Senaka Weeraratna

Fwd: Let us strive towards making Sri Lanka Zoo Free

Animals are born free. But almost everywhere they are in chains. Zoos symbolize this phenomenon. Zoos therefore do not deserve to be sustained. It is a legacy of the uncivilized world. It is morally indefensible. It is cruel. It is shameful. It turns Justice on its head. Its future, like human slavery of the past, lies in only one direction. The exit door. 

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Slaughter Free Christmas – the way forward

The greatest moral challenge faced at Christmas being a religion based festival is to make it slaughter free.

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Sumathipala family contributions to Buddhism and revival of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress

In one of his finest discourses in the Anguttara-Nikaya the Buddha speaks as follows: "The sum of all that makes a bad man is ingratitude; the sum of all that makes a good man is gratitude ". The Buddha further said that it is hard to find people who do kind deeds and people who are grateful for the kind deeds done. In so saying the Buddha placed a heavy emphasis on the need to treasure and value people who do kind deeds and cultivate good virtues.

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Sri Lanka won freedom from the British in 1948 largely because of the blood sacrifices of the Japanese soldiers in World War Two , Time to re – write our history books

August 15 is the day Japan commemorates the war’s end. Soon it will be 70 years after that day in 1945 when two Atomic Bombs dropped from American planes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki forced Japan to surrender.  Japan lost to foes enjoying overwhelming superiority in both numbers and material. Nevertheless Japan’s entry to war in 1941 was not without significant consequences for the rest of Asia. It had redeeming features. Within a few years of Japan’s surrender in 1945 a host of leading Asian countries achieved independence from western colonial domination after centuries of abject rule. Japan’s legacy is that the people in Asia are now free.

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Political cartoons that made a difference and shook the nation in the 1950s

Aubrey Collette was a well known cartoonist from the mid forties who was virtually a regular contributor to the Times of Ceylon and the Lake House press until the early 1960s when he emigrated to Australia.

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Vesak day celebrations at Berlin Vihara ( May 3, 2015)

Bana sermon by Ven. Dikwelle Seelasumana Thero (left) prior to Dawal Dane for the monks at Das Buddhistische Haus (Berlin Vihara) on Vesak Day (May 3). In the middle of the row of monks is Ven. K. Santharakkhitha Thero  and next to him is the German monk Ven. Pasanno Thero. 

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The legacy of Walther Schmits

“ Kaput, kaput, alles kaput ” may sound rather strange in today´s economically resilient Germany, but at the end of the second world war and in the immediate post - war period, these words echoing despair and hopelessness had wide currency amongst large sections of the German people.   It was the worst of times for them in every sense of the word.  It was this scene of almost total destruction and collective  public resignation to an unknown fate that confronted  Asoka Weeraratna, a young Sinhalese businessman from Ceylon (then called), when he stepped foot on German soil for the first time in 1951.

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A Compassionate Constitution for Sri Lanka based on Dasa Rajadhamma

Sri Lanka’s Constitution must be connected to its heritage and history.   It is a national shame for a country that proudly boasts of a 2, 500 year old history and had won the acclaim of the wider world for preserving its Buddhist heritage in a pristine state, to turn its back on the wisdom of our ancestors on questions of governance and instead turn to the wisdom of somebody else’s grandfathers wholesale for new directions.

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Constitutional Reform and the Protection of Buddhism in Sri Lanka
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