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Introduction

Lotus Academy is a project that is in the construction stage. We plan to introduce educational programs in communication and media production areas in the Asian region. In addition we are developing a educational resource base here mainy based on Buddhist wisdom. One of the projects is a seminar/video "Lotus Talks" project partly modelled on Ted Talks. 

 

Buddhist Organisations Need To Promote Vegetarianism

SlCatleSaveBy Guptila de Silva

Vegetarianism has been a bit of a thorny issue among some Buddhist traditions and more often than not, when people question the position of Buddhists with regards to vegetarianism it is dismissed as something inconsequential or even not relevant to the Buddhist practice.

But can a religion that uses Ahimsa (non-violence) as a corner stone of its practice simply ignore or brush aside the role of worsening torture and cruelty to animals caused by modern day factory farming methods? Should Buddhists turn a blind eye to this ever increasing cruelty to beings that share this world with us?

Impact of Mayahana on Sri Lanka

                                          By Janaka Perera

When examining the influence of Mahayana Buddhism in Sri Lanka it would be appropriate to approach the topic from a human interest angle before moving into history, archaeology and the academic sphere. A glance at the role of Mahayana in contemporary Sri Lankan society, I believe, will be a guide to the impact of this school of Buddhism here. 

Cultural Exchanges between Thailand and Sri Lanka

By Dr. Hema Goonatilake

Sukothai1The growth and development of Buddhism in the Southeast Asia region was the result of a dynamic process with South Asia. Sri Lanka due to its strategic position in the Indian Ocean was a centre of trade and maritime activity at least from the 6th century A. C. (McCrindle, 1897, p. 371). The kingdoms in the region were partners in an international cultural exchange, in the context of the constant intellectual and cultural traffic within South and South East Asia. 

Sri Lanka Myanmar Historical Relations

By Dr. Hema Goonatilake

Introduction 

One of the earliest references to Buddhism in Myanmar is in the Dipavamsa and the Mahavamsa where mention is made of the two missionaries, Sona and Uttara sent by Emperor Asoka to Suvannabhumi at the same time Arahat Mahinda came to Sri Lanka. Suvannabhumi has been identified as Lower Burma. According to both Sinhalese and Burmese historical records, however, direct religious and cultural relations between Sri Lanka and Myanmar began in the 11th century. 

The Role of Sri Lanka in the Growth of Buddhism in India in the New Millennium

By Dr Ananda W. P. Guruge 

GurugeMay I begin by expressing my grateful thanks to the Indo-Sri Lanka Buddhist Network, SUCCESS Sri Lanka, German Dharmaduta Society, Buddhist Cultural Centre, Nedimala, International Buddhist Centre, Wellawatte, and in particular Venerable Kirama Wimalajoti Thero and Mr Senaka Weeraratna for the privilege accorded to me to speak to you on the role of Sri Lanka in the growth of Buddhism in India in the new millennium.

Sri Lanka-Cambodia Relations with Special Reference to the Period 14th - 20th Centuries

By Dr. Hema Goonatilake

The emergence of Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia is conventionally traced back to the 13th century A.C. However, there is emerging epigraphical and sculptural evidence, that Buddhism of both the Mahavihara and Abhayagiri of Sri Lanka had made a strong early impact on the development of Theravada Buddhism in South East Asia when a good part of this region was dominated from about the 5th-6th century A.C. by the Mon Khmer culture, and later became part of the Khmer empire.

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May they attain Nibbana