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Reality Of LifeLast December we came to Sri Lanka for a one month holiday. We planned out trip to visit Kundasale Mahamewnawa, Somawathiya, Anuradhapura and Polgaswela Mahamewnawa. We were planning to go to Somawathiya and Anuradhapura on the 18th and come back on the 20th of December, I didn’t expect to write about this, but an unexpected incident which showed me the reality of life forced me to share it with you.From the day we…

Lost in our own – celluloid worldChasing happiness – with unending hopesDoing everything – that mind says boldWe live our lives aiming – far away goals…. Hatred, revenge, deceit – jealousy, annoyanceGreed, desire, craving – lust at its bestMe, Mine, Myself – above everythingThis is our ‘world’ – which we accept so well…. When old age comes – knocking on the doorWhen death do part our – loved ones and soWhen sickness numb us – with feelings…

The Land of BudhdhaDambadiva is a land that is been worshiped by millions of Buddhists every day. It is the heart of all Bud dhists. There is no other land in the world that can match the holiness of Dambadiva. People all over the world visit Dambadiva to experience the spirituality of this land. Dambadiva stood up high in all her glory during the time of her greatest son; Siddhartha Gauthama the Buddha. Today we…

Benifits of METTA (mettanisansa) As we discussed in previous articles, purifying one’s mind through Metta has unique and invaluable benefits that one can experience during this lifetime as well as beyond. The Buddha has taught eleven (11) remarkable benefits in one full Sutta (discourse) called Mettanisansa Sutta (Anguttara Nikaya). When the mind gets gradually purified by Metta, defilements such as anger and hatred would be replaced by kindness and sympathy towards all living beings without…

A LIFE strengthened by TRUTH A soft but hurtful symphony was coming from a distance. Few children who were playing started to run towards that sound on a gritty road with their bare feet. Horning sound of a three-wheeler suddenly overcame that mild sound making few people gathered on that road startled. Taking the passage it found by alarming those people, that three-wheeler quickly drove away from those people like it was in a hurry. …

The great oppertunity and a single life in a foreing countryLiving a single life is difficult in many ways, especially when we consider all the household chores one has to perform. If the single person is working, it becomes more difficult as he has to juggle both his job and all other work. In fact, most people who live alone in foreign countries think that they do not have any time to perform any religious activity…

Plan BIG & SMALLWe said “Good Bye” to a yet another year as we say hello to usher in another year. What do we normally do at the beginning of a new year? On the 1st of January some of us make milk r ice, some go to temple. We like to believe that this is a new year, a new beginning, a chance to start again. Then, if you are a person like me, you…

Metta Bhawana Metta Bhawana is a unique type of concentration meditation which, if practiced even for the duration of smelling fragrance of a flower, is more meritorious than offering alms to the Buddha himself and even building a monastery (kuti) for the use of Bhikku Sangha (Velama Sutta). And it does not cost you anything to accumulate such merits. It is better if Metta Bhawana can be practiced at a quiet place with minimal disturbances…

Do Not be Late Birds were singing side by side dancing with happiness. They were enjoying the beauty, comfort and perfectness of the newly born nature in that summer. The trees were filled with green leaves and fruits. A fresh smell was spreading all over. Beautiful butterflies with wings of characteristic patterns were flying here and there freely. Young deer were playing with each other under the careful attention of their mother. It looked like…

Global Warning, Pollution, Climate Change, Greenhouse Effect are the terms familiar to us in relation to our environment and society today; worse yet is the fact that we are responsible for these disasters. As we all know, we do not have centuries to go anymore. Scientists around the globe are already complaining about the effect of global warming and the uns table environment that we all have nowadays. If we don’t change the way we live…