Author Archive for Buddhism

Dr. P G Punchihewa on Sinhala Buddhagama

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

By Gamini Seneviratne Courtesy The Island Dr. P. G. Punchihewa’s essay on Sinhala Buddhagama comes at the end of his account of Arahant Mahinda’s legacy to the people of this country, – an island named Sinhale or Lanka. It was from here that the Buddha dhamma, as explained by the Arahant and his associate bhikkus, […]

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Christianity Takes Mongolia by Storm

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Journeyman Pictures From Genghis to God (2002): Instigated by missionaries and propagated by a Christian TV channel, Christianity is a growing religion in Mongolia where the traditional faith is Buddhism. Subscribe to Journeyman here: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… In the heart of the Mongolian grasslands, a nomadic tribeswoman gives thanks for the preservation of her flock. While she […]

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Challenges confronting Buddhists in Asia, with special reference to South Asia and South-East Asia

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Shridhar Prabhu  Advocate, Bengaluru, India (Speech delivered by Mr. Shridhar Prabhu, Advocate, at the Ariyapala Hall, All Ceylon Buddhist Congress on December 29, 2017) Venerable Dhamma Teachers, Respected Dr. (Mrs.) Anula and Dr. Ajita Wijesundere and all other Office bearers of the National Joint Committee, Respected Mr. Jagath Sumathipala, Hon’ble Vice President of World Fellowship […]

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Indo – Sri Lanka Buddhist Network Initiated

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

By Senaka Weeraratna A group of pro-active Indian and Sri Lankan Buddhists drawn from leading Buddhist organizations had a series of discussions on the sidelines of the World Buddhist Assembly gathering in Bangkok, Thailand (May 21 – 25, 2012) and decided to establish an ‘Indo – Sri Lanka Buddhist Network’ to pursue a number of […]

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දර්ශණීය පහන් කූඩුව සමඟින් නාවලකන්ද වෙසක් පිංකම් මාලාව

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න සභාපති සමනල යෞවන සමාජය නාවලකන්ද ශ්‍රී බුද්ධ වර්ෂ 2563 ක් වූ වෙසක් පුර පසළොස්වක පොහෝ දිනය නිමිති කොට ගනිමින් කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ වලල්ලාවිට ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාශයට අයත්  නාවලකන්ද ගම්මානයේ ගම්වාසීන්ගේ දායකත්වයෙන් නාවලකන්ද  සමනල යෞවන සමාජය හා රන්තරු ළමා සමාජයෙහි මූලිකත්වයෙන්  වෙසක් පිංකම් මාලාවක් සංවිධානය කරමින් බුදුන් වහන්සේගේ තෙමගුල උත්සවත්ශ්‍රීයෙන් සැමරීමට පියවර ගෙන තිබුණි. ඉදිවෙමින් […]

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Mindful Listening:

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Sunil Wimalawansa (Professor of Medicine)  Please find the following two URLs that leads to three connected articles:   1st  –  Hearing and Defective Hearing;” 2nd – Listening is an Art and a Skill that Should be Developed;” 3rd –  Mindful listening – A Key to Success;” https://www.facebook.com/sunil.jayalath.9    or via, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mindful-listening-key-success-wimalawansa-md-phd-dsc-executive-mba/?published=t Planning to upload the last one in […]

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ත්‍රිපිටකය විකෘති කරන ඊනියා සංදේශනා

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්ය මාවතගම පේමානන්ද හිමි ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ මහාචාර්ය ඊ. ඒ. වික්‍රමසිංහ පීඨාධිපති (භාෂා අධ්‍යයන පීඨය) ශ්‍රී ලංකා බෞද්ධ හා පාලි විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය බුදුදහම තම තම නැණ පමණින් නන් අයුරින් දෙසන, ලියන පිරිස්‌ මේ රටේ බිහි වූයේ අද ඊයේ නො වේ. පිරිසිදු ථෙරවාද බුදුදහම අපිරිසිදු කරමින් ලියූ සහ දෙසූ එම පිරිස්‌ එය තම බඩ වඩා ගැනීමේ මාර්ගය ලෙස […]

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ධර්මය විකෘති කරන්නෝ 2 – මීවනපලානේ සිරිධම්මාලන්කාර

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

adhimanasika **********බුදු දහම බාහිරින් තර්ක කර විනාශ කල නොහැකි නිසා මේ වන විට ශාසනයට ඇතුළු වී ශාසනය තුල ඉදිමින්ම ධර්මය විකෘති කරමින්බුදු දහම විනාශ කිරීම ආරම්භ වී ඇත. එසේ කරන මාර පුත්‍රයන්ගේ ප්‍රධානම අවිය වන්නේ ඔබගේ ධර්ම දැනුමක් නැති කම පාලි දැනුමක් නැති කම හා භාවනා දියුණුවක් නැති කමයිසිංහල බෞද්ධයනිඅද සිටම පාලි ඉගෙනගනිමටත් ත්‍රිපිටකය පරිශීලනය කිරීමටත් […]

