Law & Order in our Social fabric. this must be checked & stopped ASAP.

  568. Chinthi Suranimala

    The Buddha would be so dissapointed. This violence is definitely not in my name.

  569. Priyantha Kodagoda

    Is this Buddhism???

  570. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga

    This attack and the clumsy, unacceptable handling of it by the authorities has quite certainly not been done in my name.

    We have just ended decades of violence, begotten by racial intolerance and hatred, PLEASE let us not start up another conflict, over religion. This land of ours has enough space for all those who’ve lived together for two millennia, one group does not need to grab all for itself.

    I fail to understand how an Islamist place of worship that existed peacefully, for over a decade, alongside a Buddhist temple, suddenly became a problem.

    I am a deeply committed Buddhist and have been all my life, although I’ve never felt the need to publicise this for political or other gains. I’ve studied Buddhism, Pali and a bit of Sanskrit at the feet of great Buddhist sages, while attending a Catholic school.

    A cornerstone of Buddhist philosophy is Loving Kindness, Tolerance, accommodation and renunciation of greed for material things. Buddhism is the only religion that has not indulged in wars, in the name of Religion.

    The Dambulla Temple owns over 25,000 Acres of land, bestowed upon it by the ancient Kings. If we follow the teachings of Lord Buddha, rather than resorting to violence to acquire more assets for our temples, shouldn’t we exercise tolerance and generosity towards those who worship another creed?

    It is essential that we know that History is replete with leaders who have employed religion for their narrow political gains, to entrench themselves unduly in power. Unfortunately at times, this has been with the acquiescence of some of the clergy.

    My fervent prayer is that ,even now, our Government acquires the Wisdom and largesse of heart and mind to do what is necessary to build the bridges between the diverse communities of our fractured Nation, so that we celebrate the richness of our Lankan diversity, rather than allow this to be exacerbated into hatred and more division.

    My government achieved many successes in this matter. Hence, I know this can be done.

    May the blessings of the Triple Gem be bestowed upon our land, so that the shrill voices of hatred and intolerance of the extremist few be banished from Lanka!

    • Anonymous

      Dear Madam, back in 1995/1996 you immediately took steps (overnight) and took to justice some buddhist monks, the district CMO, and police officers for burning down a church in Hingurakgoda, and beating up the priests & pastors. This is the kind of justice we need now.

      I am completely against this kind of violence and would also hope that just as many of the Buddhist, Muslims and Christians have stood together to fight against the demolition of the mosque, that they would do the same for the Christian churches that are being attacked every few months all over the island. .

  571. Rochelle Hakel-Ranasinghe

    Not In My Name!

  572. Nethra Samarawickrema

    I was deeply disturbed by the events in Dambulla. As an anthropologist I have spent the past two years documenting how Muslims, Sinhalese, and Tamils in a small community in Galle live, work, and worship amongst each other. They have shown me that there is an alternative to this sectarian aggression. There, people are proud that they live in a multiethnic community and have understood that ethnic, religious, and linguistic difference are not only a normal part of everyday life but a source for curiosity, humor, and conviviality. We simply cannot afford to forget this.

    The monks and their supporters at Dambulla missed the basic human point that you cannot create one sacred space by desecrating another. I was raised as a Sinhalese and a Buddhist. But I am a Sri Lankan first. This is not in my name.

  573. It is sad, but this divergence between the teachings and attitude of the Buddha and the teachings and attitude of Sinhala Buddhism started with its founders, who our school children are forced to venerate to this day. Three years before the 1915 Sinhalese-Muslim riots, Anagarika (sic) Dharmapala wrote:

    “The Muhammedans, an alien people…by shylockian methods become prosperous like Jews. The Sinhala sons of the soil, whose ancestors for 2358 years had shed rivers of blood to keep the country free of alien invaders…are in the eyes of the British only vagabonds. The Alien South Indian Muhammedan comes to Ceylon, sees the neglected villager, without any experience in trade…and the result is that the Muhammedan thrives and the sons of the sol go to the wall.” – Little D. 1994. Sri Lanka The Invention of Enmity, United States Institute of Peace Press, p.32

    How different is this from the teachings of the Buddha?

    Since no Buddhist leader has criticised the behaviour, language and ideas of this racist and violent head priest of Dambulla, one can assume that Sinhala Buddhist leaders agree that this is an example of the way the religion should be practised.

    This idiotic racist bullying is not in my name. Jehan Mendis, Sri Lankan.

  574. Nicola De Mel

    Not in my name!

  575. Shanuki de Alwis

    This is not my Sri Lanka. The thug-monks in question should not be wearing those robes. They shame me, my country, Buddhism and most of all themselves.

  576. Tanja Boekel

    I am of Dutch/Sri Lankan descent and no manipulation of religion/philosophy to further corrupt bigoted xenophobic causes is in my name.

  577. real lankan

    I condone violence. has anyone heard of the Kuragala muslim invasion? i have seen to my eyes. desctruction to archeological property. the same dambulla treatment should be given to them.

  578. Tamir

    Let’s free our minds from hate and prejudice.

  579. Sabrina Esufali

    Not in my name.

  580. Anushka Dabrera

    This violence is NOT in my name!!

  581. Arquib Ismail

    Religious extremism of any caliber cannot be tolerated, those of sound mind will always resort to Judicial means of solving a crisis and not becoming the those who write and enforce the law themselves..

  582. Mohamed Bahardeen

    Only few exremists are responsible for this type acts.
    Let us pray to Allah for Guidance and opening the hearts of such people for the Good for the whole community and to the country

  583. Ahamed Nishadh

    this is not the Sri Lanka that we expect it to be and certainly not the Sri Lanka that our soldiers rescued frm the terrorists few years back.. time for change and elimination of extremism in this nation..

  584. Mahim Mendis

    Let not any one say one day that our generation remained indifferent to all forms of authoritarianism. Let us rise against these social parasites bred and protected by greater parasites now, and not tomorrow!!!

  585. Prashan De Visser

    Let the moderates of Sri Lanka turn away no longer.
    Extremist have done enough damage to this nation. The question is will the moderates stand up and work towards what’s right ?

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”-MLK.

    Speak – Act – Persevere : Our country deserves better.

  586. Rizvi Hasim

    This is a unnecessary, undesirable and shameful work done by a group of people.

  587. Adam Raffel

    Panca Sila (Five Precepts of Buddhism) – abstain from harming living beings, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication.

    Need I say more?

  588. Dr. Rajan Rajasingham

    This violence and hatred was certainly not in my name! This is a call to the government (elected to represent us) to take steps to right the wrong done, and to prevent any further extremist actions.

  589. arjuna ranawana

    Arjuna Ranawana

    siyalu sathwayo nidukwethewa – may all beings be happy – may all creation be fulfilled – may we percieve that all beings created need to live in harmony

    the violence and intolerance is not in my name

  590. G. Rajapaksha

    Our postcards vividly show Sri Lanka is a multiculti society and attract hundreds of overseas visitors to our shores with the slogan of how peaceful this nation with different ethic, religious and languages are thriving in a tiny island nation. In reality, all lies in a postcard.

    In a despute, either by an ordinary majoritiy individual or politician’s first attack is always others belief. That’s the way generation to generation we were taught and given an impression that we are a superior race and therefore, have all the liberty to orchestrate any kind of crime.

    very unfortunate the governtment itself see through the same glass.

  591. kamani

    I am a Sri Lankan Buddhist and such a shame to see this kind of act specially from monks. I saw the footage online and it was so disgusting. Everyone has their own right to believe in their religion.

  592. Chanaka Vishwanath

    Being a Buddhist, being a Muslim does not make a person good or bad. What really matters is the action. If an act harm someone else it is bad. In that sense, Inamaluwe “monk”s behaviour is unacceptable, specially because he is a monk and a so called religious leader. It is clearly violence, it caused displease for many Muslims. Buddhism is not that kind of a religion. It is about freedom and peacefulness, calmness.

    Unfortunately many Buddhists fall in to the category of Label Buddhists, where Buddhism is limited to the birth certificate. One does not need to label themselves as a Buddhist to become a Buddhist. I think it is the same with Christianity and Islam. Buddhism is a way of life, freedom. It is not a conventional religion. There are many devout Christians, Muslims while being faithful to God, benefit from Buddhist principles. This kind of erratic behavior will close the doors of Buddhism to others who are yet to benefit from it.

    Sri Lanka will never grow up as country if we give prominence to one religion or a race. Doing so will create minorities and thus unhappiness. What If Sinhala-Buddhists were the minority? One will understand this if we look at the scenarios in Multi-ethnic, multi-religious countries like Malaysia and Singapore. Even though these countries started from a very poor state they grew up to be economic giants. Religious, racial coexistence played a vital role in shaping these countries.

  593. Jinani Jayasekera

    I’m Jinani… This violence is not in my name.

  594. Mihirini de Zoysa

    These are not the actions of those who practice the principals and precepts of the Buddha. This is the very opposite of detachment, love and compassion.

    Anger rises within me, at these acts of violence. I realize I must separate egocentric anger from righteous anger. Egocentric anger is useless, violent and causes more suffering to myself and others. Righteous anger can be used wisely and consciously to transform injustice.

    I express my righteous anger by signing in to this blog, and by sending my love, good energy and compassion to those who were led by their ignorance and lack of insight to engage in this act of senseless violence and to those who are affected by this incident directly, and to our island nation to look within ourselves and to find and practice the true spirit of the Dhamma, of love, compassion and forgiveness.

    May we learn from our mistakes and find peace, contentment and harmony.

  595. Arittha de Silva

    Have not seen the incident first had but if what is said in some media is true, what happened must be condemned.

  596. Nipuni Perera

    I am Nipuni Perera, A Sri Lankan of Buddhist origin. The violence is certainly not in my name. It is a disgrace to Buddhism and to mankind. Violence of any kind is not justifiable, but violence directed at a religion is certainly deplorable! These acts are neither in line with the teaching of Lord Buddha nor in line with the thinking of majority of Buddhists..

  597. Praveen Ranawana

    this violence is no in my name

  598. magerata

    Magerata, 0.5 Sri Lankan and a Buddhist. I have never stepped in to a SL Buddhist temple and now I wonder if I ever will. I could not believe how uneducated and un-Buddhist the priest’s and the followers’ actions were. Hope the priest will understand the level of stupidity he sunk into and make amends.
    As a Buddhist I apologize for what these people have done. Peace.

  599. D. Ranawana

    THIS VIOLENCE IS NOT IN MY NAME. Dammikka Ranawana

  600. K Ariyaratne

    History repeats itself. …I’m just embarrassed!

  601. Kaushalya Attygalle

    Kaushalya Attygalle. Sri Lankan. Sinhalese. Buddhist. This violence is definitely not in my name.

  602. Easwaran Rutnam

    How can a country boast of freedom following the end of the war when there is a barbed wire around religious freedom. The Prime Minister is openly saying that the rights of all religions will be protected. He must put those words into action. The government must ensure that the cabinet runs the country and that the police handles law and order. If monks are allowed to do that job then this country will not enjoy true freedom.

    Easwaran Rutnam – Journalist

  603. Rohan Salgadoe

    We should not cause shame to our religions and religious leaders by our evil spirited actions. How can anyone accept that Buddhism is promoting ahimsa, non-violence and equality etc? Or else can we accept that Lord Buddhas preaching are relevant and acceptable in today’s socio -religious context. Let’s be extra careful in preserving the name of Lord Buddha by practicing what he has preached without adulterating his preaching. Let’s try to avoid insulting him and his loyal followers by doing only what he wanted us to do by refraining from all non-Buddha actions.

  604. deshan tennekoon

    Win one war, start another? What, got bored already?

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  606. Viji ramachandran

    Abhor extremism or fundamentalism of any form. Be it Muslim hindu Christian or Buddhist. Buddhism was never this while other religions can be fundamentalist. Please don’t do this to Buddhism

  607. Kamanee Hapugalle

    I am a Sinhala Buddhist married to a Tamil Catholic and born in to a multi religious family. I love the religious and ethnic pluralism in our family for all the richness and respect for diversity that it nurtures.

    We are just one family. But I was always taught that the smallest social unit is the family and if the family gets it right then there is hope for better, more accepting and respectful communities, societies and nations.

    I sincerely apologize to our fellow muslim countrymen for what a few nationalistic, pseudo buddhists are doing in this country in the name of Buddhism. But you must remember that those who practice the philosophy of Buddha’s Dhamma will not encourage discrimination, secularism, violence, chauvenism or intolerance. In fact, it goes against its very grain.

    In fact let me quote from a PRAYER OF THE BODHISATTVA
    “Wherever I lay my eyes, may hope be revived and consciousness settle in.
    Wherever my voice reaches to, may love and wisdom reflourish.
    Wherever I lay my hand, may life be generous and abundance circulate anew.
    Wherever I go, may happiness come flooding.
    Wherever I am seated, may truth show through.
    Wherever I reside, may there be Light!”

    That is the essence of the Buddhist Philosophy. I am Kamanee. I am a Buddhist and Violence is not in my name

  608. Fathima

    I am Fathima. I am a Muslim and Sri Lankan. I don’t want violence or hatred in my country.
    We are not the judge.
    We cannot be racists.
    We must unite.
    Not in our name…

  609. Cayathri D

    Any act or form of violence should never be committed in my name.

  610. Silva

    The deplorable behaviour of the men in saffron robes should be comdemned out of hand. Had they been in other attire, one may have mistaken them for a bunch of zealots from another part of the planet who are well known for their intolerance, and fanaticism.
    We must ensure the freedom of religious practice of all Sri Lankans. No religious group should impose their belief’s on another. As such, the use of loud speakers, unethical conversions etc should be banned by law.
    My mind goes back 30 years when I was on a business trip to the Maldives with two European travel agents . We were island hopping and at one stage our host, a Sri Lanka educated Maldivian told us very proudly, that ” there were hundreds of Buddhist temples in the Maldives, but we have smashed all of them , and not one remains today “. We must also not forget what happened to the 2000 year old Bahmian Buddha Statues in Afghanistan more recently.
    An over whelming majority of Sri Lankans are tolerant, kind, peace loving people. Unfortunately,today, there is a total break down of law and order , and various elements in society are cashing in on the situation .
    The deeds of a few men in robes does not diminish the teachings of the Buddha , nor do the followers of his philosophy have to hang their heads in shame. The great teacher himself said that when the rulers of a land are not virtuous , great calamities will follow. Raja Bhavatu Dhammiko.

  611. Seneka Abeyratne

    I stand for religious tolerance and ethnic harmony. No one is above the law. Appropriate legal action should be taken against any person or group of persons indulging in religious or ethnic violence in Sri Lanka. The government should formulate and enact a bill for outlawing any form of religious or ethnic violence and ensure that it is effectively implemented. The largest religious and ethnic group of any nation has a moral obligation to protect and nurture the fundamental rights of the minority groups. I am a Sinhalese Buddhist but I deplore what happened in Dambulla recently. recently.

