Author Archive for Buddhism

Observing the First Precept

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

by  Professor Mahinda Palihawadana I think I was asked to take part in this discussion1 because I am a vegetarian and a Buddhist as well. If that is so, the impression probably was that I am a vegetarian because I am Buddhist and that in my opinion I have to be vegetarian in order to […]

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The Greatest Crime of Islam – Destruction of world largest Ancient Academic institution

Monday, April 17th, 2017

ShankhNaad The greatest Crime islam committed in its whole history was the destruction of Nalanda, the world’s first University the seat of learning and wisdom, the birthplace of Wisdom and Philosophy the womb of Buddhism the fruit of culture and progressive thought and the pride of mankind east or west. Where great souls like Buddha, […]

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Differences between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism

Monday, April 17th, 2017

www.biographyonline.net Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism share the same core beliefs and devotion to the life and teaching of Buddha but they do have some differences. Mahayana Buddhists believe that enlightenment can be attained in a single lifetime, and that one can guide and teach the doctrine to others while still on the course for […]

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BODU BALA SENA – A NEW BUDDHIST MOVEMENT IN SRI LANKA

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Writes Ram Madhav Courtesy  samvada.org “During this period, the majority Sinhalese had grown by 38 per cent (from 10,979,400 to 15,873,800); Sri Lankan Tamils by 20.3 per cent (from 1,886,900 to 2,270,900) and the Indian Origin Tamils by 2.8 per cent (from 812,700 to 842,300). But the Muslims grew by 78.6 per cent (from 1,046,900 to […]

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The Dangers of Multi –culturalising and downsizing Vesak – the pre-eminent Buddhist Festival in Sri Lanka

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Senaka Weeraratna    Throughout Sri Lanka’s Buddhist History lasting for over 2300 years Vesak has been an exclusive Buddhist Festival with only Buddhist symbols and decorations been displayed to mark the most important occasion in the Buddhist calendar. Even at worst of times during colonial rule under three Christian powers, this festive day for Buddhists […]

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A Painting on the Opening of the Paththirippuwa (The Octagon) | Sri Dalada Maligawa in 1802

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Dharma Voices for Animals Colombo Sri Lanka Chapter This work in progress painting by Ms. Avanti Karunaratna is expected to be finished in early May, 2017 and will be displayed to the public in time for the celebration of Vesak and holding of the UN Day of 2017 Conference in Colombo. The Paththirippuwa, which is […]

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THE PRESENT WORLD ECONOMY IS ANTI HUMAN – TIME TO RE-THINK – A Sri Lankan Buddhist perspective

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Janaka Goonetilleke Ayn Rand called her philosophy “Objectivism”, describing its essence as “the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. When Vasgo De Gama Invaded the spice market of Calicut and […]

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Sri Lankan Lawyer pleads for Animal Rights

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Senaka Weeraratna Colombo: The election for the 24th President of the Bar Association takes place on February 21, 2017 . Three candidates have presented nominations for the post of the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), namely Anura B. Maddegoda, U.R. de Silva and R. Thangaraja. They have distributed their election manifesto […]

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The Voices of threatened Buddhists must be heard at the UN Day of Vesak 2017 Conference

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

by Senaka Weeraratna Of all the international Buddhist Conferences held in Sri Lanka the one that stands out clearly above the rest is the Conference held in 1950, particularly because it led to the formation of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB). There was a huge need then for unity of all Buddhist schools and Dr. […]

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BODU BALA SENA – A NEW BUDDHIST MOVEMENT IN SRI LANKA:

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

By Ram Madhav, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sah Sampark Pramukh Courtesy  SAMVDA New Delhi March 28: Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) – a Buddhist organisation many wish to call as Right or Ultra Right – is a new phenomenon in Sri Lanka. One may prefer to brand them in any manner one would like to. But the fact […]

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උතුරේ බුදු පිළිම මට්‌ටු කරමින් ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවෙන් බුද්ධ ශාසනය හෙට්‌ටු කිරීම

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

රියර් අද්මිරාල් (ආචාර්ය) සරත් වීරසේකර සභාපති ජාතික රණවිරු එකමුතුව අපේ රට සිංහල බෞද්ධ රටක්‌ යෑයි කීමට අද බොහෝ දෙනා මැලි වෙති. බිය වෙති. එසේ පැවසීමම ජාතිවාදය ඇවිස්‌සීමකැයි සමහරු සිතති. අද “ජාතිවාදය” නමැති වචනයද විලාසිතාවක්‌ සේ භාවිත කරනු පෙනේ. “සිංහලයා” ගැන හෝ “සිංහල බෞද්ධකම” ගැන හෝ කතා කළ විගසම ඔහු හෝ ඇය ජාතිවාදියකු ලෙස හංවඩු ගසයි. […]

