*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 ...

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 ...

9/11 and My Muslimness Photo of ‘World Trade Centre’ by Anuradha Henakaarachchi at the Colombo Art Biennale 2009. Originally published in Groundviews I was sitting in my garden, gazing at the stars listening to my Walkman, which was the only thing to do back then as you ticked off the minutes until the regulated power cuts that cursed Sri Lanka at the time ...

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

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