  612. Rafik

    May Allah protect Islam and muslim ummah in Sri Lanka and all around the world. Lets hurdle all the barriers and face all the violent against Islam; in patient and dignity….We are not racists but peace loving people. Let them learn that they cannot live without us and without our presence and assistance….

  613. Andrew Kittle

    Shameful actions in Dambulla, especially given the all-to-recent history of violence from which the country is recovering. Pride should be in a nation that embraces multiple ethnicities and religions and allows them to peacefully exist side by side. This is the situation all over the country and needs to be acclaimed, not sullied by the actions of a few bigoted individuals. Of course disagreements will occur, but it is how these are handling that will mark the pedigree of the society.

  614. sumathy

    Not in my name.
    Sivamohan Sumathy

  615. Aamir

    This, and any resulting violence from this- NOT in my name.

  616. Hathem

    My name is Hathem, I am a Sri Lankan and this violence is not in my name.

  617. Anonymous

    My Name is Deepthi Peiris, I am Sri Lankan and this violence is not in my name.

  618. Isankya Kodithuwakku

    I am a Sri Lankan and this violence is not in my name.

  619. aloma

    IF ALL THIS IS TRUE IT IS A SHAME FOR OUR COUNTRY BECAUSE THERE ARE WAYS OF TACKLING PROBLEMS WITHOUT VIOLENCE

  620. Tamara de Silva

    The Buddha preached the middle path. The behavior of the monks in Dambulla is against his teachings.
    Sri Lanka has gone through a violent period in it’s recent history. No one wants religious extremisim to fan another violent and bloody chapter. Extremisim of any kind has no place in the 21st century.

  621. Zainab Ibrahim

    Extremism is never a solution. This violence is not in my name.

  622. Sandya

    The religious intolerance displayed towards the minority communities in the country is not acceptable, once more. This has to stop, at some point.

  623. Ziard Deen

    We Sri Lankans must learn from our recent past while the horror of ethnic strife is still fresh in our memory. This blatant belligerent charge by a group of Buddhist monks inciting violence and desecration of a place of worship must be condemned by all peace loving citizens. Threatening a young woman in foul language saying he will not only smash her temple but her home as well, and then reprimanding a very senior police official in public warrants condemnation from the highest office and the sangha. This callous and shameful action by a small group of thugs have robbed Sri Lanka of its newly built image of reconciliation and communal harmony. Sri Lanka must show the world. Chauvinism, belligerence and bigotry have no place in Sri Lankan society even if they wear saffron robes. Only then true peace will prevail.

  624. Charmaine Ranasinghe

    Let us all live together in peace.

  625. Sabrina Esufally

    3 years ago we won a war in the name of unity and freedom. We won a war so we could get another shot at re-constructing an inclusive Sri Lankan identity. Disappointingly, our Government continues to ignore its promises of lasting peace and reverts to stirring up violent extremism in the hope that it will distract us from the issues that really matter.

  626. Buddhima Padmasiri

    I am Buddhima Padmasiri. I am a Sri Lankan. The violence in Dhambulla was certainly NOT in my name.

  627. Pathum Fernando

    My name is Pathum Fernando and I strongly condemn the violence which occurred at Dambulla. Although I consider myself as an atheist, I was born and raised as a Buddhist. Those acts do not constitute the true Buddhist fundamentals which I learned from my parents nor from my school—which is the leading Buddhist school in the country. It is sad to see the people lord Buddha entrusted to teach the Buddhist way take part in acts which are far below the standards of any human being who has a functioning brain.

  628. Ralston Joseph

    Sometimes, peace deserves a war.

    I will fight to ensure you don’t shame my name.

  629. Dr. N. Satchi

    It is a shame that this could occur by the disciples of the Buddha. This blessed Land that had so much promise has earned itself as one of the violent places to be. The contrast are so glaring. We have a Sankarakara and this beast in the robe of that one and only Prince who preached peace and harmony. This land we all love will never have peace and prosperity till these thugs in saffron robes are rained in and that is not going to happen.

  630. Romeish de Mel

    We have had enough violence in this beautiful country of ours ………….. enough is enough ……….. Why can’t our clergy set the example …….. PEACE

  631. Niranjali

    Its a shame that all this violence is being perpetrated in the name of the Buddha who is synonymous with tolerance and non violence. Its also a shame that the majority of this country stand by in silence when such acts are carried out. Is this how peace and reconcilation is gping to be achieved? Are we to watch while the chasms between our communities grow deeper and wider….

  632. Dilinika Peiris

    Violence is never in my name – Dilinika Peiris

  633. Ano Tissera

    I am Ano Tissera and I’m a Sri Lankan. What a disgrace! All religion should be about peace and not acts of war.
    UNITY will make us stronger .This violence is certainly not in my name.

  634. Niranjali

    I am Niranjali Jeyashanker.

    I say “No” to violence in our country against any person of any race, religious belief, gender or sexual orientation.

    Buddha preached peace and tolerance…..this is what I desire for my country.

    I say “No” to ntoerance and bigotry in any form.

  635. Anisha

    Not in my name.

  636. The Buckwoman

    By all means this should end!!!
    Are they trying to start a war on religion? Then they have to rethink about what happened with the Holy Crusade; it never ended. Still they are at war in all parts of the world.

  637. Nasser Hussain

    This incident clearly puts to test the fundamental principals of all religions/thoughts

  638. Devanesan Nesiah

    I join in contemning the actions of the mob and the inaction of the authorities

  639. Nikini Jayatunga

    Violence like this is never in my name.

  640. Khushi Kabir

    We await a world without intimidation, domination, fear and the use of religion to repress people. Freedom and Democracy has to be based on respecting ethnic, religious and cultural pluralism, able to have and express differing viewpoints and all citizens of each nation enjoying the same liberty and rights as all its citizens irrespective of religion, class, gender, ethnicity.

  641. Errol Abeyartne

    Time up for poeple to think twice before they feed these monks on behalf of the dead and other occassions.

  642. Shanil Jayamanne

    there is a better, more civilised way for spiritual, religious leaders to go about things that dont please them.
    Thuggery is NOT one of them

  643. Mayan Narendran

    It seems that the incredible sacrifices made during, and to end, a terrible 30 year old war has not yet softened the hearts and minds of some who would rather see this country drown in bigotry, racism and strife than let her raise her head up and look to the stars.

    I am a Sri Lankan and this violence is not in my name.

  644. G.S.MICHAEL

    I’M REALLY HAPPY AT LEAST FEW SRI LANK ANS HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE WHEN THE MAJORITY IS FASTER SLEEP.
    keep IT UP BROTHERS AND SISTERS WE HAVE TO BE UNITED TODAY AND STAND UP TODAY AND NOW, FOR OUR CHILDREN TOMORROW,
    LORD BUDDHA’S GREAT TEACHINGS CANNOT BE MIS- INTERPRETED FOR PERSONNEL GAINS,
    LET US UNITE AND FIGHT AGAINST THESE.

  645. Vindhya Malalasekera

    A week ago, the world saw how a section of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka showed how compassion is practised their way. It was very disgusting to watch it. I fully condemn their shameful conduct. This is not the compassion we were taught by Lord Buddha. What were they trying to prove? I also want to know whether the JHU approves the Head monk’s Musawaada when he claimed that the TV stations showed a fake video. This is disgusting. If there were issues they could have addressed them peacefully.

  646. Gihan de Chickera

    Not in my name. Never.

  647. Speechless and dumbfounded at the series of events that took place at Dambulla. I am a Tamil Christian, I am Sri Lankan, and this was never in my name.

  648. Sajie

    What religion or race I belong to does not matter. But it matters that I am a Sri Lankan national and was born, brought up and have my origins in this country.This act of violence and the condoning of these acts by the leaders of our country is not in my name! When extremism and thuggery prevails at the expense of the inalienable rights of any national being distorted and they are made to feel like non nationals and aliens in their own country because they belong to an ethnic or religious minority….it must be condemned and not tacitly condoned!

  649. Anonymous

    Tehani Ariyaratne. Not in my name, not in the name of Buddhism.

  650. Shalini Fernando

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
    (Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘I Have a Dream’: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World)

    Sri Lanka is multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious – and this diversity should be celebrated.
    As one of the first small steps towards national unity, the boxes for Race and Religion should be removed from all official forms and legal documents – we are all SRI LANKANS.

    “May all beings be happy! Let no one work to undermine another. Let them never wish ill of another…let people develop a loving heart for all beings.” -(The Metta Sutta)-

    Shalini Fernando. This violence is not in my name; not now, not ever.

  651. Yasmin

    Sri Lanka is my home…I am a Muslim and from birth I lived in peace surrounded by people of all faiths…sharing and caring. I want it to remain the same. I will give respect and hope I get that respect back. Peace to all!

  652. Romeish de Mel

    My dad is Sinhala roman catholic, mum is Burgher roman catholic, my wife is Sinhala Buddhist, both my Brothers in law are tamil, my best mate in school (and we remain exceptionally close mates to this date) is Muslim ……….. if any one of our family had the mentality of some of these monks and their henchmen, our family could have started WORLD WAR 3 …….. wake up guys ………… WE ARE ALL SRI LANKANS ……….. I pray that PEACE, LOVE and Common sense prevails ….

  653. Leela Isaac

    The ethnic conflict in our country has still not been resolved, even 3 years after the 30 year civil war. Do we now want to start a religious conflict? It’s beyond comprehension!

  654. Bradman Weerakoon

    Not in my name!

  655. Viraj

    However you look at this situation, its wrong. This is not how religious leaders should behave, regardless of the religion they represent.

    I’m not an expert on Buddhism but I doubt that it promotes this sort of behavior. As a Sinhalese national I believe that the Muslims who were faced with this issue were wronged but they were civilized enough to take a step back to avoid conflict. that to me is how religious leaders should act.

    Sri Lankans should also realize that these incidents are fueled by people in higher places who enjoy seeing this sort of scenarios coming up. So we should all be a little smarter and think twice before we start dis robing ourselves.

    And one more thing to those who think that there’s nothing wrong with happened; We Sri Lankans are a minority in the world. Wake up!!!!! This country belongs to all Sri Lankans, not just Buddhist!

  656. Sithie Tiruchelvam

    I wish to add my name in support of the statement.

    I would like to remind ourselves that it was not so long ago, in September 2011, another mosque in Anuradhapura was reduced to rubble. [See Charles Havilland BBC News, Colombo 15th September 2011]. It is regrettable that there has been no meaningful statement of regret or outrage from the Sri Lankan State which may help to defuse a volatile situation.

  657. Terati

    I am shocked and appalled at the unwarranted behavior of these “so called” religious leaders. Not only have they shown complete disregard to Buddhism beliefs, principles and ideals (which they supposedly practise), they have demonstrated utter disrespect to their fellow Sri Lankans with bigotry-fuelled actions. After 30 years of war, you’d think that we Sri Lankans would have learnt a lesson on religious tolerance and co-existence, especially in a country that prides itself in being a multi-cultural centre. What is even more disheartening is that most Sinhalese defend these “holy” monks and do not condone their violence towards another faith.

    For those who think that way, please, do some research. Find out more on the history of this country, and how we came along to this point of time. Remember that none of us had any choice in which country or religion we were going to be born to. We were all simply born to this country and we should all be treated the same way with equal rights.

  658. Prema Gamage

    It was a shamefull behaviour. monks, do you aske us – buddhists- to follow you? Shit. Get out from your robe and engage in thuggery. It is more appripriate. You monks are talking/critisising about religious conversion. If you are behaving like this, conversion is the best way for me to lead a shameless life.

  659. Kavveen Kanagarajh

    I am Kavveen Kanagarajh. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  660. Nathalie Panabokke

    Not in my name

  661. Shanjieth

    Please stop this violence and shameful act against the sovereignty of our country and enjoy the freedom our countrymen gave their lives for.

  662. Ajith Rajapaksa

    NOT IN OUR NAME

  663. Gaya Fernando

    Not in my name.

  664. Hari Narendran

    Our politicians continue to repeat the mistakes of our post-independence history, following the lead of a racist vocal minority, instead of providing the leadership needed to heal the wounds of war and build a strong, united, tolerant country in line with the vision of the vast majority.
    While it is sad to see the things done in the name of Buddhism, the most peaceful and tolerant of religions, it is even sadder to see that all the bloodshed and death that have tainted our history haven’t taught our ‘leaders’ anything.

  665. Iromi Dharmawardhane

    I am against all forms of violence. The Buddha (and other religious leaders) have preached non-violence always and violence in the name of religion certainly cannot be condoned, and should be considered sacrilegious behavior. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

  666. fabiene gama

    stop violence!

  667. Ranelle

    I’m not Sri Lankan but I’m against this violence

  668. naomi

    we dont need anymore civil unrest…..
    respect religious differences!!!

    FREEDOM of thought, conscience, and religion. Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, including the FREEDOM to adopt a religion or belief of his choice!!!!!

    Fundamental RIGHT of a citizen by the Constitution of Sri Lanka.. !!! !!!

  669. Sharmini Boyle

    Tolerance is THE virtue that drives peace. Thank you for this opportunity to express our condemnation of intolerance.

  670. Ayman Al-Fayez

    I agree with Ziard Deen

  671. Anberiya Hanifa

    Not in my name. Definitely it cannot be in the name of Lord Buddha who preached compassion.

  672. Suha Cassim

    To The Muslim Authorities: Please have a nationwide address on tv and radio, instructing all Muslims to NOT TAKE revenge, to not react with violence to not be aggressive with the non Muslims. Please re iterate that this is not how our Prophet (PBUH) reacted. Please remind them that God does look after the believers and they have to be patient and succumb to their desires (of violence and revenge). You dont have to behave like the monks or you become worse than them. Salaams.

  673. Pasidu Pallawela

    I’m a Buddhist from Sri Lanka and totally against the monks who behaved like thugs in Dambulla. Certainly this is not IN MY NAME. Even in 1983 our parents protected our tamil neighbours and friends when thugs took control. But after 30 years Sinhalese and muslims in general are being blamed for violence against tamils. Hope this will not go that far. A big sorry for any heart broken Muslim brothers/sisters in Sri Lanka….. as a Buddhist. Shame on those monks.

  674. INDRAKANTHI PERERA

    What of robes? just garbs for power! The Buddha the great founder the supremely compassionate man who talked anout the Ajiva Ashatamaka seelaya laying so much emphasis on right speech…….. Robe wearing is a responsibility and is a symbol of the wearer having renounced all material needs and(lands for one) being noble and worthy of support by lay to progress on the path. Not to riot in the jungle of greed and abuse. Iam trying hard to follow Buddhism but fail to recognise the inciting and words of monks as anything close to it. The buddha kept a code of conduct and admonished unsseemly nehaviour why are the leaders of the order of today silent?

