This is often the 1st publication to check warfare and violence in Sri Lanka throughout the lens of cross-cultural stories on just-war culture and thought. In a learn that's textual, old and anthropological, it's argued that the continued Sinhala-Tamil clash is in genuine perform frequently justified by way of a inn to non secular tales that permit for battle whilst Buddhism is at risk. although Buddhism is often assumed to be a faith that by no means allows battle, this learn indicates another way, thereby bringing Buddhism into the moral discussion on faith and warfare. and not using a sensible attention of just-war considering in modern Sri Lanka, it's going to stay very unlikely to appreciate the facility of faith there to create either peace and warfare.
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L. Seneviratne, and Michael Roberts, the professor aligned me with this illustrious group of scholars, who, according to him, have made Sri Lankan Buddhism look bad in the eyes of the rest of the world. Of course, I was thrilled that I should be lumped together with such great scholars! At the same time, I realized the degree to which ethnicity, nationality, and religion shape opinion in Sri Lanka; thus the incident also made me aware of the lenses through which my study would be read. Though, following Gyandendra Pandey, I “remain uncomfortable about what may appear as an excessive intrusion of the author’s self,”76 in the pages that follow, I must offer my personal experiences, for they have direct bearing on this study.
D. Bandaranaike with Dutugemunu, the Buddhist hero of the Mahavamsa. e. 59 In the context of (the Sinhala and presumably Buddhist) Bandaranaike’s attempts at reconciliation with the Tamil minority, which included the “fair use” of the Tamil language, the monk’s choice of Buddhist story underscored the prime minister’s failure to protect the interests of Sinhala Buddhists. Moreover, the monk’s use of the Dutugemunu story to highlight Bandaranaike’s alleged injustices toward the Sinhalas was not unique.
116 Dutugemunu and other defenders of the dharma We meet Dutugemunu in the Mahavamsa’s first chapter, albeit ever so briefly. The next conqueror – whose career is explored in full in the Mahavamsa – is Asoka, the Indian monarch credited with uniting under his rule much of what is considered today as the Indian subcontinent. As is the case with Dutugemunu’s initial introduction, Asoka is also aligned with the Buddha. 20). 21). In this homology, Asoka is the conqueror of men; the Buddha is the conqueror of delusion, hatred, and greed – the impediments to enlightenment.