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2020 Mar 31 13:21:28
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2020 Mar 31 10:47:26
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2020 Mar 26 20:35:58
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2020 Mar 26 20:31:00
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2020 Mar 26 20:25:58
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2020 Mar 26 20:21:38
Khemakumara: Upāsikā

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2020 Mar 24 17:31:44
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2020 Mar 24 11:24:10
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2020 Mar 24 04:06:52
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2020 Mar 22 10:32:51
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2020 Mar 22 09:32:05
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2020 Mar 22 09:21:39
Mohan Gnanathilake:   Mögen wir furchtlos vor Gefahren stehen und mutig alle Hindernisse überwinden! Dhamma Grüβe aus Sri Lanka!

2020 Mar 22 09:21:03
Mohan Gnanathilake: May we be fearless in facing dangers and courageously surmount all obstacles! Dhamma Greetings from Sri Lanka!

2020 Mar 22 08:33:26
Moritz: _/\_ Bang Villa

2020 Mar 21 23:08:34
Cheav Villa: May all beings be well and safe. May they be happy. _/\_ _/\_  _/\_

2020 Mar 21 23:08:28
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2020 Mar 21 21:33:47
Khemakumara: កតញ្ញូ   kataññū _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 20 20:55:00
Mohan Gnanathilake: Mögen wir jemals ruhig, heiter, gelassen und friedlich sein! Dhamma Grüβe aus Sri Lanka!

2020 Mar 20 20:49:17
Mohan Gnanathilake: May we ever be calm, serene, unruffled and peaceful! Dhamma Greetings from Sri Lanka!

2020 Mar 20 10:38:44
Cheav Villa: May all beings be well and safe. May they be happy. _/\_ _/\_  _/\_

2020 Mar 17 11:24:51
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2020 Mar 17 07:01:04
Johann: And for those celebrating the Sila day today, a blessed undertaking.

2020 Mar 16 08:31:19
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2020 Mar 16 06:12:53
Johann: A Blessed Siladay this day

2020 Mar 15 07:46:18
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2020 Mar 14 23:37:16
Mohan Gnanathilake: Das Leben ist durch Unwissenheit, Verlangen und Festhalten bedingt. Das Leben ist wie ein Rad, das sich ohne Anfang umdreht. Dhamma Grüβe aus Sri Lanka!

2020 Mar 14 22:32:02
Mohan Gnanathilake: Life is conditioned by ignorance, craving and clinging. Life is like a wheel, turning around without any beginning. Dhamma Greetings from Sri Lanka!

2020 Mar 13 23:15:35
Cheav Villa: May all be blessed by the Savage Sangha along the way to Akyum Pagoda from tomorrow.  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 13 23:11:28
Cheav Villa: I Kana just tries to breath in and out about 30mins.  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 13 06:47:28
Johann: Sadhu

2020 Mar 12 22:29:59
Cheav Villa: I kana tried about 30mins before bed  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 12 21:23:01
Johann: Leave form, sound, smell, taste and touch, right here and now.

2020 Mar 12 21:07:20
Cheav Villa:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 12 14:46:47
Johann: Every time is the best time to leave home, yes.

2020 Mar 12 13:38:39
Cheav Villa: Kana Bhante _/\_ _/\_ _/\_ Best Time to know the Vipasana course is still Vipasana course, when the real Vipasana has come.  ^-^ _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 12 12:55:07
Johann: Best to make Vipassana when there is no fear of Samsara... *irony*

2020 Mar 12 12:51:48
Johann: Waht about changing the date to one when there is no traffic because their are dying much more people every day...

