Author Archive for Dr. Daya Hewapathirane

PLIGHT OF THE ELDERLY IN SRI LANKA

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane The elderly population (over 60 years) in Sri Lanka amounted to 2.5 million or 12.5% of the total population in 2012.  In three years or by 2021, Sri Lanka’s elderly population is expected to increase to 3.5 million (this compares roughly with the total population of Colombo and Kandy districts in combination). […]

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Silence and Meditation Practices

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane   Noise can have a pronounced physical effect on our brains resulting in elevated levels of stress hormones. Studies have proven that silence is good for your brain and by maintaining silence, one can feel less stressed, more focused, and more creative. Silence releases stress and tension in the brain and body, while […]

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THE BODU BALA SENA MOVEMENT:  SOCIALLY ENGAGED BUDDHISM 

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane With the emergence of the Bodu Bala Sena”  initiative, our motherland is witnessing a strengthening of the Sinhala Buddhist revivalist movement which was spearheaded  by the late, Most Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thera. The Bodu Bala Sena is a movement  under the leadership of a highly distinguished, accomplished and deeply patriotic group of […]

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THREATS TO THE BUDDHA SASANA

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane In recent years, Muslim extremists, evidently influenced by the Wahhabi form of Islam, have started a campaign to disrepute and undermine Buddhism, Buddhist Bhikkhus and the Buddha Sasana which is the foundation of the national culture of this nation. In parallel, these Muslim extremists are propagating within Sri Lanka, life-style, education system […]

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The Buddhist Way to Happiness

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane In his book Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind”, Professor Harari states that Buddhists have studied systematically the causes of happiness and the essence of happiness, which is the reason for the growing interest in the scientific community, both in the philosophy and meditation practices in Buddhism. Yuval Noah Harari is a […]

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JESUS CHRIST : EXPOSURE TO BUDDHISM

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane The Silk Road was well established centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ, providing opportunities for diverse groups of people to share not only goods but also their ideas and knowledge, including their spiritual faiths. In Jesus’ time, Buddhism was already five hundred years old and had spread from India in all directions within […]

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MYANMAR AND ROHINGYA MUSLIMS 

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

 Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  The Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar are not indigenous to Myanmar. Most of these Rohingya Muslims are illicit immigrants who have illegally migrated to Myanmar starting in the British colonial period, from Muslim neighborhood regions of Bengal India. Later they continued to migrate from East Pakistan (present Bangladesh). Being illicit immigrants, the […]

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Furthering Community Self-Interests and Undermining National Interests: The Primary Objective of the Tamil and Muslim Non-Indigenous Settler Communities of Sri Lanka

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane HISTORY OF THE TAMIL COMMUNITY OF SRI LANKA    Tamils and Muslims living in Sri Lanka, amount to a total of about 24% of the country’s total population. They are descendants of groups of individuals, exclusively males, who initially arrived in this island at different times in the past for various purposes, and […]

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A BOOK WITH THE POWER TO CHANGE US AT THE DEEPEST LEVEL: 

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane Altered Traits – Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body                                                                                […]

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MUSLIM WAHHABI MENACE UNDERMINING AMIABLE COMMUNITY RELATIONS IN SRI LANKA

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane Sufism or the Sufi Muslim Ideology In the past, political strife among Muslims in the world, resulted in their division into two major rival groups – Sunni and Shias. Sunnis who form the large majority are predominant in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Jordan, Turkey, Syria, Pakistan, Bangladesh. The Shias who form […]

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MUSLIM INTOLERANCE AND MILITANCY 

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane Threat to Our National Culture All ethnic and cultural groups within society are not equal and therefore need not be treated in the same way. All people do not hold the same values. No one can deny the fact that the foundation of our nation, its societal norms and values originates from […]

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SAFEGUARDING AND STRENGTHENING THE BUDDHIST IDENTITY OF SRI LANKA   

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane Buddhism has been and continues to be, the basis or foundation of Sri Lanka’s culture for over 2300 years. The Sinhala people have been practicing Buddhism continuously, far longer than anyone else in the world. Ours is the oldest Buddhist country in the world with Buddhism arriving in the island and establishing itself […]

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MESSAGE “IN COMMEMORATION” OF FEBRUARY 04TH 1948

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane If our motherland is fortunate to have a government in future, with leaders who are upright and patriotic, it should, as a priority, take action to inquire into human rights violations and economic devastation caused to our people and our motherland during the British colonial rule. Based upon findings, the government should […]

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JANUARY 25, 1998: TAMIL TERRORISTS ATTACKED SRI DALADA MALIGAVA

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane Twenty years ago, on Sunday January 25th, 1998, the savage Tamil terrorists attacked by means of a bomb blast, the Sri Dalada Maligawa – one of the greatest national treasures of our country. Built originally in the late 15th century, this fabulous architectural marvel is more than 550 years old. In the centuries […]

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A RICH CULTURAL LEGACY: BUDDHIST PAINTINGS OF SRI LANKA

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  The exceptionally rich heritage of visual arts of Sri Lanka extends to a period that exceeds 2200 years, from the 3rd century BCE to the 21st CE. Buddhist paintings form a spectacular component of this heritage. An incredible collection of ancient sculpture and architecture further adorns the conspicuous elements of the Sinhala […]

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GANGODAWILA SOMA THERA: AN ILLUSTRIOUS AND INSPIRATIONAL LIFE 

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane   Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thera’s untimely death occurred 14 years ago, on December 12, 2003. He was 55 years of age.  It was one of the greatest losses of the nation. The   spontaneous outpouring of grief especially among our people was unprecedented in the living memory of our motherland. Millions of Sinhala […]

