As a country coming out of the terror of war, we
are in a sensitive position. Terms such as reconciliation have
been tossed around so much since the end of the war by the
government and at politically convenient times by the opposition
that it truly becomes a blur about what is good for the country
and what is bad.
There are tensions between communities and in our own way we try
out best to make the right choices and the best decisions to
protect our families and our nation. But what is the right
choice and what is the best decision? It is a simple answer. We
donít have to look far but only within ourselves and at the
Dhamma that is in our hearts.
While many families are suffering without the truth about what
happened to their loved ones, as Buddhists and as Sri Lankans we
cannot stand against searching and investigating into missing
persons. This is a way of bringing families together, even if it
means to tell them that their father, mother, brother or sister
is not among the living anymore. The Office on Missing Persons
functions to investigate into missing persons cases and find the
answers to these familyís questions.
The Office for Reparations will be established to provide
support to families who are still suffering the traumatic
effects of war and conflict. It is not only about providing
money but also other forms of support such as education, heath
care, clean water facilities, support to build their
livelihoods, and even psycho-social support.
We have learned about the four sublime states of loving
kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. As a
Sinhala Buddhist we must consider how we can apply this to our
daily life. How can the Dhamma help us to make choices in a
complex political space. We must show loving kindness to those
of all races and religions. We must show compassion to victims
and those who are in pain due to the loss and tragedy of war. We
must develop sympathetic joy for those who are now free from
years of suffering. We must judge our world and make our
decisions with equanimity or a stable balance of mind,
undeterred by political manipulations.
We are a cultured nation and if we are guided by our religions
we will know that reconciliation is inherently part of our