In the 6th Century BC was born Shakyan Prince, the only son of King Suddhodana and Queen Maya in Northern India.
The two merchants Thapassu and BallukaA  who became Lord Buddhas’ first devotees, brought to Sri Lanka a lock of his hair in a jewel canister. As Buddhism was brought to Sri Lanka by Mahinda Thero, it is on the rock of Mihintale that he encountered the meeting with King Devanampiyatissa and inaugurating Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
The magnificent Buddha statues and shrines in Polonnaruwa, which lay claim to the skills and devotion of the people during that time are not to be missed. In order to get a sense of what Sri Lankan spiritual life is like, I visited the Staten Island Buddhist Vihara, located at 115 John Street, Staten Island. Also outside the Vihara were candles, many plants, and a stone piece in front of the door that had a very interesting design. The Vihara looked like a regular house, not a temple or something that would indicate it was Sri Lankan.
As it is a country that is 70% Buddhist, visiting a Vihara like the one on John Street tells a lot about the people of Sri Lanka. Website of the Telegraph Media Group with breaking news, sport, business, latest UK and world news. A week old shire horse foal runs around her mother Orla at Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park near Wadebridge, England.
Visitors try on metal masks, used as torture devices by the regime of Iraq’s ousted leader Saddam Hussein, at an exhibition gallery at the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad. A view of torture devices, that were used by the regime of Iraq’s ousted leader Saddam Hussein, at an exhibition gallery at the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad. An animal trainer holds lion cubs during a photo session at Circus Krone in Darmstadt, Germany.
A white lion cub looks at the camera during a photo session at Circus Krone in Darmstadt, Germany. A Bangladeshi family member of a missing garment worker places roses on the barbed wire fence as she pays tribute to the victims at the site of the April 2013 nine-storey building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Bowatte Indaratane is engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire in the central town of Kandy. Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Bowatte Indaratane Thera is tended by medical personnel as he is carried into a hospital on a stretcher in Colombo May 24, 2013.
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Flowers lay close to the scene where Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed in London, England.
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ABOUT THE DARKROOMThe Darkroom, the photography and video blog of The Baltimore Sun, shines a light on visually captivating stories of our past and present. Images are continually being added to the Lankapura website, so be sure to visit frequently. Buddhist International has recently launched a small research project on Sri Lankan housemaids in the Gulf countries and the violence on them.  The project aims to scientifically investigate the trends of violence experience by the migrant Sri Lankan housemaids in the Gulf area, over past few years, and review the depth of violence.
The picture shows a sculptor working on a Buddha statue at a workshop in Madhapur, Hyderabad. Christians and Muslims in Nepal are criticizing the draft version of a new constitution that bans religious conversion. Please download the Sambodh – IBC Newsletter (Vol 1, Issue 2, March 2015) from the following location. As you arrive here you will see many Buddha statues, temples and even humble monks along the way.A  Even though majority of the population is Buddhist, you will also see many churches, mosques and Hindu kovils co- existing peacefully amongst one another. The canister which they kept on a rock for protection as they rested was stuck and could not be moved in the morning. On the first visit it is said he arrived at Mahiyangana in Anuradhapura to meet a Yaksa clan and won them over to Buddhism. During this time Lord Buddha visited Nagadeepa (Jaffna) where at present a temple stands, attracting many visitors.
The mysterious cave temple in Dambulla, with five shrines and over hundred sculptures of the Buddha show the impact of Buddhism that has rippled through the country over thousands of years.
With lions, horses, and elephants on this door mat-type piece of stone, perhaps it had some astrological or symbolic meaning. Inside, the monks explained that this is an Americanized version of what a typical Buddhist monastery would be. The entire experience was dramatically different than the typical American religious experience. By visiting the Vihara, I got a feel of what it is like for Buddhist Sri Lankans to practice their spiritual life, even if this Vihara has been Americanized.
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Devotionally embedded in the lives of the Sinhalese, Buddhism is one of the oldest practicing religions in the world.
Understanding this was its rightful place the two merchants covered the canister with rock and soil.
A stupa was built here with a lock of Lord Buddhaa€™s hair, and later became Mahiyangana Chaaitya containing the late Buddhaa€™s collar bone. Lights and chimes were present in the small garden and on the house, something that is probably an American modification to the typical Vihara. Simplicity was the theme of the Vihara, something that really goes against the entire American culture. Perhaps our culture can learn from the Buddhists and take more time to reflect and meditate on our own lives. The yet-to-be-named filly foal, bred in a breeding programme by the adventure park as part of a endangered species prtotection project, will be one of less than 300 predicted to be born in the country this year. The Warthog is a wild member of the pig family that lives in grassland, savanna, and woodland in Sub-Saharan Africa. The two new arrivals are seen as a significant step in conservation of the species, which are native to the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil. The UK’s security services are facing a Commons inquiry after confirmation that the two men arrested were known to MI5. At the age of twenty nine his luxurious life took a turn as he was overwhelmed by the nature of birth, death and suffering.
One of the very strange things about the Vihara is that there were no signs or advertisements outside or inside the building. Another interesting fact is that the monks considered the area outside the house with the statues as a spiritually significant place.
One cannot go onto the rug with shoes, so all visitors must take off their shoes before entering. In a culture where we are constantly racing around to fulfill various tasks, a place to simply sit and meditate is a fascinating thing to see.
In return, almost the entire waste water generated by these centers is disposed off into the river. It is on the night on the birth of his son, he decided to be free of all attachments, and seek a solution to be free of suffering. It is during this visit ita€™s believed that Lord Buddha left an imprint of his foot on Adams Peak (Sri Pada), visited the site of Dhigavapi in the Ampara District and Dhivaguha (not yet identified).
In Western culture, we always portray our deities, our heroes, and ourselves in an ideal light, which is to us a fit body. Almost every religious institution in America today is graced with a huge sign outside their church, mosque, or temple. In our churches, synagogues, and mosques, it is only the areas inside the building that are considered important, not the outside. Compared to a typical American religious house of worship, the Vihara felt more comforting and personal. After six years of meditation, on Vesak full moon poya day he attained enlightenment under a Bo tree, becoming Lord Goutama Buddha. And finally visited Anuradhapura visiting the sites where the present Bo tree and three revered dagabaa€™s; Ruwanweliseya, Thuparamaya and Sela Chaaitya stand.
This is not only a result of the Staten Island Vihara being inside a small house, it is also a result of the simplistic style of the Vihara.

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