2020 Mar 12 12:50:27
Johann: Best time when there is no more sickness and death in the world or? Samsara fans.

2020 Mar 12 12:41:57
Cheav Villa: Master Moritz  :) _/\_

2020 Mar 12 12:40:49
Cheav Villa: I kana heard from Bang Puthy, Bhante Indanano wants to change the schedule for Vipasana because of most afraid of spreading Covid_19. :) _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 12 12:36:56
Cheav Villa: I kana also dont like to sit as long for the Vipassana Course. Vipasana in any sitting,  walking, standing..  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 12 12:31:33
Johann: (Don't tell it further: He is terrible afraid that he possible needs to take part on the Vipassana course at Wat Akyum)

2020 Mar 12 12:28:23
Johann: They hold him in what's app Samsara caught. *bling*

2020 Mar 12 12:25:45
Johann: He is to afraid because people always tell anything further, my person guesses. To much watching Devas  :)

2020 Mar 12 12:23:21
Cheav Villa: I kana had heard of Master Moritz wants to go back soon to enjoy the Samsara  ^-^ _/\_ _/\_ _/\_. As I kana know the Samara is everywhere in this worldily.  :D _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 12 12:14:39
Cheav Villa: Vandami Bhante  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 09 20:10:03
Moritz: Bang Villa _/\_

2020 Mar 09 12:35:33
Cheav Villa:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 09 12:02:48
Johann: Not only, also for heavens, but if well done of course (Uposatha was held even before the Buddha as well, Nyom)

2020 Mar 09 11:33:51
Cheav Villa: Kana Bhante  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_ Uposatha is for magga and phalas only   :) _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2020 Mar 09 11:31:36
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2020 Mar 09 10:50:08
Johann: A blessed full moon uposatha, maggas and phalas, all.

2020 Mar 08 10:10:28
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2020 Mar 08 08:52:14
Johann: May all observe a blessed full moon Uposatha, those who tend to do it today.

2020 Mar 07 22:47:14
Johann: We includes all wordlings, Nyom. Something that can be changed.

2020 Mar 07 22:45:33
Mohan Gnanathilake: We are susceptible to the worldly conditions (loka-dhamma). Dhamma Greetings from Sri Lanka!

2020 Mar 06 12:03:17
You Y:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Bhante.

2020 Mar 06 09:37:33
You Y: Bhante Johann,  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_ Could you please share me the dhama that I read yesterday?

2020 Mar 05 20:58:15
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2020 Mar 05 20:56:28
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2020 Mar 05 20:52:41
Moritz: Yes, they may come back when the new address is indexed by a search engine.

2020 Mar 05 20:48:50
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2020 Mar 01 06:55:13
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2020 Feb 29 22:31:54
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Author Topic: Ancient Sri Lanka and The Great Dynasty  (Read 884 times)

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Ancient Sri Lanka and The Great Dynasty
« on: September 30, 2018, 06:54:56 AM »
Quote from: The Mahavamsa
The Mahavamsa "The Great Chronicle" otherwise known as "The Great Dynasty" is the single most important work of Lankan origin (written in Pali language). It describes the life and times of the people who forged our nation, from the coming of Vijaya in 543 BCE to the reign of King Mahasena (334 – 361) (6th Century BC to 4th Century AD). A companion volume, the Culavamsa or Choolavansha ("lesser chronicle"), covers the period from the 4th century to the British takeover of Sri Lanka in 1815.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahavamsa

Now since a great sacrifice by Kassapa of Uruvela was near at hand, and since he saw that this latter would fain have him away, he, the victorious over enemies, went to seek alms among the Northern Kurus; and when he had eaten his meal at evening time near the lake Anotatta, the Conqueror, in the ninth month of his buddhahood, at the full moon of Phussa, himself set forth for the isle of Lanka, to win Lanka for the faith. For Lanka was known to the Conqueror as a place where his doctrine should (thereafter) shine in glory; and (he knew that) from Lañkä, filled with the yakkhas, the yakkhas must (first) be driven forth.

The great thera Mahinda, of lofty wisdom, who at that time had been twelve years (a monk), charged by his teacher and by the brotherhood to convert the island of Lanka, pondered on the fitting time (for this) and thought: ‘Old is the king Mutasiva; his son must become king.’