  675. Kapila Tissera

    “You become a noble only by deed and not by birth.”

  676. Chaminda Rajapakse

    With deep respect for the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha especially the serenely wonderful Buddhist monks out their giving their lives to make ours better

    This violence by these thugs in robes is certainly not in my name

  677. Love, compassion, respect and acceptance will heal all wounds. Racism, violence and intolerance will tear us apart. When we hurt someone else, we are hurting ourselves as well. Learning about the faiths and beliefs that our brothers and sisters share…Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity…is something which can nourish our spirit and build empathy. It is better to create than to destroy. Struggle with love in your heart always.

  678. Suchiththa Wickremesooriya

    My name is Suchiththa Wickremesooriya, and this despicable violence presented in the form of “religious awakening” is both wrong and contradictory to the faith of all concerned.

  679. Navin Ratnayake

    I’m sinhala buddhist and I am appalled.

  680. Annie Kurian

    Annie Kurian

    I am saddened by the intolerance. Buddhism is a noble religion. Why degrade it by such narrow-minded representation! Violence again in Sri Lanka, never, never, never again in my name!

  681. Ruvanthi Sivapragasam

    We have been silent for too long.

  682. I am Gopiharan Perinpam. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name.

  683. Kushali

    this violence was not in my name…

  684. Cyrene Siriwardhana

    This violence is not in my name.

  685. Dilhara Attygalle. Sri Lankan, buddhist and sinhala if you like. But all those labels are temporary, like drawings in the sand. Buddha knew that better than anyone. This violence is not in my name.

  686. Roshan Cooke

    Wasn’t it the same mindless bigotry that led us into a 30 year civil war? The violation of the principle of coexistence cannot be in my name or in the Buddha’s. A shaven head and a saffron robe does not confer a license to intimidate; on the contrary, it is about tolerance and compassion. Roshan Cooke.

  687. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

    In 1983, paranoid extremists took the lives of innocent Tamil civilians in Colombo, and the Government was silent. In the short run it quenched the thirst of extremists in the South. The silence of the Government and that of the majority public gave the impression that all Sinhalese were racists and extremists. This was further highlighted and used by the LTTE to justify what they were doing. As a result, all of us had to suffer.

    After the war, the Government wasted too much time harping on the “military victory” without a credible Nation building and reconciliation process. They even went on to label those who raised a voice for reconciliation as traitors. Some were sent behind bars with bogus charges. This nourished dormant racist elements in the South. If we the normal citizens could feel the growth of these racist groups, the massive intelligence mechanism of the Government cannot say that they missed all clues till one such group made a violent attempt to demolish a Muslim religious place in Dambulla. What is more alarming is that none who violated the law were arrested. It seems that the Government does not want to lose the votes of these racist elements.

    Now it is our turn to loudly say that the Government’s silence will distance more votes from moderate groups than what they would keep from extremist groups. Unless we show that we are the majority, politicians will protect these racists for sure. Who knows, some of their leaders maybe within the coalition too.

    I put my name here just to give evidence to my children that at some point in the future, if they happen to suffer from communal violence as a result of what happens under president Rajapakse Government, their father did his bit to condemn his silence.

  688. Fareeda Aboosali

    It is good to see that many readers condemn extremism. One should expect no less from those who claim to be the followers of the Buddha. But our failure, not only in Sri Lanka, is that we are able to see extremism only in its very dramatic forms. We have been desensitised to its gentler and cultivated voices over a long time.

    Not long after independence, Sri Lankans I have learnt, voted in very large numbers for a party that said Sinhala ONLY in 24 HOURS. After that how do you expect extremism not to walk the land and stalk everyone who is weak enough to be its prey?

    We need to have in Sri Lanka a law against racial vilification as they have in Australia and I am sure in some other countries also; and a law against discrimination as well as a mechanism with real teeth to act promptly and effectively whenever there is even a whiff of a breach from any quarter – the clergy, the army, the press or the parliament. In a country where there is diversity we need such protection if we do not want extremism.

    Not very likely, I am afraid, as long as we take lessons only from friendly countries that agree with us. But at least why don’t you ask your readers to sign for that?

    What happened in Dambulla and all the small and big things that have led to it are certainly not in my name. Fareeda A.

  689. Anfus anes

    This violence is not in my name Let’s put a stop to all kinds of Religious violence & prosecution of ethnic minorities. Let’s move forward with rebuilding this wonderful country not for me or for you but for the next generation. Any religion & specialy any religious leaders who promote violence should re- educate themselves.

  690. sophie

    not in my name

  691. Swee Fong Ng

    Just to remind people who have forgotten, here are the eight precepts adhered to by Buddhists.

    1. I take the precept to abstain from killing.
    2. I take the precept to abstain from stealing.
    3. I take the precept to abstain from sexual indulgence.
    4. I take the precept to abstain from lying.
    5. I take the precept to abstain from anything that causes intoxication and heedlessness.
    6. I take the precept from taking food at inappropriate times.
    7. I take the precept to abstain from dancing, singing. music and unseemly shows; from the use of garlands, perfumes and ungents from things that tend to beautify and adorn the person.
    8. I take the precept to abstain from using high and luxurious beds.

    If we take these precepts seriously, we protect ourselves from stupid actions.

  692. Nilakshi Parndigamage

    Certainly not in my name.

  693. Nishan de Mel

    Theories and historical texts are not sufficient to inform us about any particular religion, we must look to the life and practices of its adherents.

    What is done and not done at this juncture to separate the institutions, authorities and ideology of Sri Lankan Buddhists from such rampages (which are in fact not a new phenomenon, though there is often much less or no media coverage of incidents) will further entrench such behaviour as a real and practical outworking of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

    Nishan de Mel
    Not in my name

  694. Shahidheen Hamzy

    Please stop! Please let Sri Lanka be ONE!

  695. Chrissy Abeysekera

    These monks who practice racist politics should be stripped of their robes and put to beg on the streets.

    • Pandukabaya de Silva

      Good response Chrissy! As a Sinhala Buddhist, I agree too – wholeheartedly!

  696. H.L. Seneviratne

    A statement in a currently circulating video that claims to temporarily suspend the attack on the Dambulla mosque indicates that a “verdict” will be reached in the “Kingdom of Dambulla” by the chief monk Inamaluve Sumangala. It adds that “we are number one in self governance” (meaning, the “Dambulla kingdom” is a self-determined separate state). According to the statement, Inamaluve is assuming power “in the absence of a Sinhala king”. He is doing so “against the courts” and “without the President”. He is thus quite explicit on usurping the authority of the legitimately elected President of Sri Lanka, and rejecting that of the country’s judiciary. In other words, Inamaluve wants “the Dambulla Kingdom” as his separate state for now, and dominion over the whole of Sri Lanka eventually. This sums up the mind-set of the Sinhala fundamentalist right: they are the real power behind the throne, and the elected government must bow to their wishes. Being the sovereign of Dambulla, Inamaluve is free to hurl rude words at a young Hindu woman, and threaten her with eviction along with the rest of her community, and its kovil.

    This separatist frenzy is not new. It was on gaudy display some years ago, when Inamaluve broke away from Asgiriya and formed a new “chapter” now called “the Dambulla Chapter”. Why did he break away? He wanted to grab the well-endowed and lucrative Dambulla from the hands of its legitimate custodian, the Mahanayaka of Asgiriya. Remember the Kandalama protest? Inamaluve orchestrated it. Why? to legitimize his appropriation of Dambulla and his new breakaway “chapter”. And the whole country, in particular the bleeding heart liberals of Colombo, were taken for a ride. They naively believed his claim to espouse environmentalism, feminism, anti-imperialism, equality, to protect the poor against the encroachment of invasive capital, and to seek to introduce multi-culturalism by means of a satyagraha of a coalition of Christian, Hindu and Muslim religious leaders performed on the Dambulla rock. Inamaluve’s penchant for his own version of illegality is evident when he talks about the mosque as an “illegal construction”, and when, during the protest, he branded Aitken Spence, the proprietor of the planned Kandalama hotel, a squatter.

    All Buddhists, especially the prominent members of the Buddhist clergy, should hang their heads in shame at this racist, mediaeval and un-Buddhist act. The government should institute legal proceedings for treasonous public statements undermining the authority of the duly elected President of the country.

  697. Sri

    I am Sri. A Hindu, yet foremost a Sri Lankan. The violence and hatred that is spawning throughout the country is not in my name.

    Yet apart from condemning these acts of immoral and unethical behaviour, I shall not be silent whilst my brothers are being harmed either.

  698. Uween Jayasinha

    I am a Sinhala Buddhist and all that can be said is that the acts of the monks do not represent Buddhism. They represent hostility and religious extremism which stand as a detrimental factor to the development of our Nation and therefore should not be condoned. Sri Lanka is home to all religions and ethnic groups and therefore such acts must not be tolerated.

  699. Tracy Holsinger

    this act of of cultural colonialism is not in any of our names, not even in the names of the people who were spurred on to support this act by rhetoric aimed at making those who are disenfranchised and powerless feel like they are doing something heroic and purposeful.

  700. Joe Lenora

    I am strongly against any such hate towards any race or religion. And whats happening in Dambula is so shameful its a disgrace for the whole country.

  701. I am Ranjan Ramanayake . I am a Sri Lankan. violence is not in my name. I follow all the religions as all if them teach us better ways to live

    Peace !

    Ranja

  702. Akram Mukhtar

    I thought that Sri Lanka, where we all belong was going to have a new awakening after the war. The price we paid was worth it. However, the actions of a band of rabid communal forces has undermined all what was achieved. Little do they realize the shame that they have brought upon the country.

    Rebuilding our motherland should begin with restoring the minds and hearts of it’s people. The shameless action last week shows us that we have not got anywhere near the country of peace and tranquility that our politicians often like talk about while knowing very well it is not so.

    If we are to progress in the path of peace and be the nation that we have aspired to become, then we expect our leadership to come forward and take decisive action to bury the communal bigotry for ever. Then only a land of peace and prosperity could be achieved by rebuilding of our motherland with the participation of everyone.There is synergy and beauty in diversity when it comes together.

    Words are comforting but temporary and it is action that is the need of the hour. We need to see that very loud and clear from our leadership. It is time that a spade is called a spade.

    It is irrelevant to call myself by my religion or race when I speak up as a Sri Lankan.

    Akram Mukhtar

  703. Ruwan Perera

    we need to live in peacefully inside Sri Lanka. Tamil Muslim Burger Hindu Sinhalese as a one family.

  704. maeve perera

    absolute disregard for other religions to worship side by side (as they have been doing for so many years) by these so called B/Monks should be condemned by all. sincerely hope sanity will prevail and all communities be free to worship and live in harmony.

  705. R.KRISHNAKUMAR

    I strongly support your views on multiculturalism , and pluralism in Srilanka

  706. Dr . Shorab Ibrahim

    Dr.SHORAB IBRAHIM

    There is a hidden force behind this sudden unwarranted attack — We Pray that Sanity reigns in the minds of all —- may the Almighty Allah show us the way to peace and tranquility ———–Ameen.

  707. Sarah Ismail

    Please stop! Please let Sri Lanka be ONE!

  708. Anonymous

    I am Shanaka Cooray. Not in my name

  709. Tushani

    I’ve always believed that the best way to support your religion/belief is to stay true to its teachings. As a layperson you have a choice as to whether you want to follow a certain path and to what extent. However, once you become a monk you have already made that choice and following the precepts (in the case of Buddhism) is no longer an option but a necessity and a responsibility. Actions like those of the Mahanayaka’s in Dambulla are what harm Buddhism the most.

  710. Suchetha Wijenayake

    not in my name. not now. not ever.

  711. YaliniDream

    May we recognize that there are infinite paths to the divine and harnass the power to bring forth a Sri Lanka free of bigotry, violence, and exploitation. The Government of Sri Lanka, all religious clergy, and spiritual leaders must denounce these horrible acts. May all our peoples in Sri Lanka live in peace and solidarity with each other. One Infinite Love. I am a Sri Lankan Tamil raised in outside lands and these acts are not in my name.

  712. Abdul Haleem Latheef

    Every society, every cast and everywhere bad people are there but few when comparing with good people. Mostly the education promote a society to a higher rank among the mankind. Especially the religious education acts a very important role to make a man straight and peace-lover. What an irony, a group of clergies (Buddhist monks) who must ordain completely to the teaching Buddhism, how can became thugs or leads of mob against another religion?
    Kind regards to all,
    A concerned Muslim citizen from Kuwait.

  713. Chulanee Attanayake

    I’m Chulanwe. This violence is definitely not on my name, nor for the sake of Lord Buddha. Buddhism never taught or promoted disrespecting other teachings. So pls stop violence in the name of Buddhism.

  714. Gitanjali Marcelline

    Human beings dislike shades of grey. We prefer to persuade ourselves that we can keep truth and falsehood neatly separated. There is “us” and there is “them”,” and we know who has the truth. Stereotyping and demonizing are natural next steps. Not only are “they” wrong religiously, they are somehow not quite upto our standards of humanity and thus to be pitied if not simply dismissed as irrelevant.

    Intolerance of religious diversity is a serious historical evil, a force that can be easily exploited by people of ill-intent. And yet it costs so little to approach religious pluralism with an open mind. On the other hand, wars are seldom fought for purely religious reasons. Communities of faith often develop side-by-side in relative harmony. When problems arise, they are almost always initially political, economic and social. Then, often enough, those who wish to keep the pot boiling invoke age-old religious differences as though they were the cause of every evil. They remind their constituents that if they really want to be loyal, they will not rest until some ancient slight to the faith has been set right. Underneath it all is the awareness that if you want to destroy a people’s will, you must attack the most powerful symbols of their identity, some of which are bound to be religious.

  715. PresiDunce Bean

    As long as a majority of the majority continues to be entrapped in the Mahavamsa mindset of that mythical fiction that the island of Sri Lanka is a divine gift to Theravada Buddhism, a holy land entitled to the Sinhala race…As long as their political and religious leaders are unable to grasp the authentic history of the island and the social realities prevailing here…things are going to remain the same. This country will continue to meander along as ‘a can’t be developed country’ which is inhabited by a majority of ‘stuck in a time warp frog in the well’ people. Sad but true.

    • For truth and honesty

      PresidunceBean:
      Thank you for, once again, telling it like it is. If you keep this up you’ll have to register a fan club of those who respect and admire your perceptive comments!

  716. gayathri hemachandra

    Not in the name of my religion or ethnicity!

  717. Gaya Nagahawatta

    I am Gaya Nagahawatta. Last week’s violence and extremism is not in my name.

  718. Piyal Kariyawasam

    I am Piyal Kariyawasam. Last week’s violence is not in our name.

