The Stream

The violent side of Sri Lankan Buddhism

The Stream uncovers the roots of Sri Lanka’s violent, hardline Buddhists.

On Monday, March 10 at 19:30 GMT:

Hardline Buddhist monks are targeting Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka, where the civil war’s end has spurred a new wave of sectarianism bent on preserving Sinhalese culture. Since the conflict ended nearly five years ago, groups like Bodu Bala Sena have emerged as Sri Lanka’s self-appointed watchdogs of Buddhism. At 19:30 GMT, we discuss the violent side of Sri Lankan Buddhism.

On this episode, The Stream speaks to:

Dilanthe Withanage @dilanthe
Executive member and coordinator of the Bodu Bala Sana

Mahinda Deegalle @mdeegalle
Reader in Study of Religions, Philosophies and Ethics at Bath Spa University

Palitha Kohona
Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations

Mohamed Hisham @mhmhisham
Co-spokesperson for Rally for Unity

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