Shortly before Buddhist mobs made a deadly rampage through Muslim neighborhoods near the town of Aluthgama, Sri Lanka last month, a man with cropped hair and glasses stood before expectant crowds to deliver an explosive speech.

Video footage of the rally, called following a traffic altercation between Muslim youths and a Buddhist monk in the coastal town, captures the speaker in full flight.

In a pointed reference to the security forces stationed nearby, he declares that the Sri Lankan police and army are Sinhalese, the mostly Buddhist ethnic majority that accounts for three-quarters of the island’s 20 million people.

Then, his arm raised and his voice rising to a shriek, he issues an explicit threat to Muslims, using a derogatory term for the minority.

To roars of approval, he vows that if any Muslim, were to lay a hand on a Sinhalese–let alone a monk–that would “be the end” of all of them.

What is striking about the clip, aside from the viciousness of the rhetoric, is that the firebrand behind the microphone is dressed in the saffron robes of a Buddhist monk.

He is Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the Buddhist holy man who is the general secretary and public face of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS, also known as Buddhist Power Force).

The ultra-nationalist Sinhalese Buddhist organization has emerged as a troubling presence on the Sri Lankan political landscape in recent years, and is blamed by many for inciting the deadly violence in Aluthgama.


What happened, according to witnesses and officials, is that shortly after the speech, Buddhist mobs marched through Muslim neighborhoods, ransacking dozens of homes and shops. Three Muslim men were killed, and sixteen seriously injured in the two nights of violence that followed, police said.

One month on from the violence, described as the worst attacks on Muslims in the country in years, 135 people have been arrested, police say.

But while Gnanasara has given a statement to police about the events of the day, he has yet to face any charges. A national police spokesman said officers were still considering whether he had played a role in inciting the violence. “We need to check whether he has provoked the men by making this speech,” he said.


In an earlier statement on the BBS’s website–prompted by the cancellation of Gnanasara’s U.S. visa in the aftermath of Aluthgama–the group condemned the violence there, but acknowledged that BBS representatives had “delivered emotional speeches emphasizing the need to protect Sinhala Buddhists, who are actually a very small global minority.”


Dayan Jayatilleke, a political scientist and former Sri Lankan diplomat, referred to the group’s politics as “saffron fascism” and described it as “a wholesaler of the ideology of hate, especially Islamophobia.”

While the BBS remained a fringe movement, he said, it appeared to be gaining influence among Buddhist clergy. “(The BBS) have to be taken very seriously indeed.”


Along with their co-religionists in Myanmar–where a monk-led anti-Muslim group, the 969 Movement, has been blamed for instigating deadly clashes–Sri Lanka’s Buddhists were the subject of a recent plea from the Dalai Lama during a speech on his birthday, calling on them to desist from violence against Muslims.

How is it that Buddhist monks–exponents of a religion associated with peace and non-violence–have come to be viewed as hate merchants?

Jayatilleke said that the rise of militant Buddhism should not be surprising. There had been a “fanatical strain running through Sinhala Buddhism for years,” he said. One prime minister, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, was assassinated by a monk in 1959.


Formed in 2012, the Bodu Bala Sena was born as a vehicle to more stridently defend Sinhalese Buddhism, when Gnanasara and a fellow monk broke away from another monk-led Sinhalese nationalist party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU). Gnanasara had previously run as a political candidate for the JHU, a member of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling alliance.

Since its formation, the group has campaigned on issues including alleged poor treatment of Sri Lankan Buddhists working in the Middle East, Christian evangelization, anti-Buddhist riots in Bangladesh and hotels featuring “Buddha bars” popular with foreign tourists, often storming venues in organized “direct actions” to make its point.


But overwhelmingly its target has been Sri Lanka’s Muslim community, which accounts for about 10% of the population.

Issues raising its ire have included halal certification, the burqa, mosque construction, Islamic conversion and alleged Islamic militancy–in a country with no history of domestic Islamic extremism. So why are Muslims suddenly in the cross-hairs?

Jayatilleke said that anti-Muslim sentiment within the Buddhist clergy had only arisen since 2009, when the 25-year civil war between the government and separatist Tamil rebels ended.

“When the war was over, the Sinhalese looked around and found that while the two major communities were bashing each other, the Muslims had been at peace and had prospered,” he said. “They found more mosques, stores, better educated young Muslims–a changed profile after years of war. And they lashed out.”


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  • dd121

    The idealized notion of diversity just doesn’t work. I hope it’s a fair fight.

  • Even the buddhists hate the muslims, and rightly so! Wherever the muslims go, there’s sure to follow every form of violence, chaos, and religious fanaticism. These people upset every region, every community, every nation they set their foot in.

    When are people going to realize that muslims don’t belong anywhere other than in the middle east? They don’t belong in the West. They don’t belong in white nations. Every last of one of them should be deported and sent back to their desert hell-hole!

  • Puggg


    Is that what they’re calling common sense these days?

    • Lagerstrom

      They’ve been doing that for quite a while Puggg.