  719. Jacques GARNIER

    My mother in law was sinhalese (Dolly Bemelmans born 1908 in Patirade Ceylon

  720. Inoka wickramage

    No to religious extremism in Sri Lanka.

  721. Gnana Moonesinghe

    What a way to bring about reconciliation and build trust among the hitherto polarised communities? What a way to begin the nation building process in the post war period? What a way to initiate understanding to bring about the healing of wounds process? what a way to shut the protests from the international community over righs violations? Dambulla has proved that we do not learn lessons easily to correct ourselves. We are on a path to exacerbrate the situation and this time around add the religious factor to the racial issues and enlarge the geographic area of external inteventions to include the muslim countries as well. When will we lead the policy makers and stop being led by them on the thorny path we have been treading to date? It has to begin now and not tomorrow!

  722. Kinkinee Willathgamuwa Nelson

    Disgrace to all sinhala Buddhists ,Government should take necessary actions bring justice.

  723. Onali

    A true Buddhist will know that as per the teachings of Lord Buddha, that we are to respect all religions and their practices. As a true Buddhist I condemn this radical and unacceptable behaviour by the clergy. Unfortunately some of the present monks have forgotten that there is what you call a code of conduct when it comes to the clergy.

  724. Sk

    Sri Lanka in spite of having all the despises will not develop and is going to go down further to the point of non return.at least please learn a lesson from successful countries like Singapore where there is no extremism or even like at least India.with extrememism you can get nowhere.

  725. Kalpana Isaac Morris

    All over the world religious extremism is causing pain and anguish. Sri Lanka has had more than it’s fair share of suffering. Religion should only be used as a tool for healing the wounds.

  726. Eshini Ekanayake

    Not in my name- Eshini, sri lankan

  727. Shiraj De Silva

    Buddhism is accepting of all faiths and religions. Any violence conducted under the pretense of Buddhism is fundamentally wrong and unjust. I hope this violence and extremism can be overcome so that true Buddhism and harmony among all faiths and religions may prevail.

  728. Kasuni Thewarapperuma

    my name is Kasuni Thewarapperuma. I am a Sri Lankan. I will not differentiate myself any further because I am an equal with all the others who inhabit my country of every shade of diversity they are born with. Separatist hate has no place with us. What is happening is not Buddhist or in the name of Buddhism, the beautiful religion I grew up with. Lord Buddha lived and thrived in a country of many religions, he preached love and tolerance for all.

    What you are doing is not Buddhist.

    This is not in my name.

  729. Shantha Ramanayake

    Buddha’s way of life was simple. All religons strive to make individuals within and between each community live in harmony. Love, compassion and respect to each other are the key issues. We must understand that all living creatures however different they may be, are needed to keep harmony in nature.

  730. Tamara Nanayakkara

    Most definitely not in my name. This is a disgrace and flies in the face of all what the Buddha stood for and what Buddhism should stand for.

  731. Rohana Ratnayake

    Not in my name.

  732. nadira

    Not in my name!

  733. divya

    not in my name!

  734. Mangala Moonesinghe

    The conduct of some of the Buddhist monks at Dambulla was disgraceful. It was an insult to the Buddha. In the Karaniya Metta Sutta the Buddha declares

    “A person must cultivate loving kindness to all living beings.
    Those seen and those unseen
    Those living near and those living far
    Those born and those to be born”

    This is the crux of the Buddha’s teaching.
    It is totally contrary to the Buddha Dhamma.

  735. Ishika Perera

    Ishika Perera. I am Sri Lankan. This violence is certainly not in my name.

  736. Mayoni Ranasinghe

    Tragic is the day when a religious leader, instead of inspiring tolerance and loving kindness, breeds hatred and narrowmindedness.

    Such a person is no religious leader at all, in my opinion.
    Buddha weeps!

    I am Mayoni Ranasinghe and I am proud to be Sri Lankan. This is certainly not in my name.

  737. Thyagi Ruwanpathirana

    Not in my name.

  738. Gayathri De Silva

    Let’s not trigger another civil war in the country. It’s had enough and the people in it too. Talk about Buddhism being a religion, guess I would have to doubt that when seeing this.

  739. Tiloma Jayasinghe

    Not in my name for damn sure. Or my family’s. Or my friends. Or my community, my country and my world.

  740. Rasika Mendis

    An attempt to protect Sri Lanka’s ‘culture and heritage’..?? please!! Is this what religious authorities feed to the populace? Can our thinking get any more confined and confused? Why do some of us feel so threatened? If we are not able to appreciate the rich cultural fabric of ‘multicultural, multi-religious’ Sri Lanka, then we are only poorer for it. Don’t violate our heritage to save it..! Not in my name!!

  741. Where has all the Buddhist Compassion gone?

  742. Kamani Jinadasa

    I am a Sinhala Buddhist and violence is certainly not in my name. The fact that I even need to state these things at this point defeats the purpose of Buddhism itself. I have felt ashamed for a long time now of the “monks” who profess to uphold the teachings of Lord Buddha – this example takes this to another level.

  743. Shenali Panabokke

    Not in my name.

  744. Ramesh Fernando

    Definitely not in our name. Disgraceful. These acts certainly do not express the true virtues of Buddhism

  745. Shaza

    keep Sri Lanka free of extremists!!!

  746. Deepa

    Not in my name.

  747. Dharisha Bastians

    There is nothing Sri Lankan about what happened in Dambulla but it may well be a picture of a Sri Lanka of the future we saw unfolding before the cameras that day. Dharisha Bastians. This violence was not in my name.

  748. Rukmankan Sivaloganathan

    Shameful act that deserves to be condemned!

  749. Shevonne Andrado

    These aren’t the teachings of any of the religions observed in our beautiful land. What a shame! This was certainly not done in my name.

  750. Roshan Dhammapala

    Peace in this land has come at such a great cost. A cost we cannot afford to pay again! Not in my name!

  751. Dimuth Sepalage

    shameful behaviour by the Mahanayaka of the Rangiri Dambulu chapter!! Why???

  752. ISMAIL SHAAN WAHEED DEEN

    No Hate. No Bigotry. No Violence. No more. Not in my name.

  753. Anonymous

    It’s true that a sect of religious extremists drove that recent Dhambulla incident. But we should analyze that who are the real behind the scene villains of this, and what is the springboard that led to arise such a situation. If we study the recent history of religious violence around the world, there’s one thing that we can observe generally. Which are these incidents were happened in the countries that give prominence to a particular belief. As a first step we should separate the religion from constitution. That means a secular state. Which will grant total power to judicial authorities, which can act without any form of bias to a privileged class. Next we should constituently abolish all the political parties that bias or labeled to a particular religion or faith. These political parties are the real instruments behind the recent incident.

  754. Navin and Nelunika

    The silence from the powers-that-be is deafening. Lest it drowns out our voices, let me echo all the other commentators here – Not in Our Name.

  755. Madura Jayatunga

    Not in my name.

  756. Dharshani Weerasekera

    As a critical Sinhala Buddhist I am disgusted and ashamed that such violence is being unleashed in my country, by people of criminal intent, some wearing yellow robes and claiming to be followers of the Buddha. Is this their message of love and compassion?
    How can anyone respect them when they take part in such terrible acts? I lost respect for the Sangha long ago. Why are they silent too? Look at their hypocrisy:

    http://www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk/Monk-death-threat-effort-silence-victim/story-15932092-detail/story.html

    We are all Sri Lankans first. There has already been too much violence and bloodshed. This violence is not in my name. Not ever.

  757. Suha Cassim

    To the Muslims: Do not react with Violence, it against Islam unless it is to defend your life. Re-locate the Mosque. Your peaceful worship is dearer to God than your violence in his name. Set an example, do not stoop to their level of intolerance. Look to the Quran for your Guidance. Salaams.

  758. sri perera

    against violence. religion is for peace not war…

  759. Hiran Balasuriya

    This violence is not in my name

  760. Jason Williams

    I am dismayed by these abhorrent actions. It shouldn’t matter what your religion or creed, violence cannot be the answer.

  761. Safiya Husain

    .

    This intolerance is not in my name. Safya Husain

  762. I am Sri Lankan Buddhist by birth. I’m against anyone who choose violence to solve problems anywhere in this world be it monks in Dambulla, SL Government and LTTE in the war, or all the armies that are engaged in all the useless wars around the world. Any violence anywhere is not in my name.

  763. Nadina

    I’m Nadina, Sri Lankan and a follower of Buddha’s Teachings. This kind of religious bigotry is NOT in my name! NEVER!

  764. shabnam farook

    The incident that took place at Dambulla, was very unbecoming of the Buddhist clergy, who are revered in a country which proclaims it has high morals. As the citizenry, we should not be victim to religious prejudice or be easily manipulated by external sources that instigate such violence, in order to create havoc simply for their benefit. One must act prudently and not let history repeat itself. We owe it to be smarter and sensitive to religious diversity. We have too many old wounds that have not been healed, lets not give way for more pain and suffering.

  765. Ramila

    I am Sinhalese. I can’t stand what has happened. This war was bad enough where we were given a bad name. This has to end.

  766. Kalim Iqbal

    Not in my name.

  767. Will

    I am not a Sri Lankan but have been witness to similar acts of violence towards Muslims and other groups of ‘outsiders’ in my own country (Britain) and am sad to see it happening here in what i perceive as a very diverse and accepting culture for the most part.

    I agree that it’s time for people the world over to stand up against bullies everywhere and to help them realise that the act of merely being born entitles you to absolutely nothing in this world. We are all in this life together and it’s high time people learned to truly empathise and to share things with others.

  768. Nicole Parakrama

    Not in my name. Violence is never ever an answer.

  769. M Rizan

    Our Mosque can not be demolished. we Unite and protect our mosque.

  770. Dhammika Rodrigo

    My name is Dammika. I’m Sri Lankan, of Sinhala and Buddhist background. We can’t accept this violence in Sri Lanka.

  771. Deshan

    It is one of the bitterest ironies of human life that although virtually all human beings cherish a desire to live in peace, we continually find ourselves embroiled in conflict, pitted against others in relationships marred by tension, distrust or open hostility.

    This irony is particularly poignant because it is immediately evident to us that cordial, harmonious relations with others are a necessary condition for our own genuine happiness. Not only do such relations allow us to pursue undisturbed the goals we consider essential to our personal fulfillment, but they bring us the deeper joy of meaningful communion with our fellow human beings.

    Contentious living, in contrast, is always intrinsically painful, involving a hardening of our subjective armor, a tightening of the knots of anger and hate. Indeed, whatever the outcome of conflict may be — whether victory or defeat — the result itself is ultimately detrimental for both victor and victim alike.

    Nevertheless, although harmonious living promises such rich blessings while discordant relations entail so much harm and misery, for the most part our lives — and the lives of those around us — are entangled in a raveled net of quarrels and disputes. Conflict may simmer within as silent suspicion and resentment or it may explode into violent rage and devastation. It may implicate us at the level of personal relationships, or as members of an ethnic group, a political party, a social class or a nation. But in one or another of its many manifestations, the presence of conflict in our lives seems inescapable. Peace and harmony hover in the distance as beautiful dreams for a summer’s night or noble ideals to which we pledge formal allegiance. But when reality knocks and dreams are dispelled, we find ourselves drawn, usually against our better judgment, into an arena where the pleasures that we seek exact as their price the hard cash of struggle and contention.

    The teachings of the Buddha, while framed around the goal of individual deliverance from suffering, are also expounded for the purpose of instructing us in how we can live in harmony with others. Such harmony is desirable not only as a source of satisfaction in itself, but also because it is a prerequisite for treading the path to the higher freedom. The final peace of enlightenment can arise only in a mind that is at peace with others, and the mind can only be at peace with others when we are actively committed to a course of training that enables us to extricate the roots of conflict that lie buried deep within our hearts.

    Once, in ancient India, Sakka the ruler of the gods came to the Buddha and asked: “By what bonds are people bound whereby, though they wish to live in peace, without hate and hostility, they yet live in conflict, with hate and hostility.” The Master replied: “It is the bonds of envy and avarice that so bind people that, though they wish to live in peace, they live in conflict, with hate and hostility.”

    If we trace external conflicts back to their source, we will find that they originate not in wealth, position or possessions, but in the mind itself. They spring up because we envy others for the qualities they possess which we desire for ourselves, and because we are driven by an unquenchable avarice to extend the boundaries of what we can label “mine.”

    Envy and avarice in turn are grounded in two more fundamental psychological conditions. Envy arises because we identify things as “I,” because we perpetually seek to establish a personal identity for ourselves internally and to project that identity outward for others to recognize and accept. Avarice arises because we appropriate: we attempt to carve out a territory for ourselves and to furnish that territory with possessions that will titillate our greed and sense of self-importance.

    Conflict being thus rooted in envy and avarice, it follows that the path to non-conflict must be a course of relinquishment, of removing the constrictive thoughts and desires that pivot around the notions of “I” and “mine,” the drives to identify and to possess. This course reaches consummation with the full maturity of wisdom, with insight into the empty, egoless nature of all phenomena; for it is this insight which exposes the hollowness of the notions of “I” and “mine” that underlie envy and avarice. However, although the final liberation from clinging may lie far away, the path leading to it is a gradual one, growing out of simpler, more basic steps that lie very close to our feet.

    Two such necessary steps are changes in attitude with the power to transmute envy and avarice. One is altruistic joy (mudita), the ability to view the success of others with the same gladness we experience at our own success. The other is generosity (caga), the readiness to give and to relinquish. The former is the specific antidote for envy, the latter the antidote for avarice. What is common to both is a lifting of the sense of identity from its narrow fixation on the self, and a broadening of it to encompass others who share our desire to be happy and free from suffering.

    As private individuals we cannot hope to resolve by our will the larger patterns of conflict that engulf the societies and nations to which we belong. We live in a world that thrives on conflict, and in which the forces that nurture conflict are pervasive; obstinate and terribly powerful.

    But as followers of the Enlightened One what we can do and must do is to testify by our conduct to the supremacy of peace: to avoid words and actions that engender animosity, to heal divisions, to demonstrate the value of harmony and concord. The model we must emulate is that provided by the Master in his description of the true disciple: “He is one who unites the divided, who promotes friendships, enjoys concord, rejoices in concord, delights in concord, and who speaks words that promote concord.”

  772. Anonymous

    While only a temporary resident of Sri Lanka, I have come to love this beautiful country. How can these politicians who claim to do the same stay silent while a group of its citizens set about destroying that beauty? The culture of impunity that exists in Sri Lanka must end and must end now.

  773. Kumar Manthri

    I do not condone violance in any form

  774. Dinesha deSilva Wikramanayake

    Not in my name.

  775. Daisy Smith

    This act of religious violence is certainly not in my name.

