Offensive t-shirt changed

16 January 2011 07:43 am - 35     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


An Ukrainian woman who wore a t-shirt printed with a picture of the Buddha changed her attire after being requested to do so by a monk in the Unawatuna area.  The monk had informed the tourist that it offended Buddhism. Pix by D.G.Sugathapala-Unawatuna


  Comments - 35

  • Smith Monday, 17 January 2011 03:41 PM

    You damn STUPID and ignorant!

    Rathnaweera Sunday, 16 January 2011 08:11 AM

    The Rev. Monk is very sensible. It is the best way to prevent the use of the image of Lord Buddha, than remanding these tourist who does this un intentionally.

    he acived his objective and even would have sent a strong message to people of the importance of protecting the image of the Lord Buddha.

    lankan Sunday, 16 January 2011 08:24 AM

    great move by the reverent instead of a police compliant.........very sensible sir........hats off!!!

    Ranjith Perera Monday, 17 January 2011 12:37 AM

    Its sad to see how intolerable Buddhists in our Country are.

    Where as Buddhism actually teaches calm and tolerance.

    When I talk to people from other countries about the civil war, the 1st question they ask is, isnt your country's population 70% Buddhist? and doesn't Buddhism teach not to resort violence?

    the root of all our problems is that we are not tolerant, whether its the war, or simple matters like wearing a t-shirt.
    This not only applies to buddhist, but also to people of other religions. Though I've noticed that Christians are more tolerant and forgiving.

    Let us all work towards a tolerant society

    SL lover Sunday, 16 January 2011 08:49 AM

    OK.This could have printed in Sri Lanka as he wear it during her visit.First we should punish the guy who made it for market.How ever Monks is great to deal with any despute I beleive.

    bedi Monday, 17 January 2011 01:20 AM

    we have only one religion that is buddism

    masood Sunday, 16 January 2011 09:03 AM

    I wish the Monk a long life, we should all respect all our religions. Long Live peaceful Sri Lanka !! hamdu lillahi

    bren Monday, 17 January 2011 03:11 AM

    No one said he is a god here. Even though he was a philosopher he was much more than a god, so he should be treated with utmost respect. So that’s why the action was taken properly. So its good.

    Human Sunday, 16 January 2011 10:22 AM

    "OK, if it hurts the feelings of Buddhist, the prevention of such resemblance is a must" ... But, isn't it important for those followers to know who is Buddha? Was he a living God and had he proclaimed that he is GOD and to worship him alone!!!
    I hope; I am not sentimentally hurting anyone but would like to enlighten that the ‘Buddha’ was a philosopher, not a GOD!

    legaltalk Sunday, 16 January 2011 10:24 AM

    People should be free to wear whatever they want, whenever they want. There is nothing in Buddhism which says it is an offence to wear a t-shirt with the Buddha's image on it. All other religions, notably, Hinduism and Christianity, which actually have Gods, have all sorts of merchandise printed with the image of their Gods and Saints on t-shirts and other items of clothing. You never hear the Catholic Church or Hindu Sect telling people to remove them. People wish to express their religious or cultural beliefs and values through different forms. If it is in the format of wearing clothes with their cultural and religious dieties on it, well so be it.

    I find it far more offensive to see Buddha statues being placed in every nook and corner, next to drains, garbage dumps, etc. That's offensive - but hey, if I don't like it, I just look away.

    yusuf Sunday, 16 January 2011 10:23 AM

    Whats wrong with wearing a buddah t-shirt when u find these pictures and statues in the roads and buses...

    Moron Sunday, 16 January 2011 10:30 AM

    Think before you post! If I ask whats wrong with drawing Mohamed?

    Piratheepan Sunday, 16 January 2011 10:36 AM

    Why you people object Mohammad cardoon, same thing each and every religion need to respect...

    the under taker Sunday, 16 January 2011 11:01 AM

    LEGALTALK-I agree with your comment

    mirage Sunday, 16 January 2011 11:05 AM

    well said legaltalk

    Grace Sunday, 16 January 2011 11:12 AM

    Thanks Legaltalk you spoke a mouth full, Look at the way the Buddhist monks behave and go in to politics, shameful people even vote them in. Only in Sri-Lanka this crazy behavior.

    loku podi guru Monday, 17 January 2011 10:45 AM

    Nonsense! There is no international conspiracy against Buddhism.

    Ape Rata Monday, 17 January 2011 10:45 AM

    Sure you are not a buddhist ,

    lankaman Sunday, 16 January 2011 11:32 AM

    Legaltalk: Well said man...well said

    Conga.. Sunday, 16 January 2011 11:37 AM

    Yeah.. let's the venerable monks ask the devoties to remove these Buddha statues at each junction which is a offense discreditingBuddha. the

    Gobbaya Sunday, 16 January 2011 11:45 AM

    completely agree with Legal talk. I personally don't believe this t shirt is offensive at all. People (including sri lankans) buy similar tshirts from places like Thailand all the time.
    I also feel Vesak cards are much more offensive than this tshirt.
    A completely commercialised rip off using a Buddhist holy day is much worse than a foreign visitor trying to embrace the culture of the place she visits in my humble opinion

    Siri Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:07 PM

    Doubt whether the Ukranian lady showing off Lord Buddha's image on her back is displaying love and devotion to Buddha unlike the Catholics and Hindus you talk about.. She's merely displaying her fondness for the design with stupendous naivity.

    moosa Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:11 PM

    we all are human, and physically common, dont each of us has to respect others feeling, otherwise there wont be peace on the earth. pls pls learn to respect to all the religion.

    Riyazi Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:21 PM

    Majority gave green flag for AKON, remember?

    Wimal W Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:25 PM

    This is an international conspiracy to discredit Buddhism. We must all gather and protest vehemently in front of the Ukranian embassy.

    Rilwan Mubarak Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:27 PM

    hello .. can i know more about this ?

    Jix Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:26 PM

    Very well said indeed! But it is a sensible request by the monk for the sake of the safety of the tourist herself. There is a good chance that she might be subject to harm as there are many violent simpletons out there that do not understand an aorta of Buddhist philosophy. They are however the first to violently defend their perception of it even though their actions and intentions reflect the very antitheses of what Buddhism is about.

    suresh Monday, 17 January 2011 05:07 AM

    LEGALTALK-I you said it all man!!!!!!!!

    ranjith Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:43 PM

    what is the tourist board guidelines for suitable attire
    Wake up tourist board

    Emarat Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:56 PM

    Muhammed is different issue, his face image never written since his era, how ever the buddha image was written according to buddhist and they worshiping as idol.

    SL ARMY Monday, 17 January 2011 06:26 AM

    there is at least some one who has some sence. we even have I am not sure if most people know this, Budist preist are not even supposd to touch money or even wear footware.

    mindful Monday, 17 January 2011 06:34 AM

    Live and Let Live.

    R. Wijewira Monday, 17 January 2011 06:52 AM

    Well said Tilak. This is the very few sensible comments I have read in this column. We need to work hard to eradicate this hardline attitude.

    reality Monday, 17 January 2011 08:05 AM

    but we SL have disgraced the Buddha more.talking to an MC worker recently in Dehiwela area the guy told that to prevent people from dumbing garbage everywhere, they had been instructed to put up Buddha statues at these garabage dumping sites.

    yusuf Monday, 17 January 2011 08:50 AM

    So in that case pictures of your statue shouldnt be found in buses ....PURE IGNORANCE

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