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 ...

No More July #6 “No More July” exhibition and concert in commemoration of the Black July 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom; Victoria Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka, shot with a Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 18mm, 1/80, f/3.5, and ISO 200. Tagged: 18-200mm, 600D, amphitheater, auditorium, band, Black July, blue, circles, Colombo, concert, crowd, dusk, ethnic conflict, evening, music, No More July, people, ...

Zakat Poorer Muslims visiting the homes of their more affluent brethren to collect fitra rice — the traditional zakat charity offering — with which to break their Ramadan fast. Shot in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with an iPhone 4S at 42mm, 1/708, f/2.4, and ISO 50. Tagged: begging, black & white, Colombo, fasting, fitra rice, iPhone 4S, Muslims, people, Ramadan, religion, ...

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 ...

The Tragedy In Aluthgama Picture from the BBC, via Republic Square (RSQ). I haven’t written here in a while because, well, I guess I haven’t had much to say. I’m been writing about food and leisure at YAMU but, well, somethings gotten in the way of that now. In a way we could sense it because of the constant halal debate on YAMU, ...

Meditations at Vesak The setting sun turned the sands golden, the rise and fall of the waves,  changing , changing every moment, leaving nothing to permanence,  the horizon stretching away like the samsara — in deed a brief transient moment that embodied all Buddha’s teachings on Anicca (impermanence) , Dukkha (suffering) and Anatma ( absence of a permanent self or soul) . … ...

Reactions #3 Father and son watch a classical music performance on Good Friday. The Stephanskirche, Simmern, Germany. Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 200mm, 1/20, f/5.6, and ISO 400. Tagged: 18-200mm, 600D, beard, black & white, boy, child, children, classical music performance, faces, family, father, Father and son, Germany, music, parents, people, profile, Simmern, son, Stephanskirche

Lankan Muslims in London and Political Myopia AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, via The Star There was a protest that took place yesterday by a group of Sri Lankan Muslims in Britain outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London mostly regarding the spate of anti Muslim activities that have been occurring in Sri Lanka. But in this instance what the group responsible for yesterday’s protest sought to ...

Muslim Council Challenges BBS Gnanasara Over Funding Allegations The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has today challenged the Bodu Bala Sena to prove that the Muslim Council has received any financial support from USA or any other. Writing to BBS Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnanasara the Muslim Council said; If you have any evidence, please place them before us or produce them to the relevant authorities. It is unethical to target ...

Good Friday Choir in the Stephanskirche, Simmern, Germany. Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 18mm, 1/25, f/3.5, and ISO 200. Tagged: 18-200mm, 600D, black & white, choir, choristers, church, Germany, people, pipe organ, Simmern, singing, Stephanskirche

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