Buddha in Sri Lanka: Remembered Yesterdays

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SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Religion - 317 pages
This book provides both an erudite and intimate look at how Buddhism is lived in Sri Lanka. While India is known as the birthplace of Buddhism, Sri Lanka is its other home; Buddhism extends back over twenty-five hundred years on the island and remains at the center of its spiritual traditions and culture.

Throughout the book, author Swarna Wickremeratne incorporates a personal view, sharing stories of herself, her family, friends, and acquaintances as they lived Buddhism both during her Sri Lankan girlhood and during more recent times. This personal view makes the traditions come alive as Wickremeratne details Buddhist beliefs, customs, rituals and ceremonies, and folklore. She also provides a fascinating discussion of the Sangha, the institutional monkhood in Sri Lanka, including its history, codes of conduct, and evolution and resilience over time. Wickremeratne explores the recent attempts by many monks to reinvent themselves in a society characterized by secularization, globalization, and a tide of aggressive Christian evangelization.

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Lord Kataragama is an angel who has come to a Buddhist enlightenment. If you have questions like why, how , when, true, false etc you need to develop your concentration and wisdom. If I ask how does a banana taste, can you give the perfect answer? It is something you need to eat and undersatand. Same with Buddhism and the ones who have come to enlightments.
It does not matter the history of Lord Kataragama. What matters is who is he now. Keep in mind he with his mighty powers does help people an stands for Sri Lanka as it carries the message of Buddhism.


1 Beginnings and Looking Beyond
2 Growing Up in Sri Lankan Culture
The New Year
4 Loving Worship and Loving Kindness
Many Motives Many Fruits
6 Sri Lankan Buddhists and Their Rituals
7 Reminiscences of Bana Preaching
8 Buddhist Pilgrims Progress
13 Pirit Chanting and the Holy Thread
14 Sons of the Buddha
15 Varieties in a Single Saffron Robe
16 Quid Pro Quo Worship
17 Many Gods Many Altars
18 God Kataragama
Glossary of Religious Terms

9 Karma in Popular Buddhist Culture
10 To Die Only to Be Reborn
Buddhist Ways and Other Ways
All for the Sake of a Tree

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Page vii - ... All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts.

About the author (2012)

Swarna Wickremeratne is a librarian at Oakton Community College and an independent scholar.

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