  776. Gloria Spittel

    As a child I (as I am sure many of us has) have taken part in various religious and cultural festivals,not limited to my religious belief. As an adult I look back at those times and I take pride that I have had the opportunity to be involved.

    I celebrate my multiculturalism through my nationality. I have thought that this, is what, essentially defines us as Sri Lankans. It is this, that has to be preserved and imparted to future generations. As such, the revolting acts in Dambulla are personal, they threaten a peaceful and harmonious Sri Lanka, a tolerant society and our multi-cultural heritage; it is certainly not in my name that such ridiculous displays of religious belief by those in Dambulla or of any other religion, is conducted.

    Gloria Spittel, a Sri Lankan – that to me, means I am a multi-cultured, multi-ethnic and sometimes a multi-religious individual. I would like it to remain that way.

  777. Daya Ariyawathie

    We are living in a multi ethnic country.We should respect all Religions. I regret the attack which occured at the Mosque in Dambulla.

    We condemn the physical & verbal violence too.
    Daya Ariyawathie

  778. Dhineli Perera

    Lord Buddha would be ashamed of the intolerant and violent behaviour of these so called ‘Buddhists’. It goes against everything he stood for. Completely irrational and unnecessary.

  779. Manjula Gajanayake

    Please include my name too.

  780. Sunanda Deshapriya

    ”We despise all reverences and all the objects of reverence which are outside the pale of our own list of sacred things. And yet, with strange inconsistency, we are shocked when other people despise and defile the things which are holy to us”.- Mark Twain

  781. Sanaka Samarasinha

    The Buddha would have been the first to condemn such shameful behaviour.

  782. Anonymous

    I am Sri Lankan. This violence is not in my name. Thank you for this small window of opportunity allowing for open discourse.

  783. Amanda De Silva

    This violence is definetly not in our name, and here i was thinking we live in a country with religous freedom.

  784. Sandamali Herath

    NOT IN MY NAME

  785. Chandra Vithanage

    Buddhism denounces all forms of violence. Then how come Budhhist monks resrot to violence in the name of Buddhism.

  786. Dushy Ranetunge

    Unfortunately my country is now reduced to a state where it resembles Kilinochchi prior to 2009, where a mindless band of radicals held the Tamil population as “human shields” after having intoxicated them with mindless nationalism, after having murdered the Tamil free press and marginalising any intellectual debate. They also kept Kilinochchi clean and tidy with a good road.

  787. Pradeep Amirthanayagam

    Surely not in my name .What is sad is that we continue to behave like this . When will it ever stop !

  788. eureka

    No inhumanity in my name.

  789. Angelina Senevirathne

    As a tiny island who’s coming out of the 30 years war we certainly need no more conflicts! we all raises religions must understand to focus out thought and energies to feel like one but not many different

  790. Shifan Ahmed

    I shall not be apathetic about this pathetic state of affairs in our country. I’m utterly disgusted over the actions of the mob, of which there is plenty of evidence in the form eyewitness accounts and video footage circulating in the web & I’m deeply concerned about the lack of a proper resolution so far, which has served to erode any confidence I’ve had in the State. The incident in Dambulla is most certainly NOT IN MY NAME! There are plenty of other instances of religious extremism and intolerance which have gone unnoticed because they have dealt with indifference. All this too has not been IN MY NAME. May the Dambulla incident and its continuing reportage by concerned citizens also serve to expose past injustices and contribute towards the creation of a truly multi-ethnic and multi-cultural Sri Lanka.

    I condemn the actions of Rev. Inamaluwe Sumangala and the mob,

  791. Kisara Yatiyawela

    Luther King Jr got it right when he said ” “Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people” Happy to have the opportunity to break the silence. The Dambulla debacle; definitely not in my name!

  792. Nireka W

    I am Nireka, a Sri Lankan citizen of the human race. Never in my name.
    The appalling behaviour in Dambulla violates basic human decency, the laws of our land, and the tenets of Buddhism.

  793. Frank Stephen

    Violence should not be tolerated! specially not in the name of religion! and this mindless violence was certainly not in my name.

  794. Avrille de Valliere

    These are just greedy business men, not monks. Buddhism has been turned into a disgraceful business. True buddhist monks would never dream of acting in such a manner. The Lord Buddha must be shuddering at the crimes committed in his name by such disgraceful specimens of men in orange robes.

  795. Deepthi Siriwardena

    As a practicing Buddhist, I totally condemn the irrational, uncalled for violence that happened under the guise of Buddhism – a religion that calls for non violence and cool headed rationality when dealing with all matters of life

  796. Arjuna Aluwihare

    This is, amongst other aspects, yet another example of a breakdown in law and order, and normal humanity and values. The ring leaders need to be arrested and charged forr any damage to property. This is not just a religious matter

  797. Udzi

    The structure was there for 50 years.
    Why do we want to re-locate it.
    This is not right.
    As a buddhist , I wish that all of the disgruntled monks find peace in their hearts and let go of this.
    Do not make us feel ashamed to be Buddhist.

  798. Jezima Ismail

    As Trustees of the Earth all land is sacred to us – To declare a land sacred in a spirit of violence and exclusive extremism is abhorrent and will certainly not be done in my name.

  799. JC Weliamuna

    The most deadly individual on earth is not just the fanatic or the terrorist; rather the one who cannot tolerate other devotions, faith or opinions.

  800. Pasan Kodikara

    its happy to c someone is actually talking time for a better cause.glade to be a part of it.

  801. Gilbert Abeygoonaratne

    Violence of any sort is due to ignorence. Buddhism advovctes, compassion , tollerence & respect, as does most religions .The role of Buddhist monks ,or any other not keeping to these principles deserve to be disciplined by the competent authorities.
    Error to have these robed individuals , engaged in politics,and revolts. It’s once again the result of ignorence and indifference.
    It must however be pointed out that using such incidents to create unrest by others often by exageration & ulterior motives will not bring a peaceful solutuion.
    It was not so far away that we lived as one family, lets pray that change will come and sanity prevails!!

  802. Peter Rezel

    Compassion is the essence of Buddhism. Therefore this form of expression of Buddhism can never be in my name.

  803. Minan mahroof

    Not in my name.

  804. Dushinka

    Dushinka Abayasekara. This violence is certainly not and will never be in my name.

  805. Lucia Nicholas

    Lord Buddha never teach violence against others. He taught us only peace and love. Not only in Buddhism but in all Religions teaching us the same. Religions are not to be apart it’s to be united. That everyone of us must understand.

  806. Mr. Abdul Cader Mohamed Rumaiz

    I strongly believe that, such shameful acts be tolerated. The responsible individuals should be brought to in justice. This violence was organised by some people who do not accept Sri Lanka is living with PEACE. This violence is not in my Name.

  807. Gavinda Bolonghe

    let’s not pave the way for another ethnic conflict. and we must remember that Buddha, Allah nor Jesus will cause riot for a piece of land or anything for that matter. god is within us and lets that reflect in our behavior.

  808. Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan

    I am a Buddhist, but I renounce the recent violence in Dambulla by certain members of the Buddhist clergy. This is inappropriate behaviour, not supported by the rest of the Sangha.

    The Compassionate One taught us love and tolerance, not hatred and violence.

    The violence in Dambulla is NOT in our name and neither is it in the name of the Sangha. This is a shameful, despicable act of terrorism.

  809. Newton Fernando

    By all means every human being should condemn this heinous act. This not any religion but racism.

  810. Baasim Hassan

    Everyone just want to live there life with less problems.. And religion and race is something politically driven for some individuals.. We are all Sri Lankans we just want to live in peace

  811. Georgie Porgie

    get rid of the politicians, then the country will be prosperous again.

  812. Minna Thaheer

    It is heartening to see Groundviews taking on the responsibility on behalf of the nation to inform and build awareness by making an impartial presentation of the events that surrounded the Dambulla mosque incident.

    It is gratifying to see Sinhalese take up this cause to prevent a totally unwarranted communal upheaval in the country. Yes, like how Hindus took up the case of the riots against the Muslims in Gujarat, only the Sinhalese can lead the way to peace here. Why can’t sacred sites be defined and boundaries publicised, (as we are yet to see the boundaries of sacred site in this case) without keeping it a flexible one?

    Minna Thaheer

  813. Dimuthu Meehitiya

    these evil fascist must be stopped.

  814. Chathuranga Neminda

    This is quickly becoming an epidemic along with the whole “patriotism” cloak. How soon have we forgotten the s*** that put us in this place.

  815. Richard Simon

    I’m shocked that a petition like this has taken so long to reach 1,000 signatures – even though many who have signed are only Sri Lankans, and not the Sinhalese Buddhists in whose name these shameful crimes are really being committed.

    • samwick22@yahoo.com

      What are you talking about? A clear majority of the comments here have been posted by those who identity themselves as Sinhalese Buddhists.

    • A Sri Lankan First

      only.. Sri Lankans? It is actually a strength that people identify themselves first by their nationality and less by ethnicity. It shows solidarity

  816. Rizwana Yasmin

    I am totally against religious intolerance and violence in the name of religion.Keep watch justice and equality for all. Live and let be lived.

  817. M.C.M. Iqbal

    Sri Lanka has a plural society, It is multi-racial and multi-religious. There is no room for extremists from any race or religion.
    The behaviour of the Buddhist monks at Dambulla has put us all to shame. They have also demeaned the noble precepts of Lord Buddha. The good name of all Buddhists in Sri Lanka has been tarnished by the acts of these monks. Let us all get together and see that such incidents are not repeated.

  818. Malith Mendis

    In 1983, we hung our head in shame, and saw our country descend into chaos for many years to come. We have still not achieved a durable peace. A few ruin it for the rest of us. We sit in the middle of the India Ocean and call our selves poor. We shall overcome the extremist, short-sighted few. Let us look to a modern, prosperous Sri Lanka we, all of us, can be proud of.

  819. Arjuna Mahendran

    We need to grow up fast and forget these atavistic divisions or else our children and theirs’ will curse us for letting the world pass us by leaving them trailing in the dust.

  820. Krishna Subramania

    Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic society. So we have to stop all kind of repressions against any and every religions. Instead of that we have to look for ways for a peaceful coexistence.

    Krishna Subramania

  821. I William Zartman

    The victory over LTTE was a victory over extremism. Extreme religious intolerance should not now be the policy of the government, but rather all-encompassing tolerance and participation, lest the ashes of the past rebellion burst again into flames.

  822. Mendaka Abeysekera

    Against religious extremism in Sri Lanka

  823. Nishani Karunaratne

    Not in my name.

  824. Sarala Emmanuel

    I sign because the personal is political

  825. Chandini Rajaratnam

    never ever in my name.

  826. Anonymous

    Disa & Deepa

    Not in our name

  827. Tehani

    My name is Tehani Chitty. I am neither Sinhala nor Buddhist, but I am Sri Lankan. I believe our diversity is an asset to be celebrated and not destroyed. This violence is certainly not in my name.

  828. Parveen

    Not in my name – me who lives abroad but still yearns for the Sri Lanka which I know where all communities live together in harmony.

  829. Milinda Jayatilaka

    Every person who participated in these illegal and hateful acts should be prosecuted by the State to the full extent provided by Law. It is acts such as this that will lead to a resurgence of moves for separate enclaves or even a separate state. This sort of conduct should be stopped immediately.

  830. Dr. Zulfika Ismail

    I totally agree on what stated here. I am always with who are against all forms of extremisms that are used as tool to oppress people.

  831. Patrick Olivelle

    Shameful acts in the name of religon.

  832. Nadira

    With Martin Luther King Jnr, as my inspiration I say that I have a dream, that one day my children will live in a Sri Lanka where they aren’t judged by their beliefs or their race but by their strength of character and the good they have done. The Dambulla debacle was not in my name nor in theirs!

  833. Muttukrishna Sarvananthan

    EVEN THE TAMIL TIGERS DID NOT STOOP TO SUCH A LOW LEVEL. THE LTTE NEVER HARMED THE BUDDHIST TEMPLES IN JAFFNA TOWN, NAINATHEEVU, OR ELSEWHERE.

    • Veedhur

      Oh dear! the LTTE did stoop to such level and desecrate the Mosque by shooting down muslims while praying. Bashing muslims is a common sport for both those groups.

      We could say that the {edited out] monk and the LTTE are one and the same! The danger though is that there is a significant minority in the majority and a majority in the majoritarian ruling regime who seem to side with the [edited out] monk Sumangala.

  834. Ahimza

    Please stop this madness. Religious leaders should lead by example.

  835. Maryanne Mendis

    Let us hope that the President who put an end to the war will see to it that citizens of Sri Lanka of multi religions are able to live in Peace & Harmony without creating more unrests in the country.

  836. Michael Roberts

    Thank you for your initiative — it is as pointed as vital. The extremist position of Inamaluwe Thera and his supporters cannot be considered an isolated incident; while the deafening silence of the leading members of GoSL is disturbing in its future implications.
    Inamaluwe Thera can hardly be placed in the lunatic fringe so his inititative has many potential ramifications. One is the erosion of the middle ground of politics and the promotion of extremism on all sides of Sri Lanka’s multi-cultural mosaic.

    PS: Inamaluwe was also part of the wheeler-dealing associated with Rangiri Stadium in cohorts with Thilanga Sumathipala. Here the President did step in behind the scenes and sort matters out — after prompting by some politically astute members of Sri Lanka Cricket.

  837. Indica Amarasinghe

    This discrimination and religious extremism has not been done in my name !!!! Lets Hope and Pray that all our leaders have the foresight, wisdom and mostly a backbone to manage this situation wisely.

  838. Cheran

    Yes, Not in My Name! and I support this initiative in solidarity. These events are not isolated ones. they are part of a larger but ongoing project of the Sri Lankan state.

  839. Herman Kumara

    I condemn all the inhuman actions against any religion.
    Ensure inter religious harmony in the Sri Lankan society.

  840. Godfrey Yogarajah

    This violence is not in my name

  841. Neomal de Silva

    We need a peaceful country, Stop all violence.

  842. Faaiz, Ameer M

    certainly not in our name.

  843. Priyadarshanie Ariyaratne

    Religious fundamentalism is associated with brain washing. if you victimize it would be forever. Such a person is just like a ruthless terrorist.

  844. Sureshni Peiris

    Last week’s violence was not in my name.
    Priests and mobs hooting ,threatening, shouting insults and then saying ‘sadu! sadu! all in the same breath.. ?

  845. Yamindra Watson Perera

    I sign this because I love this country, and I want all future generations, whichever religion or race they may be, to be proud to call it home. This act was shameful and disappointing. I hope the appropriate action is taken by the leadership, and that it does not get swept under the carpet. As we should know by now, extremism in all forms is a danger to the future of our country, and we need to nip this in the bud. This bigotry is not what we want our beloved country to stand for…not in my name.

  846. Hashintha Jayasinghe

    Not in my name.

