[Buddha-l] Barbaric not Buddhist

Wong Weng Fai wongwf at comp.nus.edu.sg
Mon Aug 1 00:36:14 MDT 2005

Something relevant I guess...

In the Mahavamsa, http://www.vipassana.com/resources/mahavamsa/mhv25.php
(see the last 10 or so para):

King Dutthagamani ordered the death of millions of Tamil after defeating
King Elara. When plagued with guilt, he is calmed by "arhants, fully
enlightened beings" who tell him not to worry as he only killed one and a
half beings: "The one had come unto the (three) refuges, the other had
taken unto himself the five precepts. Unbelievers and men of evil
life were the rest, not to be esteemed more than beasts."

Christian missionaries, I was told, are now using this story widely to
discredit the Buddhist sangha in Sri Lanka.

W. F. Wong

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