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CHILD ABUSE IN DR. MAREENA REFFAI’S DEHIWELA ORPHANAGE 

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  Source: Ceylon Today  The Gangodawila Magistrate’s Court on 7 December ordered the Police to speed up their investigations into the sexual assault cum abuse of children at the Darun Nusra orphanage in Dehiwala and refer their findings to the Attorney General’s Department. This Muslim orphanage Darun Nusra is run by Al-Muslimaath, of which […]

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HINDU VIOLENCE AGAINST BUDDHISTS AND WANTON DESTRUCTION OF BUDDHIST SITES IN INDIA

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane In the name of revival of Hinduism in India, between 830 CE and 966 CE (or mid 9th to late 10th centuries) the ancestors of the present Hindus of India were ruthless against Buddhists and brutally killed Buddhist monks and followers of Buddhism and wantonly destroyed many thousands of Buddha statues, stupes […]

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Misguided Tamils:  A Threat to National Unity

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  History of the Tamil Community of Sri Lanka    The small communities of Tamils and Muslims living in Sri Lanka, amount to about 24% of the island’s total population with Tamils including Estate Tamils accounting for 15% and Muslims 09%. These communities are descendants of groups of individuals, exclusively males, who arrived […]

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SRI LANKA’S SINHALA BUDDHIST CULTURAL IDENTITY

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane My motherland – whatever label you may wish to ascribe to it – Heladiva, Helabima, Sinhalay or Sri Lanka, has existed from ancient times, as a single political entity or an island nation, within the same natural oceanic borders. The boundaries of all ancient countries have undergone changes at different times in […]

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Fake News helping Rohingya Terrorists

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has stated that the crisis in Rakhine state is being distorted by a “huge iceberg of misinformation”. She said that tensions were being fanned by fake news promoting the interests of terrorists.  Many fake news photographs are circulating. This creates a lot of problems between different communities […]

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HISTORY OF DRAVIDIAN INVASIONS OF SRI LANKA

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane Contrary to what  Ananth Karthikeyan has stated in his article published in the Lankaweb on September 03, 2017, titled The Imperial Cholas’ Conquest of Sri Lanka”  mentioned, Sri Lanka was never captured and controlled completely by Dravidians at any time in its history. The following is an outline of Dravidian invasions and […]

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BRITISH OCCUPATION OF SRI LANKA WAS ONE OF SHEER EXPLOITATION AND DEVASTATION

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  All colonial powers associated with Sri Lanka in the past are guilty of serious crimes of acute proportions. The British were the worst of them all. The British occupation of Sri Lanka was not only gravely crime-prone, but one of sheer treachery, exploitation and devastation of our country and people. It is […]

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ROHINGHA MUSLIM TERRORISM : RECENT INCIDENCES

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  On 9 October 2016, hundreds of unidentified Rohingha Muslim insurgents attacked three Burmese border posts along Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh.  The attackers brandished knives, machetes and homemade slingshots that fired metal bolts. Several dozen firearms and boxes of ammunition were looted by the attackers from the border posts. The attack resulted in […]

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ARMED MUSLIM INSURGENTS STARTS VIOLENCE IN MYANMAR

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane On Thursday August 23, 2017, a few hours after Annan presented the commission’s report, violence broke out in the western Rakhine state when armed Muslim insurgents attacked security guards in the border region with Bangladesh. At least 71 people, including 12 security personnel, have been killed in these deadly clashes. Fighting continues in […]

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Mindfulness Meditation to Overcome Pessimistic Outlook and Attitudes

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane A pessimistic outlook is associated with the tendency to see, anticipate, or emphasize only bad and undesirable outcomes, results, and conditions. Pessimists in general, are cynics, skeptics, doubters, doomsters, nihilists, defeatists, and cowards who look ahead and often see a bleak future. They suffer from anxiety, fear, and often worry even over […]

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The Ancient Haththikuchchi Monastery-Shrine Complex

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane Located near Galgamuwa in the Kurunegala district, about 3.5 km away from the Mahagalkadawala junction on the Padeniya–Anuradhapura road, Haththikuchchi is an extensive area of about 300 acres of ruins of a large ancient vihara complex. These ruins lie within highly picturesque surroundings that consist of differently shaped rock boulders and imposing […]

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ARANKELE: An Incredible Ancient Forest Hermitage in an  Amazing Natural Setting

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane July 10, 2017 Arankele, can be reached via the Kurunegala-Dambulla main road and turning off to the Ibbagamuwa-Moragolla road.  Arankele is one of the oldest and premier forest hermitages of Sri Lanka, highly reputed since historic times, as an austere abode of an exclusive group of reclusive Bhikkhus, who were deeply devoted […]

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DALADA MALIGAWA ATTACKED ON JANUARY 25, 1998

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane Nineteen years ago, on Sunday January 25th 1998 around 6:30 in the morning, the savage Tamil terrorists attacked the Sri Dalada Maligawa – one of the greatest national cultural treasures of our country. Built originally in the late 15th century, this fabulous architectural marvel is more than 550 years old, In the centuries […]

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PROTECTING THE SINHALA BUDDHIST CULTURAL LEGACY OF SRI LANKA

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane Motherland of the Sinhala People from Historic Times Compared to the other 196 countries of the world, Sri Lanka, the motherland of the Hela, Sihala or Sinhala people, is small, in terms of area (65,610 sq. km) and population (21 million). The Hela or Sinhala is the ethnic group native to Sri […]

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