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බෞද්ධ පුදබිම් වල වන සිදුවන මුස්ලිම් ආක්රමණය

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Ven. Medille Pagngnaloka Thero මුස්ලිම් අන්තවාදීන් විසින් මේ සිංහල රට ආක‍්‍රමණය කිරීමට සියලු සැලසුම් හදාගෙන අවසානය. ඒ සදහා ඔවුන් දවසෙන් දවස ක‍්‍රියාත්මක වන්නේ ඉතා සියම් අන්දමින් දෙස් විදෙස් සහය ඉතා ඉහළින් ලබා ගනිමිනි. ජනගහනයෙන් ආර්ථිකයෙන් භූමියෙන් මේ ආදි සෑම ක‍්‍රමෝපායකින්ම මෘදු ආක‍්‍රමණයක් සිදු කරමින් අනික් පැත්තෙන් සිංහලයාගේ මෙන්ම බෞද්ධයාගේ අවනතිය උදෙසා කළ හැකි සියලුම අන්දමේ […]

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One way ticket to frustration, chaos and turmoil

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

By Senaka Weeraratna Courtesy The Daily Mirror 2017-01-25 Secularism has become the buzz word for all those who wish to drive out Buddhism from public life in Sri Lanka, both overtly and covertly. When we refer to secularism we must be in a position to distinguish it from pseudo-secularism. What is practised in a large majority […]

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Recommendations in sub-committee reports pose threats to Buddhism

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror Ven. Medagama Dhammananda Thera, the Lekhakadhikari (Chief Secretary) of the Asgiriya Chapter, speaks about the Constitution-making process and the elements to be considered in this case. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the Ven. Thera says the foremost status is historically-bestowed upon Buddhism in Sri  Lanka. Excerpts […]

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Muslim boy ordained at Dimbulagala

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror For the first time in the history of the Dimbulagala Forest Monastery, a seven-year-old Muslim boy has been ordained, said Chief Incumbent Millane Siriyalankara Thera. The Thera said the mother of the boy was abroad and his father Hameed Ismail had brought him to the monastery. He had been ordained as […]

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Pseudo – secular countries want Sri Lanka to be secular

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Senaka Weeraratna Secularism has become the Buzz word for all those who wish to marginalize Buddhism from public life, both overtly and covertly. When we refer to secularism we must be in a position to distinguish it from Pseudo secularism. What is practiced in a large majority of countries in the name of secularism is […]

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Official recognition of Buddhism in non-Buddhist countries

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

By Seneka Weeraratna This is an edited version of an address delivered by Senaka Weeraratna, Hony. Secretary of the German Dharmaduta Society, on September 28, 2016 in support of his resolution entitled ‘Recognition of Buddhism as an official religion in non – Buddhist countries’ at the First Plenary Session of the 28th General Conference of […]

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If Vesak can be meat free, why can’t Christmas?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Senaka Weeraratna Chapter Leader Dharma Voices for Animals, Colombo, Sri Lanka Chapter Christmas is meant to be the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united. Is Christmas truly the season of joy for all? Does gift – giving during Christmas cover all forms of life? These are valid questions, morally speaking. […]

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The anti-Buddhist crusade of Sri Lanka’s media

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Senaka Weeraratna The Lake House Newspaper group was established by a well-known Buddhist, D.R. Wijewardena. But recently under government control, it has been hijacked by anti Buddhist forces. The state owned flagship press Lake House acting as the spokesperson for the Government engages in a well-orchestrated campaign against the dominant religio-cultural base of the society. […]

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IMMEDIATE DETERRENT ACTION NEEDED TO ERADICATE INTER-COMMUNITY VIOLENCE

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Governing Council National Peace Council  After a two year lull that followed replacement of the former government through the electoral process, public manifestations of inter community tension have increased in recent months.  There are indications of political maneuvering behind these efforts to disturb the peace in the country and to bring ethno-religious nationalism to the […]

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Anti-Buddhist Media and Myanmar: Complex Regional and Historical Dynamics