  847. Rachel Perera

    Peaceful co-existence is the only way forward for
    Sri Lanka. Say “NO” to religious intolerance and extremism.

  848. Maduri Dhanapala

    This violence is not in my name.

  849. Wasaam Ismail

    Disappointing! We don’t wan’t another war in Sri Lanka.
    Such acts should be condemned and dealt with by the government!

  850. Sharanya Sekaram

    For 30 years ethnic violence tore our nation apart and raised a generation of children who now – for the first time in their lives are experiencing a peaceful Sri Lanka.

    Already the legacy that has been left to us is that of a broken nation that needs to be healed – why must be create further damage.

    “I am Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim and Burgher. I am a Buddhist, a Hindu, a follower of Islam and Christianity. I am today, and always, proudly Sri Lankan.” – Kumar Sangakkara

    How about we actually try to live by those words?

  851. Cecil Gooneratne

    I certainly condmen this violence against religious minorities. We have lived in religious harmony all these years, and this isolated incident is a blot on our whole country – the majority of whom are against this type of intolerant behaviour.

  852. V. Kailasapillai

    I am very much perturbed over the incidents at Dambulla. This type of behvior will lead to further deteriorate the amity and harmony in this multi ethnic and multireligious society. Let us avoid this type of violence and live as bothers and sisters in peace and harmony in this country.

    THIS TYPE OF VIOLENCE WAS NOT IN MY NAME.

  853. Devaka Seneviratne

    A Sri Lankan first and a Sinhalese second, this violence is definitely not in my name. How many such incidents of intolerance will succesive governments ignore in order to avoid a threat to their positions of power?

  854. Esther Surenthiraraj

    Certainly never in my name.

    • Anonymous

      Im Rimaz and im a muslim,some of my best friends who i would take a bullet for without batting an eye lid our budddhist,we our one nation without cast and creed.i dinounce this violance and shameful act affecting all Sri lankans

  855. Upeksha Deegala

    Definitely not in my name.

  856. Dr. Lalith Cahnndradasa

    lets join hands to stop this trend of ill tolerance

  857. Caroline Hargreaves

    My name is Caroline. I believe that love is the strongest energy there is. I am a citizen of the world, but Sri Lanka rests deep in my heart. This violence is definitely not in my name.

  858. Ranjini Obeyesekere

    I am and always have been, against all forms of violence — political or religious. This attack on a mosque by members of the Buddhist clergy and thugs is unacceptable and should be nationally condemned by one and all.

  859. Niyoshala Kumar

    My name is Niyoshala Kumar. My family comprises individuals from all religious faiths but that doesn’t matter to me – I am purely, a Sri Lankan. Actions such as this incident, of a few ignorant individuals who hide their ridiculous notions behind so called religious faith, make us regress as a society. The beauty of our island is our vibrant, multiethnic people – it is sad that after all we have been through as a country, history makes slow steps to repeating itself.

  860. Cynthelyn

    Against any kind of violence.

  861. Shamara Williams

    First they came for my people and now they come for the Muslims?! when is this violence, this shame going to end? When did Buddhism become anything other than a peaceful religion? Why is it only the Sri Lankan monks that act this way? They are perpetrating this extremist behaviour in their name only and the name of the government they support. They are definitely not doing this in MY name!

  862. virajith

    This seems like a reasonable initiative, but the message should spread to larger cross-section of the population. The demographic partaking in online forum discussions like this, is arguably limited to a certain socio-economic group. I propose an organised lunch/dinner/coffee situation. One of our greatest traits as Sri Lankans is how hospitable we are, why not use this to avert a potentially very serious conflict.

    If you are Buddhist;

    Find 4-5 muslim or hindu people on the road, through neighbors or even go door knocking if you have to. Most important part of this exercise is to find people from a different socio-economic backgrounds to your own. Explain to them that you would like to apologize for the actions of a few that don’t reflect the views of most.

    Invite them to dinner or lunch at your house, or buy them a meal at a kadey. Use that opportunity to explain to those people that you condemn the activities in dambulla and have nothing but compassion towards other religions (if you are an anti-theist this is going to be a bit difficult but being hypocritical in the name of peace isn’t the worst form of hypocrisy). Just hang out for a while and ask them to share a meal or a cup of tea with someone of a different faith and ask them to pass on the message.

    If you have the means and time, make your way out of Colombo to do this.

    If you are Islamic or Hindu;

    Do the same with people of differing faiths. Explain to them that you understand that these were actions of a few. If you get any inflammatory responses, avoid conflict. Maybe even avoid the topic for a little while, identify another area of mutual interest and have a conversation. Hopefully after showing that people of different faiths aren’t necessarily that different to each other, ask them would it not be good if we could all follow our different faiths and peacefully co-exist?

    Just a suggestion, this could do some good and ease the tension at the grass roots. The work you guys do is pretty impressive.

  863. Rashmira Balasuriya

    We just ended one war, there is no need to start another.
    We Sri Lankans need to respect one another, no matter what caste, creed or religion!

  864. virajith

    the suggestion earlier still needs a lot of fine tuning, but seemed at the time like a good starting point. You guys should start a facebook group or something like that encouraging this initiative.

    in relation to the people that need to be reached, ideal it should be those who don’t have alot of interaction with people from different faiths. Approaching areas with high density of a certain faith should be hihgly encouraged. Like the east to find muslim communities, i think there’s certain amount of grouping within colombo aswell. Can’t quite remember which areas…

      • Emil van der Poorten

        Virajith:
        While the principle you espouse cannot be faulted, I will fall back on an old aphorism in responding to it: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
        This is a far larger issue than can be met with the kind of initiative suggested. This is part of a larger smokescreen that has to be dealt with in the larger political arena. The current regime, through its sins of commission and now omission (not a word of condemnation of this monstrous behaviour from on high) is where change has to occur Anything less is a colossal waste of time and energy. Sanjana’s initiative in starting this web protest has to be expanded and reach as many as possible because it can and must be treated as the launching pad for much greater change at the decision-making level.
        Most important, those who believe that the status quo is unacceptable have to STAND UP AND BE COUNTED. Too many have been threatened into silence already by (very real) threats and the only way that will change is for those seeking justice, decency and honour to prove that they DO have critical mass.
        Sorry for the long diatribe, but your statement deserved that respect.
        Emil van der Poorten

  865. V Kuhan

    These anti social voices of sectarianism have no place in the world of Budhism

  866. Priyantha

    Not in my name.

  867. Channa Daswatte

    Certainly not in my name. The manipulation of space and territory in the name of any religion or community will always lead to violence as seen in our recent history. Obviously we have not learnt from all the bloodletting. And certainly not from the Lord Buddha.

  868. Gihan

    We as a nation endured 30 years of war……All communities suffered enough…….Bombs that exploded never asked the if you were a tamil, sinhalese,burgher or a muslim…….So lets not start something that can easily get out of hand and bring about another uprising against discrmination.

    We claim to be a democratic country….If so everyone should have equal rights. There should be no majority or minority…..only Sri Lankan’s.

    Its time the Leaders and politicians give voice to fairness and equality.

    WAKE UP

  869. Shyani

    This violence is certainly not in my name!

  870. Nicola Perera

    Religious extremism is the natural and inevitable corollary of the chauvinist politics and culture of post-independence SL. Remove the constitutional and state protections, which allow religious bigotry and violence to flourish.

  871. Faith Ratnayake

    Humans do not own nor did they create this earth, or universe. Conquering space? Useless if we do not conquer inner space – hatred begins in and poisons the mind, spreads uncontrolled. Solution: sincerely live your religious or philosophical teachings daily, not use them as tools to attack and destroy. Love and compassion are all that are need

  872. M.Maheswaran

    Though so many eminent personnels have lent their support, I wonder if this Governmant will ever listen.

  873. R Fernando

    Very very appalled by what is taking place in the country!
    Are we looking at another civil war?

  874. Harsha de Silva

    I saw the video footage of the incident and was appalled by the behavior of the mob. It should never have happened. If the reason for the disagreement between the temple and the mosque is a legal issue relating to its existence in that particular location it must be settled in court. However, I don’t believe what we saw is a reflection of the majority Sinhala Buddhists, but, an aberration instigated by certain people with political backing pursuing an agenda.

    I think we need to look beyond this ugly incident in a pragmatic way on how to create a peaceful and tolerant society. While we know that as an independent nation we set out to create a “multi-racial polity as a secular state on a territorial concept of citizenship” (History of Sri Lanka by K M de Silva, 1981) we also know that that ideology changed subsequently. This is what Article 9 of our current Constitution says: “The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e).” Now what does Article 10 say? It says “Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice.” And Article 14(1)(e) says that “Every citizen is entitled to the freedom, either by himself or in association with others, and either in public or in private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice or teaching”. So here we have the framework within which we need to work.

    As Sri Lankans I believe it is the duty of all of us to ensure that rights enshrined in our Constitution are guaranteed at all times, but even more importantly in this particular case, move as close as possible to what our far-thinking post-independent leaders envisaged for us which is truer now than ever before.

    Harsha de Silva, Member of Parliament

    • I wish I could share the following belief that you espouse: “I don’t believe what we saw is a reflection of the majority Sinhala Buddhists, but, an aberration instigated by certain people with political backing pursuing an agenda.”

      If your belief was founded in reality it would not have to be a belief and there would have been a massive reaction to this incident and we could then be certain that we have a polity that is committed to tolerance and the rule of law.

      The reality is clearly otherwise.

      • anonymous

        I did expect at least some section of the Buddhist clergy to react to the behaviour of the mob and particularly of the monks, I am sad to say that there was very little reaction.

      • Emil van der Poorten

        Nirmalen:
        As unpalatable as your comment might appear, it is hard, indeed, to refute it. I will be one of many who will be overjoyed IF you are proved wrong. However, as a realist, I am afraid that I am going to be disappointed as long as the present corrupt, racist regime and its apologists reign supreme!
        Emil van der Poorten

  875. K Pathmaseni

    The universal and underlining code of all religions is Peace. Ii advocates the principle that all humans irrespective of race,religion, language, big or small, rich or poor etc have the right to practise a religion they wish. The ‘Gods’ /’Deities’of the various religions are not waging war against each other.. They are happy to be side by side as seen in several examples – one of which is Kataragama etc. It is man who is warring in the name of religion. My appeal to the world is to advocate the universal principle of ‘Live and Let Live’. We all have to face the same fate at the end of our lives and we cannot escape it, irrespective of whether one is a Buddhist or Christian or Hindu or Muslim etc.etc

  876. André

    This violence is certainly not in my name!

  877. Pena Manoharan

    My name is Pena Manoharan.I am an Indian born in Srilanka and now repatriated and settled in Madurai,Tamilnadu,India.I was brought up in a Sinhala -Buddhist environment in Anuradhapura and I have visited SriMahaBodhiya and Ruwanvelisaya more than Sri Kathiresan Temple there.I am still in contact with some sinhala-buddhists friends there.This act of vandalism does not represent all sinhalese and buddhists in Srilanka.No,not in their name and my name too.

  878. Indrani Rajendran

    “The need of the moment is not one religion, but mutual respect and tolerance of the devotees of the different religions.” – Mahatma Gandhi

    Its time for each and every Sri Lankan to think and reflect about Gandi’s saying about mutual understanding and appreciation about other religions as well one’s own religion to prevent Religious conflicts in SriLanka..

  879. Ian Ferdinands

    SRI LANKA CAN…… be what we want it to be ONLY if We, the silent majority start talking and standing up for what is Right.

    Lets protest this violence now. Not for our sake but for our children and future generations.

  880. Chamila De Silva

    It is not in my name. We share this country with many people, and all of us contribute to the future of this country. No one should be denied the space to practice their religion and traditions.

  881. Thayalan Bartlett

    What shame this incident has brought upon our country. Instigated by a few who profess to be patriotic by putting the morality and dignity of our people on trial. Going by the trend of the land I am not surprised by the incident but what surprises me most is the silence of the authorities whose inaction endorses such behavior and exposes a weakness for power. Does this inaction approve Clergyman of Hindu, Christian or Islamic faith to also behave and getaway with such impudent arrogant behavior? I think not. Lets not accuse others of double standards (in judging Sri Lanka) when we fail to practice what we preach. The clergy of that ugly day have a mandate only to spread the teachings of Buddhism and not to amass land but to amass people behind a faith that preaches peace and forgiveness -that is true wealth. Ridiculing people’s ethnicity and religion will not be done in my name.

  882. Gehan Sirimanne

    We Sri Lankans have just emerged from a 30 year period of unrest and strife, to what we hoped was to be a fresh new chapter of our history.
    The opportunities to build and develop a badly bruised and battered nation were endless, given an environment of ethnic and religious harmony amongst all its people.
    Is this now not to be? Are we going to allow yet another bunch of extremists to take this last chance away from us?
    I think not. If we could have got rid of the LTTE, why not these religious bigots?!!
    NOT IN OUR NAME

  883. Kumara Badhuge

    The Buddhism that I know, I follow from my heart is based on non-violence. I have not seen in any Buddhist scripts, in which “violence” is described as the choice for problem solving.

    Further, one’s belief cannot be disturbed due to the presence of other religious institutions around oneself, as long as the belief is engraved in one’s heart and mind and he/she is following it for its intended purpose, rather than for any petty short term selfish advantages.

  884. amarcg

    My name is Amar, This is not Sri Lanka, What I have to say, I have said 34 years ago. I feel as if I am living in the middle ages in some barbaric country . My response to those who strut around saying ” Oh we have a rich heritage and a 2500 year old history and culture” is simply a blunt “YOU MUST HAVE CROSSED THE BORDER SOMEWHERE” Enough of this nonsense . Every year churches have been attacked by mobs which were led by Buddhist Monks, and authorities of this Government as well as previous regimes have done nothing. A 1000 Pirith Ceremonies nor 10,000 religious rites will not usher in peace and blessings to Sri Lanka. Only justice will do that for us. So in the name of humanity I demand that the authorities bring this “barbarians” who attack place of worship, to justice, enforce capital punishment , Fine those who even utter racist words, get rid of the devils in this country so that this country can be called ” Sri Lanka” again . Until such time we will tell our friends that we live in a small jungle among demons and vipers at the southern tip of India

  885. Buddhike Payoe

    I believe all religions have failed miserably in Sri Lanka. They have failed to fulfill their objectives of leading the people to a better life. There are unaccountable assets with religious institutions without producing an iota on benefit to the people. Sri Lanka is plagued with suicides, rape, murder,incest and child molestation. How could these happen if we are a religious nation.

    We see vast amount of people flock to religious ceremonies but how many have the basics of their beliefs in their hearts. Today we see many monks, priests and so called religious leaders carve a niche for themselves based on religious fundamentalism. They are misleading the blind believers. True leaders must teach the basics of their faith to the followers these basics do not change no matter what the circumstances.

