Dhamma Blog

The Eight Uposatha Precepts

The Buddha encouraged his lay-followers to keep the Five Precepts (abstaining from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, and taking intoxicants) for as long as life lasts. He also recommended that they follow some additional precepts as often as possible. These…

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Why Do We Teach Buddhism in English?

Many people ask us why, in a country like Sri Lanka, we teach Buddhism in English. The answer is very simple. It is for the people here now who cannot learn as easily in Sinhala. We do this without judgment…

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The Five Precepts

The Buddha taught us that ethics is the foundation for all of the good qualities we can develop in the mind. By following five basic training rules we can eliminate worry and regret that disturbs our meditation. As well, we…

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Okasa Vandami! Asking for Forgiveness & Sharing Merit

This is what we recite after listening to a sermon from the monks or at the end of a puja. You can download a PDF to learn on your own. Okāsa vandāmi Bhante. Mayākataṁ puññaṁ, sāminā anumodi tabbaṁ. Translation: Please,…

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Come to our programs when you visit Sri Lanka

Even if you are just visiting Sri Lanka for a short time, we would love to have you learn about Buddhism and meditation with us. Our activities are a great way for you to meet and learn from people who…

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Learning Meditation in English

At the most basic level, meditation in the Buddha’s teaching means training the mind. Training the mind to do what? To see things as they really are. Because this training in meditation is not specific to any time or place,…

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