When he had resolved to visit in the meantime his kinsfolk, he bade farewell to his teacher and the brotherhood and having asked the leave of the king he took with him the four theras[1] and also Samghamitta’s son, the miraculously gifted samanera Sumana, mighty in the six supernormal powers; and he went to Dakkhinagiri to confer on his kinsfolk (the) grace (of his preaching). While he was so doing six months passed away.

The Arrival of the Relics
When the great thera of lofty wisdom, after spending the rain-season (thus), had held the pavarana-ceremony, on the full-moon day of the month Kattika, he spoke thus to the king: ‘Long is the time, O lord of men, since we have seen the Sambuddha. We lived a life without a master. There is nothing here for us to worship.’ And to the question: ‘Yet hast thou not told me, sir, that the Sambuddha is passed into nibbana?’ he answered: ‘If we behold the relics we behold the Conqueror.’ ‘My intention to build a thupa is known to you. I will build the thupa, and do you discover the relics.’ The thera replied to the king: ‘Take counsel with Sumana’; and the king said to the samanera: ‘Whence shall we have the relics?’ ‘O lord of men, when thou hast commanded the adorning of the city and the road and hast taken the uposathavows upon thyself together with thy company, go thou, in the evening, mounted on thy state-elephant, bearing the white parasol and attended by musicians, to the Mahanaga-park. There, O king, wilt thou receive relics of him who knew how to destroy the elements of existence,’ so said the sämanera Sumana to the (king), glad of heart.

WHEN the king Dutthagámani had provided for his people and had had a relic put into his spear he marched, with chariots, troops and beasts for riders, to Tissamaháráma, and when he had shown favour to the brotherhood he said: `I will go on to the land on the further side of the river to bring glory to the doctrine. Give us, that we may treat them with honour, bhikkhus who shall go on with us, since the sight of bhikkhus is blessing and protection for us.’ As a penance the brotherhood allowed him five hundred ascetics; taking this company of bhikkhus with him the king marched forth, and when he had caused the read in Malaya leading hither to be made ready he mounted the elephant Kandula and, surrounded by his warriors, he took the field with a mighty host. With the one end yet in Mahágáma the train of the army reached to Guttahálaka.

Arrived at Mahiyangana he overpowered the Damila Chatta. When he had slain the Damilas in that very place he came then to Ambatitthaka, which had a trench leading from the river, and (conquered) the Damila Titthamba; fighting the crafty and powerful foe for four months he (finally) overcame him by cunning, since he placed his mother in his view. When the mighty man marching thence down (the river) had conquered seven mighty Damila princes in one day and had established peace, he gave over the booty to his troops. Therefore is (the place) called Khemáráma.

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Re: Ancient Sri Lanka and The Great Dynasty
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2018, 10:36:19 PM »
Quote from: Nyom gus quoting others
Now since a great sacrifice by Kassapa of Uruvela was near at hand, and since he saw that this latter would fain have him away, he, the victorious over enemies, went to seek alms among the Northern Kurus; and when he had eaten his meal at evening time near the lake Anotatta, the Conqueror, in the ninth month of his buddhahood, at the full moon of Phussa, himself set forth for the isle of Lanka, to win Lanka for the faith. For Lanka was known to the Conqueror as a place where his doctrine should (thereafter) shine in glory; and (he knew that) from Lañkä, filled with the yakkhas, the yakkhas must (first) be driven forth.

 ^-^ ... sure certain wholesome pride is good, but it's probably not so good if it goes on account of what might be not really rightous gained.

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa

Fourth Marvel.

(Mv.I.19.1) [43] At that time, Uruvelakassapa had prepared a great sacrifice. (People from) the whole area of Magadha and Aṅga wanted to come, bringing along lots of staple and non-staple food. Then the thought occurred to Uruvelakassapa, “Right now I have prepared a great sacrifice, and (people from) the whole area of Magadha and Aṅga will come, bringing along lots of staple and non-staple food.

“If the great contemplative performs a marvel in front of the large crowd of people, his gains and honor will increase while my gains and honor diminish.

“Oh, I hope the great contemplative doesn’t come tomorrow!”

