Irony Statue of the Fasting Buddha amongst the hoarded wealth of the Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo. Shot with a Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 50mm, 1/80, f/5, and ISO 1600. Tagged: black & white, Buddha, Buddhism, Colombo, Fasting Buddha, Gangaramaya Temple, religion, Sri Lanka, Starving Buddha, statue

Blue Mosque #2 The Galle Fort Meeran Jumma Masjid at Dusk. Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 18mm, 1/30, f/3.5, and ISO 100. Tagged: 18-200mm, 600D, blue, clouds, dusk, evening, Galle Fort, Galle Fort Meeran Jumma Masjid, mosque, sea, sky, Sri Lanka, water

Buddhumedura Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo, shot with a Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 18mm, 1/50, f/3.5, and ISO 1600. Tagged: 18-200mm, 600D, Buddha, Buddhism, Colombo, Gangaramaya Temple, religion, Sri Lanka, statues, worship

(Poetry this time. One of those pieces that were cathartic to write more than anything. The structure is well - unstructured, something I find myself leaning towards a lot more as of late when I do write poetry. A phase? Perhaps. On another note - Khaled Hosseini's new book, 'And the Mountains Echoed' is beyond amazing. MUST read)Waiting for Extraordinary ...

Anti Christian Christmas A Christian shop in Negombo. Shamefully, places of worship were attacked over the holidays – both Christian and Muslim. In this case the attacks seem to have been Muslims attacking Sufis (a sect) and claimed Buddhists attacking evangelical Christians. Both of these acts go under the radar because they’re on what my friend Dinidu calls ‘minorities within minorities’. The ...

Blue Mosque The Galle Fort Meeran Jumma Masjid at dusk. Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 40mm, 1/40, f/4.5, and ISO 100. Tagged: 18-200mm, 600D, blue, buildings, clouds, dusk, evening, Galle Fort, Islam, mosque, religion, sky, Sri Lanka

It is well known that, since the beginning of time, man is unable to live in isolation. We Muslims believe, even with all the beauties in Heaven, Adam (peace be upon him) was made a wife – Hawa’ (Eve) – for the sake of companionship – and this marked the formation of the first team on earth. In Islam there ...

It seems prudent and apt that the final post of 2013 is a tribute to the wild ride that 2013 has been. I haven’t even completely absorbed the completely incredible experiences that it has given me, the untarnished memories, and the numerous lessons. This year I did a live international TV interview,made it to a paper cover, traveled, went viral ...

Buddhas Birthplace: 600 BC Temple Excavated Archaeologists have found in Lumbini, Nepal a 600 BC temple with tree roots in the middle. This tree may possibly validate the claim that Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Buddha under a tree.Excerpts from NY TimesIn traditional narratives, Queen Maya Devi, the mother of Buddha, gave birth to him while holding on to a branch of a tree in ...

ලොව පැරණිම විහාරයේ නටබුන් හමුවේ ලොව පැරණිතම බෞද්ධ විහාරයේ නටබුන් සිද්ධාර්ථ කුමරු උපන් ලුම්බිණි සල්උයනෙන් හමු වූ බව බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ ඩර්හැම් සරසවියේ පුරාවිද්‍යාඥ රොබින් කොනින්හැම් ප්‍රකාශ කරයි.මේ විහාර නටබුන් හමුව ඇත්තේ වසර දහස්‌ ගණනක්‌ බෞද්ධයන්ගේ වන්දනාවට ලක්‌වුණ සිද්ධාර්ථ බෝසතාණන් මෙලොවට උපන් ස්‌ථානයේ පිහිටි මායාදේවි මධ්‍යයේ කරනු ලැබූ කැණීම්වලිනි.මෙම පැරණි විහාරය හයවැනි සියවසේ ගොඩනගන ලද්දක්‌ විය හැකි බව බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පුරාවිද්‍යාඥයෝ පවසති.ලීයෙන් කරන ලද පැරණි විහාරයක නටබුන් මායාදේවි ...

Keith Green In this day, we are stormed with faith albums all around but sadly I question the purpose they serve. There's a huge vacuum for worship music, so the musicians and record companies exploited this by increasing the production of faith albums. Just like a toy factory produces toys to cater the consumer demand. What these so called musicians have failed ...

Buddhist Temples, Noise Pollution And Elephant Abuse Alanmathiniyaramaya Temple had a ceremony last night which blasted ear-splitting chanting through loudspeakers all down the street. There was literally a loudspeaker 15 feet from our bedroom window, playing at full volume. They were also loading a poor, terrified young elephant onto a truck under our window, with clanking of chains and slamming of metal. I’m a Buddhist and ...

The Toque Macaque …has its way in the temple India and Sri Lanka are two prominent South Asian countries with similar religious beliefs; be it Hinduism or Buddhism both having links in the mainland India and Buddha himself being an Indian. Both religions are close to nature and much of the religious abbeys or temples are located in remote and wildly settings in close proximity to natural habitats away ...

Seenigama Devale and animistic rituals Seenigama Devale at dusk. Photograph© Chulie de Silva My father claims that he planted one of the coconut trees at this temple you can see on the old coast road to Galle, in a tiny hamlet called Seenigama. The little temple – a half a mile or so into the sea with a clump of coconut trees is a veritable ...

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