Psychology is the science of the mind. The psychologists say that human mind is the source of all thought and behavior. When we think about psychology, the first person recalled is usually Sigmund Freud or some other prominent Western psychologist who explained human behavior using a theory they believed. True enough, being the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud’s work, or ...

Getting Inked “I’M GETTING A TATOO,” I SAID OVER THE PHONE. The average response of the average Sri Lankan mother is to recoil in horror. Tattoos are bad. Tattoos are unclean. Tattoos belong on drug addicts, ministers, and those old men who function as the default odd-job men for any village. Honestly, I don’t mind being lumped in with the Mahathung s, as the ...

This past week was the holiest of Buddhist holidays. Vesak is the night of Birth, Englightenment and Death of Lord Buddha and falls each year on the Full moon day in May. This year it fell on the 4th. Sri Lanka is lit in bright, colourful lanterns; the towns and villages are crowded with “pilgrims” going around […]

Never settle for less. Keep striving, reaching and working. Be better, be greater, be more amazing. Love with all your heart and take a leap with every breath. And in between it all - don't forget to pause, take a breath, smile and take it all in. Then just keep going.

The Buddha And The Poet Recently, a friend shared an old poem by M.H.M Ashraff called “The Buddha and the Poet”. In it, the Poet – presumably the author – meets the Buddha, and they discuss, in rather rambling verse, the problems in the country, and [in the poem] the Buddha concludes that he must return and teach the Dhamma in Tamil. At the time ...

*Credit for this wisdom, simple lesson goes to Rev. Hantane Dhammagawesi who i have mentioned previously here, as my spirit guide. It is common misunderstanding that Buddhism is about recognizing the Dissatisfaction/the suffering/the sorrow in life. But the true premise of Buddhism is about learning how to remove dissatisfaction in order to live in eternal […]

The former president has revealed that the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS), an organisation that claims to fight for the rights of Sri Lanka's Buddhists is in fact a conspiracy hatched by Western powers. It was allegedly launched by the opposition and Western powers to defeat him in the election. It is a pity that the article concerned did not get ...

If you're wondering what this expat has been up to lately, I can share that I've literally just come down the mountain a few days ago - I climbed Sri Pada (a.k.a. Adam's Peak) with a group of friends and we also organized a dansel offering free food and drinks to pilgrims making the climb to the peak. Presently, my legs are aching and I guess it's obvious I've worked muscles in my legs that

Stooping to Rise: An Easter Reflection Why Jesus died Jesus did not die by accident. He was killed through a conspiracy by those whose oppressive ways were exposed by his dual thrust of compassion and truth. But death was not the last word. Jesus was raised by God as a sign that compassionate-truth surpasses the evil schemes of the wicked and will eventually overcome violence. ...

A situation, in which I’m trapped. No way out… Find a solution is what you suggest. What is my way out, will you tell me? Do not leave me hanging… Give me a clue at least. Is it going to be easy if the roles switched? Will you do the same…? Easy to preach they say. Suffering is all that I’m left with… The faith I believe in. Till the end of it all, I will stand on my own two feet!

Nawam Maha Perahera To be honest I haven’t been to a Perahera before. I have seen few mini Peraheras while passing by but finally I decided to go and see a Perahera for the soul purpose of capturing some photos. I wasn’t sure whether I will be able to roam freely to get good angles but to my... Read Full Article >>

This is a bit late cause, er, today is a holiday (thanks Pope) and I just woke up. But anyways, this is a live YouTube feed of the mass Pope Francis is conducting in Sri Lanka; in Colombo at Galle Face Green. Vatican Radio has amazing coverage (got the link from there) and you can see the Pope’s statements ...

From dreams and visions to realities and hope:  A Christmas Reflection Photo courtesy Modern Magazine We keep Christmas this year amidst manifestoes, dreams and visions. Politicians want power; they resort to lofty manifestoes. People long for sincere governance and bread at affordable prices; they persist in dreaming dreams. Prophets resent deceit; they dare to see visions. Some scheme, most dream and others see visions; this is the gist of our ...

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 ...

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