Buddha in Sri Lanka: Remembered Yesterdays

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SUNY Press, 2012 - Religion - 317 pages
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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.
 

Contents

1 Beginnings and Looking Beyond
1
2 Growing Up in Sri Lankan Culture
11
The New Year
31
4 Loving Worship and Loving Kindness
41
Many Motives Many Fruits
55
6 Sri Lankan Buddhists and Their Rituals
75
7 Reminiscences of Bana Preaching
89
8 Buddhist Pilgrims Progress
101
13 Pirit Chanting and the Holy Thread
167
14 Sons of the Buddha
179
15 Varieties in a Single Saffron Robe
199
16 Quid Pro Quo Worship
221
17 Many Gods Many Altars
237
18 God Kataragama
259
Epilogue
273
Glossary of Religious Terms
275

9 Karma in Popular Buddhist Culture
113
10 To Die Only to Be Reborn
125
Buddhist Ways and Other Ways
141
All for the Sake of a Tree
157

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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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