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The Buddhist Revival in Sri Lanka

Author : George Doherty Bond
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In 1956, Theravada Buddhists in Sri Lanka and throughout Southeast Asia celebrated the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha`s entry into Nirvana and of the establishment of the Buddhist tradition. This book examines this revival of Theravada Buddhism among the laity of Sri Lanka, analysing its origins and its growth up to the present-day. Within the spectrum of reinterpretations that have comprised the revival, the book focuses on four important types or patterns of reinterpretation and response. It examines the rational reformism of the early Protestant Buddhists led by Anagarika Dharmapala and the conservative neotraditionalism of the Jayanti period.Particular attention is given to two of the most recent and dynamic reforms, the insight meditation movement, breaking with tradition, has opened the path of meditation to lay people, enabling them to seek Nirvana without renouncing the world. The sarvodaya Shramadana movement has addressed the social context, reinterpreting the Buddhist heritage to derive authentic forms of Buddhist social development. Comprising this series of interpretations and options for lay Buddhists, the Buddhist revival represents a new gradual path to Nirvana.

The Buddha in Sri Lanka

Author : Gananath Obeyesekere
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This book examines culture, religion and polity in the context of Buddhism. Gananath Obeyesekere, one of the foremost analytical voices from South Asia develops Freud’s notion of ‘dream work’, the ‘work of culture’ and ideas of no-self (anatta) to understand Buddhism in contemporary Sri Lanka. This work offers a restorative interpretation of Buddhist myths in contrast to the perspective involving deconstruction. The book deals with a range of themes connected with Buddhism, including oral traditions and stories, the religious pantheon, philosophy, emotions, reform movements, questions of identity and culture, and issues of modernity. This fascinating volume will greatly interest students, teachers and researchers of religion and philosophy, especially Buddhism, ethics, cultural studies, social and cultural anthropology, Sri Lanka and modern South Asian history.

Buddhism Transformed

Author : Richard Francis Gombrich
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In this study a social and cultural anthropologist and a specialist in the study of religion pool their talents to examine recent changes in popular religion in Sri Lanka. As the Sinhalas themselves perceive it, Buddhism proper has always shared the religious arena with a spirit religion. While Buddhism concerns salvation, the spirit of religion focuses on worldly welfare. Buddhism Transformed describes and analyzes the changes that have profoundly altered the character of Sinhala religion in both areas. This is the first book to record systematically the cultural impact of the deterioration in how the other half lives in Sri Lanka. After Sri Lankan independence in 1948, health care advanced and literacy became universal, but the economy was unable to meet the rising expectations of the exploding population. People became poorer and more mobile, and the village community began to disappear. As new stresses in Sri Lankan society create new psychological needs, changes have occurred in what the authors call Protestant Buddhism (the Buddhism formed under Protestant influence after British conquest). In the spirit cults, morally less scrupulous gods have become prominent, and more people seek and value altered states of consciousness. Finally the authors suggest that developments that seem startling in Sri Lanka are not unprecedented in the religious history of India.

Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 17th and 18th Centuries with Special Reference to Sinhalese Literary Sources

Author : A. H. Mirando
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Buddha in Sri Lanka

Author : Swarna Wickremeratne
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Combining memoir, history, and present-day narrative, this book describes how Buddhism is lived in Sri Lanka.

In Defense of Dharma

Author : Tessa J. Bartholomeusz
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This is the first book to examine war and violence in Sri Lanka through the lens of cross-cultural studies on just-war tradition and theory. In a study that is textual, historical and anthropological, it is argued that the ongoing Sinhala-Tamil conflict is in actual practice often justified by a resort to religious stories that allow for war when Buddhism is in peril. Though Buddhism is commonly assumed to be a religion that never allows for war, this study suggests otherwise, thereby bringing Buddhism into the ethical dialogue on religion and war. Without a realistic consideration of just-war thinking in contemporary Sri Lanka, it will remain impossible to understand the power of religion there to create both peace and war.

Religion in Sri Lanka

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 54. Chapters: Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Christianity in Sri Lanka, Hinduism in Sri Lanka, Islam in Sri Lanka, Places of worship in Sri Lanka, Seminaries and theological colleges in Sri Lanka, Temples in Sri Lanka, Lynn de Silva's theology, Sri Lankan Moors, American Ceylon Mission, Gal Vihara, Mahavamsa, Kataragama, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Solosmasthana, List of Hindu temples in Sri Lanka, Theological College of Lanka, Mihintale, Saman, Amarapura Nikaya, Diyawadana Nilame, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sri Lanka, Vallipuram, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, Relic of the tooth of the Buddha, Sri Kalyani Yogasrama Samstha, Hatadage, Culavamsa, Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, Roman Catholicism in Sri Lanka, Embekka Devalaya, Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism, Hatthikuchchi, Rankoth Vehera, Freedom of religion in Sri Lanka, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Natha Devale, Kandy, List of Mahamevnawa branches, Deva people, Vidyodaya Pirivena, Bishop of Colombo, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Dasa sil mata, Muslim National Unity Alliance, Lanka Lutheran Church, Batticotta Seminary, The Buddhist, Suvisuddharamaya, Ramanna Nikaya, Protestantism in Sri Lanka, Siladhara, Vidyalankara Pirivena, Reswehera. Excerpt: Lynn de Silva's theology began at an early stage in Lynn de Silva's ministry, when his interest in Buddhism and its culture began to increase. He believed that the credibility of Christianity depended on its ability to relate to Buddhism, which was the faith of the majority of the Sri Lankan population. His objective was to develop a richer appreciation of the similarities between Buddhism and Christianity, in particular, to communicate the Christian message in a manner that the Sri Lankan culture understood, and to construct a theology that is focused towards the Buddhist cultural environment. To this end, he used...

Buddha in the Crown

Author : John Holt
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This interdisciplinary study exaimes the various ways Avalokitesvara, the most well known bodhisattva of Mahayana Buddhism, was assimilated into the transforming culture of Sri Lanka.

Buddhism Betrayed

Author : Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
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This volume seeks to answer the question of how the Buddhist monks in today's Sri Lanka—given Buddhism's traditionally nonviolent philosophy—are able to participate in the fierce political violence of the Sinhalese against the Tamils.

Glimpses of Sri Lankan Buddhism

Author : D. C. Ahir
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Devotion in the Buddhist Literature of Medieval Sri Lanka

Author : Charles Hallisey
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Pantheon Politics

Author : Deborah Winslow
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History of the Buddhist Sangha in India and Sri Lanka

Author : Gunaratne Panabokke
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Predominantly on Sri Lanka.

Critical Studies on the Early History of Buddhism in Sri Lanka

Author : Dhammavihari
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Buddhism in Medieval Sri Lanka

Author : H. B. M. Ilangasinha
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Relics Ritual and Representation in Buddhism

Author : Kevin Trainor
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This study examines the place of relic veneration in the history of South Asian Buddhism.

Buddhism and Ethnicity in Sri Lanka

Author : Ananda Wickremeratne
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Focuses on the identity of the Sinhalese as perceived by themselves and not as determined by third parties

Popularizing Buddhism

Author : Mahinda Deegalle
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Explores the ritual practice of Buddhist preaching.

Buddhism and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka

Author : Patrick Grant
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Looks at how a spiritual tradition can be appropriated by those involved in ethno-nationalist conflict.

Your Passport to Sri Lanka

Author : Nancy Dickmann
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