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History of Tibetan influence on Chinese politics

Monday, April 8th, 2019

By P.K.Balachandran/Ceylon Today Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Relations between Tibet and the rest of China to back to ancient times. Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhism had influenced the beliefs, political systems and art forms of several Chinese dynasties. Karl Debreczeny, author of Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism (The University of Washington Press) says that from […]

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‘Tripitakabhivandana’ celebration in Geneva highlights ‘Tripitaka’ as a shared global intellectual treasure

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Geneva An interactive scholarly discussion on the significance of the Tripitaka as a world heritage took place at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, continuing the week-long celebrations-‘Tripitakabivandana‘. The event was also intended to raise awareness among States that follow the Buddhist traditions, […]

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මීවනපලානේ හිමියන්ගේ පිවිතුරු සිරි සද්ධර්මය බුද්ධාගම ද? බුද්ධ ධර්මය ද?

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්ය  මාවතගම පේමානන්ද හිමි,  ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ මහාචාර්ය ඊ. ඒ. වික්‍රමසිංහ  ශ්‍රී ලංකා බෞද්ධ හා පාලි විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින නිවන් අවබෝධ කර ගැනීමට උපකාරී වන එකම දහම බුදුරජාණන් වහන්සේ විසින් දේශනා කොට වදාළ ශ්‍රී සද්ධර්මය බව සැබැවි. එය වසර දෙදහස්‌ හයසියයකටත් අධික කාලයක්‌ ලොව පුරා පැවති සහ දැනටත් පවතින අනාගතයට ද වලංගු වන ඒකායන ධර්ම […]

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Urban Buddhist monk with a heart for kindness

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

BY MAJORIE CHIEW Courtesy Star2 Bhante Saranapala has a bigger dream. He said: One day, I hope there will be United Kindful Nations (something like a United Nations).” Photo: The Star/ Chan Tak KongPEOPLEHomePeople Four years ago, a Facebook post of a group of Canadian police officers sitting in a lotus position, alongside a Buddhist […]

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Mahamewnawa Meditation Centre Thripitakabhivandana Week in US draws to a close upon completion of week – long celebrations at Sri Lankan Temples in Washington DC and Maryland

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC The Thripitakabhivandana Week in the US that continued  from 16th – 24th March 2019 under the patronage of four Sri Lankan Buddhist Temples in Washington and Maryland came to a close with the completion of religious events at Nisala Arana Buddhist Monastery and Mahamewnawa Meditation Center in Maryland  on […]

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Thripitakabhivandana Week commences in the US with religious events at Washington Buddhist Vihara and Maryland Buddhist Temple

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC In keeping with President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to declare the Thripitakabhivandana Week from 16th – 23rd March 2019 to mark the declaration of the Theravada Thripitaka as a national and world heritage, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC, under the patronage of four Buddhist temples in Washington DC and […]

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Exploring quantum mechanics and confirming the true meaning of Buddhism–Mr. Zhiyu: the change of birth and death of electronic mechanics, echoing the scriptures of the Diamond Sutra

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Courtesy Buddhistdoor On the 9th of March, Fo Guang Shan Jin Guangming Temple held a lucky lecture on the eight-pass fasting and human Buddhism, and invited the Master of the Faculty of the Faculty of Buddhism and the Ministry of Education to teach “quantum mechanics and emptiness.” Despite the continuous rain and cold weather, the scene […]

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The Buddha’s ‘Anatta’ doctrine and mathematical thinking

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Bodhi  Dhanapala,  Quebec, Canada. The Island newspaper has published several accounts of the Anatta doctrine by a number of writers, including Dr. Carlo Fonseka, an ex-Marxist free thinker who has an excellent  grasp of  Buddhism, as well as Dr. Upul Wijayawardena, an ex-cardiac surgeon with a deep critical mind. The learned Bhanthe Dhammika from Australia […]

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Dagoba in the `Bush Capital’ Australia

Monday, March 11th, 2019

By Panduka Senanayake A milk white dome with a long conical object pointing skyward from its apex sits partly hidden from view amidst trees and buildings in a dip beside a junction of two main arterial roads, the  Athlon and Drakeford Drives at Tuggeranong in the Australian `Bush Capital’ of Canberra. Unique to Canberra it […]

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දඹදිව සිට බලංගොඩට පූජාවස්තු වැඩමකිරීම