(Mv.I.19.2) Then the Blessed One, having known with his awareness the train of thought in Uruvelakassapa’s awareness, went to the northern Kuru country and, taking almsfood from there, consumed it at Anotatta[5] Lake and spent the day right there.

As the night was ending, Uruvelakassapa went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, said to him, “It’s time, great contemplative. The meal is ready.

“Why didn’t you come yesterday, great contemplative?

“And we even thought of you, ‘Why isn’t the great contemplative coming?’

“Your share of staple and non-staple food[6] was set aside.”

(Mv.I.19.3) “Didn’t it occur to you, ‘Right now I am preparing a great sacrifice, and (people from) the whole area of Magadha and Aṅga will come, bringing along lots of staple and non-staple food.

“‘If the great contemplative performs a marvel in front of the large crowd of people, his gains and honor will increase while my gains and honor diminish.

“‘Oh, I hope the great contemplative doesn’t come tomorrow!’?

(Mv.I.19.4) “Kassapa, having known with my awareness the train of thought in your awareness, I went to the northern Kuru country and, taking almsfood from there, consumed it at Anotatta Lake and spent the day there.”

The thought occurred to Uruvelakassapa, “He’s powerful, the great contemplative, and mighty, in that he knew (my) awareness with (his) awareness. But still, he’s not an arahant like me.”

Then the Blessed One ate the meal provided by Uruvelakassapa and stayed on in the forest grove.

There are some teachers here as well, having found Kamboja repeated in the texts, possible not knowing of the old tribe of kambos north of the area the Buddha uses to dwell, and try to gain some fuel for using the power of pride to unite people for their worldy aims. Nevertheless, it's not known that such was ever added into the Tipitaka by the Sangha here. So just stories for certain political interests.

My person is how ever, not familar with the Mahavamsa.

Khmer used to develop a kind of "copy" of the hindu mythology, replacing certain names and geography there. Maybe similar to the history of Mahavamsa, or like Christians in Africa pain Jesus black, in Asia giving him Asian lookalike... to win those with strong Sakaya diṭṭhi, getting all united under this "trick". Understandable, of course.

Jāti is the cause of suffering should be not forgotten. Strong attachment to jāti even cause for much additional unskilful deeds.

Totally fine if by heart a Anussavika and finding certain happiness in what has been gone for sure, not present, not witnessed, even missing this "reality". Just look if things do not simply start to cause suffering and pain, conflicts, fear..., if made ones own.

And much mudita if such can be found. Blessed if having relicts serving to increase Saddha toward the Dhamma, suffering, it's cause, it's ending and the path of leaving house and what ever kind of identification finally.
« Last Edit: September 30, 2018, 10:50:09 PM by Johann »
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Re: Ancient Sri Lanka and The Great Dynasty
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2018, 02:52:08 AM »
Okasa bhante,
Jāti is the cause of suffering should be not forgotten. Strong attachment to jāti even cause for much additional unskilful deeds.
Yes, bhante, I accept.

I just posted above in order to give some information about folk Buddhism in Sri Lanka under the topic 'Folk Buddhism'.

Vandami.

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Re: Ancient Sri Lanka and The Great Dynasty
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2018, 06:04:26 AM »
* Johann : Totally proper here.Maybe just good to comment or tell aditions sometimes, especially if actually knowing. And Sadhu for feeding also cultural areas, to get each others folk-traditions and believes known a little better. Once a Dhammika it's not so easy to get involved in this topics and there is certain danger that knowledgeable friends might suspect one being in doubt of Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, being nationalist, folk-traditionalist... Therefore again: It's very good to get each others folks-customs known und also understood as very human and of course needed to respect to certain degree.
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Re: Ancient Sri Lanka and The Great Dynasty
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2020, 08:25:24 PM »
Quote from: The Mahavamsa
The Mahavamsa "The Great Chronicle" otherwise known as "The Great Dynasty" is the single most important work of Lankan origin (written in Pali language). It describes the life and times of the people who forged our nation, from the coming of Vijaya in 543 BCE to the reign of King Mahasena (334 – 361) (6th Century BC to 4th Century AD). A companion volume, the Culavamsa or Choolavansha ("lesser chronicle"), covers the period from the 4th century to the British takeover of Sri Lanka in 1815.

