Capturing the hearts of youth with reel Veteran teledrama director Ananda Abeynayake believes children are reluctant to listen to Dharma while being seated in one position for an hour, but they can be influenced to watch a teledrama on religion Sansare Piyasatahan,popular Poya Day single episode Buddhist teledrama series directed by veteran teledrama director Ananda Abeynayaka celebrates 21 years In an era where teledrama directors constantly get ...

US President Barack Obama’s speech on 10 September in which he vowed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the forces of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ signals a fresh imperialist military offensive in the Middle East. Triggered by the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) rapid conquest of territory in recent months, including significant oil fields and refineries in Eastern Syria and Northern Iraq, capture ...

US President Barack Obama’s speech on 10 September in which he vowed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the forces of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ signals a fresh imperialist military offensive in the Middle East. Triggered by the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) rapid conquest of territory in recent months, including significant oil fields in Eastern Syria and Northern Iraq, and beheadings of ...

Shaping our Future: Global Shapers Annual Curators Meeting 2014 #ShapersACM What happens when you put 356 passionate, remarkable, loud, very special and stellar people; from 156 different cities spanning over 150 countries together for 4 days in the beautiful city of Geneva?The experience of a lifetime (please forgive the cliche).Who are the Global Shapers and the Global Shaper Community (GSC), you may ask? You can explore the various Hubs, Shapers, ...

Is this a regional trend? I came across this report from Thailand, soon after reviewing a book of energy policy and politics by Minister Ranawaka from the JHU, the Sri Lankan political party which has monks in leadership positions and which got into Parliament by fielding an all-monk slate of candidates in 2004. The monk’s role in energy reform has ...

I was watching the VICE videos from inside ISIS controlled territory and struck by one thing. Well, among other things. I was struck by the complete lack of women. Anytime men are allowed to control anything – religion, power or the remote – they do terrible, inane or plain dumb stuff with it. Same goes for women having complete control ...

On a wet and gloomy day in Kandy, I did one of the Three-Temples Loop as an outing with friends. These temples are some of the legacies of the Kandyan kingdom. There are actually at least two Three-Ttemples Loops around Kandy, including Embekke Devale-Lankathilake-Gadaladeniya and Gangarama Viharaya-Degaldoruwa-Galmaduwa Gedige. We visited the former trio of temples, which are situated about

Islamic Intellectual Resurgence : Looking Westwards From my experiences in living in three different and distinct regions in the world, I have always maintained that an intellectual Islamic resurgence has the greatest chance of starting in the West. Dr Tariq Ramadan in his reasons for not attending the ISNA and RIS conferences very clearly outlines the following, which are as pertinent to the West as ...

The Good Chain A bunch of individuals have got together to do something about all the online and offline religious intolerance and hate that has been going around the country over the past year. They did not want to take to the streets with placards to show how they feel, instead they came up with The Good Chain. Their idea is basic and ...

The Good Chain A bunch of individuals have got together to do something about all the online and offline religious intolerance and hate that has been going around the country over the past year. They did not want to take to the streets with placards to show how they feel, instead they came up with The Good Chain. Their idea is basic and ...

“And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So […]

This is what the Daily News has to day:The sequence of events that led to the formation of the BBS (from around mid-2011 to late 2012) shows that the covert neocon teams operating from Colombo embassies found some “useful idiots” (in their own nomenclature), ripe for exploitation.The “opportunity” for the neocons came in the form of Dilanthe Withanage, a graduate ...

Ajahn Brahm's Visit to Sri Lanka I was not aware that something formal was there but it seems Sri Lankan devotees of Brahmavanso Mahathera already were organized into a society. He had visited Sri Lanka before and conducted training sessions, retreats few times. There are some translations of books by Ajahn in Sinhala. Among urban Buddhists his name has become popular recently. This time the main ...

"No Limit" outlet in Panadura Petrol bombed The Muslim-owned "No Limit" stores' outlet in Panadura was attacked in the early hours of this morning, possibly with petrol bombs. Fortunately nobody appears to have been hurt but the store is in flames. Four fire brigade trucks are currently attempting to douse the fire. Recent updates from Twitter reproduced verbatim below, images from Rifas M Kaleel, Dinuk Colombage and ...

How The BBS Attacks (A Tale Of Two Cities) This seems to be the basic BBS gameplan (for fucking up everything we’ve worked so hard to build after the war). It’s a cycle of outrage, riot, fear, repeat. It’s like the eightfold path to not being a Buddhist: 1) Find or manufacture an outrage 2) Distort 3) Bring a mob 4) Riot 5) Hope for a counter-reaction 6) ...

Buddhism And Racism Pirith string at a Sarvodaya ceremony. Buddhism is not racist. The ideas and practice of Buddhism involve meditation, perception of impermanence and ultimately what we would call a renunciation of self. Being a Buddhist, however, is not just that. Being a Buddhist fundamentally involves taking refuge in three things – the Buddha, the Dhamma (his teachings) and the Sangha ...

After yesterday’s horrific events I found it highly ironic that Buddhists have been calling for religious observances, Muslims and Islamists have been urging everyone to pray for the victims, and people in general have been urging you and I to pray pray and pray some more. This got me thinking. What is prayer? what does it do? is it any good? ...

The latest round of violence is the inevitable result of a campaign that started about a year and a half ago. I put up a number of posts on the subject, which I have now tagged under one label for easy access. There is still a dearth of information but columnist DBS Jeyaraj has put up a summary of the latest events and incidents that on his blog and the Daily FT also carries a report.

“‘Religion is based . . . mainly upon fear . . . fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand . . . . My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as ...

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