      • WR_the_realist

        Remember those “antifa” guys who hate us and always call us fascists?
        They would have you believe that every race realist wants to start a war
        and murder-six-million-Jews. They are far more pro-violence than I am,
        and are quite sympathetic to an ideology that murdered tens of millions
        of people.

  • Pro_Whitey

    These Buddhists have come to the realization that their theology is not supposed to be a suicide pact, which is what it is if they don’t resist moo-slimes. I wish Cat-licks and Prods would get the same thing through their thick skulls, especially the Pope.

    • jayvbellis

      I really hate this Muslim loving, liberation theology Pope.

      • One of my high school friends became a Protestant over that issue. It really annoyed his parents.

        • jayvbellis

          The old joke went “is the Pope Catholic”?

          With this Liberation Theology, pro Muslim Pope I would say…


          This Pope ain’t Catholic.


          That’s also why Eastern Europe is seeing a turn to Greek Orthodox faith. I’m not Catholic, wasn’t raised Catholic, but I’m even seek of seeing how PC they’re getting.

      • Cid Campeador

        He needs to return to Buenos Aires.

        • jayvbellis

          Aregentina is a good, White Western Country. He needs to be sent to Iraq, defend Christians kiss Muslim $&@ the. Get beheaded by the religion of peace.

    • Alexandra1973

      It was Augustinian monks that came up with Islam to begin with. Muhammad was their useful idiot.

      • Matt Turner

        Never heard that. Interesting. Are there any good books or articles on that subject you can recommend?

      • Katherine McChesney

        Wasn’t he married to a Catholic woman named Catherine?

    • propagandaoftruth

      The Dalai Lama has no power over these guys. That would be like the pope telling Baptists what to do. Different strain of the faith.

      Yellow fascism sounds like a great choice of societal ordering to me. Namaste, Buddhist warriors. Purify your nation!

      • Rhialto

        When His Holiness tells the faithful in Western countries to support massive Third World immigration, many Protestants are also responsive and obedient.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Islam is a religion for losers, misfits, psychopaths, retards, bums, freaks, criminals and women who are fat and ugly. There is absolutely nothing to be proud of when it comes to that religion. Islam is an embarrassment, a mark of shame.

  • APaige

    The religion of Peace is sooo horrible that Buddhist monks what to commit violence against Muslims. I say kick butt grasshopper.

  • IstvanIN


  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Time to get the popcorn……..the Mohammedans should be shown to the door by any means necessary.

    • Why is it only extremely threatening when non-blacks use the phrase “by any means necessary”?

      Ceylon is for Sinhalese Buddhists. The Hindu Tamils already have southern India. I am very glad someone else is standing up to the Mohammedan invaders. Yes, the term “Mohammedans” is insulting to them. Good. I have a book of Muslim parables, and love them, but the Buddhist parables are better:

      A young monk and an old one walk down a muddy road and pass through a village. A beautiful woman wants to cross the road, but she’s wearing a good kimono. The older monk picks her up and carries her across the morass and gently lets her down. Much later down the road, the young monk says “We are supposed to avoid women. They’re a temptation.”

      “I put her down hours ago; why are you still carrying her?”

      For the benefit of the completely stupid, it is the obsession that matters, and not the subject or object of one’s desire.

      If Islam means “submit” and Christianity means “decide”, I suspect Buddhism means “contemplate”. Zen and Nichiren are probably the best, but like Ghengis Khan, I regard it as a philosophy and not a religion. My favorite Muslim parable is “Innocent Until Proven Guilty”. While the FBI does not believe this, a man is never guilty of something he *MIGHT* do.

  • TruthBeTold

    Here’s a dirty little secret you won’t hear about.

    I don’t watch much PBS but I caught a program called ‘Secrets of the Dead; Bones of the Buddha’. The narrator give a little piece of history almost in passing.

    It turns out centuries ago, the ‘Religion of Peace’ actually entered India and tried to obliterate Buddhism and destroy Buddhist temples.

    The more you know!

    • propagandaoftruth

      Much of ancient Iran not – Zoroastrian – was Buddhist at the time of the first Muslim holocaust.

      Buddhists understand action-reaction.

  • Rhialto

    This is the way normal groups of men (not Liberal) act when their territory or status is threatened.

  • Dave West

    Wait! Non-whites being racist against others, how is all this horrible “hate” possible among the just and peaceful brown populations; only whites are capable of this!

    Oh right, it must be because the British colonizers taught them how to be racist!
    Don’t forget Europeans invented “race” to maintain their evil “power structure.”

    Remember do not question any of the above “facts,” if you do you will be promptly branded a RACIST and shunned from society like the dreadful Nazi you are!

    Just casually ignore centuries of hate between China and Japan, the feud between Sunni and Shiite muslims, caste systems in India, Arabs enslaving Blacks for 1,000 years, and tribal warfare and slavery in pre-columbian America.