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Now since a great sacrifice by Kassapa of Uruvela was near at hand, and since he saw that this latter would fain have him away, he, the victorious over enemies, went to seek alms among the Northern Kurus; and when he had eaten his meal at evening time near the lake Anotatta, the Conqueror, in the ninth month of his buddhahood, at the full moon of Phussa, himself set forth for the isle of Lanka, to win Lanka for the faith. For Lanka was known to the Conqueror as a place where his doctrine should (thereafter) shine in glory; and (he knew that) from Lañkä, filled with the yakkhas, the yakkhas must (first) be driven forth.

The great thera Mahinda, of lofty wisdom, who at that time had been twelve years (a monk), charged by his teacher and by the brotherhood to convert the island of Lanka, pondered on the fitting time (for this) and thought: ‘Old is the king Mutasiva; his son must become king.’

When he had resolved to visit in the meantime his kinsfolk, he bade farewell to his teacher and the brotherhood and having asked the leave of the king he took with him the four theras[1] and also Samghamitta’s son, the miraculously gifted samanera Sumana, mighty in the six supernormal powers; and he went to Dakkhinagiri to confer on his kinsfolk (the) grace (of his preaching). While he was so doing six months passed away.

The Arrival of the Relics
When the great thera of lofty wisdom, after spending the rain-season (thus), had held the pavarana-ceremony, on the full-moon day of the month Kattika, he spoke thus to the king: ‘Long is the time, O lord of men, since we have seen the Sambuddha. We lived a life without a master. There is nothing here for us to worship.’ And to the question: ‘Yet hast thou not told me, sir, that the Sambuddha is passed into nibbana?’ he answered: ‘If we behold the relics we behold the Conqueror.’ ‘My intention to build a thupa is known to you. I will build the thupa, and do you discover the relics.’ The thera replied to the king: ‘Take counsel with Sumana’; and the king said to the samanera: ‘Whence shall we have the relics?’ ‘O lord of men, when thou hast commanded the adorning of the city and the road and hast taken the uposathavows upon thyself together with thy company, go thou, in the evening, mounted on thy state-elephant, bearing the white parasol and attended by musicians, to the Mahanaga-park. There, O king, wilt thou receive relics of him who knew how to destroy the elements of existence,’ so said the sämanera Sumana to the (king), glad of heart.

WHEN the king Dutthagámani had provided for his people and had had a relic put into his spear he marched, with chariots, troops and beasts for riders, to Tissamaháráma, and when he had shown favour to the brotherhood he said: `I will go on to the land on the further side of the river to bring glory to the doctrine. Give us, that we may treat them with honour, bhikkhus who shall go on with us, since the sight of bhikkhus is blessing and protection for us.’ As a penance the brotherhood allowed him five hundred ascetics; taking this company of bhikkhus with him the king marched forth, and when he had caused the read in Malaya leading hither to be made ready he mounted the elephant Kandula and, surrounded by his warriors, he took the field with a mighty host. With the one end yet in Mahágáma the train of the army reached to Guttahálaka.

Arrived at Mahiyangana he overpowered the Damila Chatta. When he had slain the Damilas in that very place he came then to Ambatitthaka, which had a trench leading from the river, and (conquered) the Damila Titthamba; fighting the crafty and powerful foe for four months he (finally) overcame him by cunning, since he placed his mother in his view. When the mighty man marching thence down (the river) had conquered seven mighty Damila princes in one day and had established peace, he gave over the booty to his troops. Therefore is (the place) called Khemáráma.

The relevant mater from this post has been synthetised to give the reader a basic knowledge of the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka from the earliest time. It is hoped that this post will serve this purpose, especially to those who wish to gain this knowledge by reading a single, short treatise.
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