Nothing is true. Everything is impermanent! After a long silence I am here to discuss few facts about good living and some of the greatest teachings of Lord Buddha. But before we begin you have to admit that I am writing this according to my own aspect and beliefs so if there is something wrong you can specify them in the comments section at the bottom ...

Morality is a tricky subject. No, let me rephrase that. Meta-ethics is a tricky subject. The fundamental question is what makes something good or bad. Killing another human being is bad. Saving a human’s life is good. But really, why? Where do these good and bad values come from? Let me clarify this for the philosophically unsophisticated. The issue isn’t ...

Sima Malaka Shrine, Colombo Buddhist priests gather at dusk at the Sima Malaka Shrine on Colombo’s Beira Lake in readiness for the annual Navam Perehera, a colourful procession of musicians, drummers, and caparisoned elephants that takes place on Navam Poya — the night of the full moon — in March. Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 175mm, 1/100, f/5.6, and ISO ...

Man and God A frail old man, unable to climb the stairs at the entrance to the Samangodu Sri Kathiraveluyutha Swami Hindu Kovil in Pettah, leaves his slippers on the street and shuffles past to a side entrance in the hope of gaining access and conducting his evening worship. Canon EOS 600D and EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens at 1/125, f/1.8, and ...

Death as a mirror of life The narrow road from Pinkande to Katudampe was shiny black newly tarred, clearly marked on the edges with white unbroken lines.On either side we passed lush green paddy fields, houses surrounded by small garden plots with coconut, mango, banana and fruit trees. A solitary young Buddhist priest walked briskly, the bright orange of his robes, matching the setting sun that ...

Reflections & Refractions Reflections and Refractions by the river at  Katudampe temple, Ratgama, Sri Lanka 8 Feb 2014. Photograph© Chulie de Silva Know all things to be like this: a mirage, a cloud castle, a dream, an apparition, Without essence, but with qualities that can be seen. Know all things to be like this: As the moon in a bright  sky In some ...

Darkness or Light? Sanskrit swastika on a Buddha statue in the Gangaramaya Temple in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo. Right-wing extremist Buddhism has been on the rise in the country over the last decade, particularly since the end of the civil war in 2009, with fascist pseudo-Buddhist groups targeting Muslim and Christian minorities. Shot with a Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm ...

The Ancient Steps Photo taken with a NIKON D5100 and Nikon 18-55mm lens at 18mm, 1/640, f/22, and ISO 6400.Photo taken with a NIKON D5100 and Nikon 18-55mm lens at 18mm, 1/250, f/8, and ISO 200.Photo taken with a NIKON D5100 and Nikon 18-55mm lens at 18mm, 1/640, f/22, and ISO 6400.

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 ...

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