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

බලංගොඩ  නළුවෙල ශ්‍රී  ප්‍රියදර්ශනාරාම මහ විහාරයේ අභිනවයෙන් ඉදිකළ චෛත්‍යයේ  තැන්පත් කිරිම සදහා දඹදිව බුද්ධගයාවෙන් සහ ඉසිපතන මිගදායෙන් පූජාවස්තුන් මෙම මස 10වෙනි දින ශ්‍රී  ලංකාවට වැඩම කෙරේ. බෝසතාණන්  වහන්සේ බුද්ධත්වයට පත් බුද්ධගයාවේ වජ්‍රාසනය මත පිහිටි බුද්ධ ප්‍රතිමාවට පැළදවු රන් සළුවක් හා පූජාවස්තු මෙන්ම බුදුරදුන් ප්‍රථම ධර්ම  දේශනාව පැවැත්වු ඉසිපතන මිගදායෙන් ලබාගත් පුජා වස්තුන් 10 වෙනි දින […]

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Public Seminar on the Kandyan Convention of 1815

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Public Seminar on the Kandyan Convention of 1815 March 09, 2019 ( Saturday) Venue: University of Peradeniya, Arts Theatre, Galaha Road, Peradeniya Tentative Programme 8.15 am – Registration 8.45 am – Inauguration Introduction and objectives: Dr. C.M. Madduma Bandara, Emeritus Professor, University of Peradeniya Speakers & Panelists Dr. Palitha Kohona, Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative […]

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Consumerism and Proselytism threatening Buddhism in Asia

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Lotus News Feature By Natcha Lim BANGKOK (IDN) – Buddhist scholars attending the 1st Makhapuja International Conference on ‘The Future of Buddhism in Asia’ have warned that consumerist trends within the monastic order and aggressive proselytism by Islamic and Christian groups are a threat to the future of Buddhism in Asia. Governments in the region lack adequate […]

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India’s Bid to Promote ‘Buddhist Tourism’ Encounters Hurdles

Monday, March 4th, 2019

By Kalinga Seneviratne BODHGAYA (IDN) – In recent years the Indian government has been promoting the concept of a ‘Buddhist Tourism Circuit’ (BTC) with Bodhgaya – the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment under a Bo-Tree – as its centrepiece. Yet, with less than 1 percent of India’s population Buddhist today, lack of Buddhist communities around […]

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ඒ භාග්‍යවතුන්ගේ 44 වන ජන්ම දින සැමරුම

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Siri Sadaham Ashramaya

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The Impact of Mahayana Buddhism on Sri Lanka

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

By Buddhistdoor International Janaka Perera When examining the influence of Mahayana Buddhism in Sri Lanka it would be appropriate to approach the topic from a human interest angle before moving into history, archaeology and the academic sphere. A glance at the role of Mahayana in contemporary Sri Lankan society, I believe, will be a guide to the […]

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International Buddhist Flag

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Rajendra Alwis We come across evidence in the annals of history that the flag (Dhaja) has been in use since the dawn of civilization. Dhajagga Sutta of Samyutta Nikaya, sermonized by the Buddha is a case in point. In this sutta, the Buddha has made references to the flag of the Sakka, the King of […]

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Attempts at Distortion of the Buddha’s Teaching

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Palitha Mapatuna It appears that attempts are being made by some individuals to distort the Buddha’s teaching through arbitrary interpretation of certain of its crucial technical terms. One such term is anicca, impermanence, an experiential characteristic, and directly related to two other characteristics of existence: dukkha, suffering, and anatta, not-self. This term anicca is correctly […]

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Scientists Discover Biophotons In The Brain That Could Hint Our Consciousness Is Directly Linked To Light

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Courtesy Collective Evolution IN BRIEF The Facts:Scientists have discovered the presence of biophotons in the brain that suggest there could be a relationship between these biophotons and consciousness. Reflect On:Does consciousness originate from inside the brain as modern science believes? Or does originate outside the brain? Meaning we are not simply a brain in a […]

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Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

Friday, January 25th, 2019

MATTHIEU RICARDWOLF SINGER Courtesy The Atlatic.com DEC 17, 2017A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain […]

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Leading neuroscientists and Buddhists agree: “Consciousness is everywhere”

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

BY SAM LITTLEFAIR Courtesy  LION’S ROAR Neuroscientist Christof Koch discusses scientific theories of consciousness with the Dalai Lama. New theories in neuroscience suggest consciousness is an intrinsic property of everything, just like gravity. That development opens a world of opportunity for collaboration between Buddhists and neuroscientists. The heart of consciousness,” says neuroscientist Christof Koch, is that it feels likesomething. […]

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The Beginner’s Mind of Scientist Sir Roger Penrose

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

BY TONY STULTZ   Courtesy  LION’S ROAR Rev. Tony Stultz on the brilliant mind who models a rich exchange between Buddhism and scientific thought — for the benefit of all beings. The famous Penrose Triangle is an impossible object devised by Sir Roger Penrose and his father Lionel Penrose in the 1950s. Roger described it as impossibility in its […]

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There is no political will to protect animals in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Senaka Weeraratna

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