corruption

Dec. 9, 2009, 6:16 p.m.

Corruption breeds corruption Today the United Nations is "celebrating" corruption. A few decades ago, corruption was not a word heard often, bribery was a word which was never used openly. Bribery then would mean palming a one rupee coin to the gate keeper at the hospital to get in to the hospital ...

sweetheart

Dec. 3, 2009, 4:59 p.m. heart , love , poem

sweetheart he offered his heart to her and got back a blood pump in return ...

is the swine flu a big swindle?

Nov. 29, 2009, 1:41 p.m.

vaccines and "swine" flu The whole world has panicked with the spread of the new strain of influenza A, named H1N1. The original misnomer 'swine flu' made some of our officials consider banning the import of pork! Two years ago it was the 'Bird flu', with some people giving up on eating chicken! Whe ...

Ravana & the R.A.S.

Nov. 28, 2009, 9:52 a.m.

R.A.S. & the RAMAYANA The Hindustan Times has reported today that our Royal Asiatic Society has claimed "The Tourist Board has been over the last couple of years marketing Sri Lanka to India as the abode of Ravana of the Hindu mythological epic the Ramayana. This is a total travesty and a future dan ...

Animals in concentration camps

Nov. 23, 2009, 11:46 a.m. animals , cruelty to animals , loving kindness , Zoo

Some of the recent deaths of animals in captivity in our zoological gardens, had been blamed on the visitors. The real blame should be accepted by the authorities who manage these prisons. Who collect innocent animals from around the country, and from around the world and who keep these animals in s ...

Caste in Buddhism

Nov. 21, 2009, 5:53 p.m.

In the Supina Sutta of the Anguttara Nikaya, we hear of the four different coloured birds who alight at the feet of the Buddha and all of them turn white. Today the many coloured birds who alight at the feet of the statue of the Buddha, not only remain in their original colours, but they also form i ...

Five Precepts in Buddhism

Nov. 18, 2009, 11:45 a.m. adultery , Aids , alcoholism , Buddhism , corruption , loving kindness , Sri Lanka

In our country, we claim we have the purest and highest form of Buddhism and that we have preserved it for 2500 years, and with about 75% of the people in the country claim to be Buddhists. Most of these 15 million Buddhists recite the Five Preceots regularly, often several times a day. 1. Panatipat ...

Islamization of Buddhism

Nov. 16, 2009, 12:22 p.m.

Transformation of Buddhism In Sri Lanka, the Dhamma preached by the Buddha has gone through many transformations. First we had the Hinduization, bringing in Hindu deities into our temples, sometimes converting them to 'Buddhism'. Next came the Christianization, which led to the coining of the term ' ...

rewriting sri lanka history

Oct. 26, 2009, 10:32 p.m.

The early part of the Mahawamsa dealing with the origin of the Sinhala race is probably a bag of bullshit. Vijaya, if he ever arrived in Lanka, with half shaven head, bansihed from hi sown country, is considered to be in the 6th cent. B.C. the latest archeological excavations have unearthed a settle ...

Healer & the Drug Pusher. review

Oct. 25, 2009, 11:13 p.m.

Information spiced with excitement makes this a page-turner ...

Buddhism & hypocrisy

Oct. 22, 2009, 12:29 p.m.

Hypocrisy is the last thing we wuld have to associate with the Word of the Buddha. There is an appeal by leading Buddhist clergy that all publications about Buddhism should be monitored and censored. They claim there are publications that harm Buddhism, that endanger a religion that has survived for ...

The Healer & the Drug Pusher

April 20, 2009, 6:57 p.m.

First Chapter THE CASTAWAY Kita’s eyes followed the slow, majestic glide of a sea gull. All around him was the dark blue sea, calm, silent and almost motionless. The sky above was a lighter shade of blue. An occasional white cloud would drift by, breaking the monotony of the world around him. He was ...

'Sinhala' new year

April 17, 2009, 7:56 a.m.

