By Kitsiri Malalgoda

ISBN-10: 0520028732

ISBN-13: 9780520028739

Even if the inhabitants of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) embraces many fans of Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, Buddhists have lengthy constituted the good majority. equally, Buddhism is practiced via the Sinhalese, by means of a long way the biggest ethnic staff within the country.

For greater than 2,000 years the background of Sinhalese Buddhism has been recorded by way of clergymen in a sequence of chronicles. those chronicles encouraged a deep experience of historic continuity. Mr. Malalgoda has made a close learn of the fairly fresh background of Sinhalese Buddhism, in which the classical culture skilled revival and alter based on either inner and exterior pressures.

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Belief in astrology and in supernatural interveorio n did not replace the Buddhistic belief in the impersonal mechanisms of the laws of karma. While the fo rmer helped to explain good or bad fortune in the immediate perspective, rhe laws of karma were believed to lie ben(::uh all these processes in the long-term perspective. Similarl y, tho ugh magical practi ces helped to allevia£(: bad fortune and to obtain good. in the immediate perspeerive, they were deemed irrelevant to the ultimate goal of the attainment of salvation.

Some Catholic missionaries themselves recognized this simi· larity and to some extenr derived confidenct: and encouragement from it. l modes of Christian worship were calculated to make an impression and gain ground in the countr}". it is no doubt the Catholic form which you Protesflnt s call an idolatry in disguise: it has a Poog(l or sacrifice; . . nikbr, A j;/1 alfd W(1urn Di>"I;~,m('t. pp. 4! 4 - 1 ~ . ;on T ('flnrn •. of1don, 1S~O). p. 67. '6 It is relevant in this connccrion to note a debal<: hdd before Sri Vira Pariknma NarendrasifJlha (1707-39), the Sinhalese King of Kandy.

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