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Not in our name, for the love of god.

May 1, 2012

There was a high table at Oxford years ago, we were passing the port to the lefI when an American professor sat to my right suddenly said to me: “Are you from Sri Lanka? Can you tell me why the hell the buddhist monks are so powerful?”

I had no idea. I still don’t, There are all sorts of theories, about how Buddhist mythology tied into Sri Lankan nationalism but come on -. Buddhism in most of the world means peace, enlightenment, calm. Occasional noble resistance to authoritian regimes. Why the hell, as this All Souls professor asked, am I from possibly the only country in the world where saffron robed monks are maniacs?

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