  • Zimriel

    “and the pain was enough, to make a shy bald Buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder”

  • Zimriel

    The Tribe will do it too. Now, if they could just get more of their group to leave whites alone and concentrate on *these* guys . . .

  • puniselva

    Over the last two years the President has never condemned the BBS.
    What he said once was ”let me speak with them”
    As soon as they asked him to stop family planning he instantly gave orders to stop permanent sterilisation that was mostly offered to parents with more than 2/3 children.

  • puniselva

    CEYLON : A DIVIDED NATION, B H Farmer(1963): ”…… The truth, unpalatable though it may be to some, is simply that nobody unacceptable to the present second wave of resurgent, Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism has any chance of constitutional power in contemporary Ceylon. The failure of the parties of the Left to make headway in the last two elections (in April and July 1960), for example, is not really due, outside the towns, to the resolution of issues along Left versus Right lines, as was so persistently reported in the British Press; it was simply that the two principal parties concerned had stood for a non-communal policy and, in fact, for parity on the language issue. Similarly whatever Dudley Senanayake and the wiser among the present leaders of the revived U.N.P. may privately feel about the need for national unity, they cannot hope for electoral success in rural Sinhalese areas unless they appear to stand for Buddhism, and for Sinhalese-only. The U.N.P., in fact opposed the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam pact, largely on the grounds that it would have prevented colonisation by Sinhalese in Tamil areas. Christians in the Cabinet, like Felix Dias Bandaranaike, have to prove themselves more Buddhist than the Buddhists. And meanwhile members of minorities, whether caste, communal or religious minorities, feel insecure. There is always the possibility that worsening economic conditions may bring the temperature to the boil again-of its own accord or because politicians feel the need to divert attention from the plight of the poor of all kinds. …..”

  • In Japan in the late 1500s, Buddhists fought each other like cats and dogs.

  • puniselva

    A Buddhist monk assassinated the then-Prime Minister in 1959 for trying to give them minimum concessions to ethnic minorities.
    Some Buddhist monks have been opposed to any devolution of power to the ethnic minorities in the last six decades.

    • My wife’s great-grandfather ran his airplane into an aircraft carrier. He was a Buddhist.

      • Kit Ingoldby

        Not Shinto?

        I had heard that a branch of Zen Buddhism had become seriously militaristic but I was under the impression that it was still Shinto that was the strongest force driving the military and the kamikaze tactics.

        • Rhialto

          FWIW, Mas Oyama, a great Japanese martial arts expert, stated that his psychology/philosophy is an eclectic blend of Zen Buddhism and Shinto.

          • Kit Ingoldby

            Interesting, although Mas Oyama does seem to have been a somewhat unusual and eccentric character.

  • My wife is Zen. It isn’t a cult.

    • Lt. Greyman, NVA

      “Influence on the warrior cult of the samurai”.

      Is your wife a Samurai? If she is, then it (Japanese Zen) had influence. He didn’t say Japanese Zen was a cult.

      Is she a slant eye?

  • Kit Ingoldby

    No one can live with muslims. Even the muslims can’t live with musims. They are either fighting other peoples, or when they run out of other peoples, they are fighting themselves.

    These Buddhists haven’t been infected by the self loathing of the Western Liberal/Leftists and are behaving in a completely rational way to the presence of an extremely aggressive and dangerous creed.

    Huge areas of Central Asia were once Buddhist, Afghanistan was once Buddhist. The Buddhists know very well what happens when islam arrives.

  • Kit Ingoldby

    Those ‘minorities’ have other countries which are their homelands. The Sinhalese only have Sri Lanka. They have the right to defend it and their people against ‘minorities’ that try to break Sri Lanka apart.

  • Mahound

    Islam has no place in Sri Lanka.

  • jayvbellis

    Islam is a religion of peace…

    And anyone who says, writes or even thinks Islam might not be a religion of peace , well that person should be tortured, beheaded and it will all be his and our fault for insulting Islam.

    Besides everything is about economics anyway Ron Paul and Rand Paul say so.

  • Lt. Greyman, NVA

    You know you have lost when even the Buddhists turn against you.

  • Lt. Greyman, NVA

    Beautifully put, Oscar. Wish more people could see as clearly.


    The Asians will fight Muslims because they don’t have white guilt, unlike so many whites nowadays. Our guilt and naive thinking and fear of being called a ‘racist’ is destroying us as a race.

    • Buddhist Burmese have also made no secret of wanting Muzzies out of their country. It seems reasonable to me; south Asia already has Pakistan and Bangladesh, after all. What Muslims do when they have the upper hand was demonstrated in 2001 when the Taliban destroyed 1500 year-old Buddhist statues – a World Heritage Site – in Afghanistan as “idolatrous”. That’s akin to an even more politically correct government than the one we currently have dynamiting Monticello because Thomas Jefferson owned slaves.


    Our white race needs to learn from this as well.

  • I’ll side with the folks who won’t demand that I convert or die.

  • Cid Campeador

    The “Muslimin” need a dose of their own medicine.