    Sri Lanka just ended a war of three decades just three years ago and it seems to me that we cannot live without a conflict. Thanks for the opportunity to voice my opinion and I encourage all those who oppose violence to send a clear message that acts like this is done by a mere minority and the majority will not tolerate these actions.

    “ALL THAT IS NECESSARY OF THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS THAT GOOD MEN DO NOTHING” – Edmund Burke.

    The violence was not done in my name.

    Buddhike Payoe – A saddened citizen of Sri Lanka

  886. Anura Gunasekera

    The conduct of all those involved in the anti-Muslim episode at Dambulla, particularly the Buddhist priest, is both abhorrent and aberrant. The so-called sanctity of one place of worship cannot be reinforced by the destruction of a symbol of another belief. Such behaviour is a violation of the teachings of the Buddha. It is also a result of the tacit patronage extended by the state to the concept of the supremacy of Buddhism , over that of other faiths being pratised in this country. We have not learnt despite thirty years of internecine conflict , that the majority imposing its will on the minority is unsustainable in the long term. The cause of Buddhism is best served by tolerance, compassion and acceptance, as originally taught by that itinerant monk who roamed the North of India, barefoot. He would never have envisaged that his philosophy would eventually pass on to the hands of saffron – clad hoodlums, travelling in expensive vehicles and practising all known vices. It is paramount that members of all faiths, particularly Buddhists, speak out against acts of violence against other faiths, purported to protect Buddhism, which have become increasingly frequent. If decent , honourable people do not speak out and stop this type of violence , it will set off another set of conflicts in the chain of violence which has long engulfed this tragic country.

  887. Anonymous

    BERNIE DE SILVA
    Violence begets violence. If we follow the true teachings of whatever religion we follow the world would be a better place to live in. The violence in Dambulla is certainly NOT IN MY NAME

  888. S:Mahendra

    It is actually not Buddhist extremism that occured in Dambulla, but sri lankan rabid politics of the kind never seen before. The regimes agenda is somewhat coupled to these activity and therefore
    the silence from the top.

  889. Indran Amirthanayagam

    Not in my name. Never again.

  890. Sharmaine Gunaratne

    Certainly not in my name.
    Let’s not forget that this is not an isolated incident and is not the first… this has happened in the past in various parts of the country in different scale; difference is that this time it was recorded on a camera and came out in main stream media to be picked up … Swift action is needed to prevent further occurrence and to enforce the law in respect of what happened.
    Comments and views of those who write in English need to be published in Sinhala and Tamil for the general public (among whom there are groups that are easily manipulated into this type of conduct) to understand a different point of view. Regardless of whether the political leadership would understand and act upon, it is important and time to mobilize people against this dangerous trend.

  891. Enoka Fernandopulle

    I feel ashamed that I live in the same country as these aggressors and their ‘fans’. They did not act in my name – that’s for sure

  892. Vipulananda Sivakumaran

    Sri Lanka should be a secular state.

  893. Sweta Velpillay

    Definitely not in my name.

  894. Lahiru Mudalige

    I am Sri Lankan, violence is not in my name, As a TV personality I would urge all the peace living Sri Lankans to be part of this.

    We should avoid incidents like Dambulla and promote inter religious harmony among us.

    Thanks

    Lahiru Mudalige from Swarnavahini

  895. Harendra de Silva

    POWER, Violence, MONEY, corruption, Impunity and extremism (political, racial or religious) are different facets of an unique quality of Homo sapiens to justify setting up their power bases to further strengthen their greed for power!
    These revolve around the most used weapon: impunity.
    Try to work out the origins of all examples that we see, whether it be abductions, political violence, religious or racial disharmony, all have the elements of money, violence, corruption extremism to get/strengthen power through impunity!
    There will be a few people who for short term gain will support these facets but they were the same people who supported other (previously) politicians during there tenure of power! These frogs will keep on jumping sides.
    Let us stand together to raise our voices to generate an echo to precipitate an avalanche!

  896. Ann Jabbar

    I stand for Peace and Violence of any type is definitely not in my name. Let’s work towards a peaceful Sri Lanka.

  897. deshan09@yahoo.com

    How can Buddhists and Muslims reconcile in Sri Lanka over the Dambulla incident?

    “These two are fools. Which two? The one who doesn’t see his/her transgression as a transgression, and the one who doesn’t rightfully pardon another who has confessed his/her transgression. These two are fools.

    “These two are wise. Which two? The one who sees his/her transgression as a transgression, and the one who rightfully pardons another who has confessed his/her transgression. These two are wise.”

    — AN 2.21

    “It’s a cause of growth in the Dhamma and Vinaya of the noble ones when, seeing a transgression as such, one makes amends in accordance with the Dhamma and exercises restraint in the future.”

    — DN 2

    The Buddha succeeded in establishing a religion that has been a genuine force for peace and harmony, not only because of the high value he placed on these qualities but also because of the precise instructions he gave on how to achieve them through forgiveness and reconciliation. Central to these instructions is his insight that forgiveness is one thing, reconciliation is something else.

    The Pali word for forgiveness – khama – also means “the earth.” A mind like the earth is non-reactive and unperturbed. When you forgive me for harming you, you decide not to retaliate, to seek no revenge. You don’t have to like me. You simply unburden yourself of the weight of resentment and cut the cycle of retribution that would otherwise keep us ensnarled in an ugly samsaric wrestling match. This is a gift you can give us both, totally on your own, without my having to know or understand what you’ve done.

    Reconciliation — patisaraniya-kamma — means a return to amicability, and that requires more than forgiveness. It requires the reestablishing of trust. If I deny responsibility for my actions, or maintain that I did no wrong, there’s no way we can be reconciled. Similarly, if I insist that your feelings don’t matter, or that you have no right to hold me to your standards of right and wrong, you won’t trust me not to hurt you again. To regain your trust, I have to show my respect for you and for our mutual standards of what is and is not acceptable behavior; to admit that I hurt you and that I was wrong to do so; and to promise to exercise restraint in the future. At the same time, you have to inspire my trust, too, in the respectful way you conduct the process of reconciliation. Only then can our friendship regain a solid footing.

    Thus there are right and wrong ways of attempting reconciliation: those that skillfully meet these requirements for reestablishing trust, and those that don’t. To encourage right reconciliation among his followers, the Buddha formulated detailed methods for achieving it, along with a culture of values that encourages putting those methods to use.

    The methods are contained in the Pali Vinaya’s instructions for how monks should confess their offenses to one another, how they should seek reconciliation with lay people they have wronged, how they should settle protracted disputes, and how a full split in the Sangha should be healed. Although directed to monks, these instructions embody principles that apply to anyone seeking reconciliation of differences, whether personal or political.

    The first step in every case is an acknowledgement of wrongdoing. When a monk confesses an offense, such as having insulted another monk, he first admits to having said the insult. Then he agrees that the insult really was an offense. Finally, he promises to restrain himself from repeating the offense in the future. A monk seeking reconciliation with a lay person follows a similar pattern, with another monk, on friendly terms with the lay person, acting as mediator. If a dispute has broken the Sangha into factions that have both behaved in unseemly ways, then when the factions seek reconciliation they are advised first to clear the air in a procedure called “covering over with grass.” Both sides make a blanket confession of wrongdoing and a promise not to dig up each other’s minor offenses. This frees them to focus on the major wrongdoings, if any, that caused or exacerbated the dispute.

    To heal a full split in the Sangha, the two sides are instructed first to inquire into the root intentions on both sides that led to the split, for if those intentions were irredeemably malicious or dishonest, reconciliation is impossible. If the group tries to patch things up without getting to the root of the split, nothing has really been healed. Only when the root intentions have been shown to be reconcilable and the differences resolved can the Sangha perform the brief ceremony that reestablishes harmony.

    Pervading these instructions is the realization that genuine reconciliation cannot be based simply on the desire for harmony. It requires a mutual understanding of what actions served to create disharmony, and a promise to try to avoid those actions in the future. This in turn requires a clearly articulated agreement about — and commitment to — mutual standards of right and wrong. Even if the parties to a reconciliation agree to disagree, their agreement needs to distinguish between right and wrong ways of handling their differences.

    Yet right and wrong have gotten a bad rap in some circles, largely because of the ways in which we have seen right and wrong abused in our own culture — as when one person tries to impose arbitrary standards or mean-spirited punishments on others, or hypocritically demands that others obey standards that he himself does not.

    To avoid these abuses, some people have recommended living by a non-dual vision that transcends attachment to right and wrong. This vision, however, is open to abuse as well. In communities where it is espoused, irresponsible members can use the rhetoric of non-duality and non-attachment to excuse genuinely harmful behavior; their victims are left adrift, with no commonly accepted standards on which to base their appeals for redress. Even the act of forgiveness is suspect in such a context, for what right do the victims have to judge actions as requiring forgiveness or not? All too often, the victims are the ones held at fault for imposing their standards on others and not being able to rise above dualistic views.

    This means that right and wrong have not really been transcended in such a community. They’ve simply been realigned: If you can claim a non-dual perspective, you’re in the right no matter what you’ve done. If you complain about another person’s behavior, you’re in the wrong. And because this realignment is not openly acknowledged as such, it creates an atmosphere of hypocrisy in which genuine reconciliation is impossible.

    So the solution lies not in abandoning right and wrong, but in learning how to use them wisely. Thus the Buddha backed up his methods for reconciliation with a culture of values whereby right and wrong become aids rather than hindrances to reconciliation. To prevent those in the right from abusing their position, he counseled that they reflect on themselves before they accuse another of wrongdoing. The checklist of questions he recommended boils down to this:

    “Am I free from unreconciled offenses of my own?
    Am I motivated by kindness, rather than vengeance?
    Am I really clear on our mutual standards?”

    Only if they can answer “yes” to these questions should they bring up the issue. Furthermore, the Buddha recommended that they determine to speak only words that are true, timely, gentle, to the point, and prompted by kindness. Their motivation should be compassion, solicitude for the welfare of all parties involved, and the desire to see the wrong-doer rehabilitated, together with an overriding desire to hold to fair principles of right and wrong.

    To encourage a wrongdoer to see reconciliation as a winning rather than a losing proposition, the Buddha praised the honest acceptance of blame as an honorable rather than a shameful act: not just a means, but the means for progress in spiritual practice. As he told his son, Rahula, the ability to recognize one’s mistakes and admit them to others is the essential factor in achieving purity in thought, word, and deed [MN 61]. Or as he said in the Dhammapada, people who recognize their own mistakes and change their ways “illumine the world like the moon when freed from a cloud” [Dhp 173].

    In addition to providing these incentives for honestly admitting misbehavior, the Buddha blocked the paths to denial. Modern sociologists have identified five basic strategies that people use to avoid accepting blame when they’ve caused harm, and it’s noteworthy that the Pali teaching on moral responsibility serves to undercut all five. The strategies are: to deny responsibility, to deny that harm was actually done, to deny the worth of the victim, to attack the accuser, and to claim that they were acting in the service of a higher cause.

    The Pali responses to these strategies are:

    (1) We are always responsible for our conscious choices.
    (2) We should always put ourselves in the other person’s place.
    (3) All beings are worthy of respect.
    (4) We should regard those who point out our faults as if they were pointing out treasure. (Monks, in fact, are required not to show disrespect to people who criticize them, even if they don’t plan to abide by the criticism.)
    (5) There are no — repeat, no — higher purposes that excuse breaking the basic precepts of ethical behavior.

    In setting out these standards, the Buddha created a context of values that encourages both parties entering into a reconciliation to employ right speech and to engage in the honest, responsible self-reflection basic to all Dhamma practice. In this way, standards of right and wrong behavior, instead of being oppressive or petty, engender deep and long-lasting trust. In addition to creating the external harmony conducive to Dhamma practice, the process of reconciliation thus also becomes an opportunity for inner growth.

    The Buddha admitted that not all disputes can be reconciled. There are times when one or both parties are unwilling to exercise the honesty and restraint that true reconciliation requires. Even then, though, forgiveness is still an option. This is why the distinction between reconciliation and forgiveness is so important. It encourages us not to settle for mere forgiveness when the genuine healing of right reconciliation is possible; and it allows us to be generous with our forgiveness even when it is not.

  898. Happy Heathen

    Hi,

    I am Happy Heathen, a citizen of the world. (and not a celebrity or a famous person)

    The celebrated Sri Lankan scientist Sir Arthur C Clark once proclaimed “”One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.” The despicable incident at Dambulla not only validates Clark’s statement but demonstrate religion as an outdated ideology.

    It is high time that world get rid of these Bronze Age fairy tales.

    Let me finish my rant with a little challenge that I adopted from late great Christopher Hitchens….“Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a rational non-believer.”?

  899. Nirmali Jayetileke

    Not in my name-I am totally against what happened and renounce extremism and religious intollerance . All people are equal and have a right to follow and worship their Gods.

  900. Sepali Kottegoda

    For once the media was allowed to be ‘free’ to report an incident that epitomises the racism, chauvinism and intolerance of some sections of Sri Lankan society that call themselves Buddhists. These charlatans certainly do not speak for me.

  901. Rishan

    Same justice to all.
    Sri Lankan Muslims are truely Sri Lankans.

  902. nimmi harasgama

    Most definitely not in my name!
    Also I commend Guruparan Kumaravadivel in his statement here! These are the voices that we need to hear more of!

  903. m.s.m.feroze

    i dont like to remove that mosque from dambulla,,,we need peace allways in sri lanka

  904. irfan

    hi this is irfan from colombo, im totally against with sri lankan government be course of the violence n demolished the muslim masjid in dhambulla..

    thank you

  905. LEON

    Let some sanity prevail. We dont want to see another blood bath based on religious fanaticism.

  906. Mandhira de Saram

    I find this violence sickening and entirely shameful. Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural nation. Let us make every effort to uphold peace and mutual respect.

  907. Mythri

    The anti-Muslim riots of 1915, Black July, decades of post-colonial displacement, the possibility of disappearing, the denial of lives lost in a bloody war’s end: Sri Lanka is not and will never be an island of alien residents. We come from the same kernel of humanity, and history has shown us that our country will never prosper unless all–Muslims, Tamils, Burghers, Up-Country Tamils, and Sinhalas–can breathe with mutual dignity and respect. Violence should never be in someone’s name, and such bigotry will never be in mine.

  908. Vijaya Samaraweera

    We have seen eggregious behavior from Buddhist monks but this is beyond the pale.

  909. Sam

    Those of us who are Sri Lankan Buddhists (and others who are interested) should take into account the following, the Buddha’s teachings on how to reflect on our actions before committing them. Those in the mob at Dambulla should take the time out to sit down and have a good read of this sutta, letting the teachings sink into their minds. If they had taken the time to do so, I am sure they would not have done what they did, because to do so would have gone against the Buddha’s teachings. This sutta is especially beautiful as the Buddha is teaching his own son. Will someone be able to print it out and send it to the mob at Dambulla?