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The mass media in both the West and Islamic world needs to find space in order to simplify hatred. It matters not if turning a blind eye to Sunni Takfiri massacres in Syria and the nations that are endorsing this, nor that in Myanmar’s recent history […]

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රට දැය සුරැකීමේ අධිෂ්ඨාන පූජාව

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය ඉල් මස 20 වැනි දා සවස පැපිලියාන ප‍්‍රදේශවාසීන් දෙසීය දෙනෙක් පමණ ශී‍්‍ර සුනේත‍්‍රා දේවී පිරිවෙනට එක් රැස් වී පූජ්‍ය මහාචාර්ය මැදගොඩ අභයතිස්ස නායක ස්වාමීන්වහන්සේගේ අනුශාසකත්වයෙන් ද අනගාරික ධර්මසේකර තුමාගේ මග පෙන්වීමෙන් ද දෑ දම් රක්නෝ සංවිධානයේ සහායෙන් ද අධිෂ්ඨාන පූජාවක් පැවැත් වූහ.  ඔවුන්ගේ ඒකායන අදිටන වූයේ අප රණ විරුවන් ඇස් ඉස් මස් ලේ […]

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Adhishtana Pooja (Offering of Resolve) for the the protection of the country and the Nation

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

PRESS RELEASE Around 200 residents around Pepiliyana, gathered at the Sri Sunethra Devi Pirivena and held an Adhishtana Pooja under the patronage of Venerable Prof. Medagoda Abayathissa Nayaka Thero with guidance from Anagarika Dharmasekara and assistance from De Dham Rakno, on the evening of 20th November.  Their sole resolve was to ensure, that this unitary […]

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Holiday resort not within Sri Pada area

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Adaderana A holiday resort would be built in a private land near the Sri Pada sacred area but not within its precincts, officials and Buddhist clergy yesterday confirmed. Speaking to the media, Secretary of the Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha and Chief Incumbent of the Sri Padastana and Pelmadulla Rajamaha Vihara said permission had been granted to […]

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Book Launch by British Tamils Forum in association with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Mahinda Gunasekera By Email 84 Tambrook Drive Agincourt, Ontario M1W 3L9, Canada October 27, 2016 Hon. James Berry, MP Chair and Registered Contact All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils Copies to: Officers of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils Dear Sir, Book Launch by British Tamils Forum in association with the All Party Parliamentary […]

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Deepavali is a meatless festival but leading Hotels in Sri Lanka offer meat distorting the purity of the occasion

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) Colombo Chapter, Sri Lanka  Deepavali (or Diwali) is a national holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Guyana and many other countries. The festival signifies the triumph of good over evil. It is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities […]

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World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) urged to campaign for Official Recognition of Buddhism in non – Buddhist countries

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Senaka Weeraratna This is an expanded version of an address delivered by Mr. Senaka Weeraratna, Hony. Secretary of the German Dharmaduta Society, on Sept. 28, 2016 in support of his Resolution entitled ‘Recognition of Buddhism as an official religion in non – Buddhist countries’ at the First Plenary Session of the 28th General Conference of […]

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LATEST UN ATTACK ON ARTICLE 9 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SRI LANKA WHICH GIVES BUDDHISM ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE AMONG RELIGIONS

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Courtesy:  Ceylon Today The visiting Independent Expert on Minority Issues of the Human Rights Council Rita Izsak-Ndiaye noted that despite there being a semblance of peaceful coexistence between different religious groups, there are challenges in relation to minority religious groups who face difficulties in constructing certain new places of worship and […]

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The Buddhist Channel – 15 years of Buddhist news service

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Editorial by Kooi Fong Lim, Founder of Buddhist Channel, October 10, 2016 http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=6,12976,0,0,1,0#.V_rE9OV96JA Petaling Jaya, Malaysia – We will be fifteen years old on October 10, 2016. It is hard to believe that 15 years ago, we started this platform on the heels of the Bamiyan Buddha destruction. I remember clearly that day on February 2001, […]

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Buddhist Animal Rights Conference adopts Resolution calling on Govt. of Sri Lanka to enact the Animal Welfare Bill

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

The world’s first Buddhist animal rights conference The first Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference co-hosted by Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) and Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) was held successfully at Hotel Skypark Kingstown, Dongdaemun in Seoul, South Korea on Friday September 30, 2016 immediately after the conclusion of the 28th General Conference […]

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