Sacred Spaces

Oct. 29, 2012, 1:29 a.m. Adam's Peak , Buddhism , Kuragala , Sripada , Sufism

Mountain of All Faiths Kuragala background Kuragala, in the central hills of Sri Lanka, near Balangoda in the Sabaragamuwa Province, has been considered a Holy Mountain, probably long before the dawn of established religions, and today by all faiths, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islam. This is the ...

Sacred Flames

Oct. 15, 2012, 1:34 a.m. Bangladesh , book burning , Buddhism , Qur'an

Sacred Flames daya dissanayake The image was of an open book over a flame, defying the flame and remaining unscathed. A closer look showed the book to be the Holy Qur'an. The image could be interpreted in many different ways. Fire has been worshipped by man, probably ever since he discovered it. And ...

Solitary Vice

Oct. 12, 2012, 12:23 a.m.

The Solitary Vice daya dissanayake The literary month is over and we are into the Reading Month. We continue to celebrate a literary month and a reading month, two full months, 61 days, dedicated for reading, even though the reading habit has fast declined over the past few decades. Other countries ...

language of the beast

Oct. 3, 2012, 2:22 a.m. language

The beast in us daya dissanayake Prof. J. B. Disanayaka, in his most recent book, 'Encyclopaedia of Sinhala Language and Culture', says "Language is thus what separates man from Beast", but language has not helped man to kill or even suppress the beast in him. Did language make man a beast or did th ...