By TY Lee
This booklet is written in tribute to the folks of Sri
Lanka for his or her contribution to the renovation and
spread of Buddhism inside of their very own island and
beyond. Buddhists in every single place have cause to be
grateful for the exertions and braveness of the Sri
Lankan humans. this is often specifically so for the missionary
monks who've long gone forth past their seashores to
spread the Buddha’s teachings, bringing peace and
happiness to numerous humans all around the world.
With my utmost gratitude, i want to dedicate
this e-book to 2 such missionary clergymen who have
had a major impression in my lifestyles, and on so many
others within the sector and afar. those esteemed
figures totally epitomized the missionary priests of the
Buddha’s time, who went forth sharing His Teachings
with all who could listen.
The first is the past due Ven. Dr. ok. Sri Dhammananda
who wrote a number of books in English, explaining
the Dhamma in an easy-to-understand, practical
and down-to-earth method. His writings have been among
the first Buddhist books that I learn and which had a
profound impression on my existence. understand that, his books
influenced and encouraged my very own writings.
The moment is the past due Ven. M.M. Mahaweera Maha
Nayaka Thera who based the Mangala Vihara
Buddhist Temple in Singapore and who additionally started
the Buddhist and Pali university at the comparable premises.
It is at those associations that I obtained so much of
my Buddhist wisdom. If now not for him, i'd be
a different and a much much less chuffed and fulfilled
individual than i'm now.
For the good thing about those people who are surprising with Ven.
Dr. okay. Sri Dhammananda and Ven. M.M. Mahaweera, I
have written in brief approximately them on pages sixty nine and 70 of
this ebook. unfortunately, i used to be now not lucky adequate to meet
them for my part sooner than they gave up the ghost, yet I am
sure they might have loved this publication in the event that they were
still alive to learn it.
This e-book isn't intended to be a tutorial treatise
and i cannot derive any monetary reap the benefits of it. It
is written as a present of the Dhamma. I easily want to
share with someone , my wisdom of the
Buddhist heritage of Sri Lanka and its sacred websites, and
I have attempted to give this knowledge in a concise
and simply readable manner.
Therefore, i'd suggest severe students
and people with willing curiosity, to seem into other
books that are extra authoritative and which go
into higher element of their respective components. For this
purpose, i've got supplied a listing of recommended reading
and my references on web page one hundred thirty five. To the writers of all
the exceptional books and articles that i've got learned
from and relied upon, i want to exhibit my
earnest gratitude and thanks.
For these wishing to appear deeper, the books that I have
referred to commonly are “History of Buddhism in
Sri Lanka” by way of Walpola Rahula, “State of Buddhism in
Ceylon (Sri Lanka) as Depicted within the Pali Chronicles”
by Sandhya Bhattacharya, “Buddhism in Sri Lanka, A
Short historical past” through H.R Perera, and “A historical past of Sri
Lanka” via K.M. de Silva. For the old Buddhist
sites of the island, i'd hugely suggest “Sacred
Island, A Buddhist Pilgrim’s consultant to Sri Lanka” by
Ven. S. Dhammika.
For particular sections together with the Buddhist-Christian
Debates and the Buddhist Revival, i've got referred,
among different resources, to “Buddhism in Sinhalese
Society 1750-1900” via Kitsiri Malalgoda, “The Buddhist
Revival in Sri Lanka” by way of George D. Bond, “Buddhism
Transformed” by means of Richard Gombrich and Gananath
Obeyesekere, and “Vain Debates, The Buddhist-
Christian Controversies of 19th Century
Ceylon” via R.F. younger, and G.P.V. Somaratna.
I want to show my honest appreciation to
Ven. Dr. P. Gnanarama Thero for his kind
encouragement and for writing the Foreword to this
book. My heartfelt thank you visit Ven. S. Dhammika
who very patiently went in the course of the textual content and
suggested many advancements and concepts. i'm also
grateful to Ven. Apichatto Bhikkhu for supporting me to
polish the language and grammar within the ebook, Sis.
Jasmine Tan for her meticulous proofreading and Ms.
Geelyn Lim for her brilliant paintings on its layout and
layout. besides the fact that, any blunders, mistakes and omissions
are mine and mine alone.
May all Beings be secure from harm.
May all Beings be healthy.
May all Beings be happy.
May all Beings be unfastened from actual and
May all Beings be loose from greed, hatred
T Y Lee