In Sri Lanka we celebrate the New Year on April 14th, when the sun moves from the House of Pisces to Aries, or Niryana Mesha Sankranti. The irony is that the Sinhala people probably borrowed this day as their own New Year from the Tamils of South India. Today the Sinhala community 'celebrate' the Ne ...

Original affluent society

March 21, 2009, 6:47 p.m.

Chris Harman quotes from M. Sahlin, that the pre-historic hunter-gatherers were the 'Original affluent society' It had taken man 2500 years to come back to the truth stated by the Buddha in the Agganna Sutta of the Digha Nikaya. It was man's greed which led to inequality and suffering, it will conti ...

Nigger on the chain

March 18, 2009, 8:14 a.m.

"Understand something, boy. You are not going to college to get educated. You are going there to get trained. They will train you to want what you don't need. They will train you to manipulate words so they won;t mean anything anymore. They will train you to forget what it is that you already know. ...

the upside of the down turn

March 16, 2009, 4:53 a.m.

The upside of the downturn. We are heading for an upturn in the well being and good health of Mother Earth, which means the well being of all living things. We can expect cleaner air to breath, purer water to drink healthier food to eat and altogether a safer world to live in. Al Gore would have to ...

cricket, terrorism and south asia

March 4, 2009, 12:21 p.m.

http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.aspx?ARTID=42223 may be this happened for the good of all south asian countries, even though 6 policemen had to sacrifice their lives for it and our cricketers were wounded. just imagine the number of man-hours saved and the resultant prod ...

death of cricket

March 4, 2009, 12:18 p.m.

THE PLUS SIDE OF THE LAHORE ATTACK We have read and seen so many reports and comments about the negative side of the 3/3 attack in Lahore on our cricketers. We have seen the unfortunate side, the death of 6 policemen who were only performing their duty and the injuries to our cricketers. We have see ...

(un) ethical conversion

March 3, 2009, 12:32 p.m.

all through the ages people have been fighting against religious conversion, ethical or unethical, while others have continued to attempt to convert. i do nto understand how a person calling himself a Buddhist, that is following the Buddha's teachings, could prevent another person from accepting a f ...

writers in exile

Feb. 15, 2009, 11:06 p.m.

How is it that most writers from the 'third world' now living in the west see only the dark side of life in their homeland? Is it that they do not have any pleasant experience of their countries, or have they forgotten. Is it only garbage and slums in the old country? What about the beaches, jungles ...

KUMAR SANGAKKARA, CRICKET & ETHICS

Jan. 24, 2009, 12:41 a.m.

There was an article in one of the English dailies in Lanka, 'The Island' on Jan. 22nd, 2009 under the by-line of Revata S. Silva in his 'Reverse Swing'. He had made a scathing attack on Kumar Sangakkara, which raises many questions to my mind. This column is about cricket and appears in the 'Sports ...

Buddhism in Sri Lanka

Jan. 20, 2009, 3:28 a.m.

we are proud to claim we are the most devoted Buddhists on earth. we observe the five precepts every day. as the first precept we say we will not hurt or kill any living creature. but this is the realit in Sri Lanka http://lktube.com/view/206/crazy-elephanat/ ...

elephants on parade

Jan. 17, 2009, 2:27 a.m.

At last India has taken a correct step in giving up the use of elephants on their military parade. Elephants are not meant to go on parades or religious processions. In Lanka we see them regularly on Buddhist temple procession and yet we all accept that a true Buddhist woudl not harm or hurt any liv ...

fighting terrorism

Jan. 13, 2009, 7:33 p.m.

The t-shirt for sale on Union Square NYC, had a picture of Geronimo and 3 others. it said 'Fighting terrorism since 1492'. We in Sri Lanka have been fighting terrorism since 543 B.C., if Sri Lankan historical record the Mahavamsa (http://lakdiva.org/mahavamsa/chap006.html ) is to be believed. the on ...