    ===

    Instructions to Rahula at Mango Stone

    I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Rajagaha, at the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels’ Feeding Ground.

    At that time Ven. Rahula was staying at the Mango Stone. Then the Blessed One, arising from his seclusion in the late afternoon, went to where Ven. Rahula was staying at the Mango Stone. Ven. Rahula saw him coming from afar and, on seeing him, set out a seat & water for washing the feet. The Blessed One sat down on the seat set out and, having sat down, washed his feet. Ven. Rahula, bowing down to the Blessed One, sat to one side.

    “What do you think, Rahula: What is a mirror for?”

    “For reflection, sir.”

    “In the same way, Rahula, bodily actions, verbal actions, & mental actions are to be done with repeated reflection.

    “Whenever you want to do a bodily action, you should reflect on it: ‘This bodily action I want to do — would it lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Would it be an unskillful bodily action, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it would lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both; it would be an unskillful bodily action with painful consequences, painful results, then any bodily action of that sort is absolutely unfit for you to do. But if on reflection you know that it would not cause affliction… it would be a skillful bodily action with pleasant consequences, pleasant results, then any bodily action of that sort is fit for you to do.

    “While you are doing a bodily action, you should reflect on it: ‘This bodily action I am doing — is it leading to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Is it an unskillful bodily action, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it is leading to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both… you should give it up. But if on reflection you know that it is not… you may continue with it.

    “Having done a bodily action, you should reflect on it: ‘This bodily action I have done — did it lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Was it an unskillful bodily action, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it led to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both; it was an unskillful bodily action with painful consequences, painful results, then you should confess it, reveal it, lay it open to the Teacher or to a knowledgeable companion in the holy life. Having confessed it… you should exercise restraint in the future. But if on reflection you know that it did not lead to affliction… it was a skillful bodily action with pleasant consequences, pleasant results, then you should stay mentally refreshed & joyful, training day & night in skillful mental qualities.

    “Whenever you want to do a verbal action, you should reflect on it: ‘This verbal action I want to do — would it lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Would it be an unskillful verbal action, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it would lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both; it would be an unskillful verbal action with painful consequences, painful results, then any verbal action of that sort is absolutely unfit for you to do. But if on reflection you know that it would not cause affliction… it would be a skillful verbal action with pleasant consequences, pleasant results, then any verbal action of that sort is fit for you to do.

    “While you are doing a verbal action, you should reflect on it: ‘This verbal action I am doing — is it leading to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Is it an unskillful verbal action, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it is leading to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both… you should give it up. But if on reflection you know that it is not… you may continue with it.

    “Having done a verbal action, you should reflect on it: ‘This verbal action I have done — did it lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Was it an unskillful verbal action, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it led to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both; it was an unskillful verbal action with painful consequences, painful results, then you should confess it, reveal it, lay it open to the Teacher or to a knowledgeable companion in the holy life. Having confessed it… you should exercise restraint in the future. But if on reflection you know that it did not lead to affliction… it was a skillful verbal action with pleasant consequences, pleasant results, then you should stay mentally refreshed & joyful, training day & night in skillful mental qualities.

    “Whenever you want to do a mental action, you should reflect on it: ‘This mental action I want to do — would it lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Would it be an unskillful mental action, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it would lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both; it would be an unskillful mental action with painful consequences, painful results, then any mental action of that sort is absolutely unfit for you to do. But if on reflection you know that it would not cause affliction… it would be a skillful mental action with pleasant consequences, pleasant results, then any mental action of that sort is fit for you to do.

    “While you are doing a mental action, you should reflect on it: ‘This mental action I am doing — is it leading to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Is it an unskillful mental action, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it is leading to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both… you should give it up. But if on reflection you know that it is not… you may continue with it.

    “Having done a mental action, you should reflect on it: ‘This mental action I have done — did it lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Was it an unskillful mental action, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it led to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both; it was an unskillful mental action with painful consequences, painful results, then you should feel distressed, ashamed, & disgusted with it. Feeling distressed, ashamed, & disgusted with it, you should exercise restraint in the future. But if on reflection you know that it did not lead to affliction… it was a skillful mental action with pleasant consequences, pleasant results, then you should stay mentally refreshed & joyful, training day & night in skillful mental qualities.

    “Rahula, all those brahmans & contemplatives in the course of the past who purified their bodily actions, verbal actions, & mental actions, did it through repeated reflection on their bodily actions, verbal actions, & mental actions in just this way.

    “All those brahmans & contemplatives in the course of the future who will purify their bodily actions, verbal actions, & mental actions, will do it through repeated reflection on their bodily actions, verbal actions, & mental actions in just this way.

    “All those brahmans & contemplatives at present who purify their bodily actions, verbal actions, & mental actions, do it through repeated reflection on their bodily actions, verbal actions, & mental actions in just this way.

    “Thus, Rahula, you should train yourself: ‘I will purify my bodily actions through repeated reflection. I will purify my verbal actions through repeated reflection. I will purify my mental actions through repeated reflection.’ That’s how you should train yourself.”

    That is what the Blessed One said. Gratified, Ven. Rahula delighted in the Blessed One’s words.

  910. Minoli Weeraman

    Not in my name.

  911. Miss Seema Sengupta, Independent Journalist, INDIA

    Religion resembles the colours of life. Each colour is to be viewed and enjoyed separately or else they will merge and appear black. Religion like colours should be allowed to co-exist side by side and flourish. It is only then that humanity will find the free space to bloom. This is my message and let all those who have ears listen to this call for peace and harmony.

  912. amila.media

    This land belongs to you…
    This land belongs to me…
    This land belongs to all of us to live in harmony…

  913. John Stifler

    I love your country as much as I love my own (the U.S.). In my time in Sri Lanka, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians alike have been generous, helpful and friendly to me, and I owe to all of you/them much gratitude for the blessing I’ve been able to share there.

    As you can imagine, I am sickened by the ongoing madness in the behavior of the thoughtless people who have perpetrated the violence, vandalism and obscenities in Dambulla, whether in the name of law or in the name of religious principles. These actions could never be done in the name of any viable Buddhist belief or any civil law; they are not in my name nor in the names of my Sri Lankan brothers and sisters.

    John Stifler
    Florence, Massachusetts
    Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka, 2008-2009

  914. Vickum Nawagamuwage

    Not in my name either but is this campaign going to change anything on the ground? How many in Sri Lanka has access to the internet? Less than 10%? So who is the audience of this? Gov’t does not care as they know this type of campaign does not impact its holding on the 90%.

    We need to take these messages to the masses and thats the only way we can achieve a real change. It has to come within and for that they need to be educated. I am not sure if online campaigns are useful in this regard. I dont have an answer on how we can do this but something to think about. Mobile phones? After all we have more than 100% mobile penetration….

    • Against Hypocrisy

      Vickum Nawagamuwage:
      You dead right!
      There are a few of us who have tried to deal with this question – the need for wider dissemination of dissent in a context where the vast majority are Sinhala- and Tamil-literate only – without success. If you are interested in contact with those of similar inclination, please google me and get in touch.
      Emil van der Poorten

  915. J.T

    A strong reason to make Sri Lanka a secular state and remove state sponsorship of any Religion

  916. akram

    we need freedom for following our religion,

  917. Darshi

    Condemning this act is not enough. We all must get together to prevent another conflict of any sort/kind. We should unite as human beings, nothing less, nothing more!

  918. Shalini

    I am not a Buddhist but have respected and feel I would like to say I live by Ahimsa which respects living beings as a unity.

  919. Aysha

    Hello every one!!!

    My name is Aysha , in my opinion, acts of viloence need not only be through physical damage. Its also through medias , such as social networking groups. Last week I saw so many disturbing comments about minors and ethnical groups. Its sad actually, I thought people in our country would have learnt from the war that we had for so long. People forget, that what ever race or religion we are from we are all SRI LANKANS…, if we had this faith in us, we would not have seen what we all witnessed last week.

    It was sad that social groups did not even bother to bring down these particular pages , that were targeting groups and sadly to say very racist. We complain in a white man’s world that , they are racist, have we ever stepped back a bit and observed how racist our own fellow men .

    All religions talk about peace . The issue could have been resolved with peace and harmony in a diplomatic manner, instead of the violent out-pore we all witnessed..

    We are all Sri Lankans and no one is going to steal any one heritage. We have to be tolerant to live peacefully among one another.

  920. Subhashinie Perera

    Not in my name…never

  921. Holmung P

    This is not really a religious matter! More a symptom of a greater problem- the near absolute breakdown of the rule-of-law! Can this possibly be a new brand of Buddhism that advocates mans inhumanity towards man ?! I think not.. Never in me name! Jack D

  922. SN Niles

    The perpetrators of this violence are the real traitors who betray the motherland and all it stands for. They have betrayed the Buddhism which they claim to champion. Certainly not in my name.

  923. R. Miranda

    This is not in my name, nor in the names of the majority of Sri Lankans. Let us not let politicking to win the day.

  924. Daniel Rainey

    It might seem strange that someone in the U.S., who has not, unfortunately, even visited Sri Lanka would have a comment about the religious-based violence that gave rise to “Not In Our Name.” But I’m just old fashioned enough, if that’s the right way to describe it, to think that the good and bad done for and to our brothers and sisters all over the world reflects on each of us, no matter where we happen to be geographically.

    Most major religions have at their base a core of values that suggest kindness and tolerance. History has given us all the examples we could ever want of instances in which zeal and fervor have overshadowed tolerance, leading to some of the most ghastly human-on-human violence imaginable.

    To quote a religious figure who happened to have been Roman Catholic: “Though sometimes we have the feeling that what we do just means a drop in the vast sea, the sea would be less without such a drop.”

    So, as my drop in the sea, here’s my declaration:

    My name is Daniel Rainey, and no violence, persecution, or prejudice based on any religion, occurring at any time in any place, is done in my name.

  925. vy choi

    I oppose bigotry and intolerance, and militant religious extremism in Sri Lanka, and other parts of the world.

  926. Kithsiri Withana

    The behaviour of so called ‘Buddha Putras’ who profess to uphold the principles of true Buddha Dhamma put all the Sri Lankans and other world followers of the Buddhato shame by their thuggish high handed behaviour and the spineless behaviour of the Law keepers and the political leaders. Under the prevailing circumstances the future is again threatened by a fresh set of bigots.

  927. santhan

    Any prominent Cricketers…like Muraleetharan?

  928. subair

    i am condemning this violence in dambulla mosque attack. this not following budda. buddha not said do violence. please dont continue this. sort out soon as possible. thanks

  929. Sunethra Bandaranaike

    Is this the way a Chief Priest of a historic Buddhist Temple should behave? How can a man like this so shamelessly claim to represent the teachings of the Lord Buddha. This is what all of us Sri Lankans should condemn.

  930. Aparna Balasubramaniam

    Unaddressed acts of intolerance set a dangerous precedent, and tell minority communities that they are neither respected nor welcome.

  931. Tim King

    The Tamil people do not deserve the suffering the constantly endure, the world must become brave and challenge the Rajapakse regime to end the madness or that regime will have to end very soon. The actions of the GoSL toward Tamil people are reprehensible and shameful.

  932. AGA Barrie

    Extremism of any form is not acceptable in any part of the Universe. Behavior of the monks as shown in the U-Tube video is far from what was expected of religious people. I can only pray to the Creator to guide them so that they could promote peace and harmony.

  933. Avanti Esufally

    The monks who participated in the desecration of the mosque in Dambulla insulted not just the Sinhalese people, not just all peace loving Sri Lankans but those who live in the name of Buddhism all over the world. It’s surprising that these monks are still permitted to wear the ochre robes of such a tolerant faith. Our country will never develop while extremists of this nature are allowed to get away with their heinous acts. Do they not realize that when they hurt a minority community they not only inflict pain on that community but do so much harm to our country as well?

    If our leaders are not willing to step up to the plate and guide our nation in the right direction, then it’s time that the right thinking people of Sri Lanka do. The Not in My Name initiative makes me proud to be a Sri Lankan.

  934. M.C..Spencer

    These is to be expected from people who consider them chosen like the Israelis as well as to side-track from the real issues. To enable them and their progeny to enjoy the fruits of office benefiting from the prejudiced and less discerning masses.

  935. Sam de Silva

    Where are the voices of the sensible monks? This violence is not in my name.

  936. s. Jayahan

    This a reflection of the criminalised Sri Lankan society of whch I am not part. I am glad In the future it would be worse

  937. upali aturaliya

    Very unfortunate that these episodes are happening in a country that profess to be the seat of Buddhism. And the very people the priest’s who sholud teah non violence and tolerance are playing the lead role

  938. Luxman Siriwardena

    As a Buddhist I strongly believe that no place for extremism or religious discrimination in teaching of Lord Buddha. Lets stand against any such act.

  939. ifthikarrehman

    Any person of ANY faith should NOT disrespect another faith. Islam means PEACE, just because some factions take it to a different level, and some factions have their own reasons, ALMIGHTY ALLAH’S religion still means PEACE. Just because we were born to different faiths and different countries I am also a human being with flesh and blood just like you. I can besomebodysfather/son/mother/daughter/brother/sister. do not do something to others that you would not like to happen to you. If every human lived by this rule we will all be in heaven!!!!!!!!!!!! Ameen.

  940. Mohamed Azhar

    Let we all get together to uplift our standard via mutual understanding between each other community

  941. Kumaran Nadesan

    We have already paid too heavy a price for condoning or excusing such extremism in the past. Never again should we allow for such ignorance and hatred to show itself in civil society. I condemn this act and the Elpitiya incidents and I condemn those who allowed for it to happen and worse, refuse to acknowledge it.

  942. Evangelin Shantini Ekanayake

    Yes, this is a beautiful country and my home and always will be.. but NO, I will not stay silent any more when we allow the rot of extremism to fester and grow, blinded by double standards and opportunism..its easy to pander to the populace of larger numbers..to feast off violent passions, call it patriotism, hide such hideousness under sparkling new bridges and roads, and suspect every one who raises a voice of conscience against what you do.. Mr. President these are not comments by ” foreign funded anti government NGO type” but from a woman who aches for her country, to see justice, safety, equality, for all..and to see thugs and men of violence stopped form making a mockery of pure Buddhism , and of your administration.

  943. dineli samaraweera

    Thuggery and violence in the name of Buddhism. We should all hang our heads in shame!! This is not the land that I grew up in!

  944. Ziard

    Any kind of violence against any religion should be condemned in Sri Lanka even if the minority is .2 % of the total population they should be allowed to practice any where in this soil,otherwise no one can talk about equal rights to all communities & “one nation”

  945. Dileni Gunewardena