Gnanasara Thera Takes On Dalai Lama

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara thera has made a statement to media expressing his displeasure towards the Dalai Lama’s request from the Sri Lankan Buddhist community to stop contributing towards extremism.

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Talking to media Gnanasara thera said that the Dalai Lama was ignorant of the real situation in Sri Lanka and accused Dalai Lama of being a victim of ‘Islamist extremist propoganda’. Adding to that the BBS general secretary requested Dalai Lama to refrain from making ‘blind statements’ to International media.

A few weeks after the Aluthgama violence Dalai Lama made a statement urging the Sri Lankan community not to embrace extremism and to practice proper Buddhism. He expressed his concern over the Aluthgama incident and said that “these acts cannot be justified as acts of patriotism but as acts of violence.”

Making his reply to Dalai Lama’s request, Gnanasara thera told media, "We don't accept the Dalai Lama as a world leader of Buddhists. He is a creation of the West. For them, he is to Buddhists what the Pope is to Catholics, but not for us."

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