Harvest of Buddhist books

Renowned scholar Chamika Munasinghe recently published a host of Buddhist books: Ajahn Chah Therunge Bhavana Margaya, Sasara Nivunu Nuvana Pahana Rerukane Chandawimala Maha Therun Vahanse, Buddhotpada Lokaya and Sakwala Dekma Saha Bambalova Gamana.

In these books, the publisher presents essays, study guides and practical advice on the practice of Buddhist Dhamma, commonly known as Vinaya in Buddhist parlance, by both the lay Buddhists, new initiates and experienced bhikkhus. Buddhism is essentially a religion of the mind. Mindfulness and meditation are the most talked about subject in the practice of Buddhism on the eightfold path for the final deliverance from the bondage of birth and death. Most of the articles in this section are written by venerable Buddhist monks out of love and compassion for the humanity. Even if we do not practice this religion, some of the essays in this section can be immensely beneficial for achieving inner peace and equanimity of the mind by practicing mindfulness.

The quality of our lives is conditioned by the quality of our actions. Buddhism teaches us to have a firm conviction in human potential. It says that we are creatures that possess the wonderful ability to take responsibility for what we think, do, and say, and to make our lives expressions of wisdom and compassion, rather than selfishness, fear, and greed.

Respected and loved in his own country as a man of great wisdom, Ajahn Chah was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. Beginning in 1979 with the founding of Cittaviveka (commonly known as Chithurst Buddhist Monastery) in the United Kingdom, the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah has spread throughout Europe, the United States and the British Commonwealth. The dhamma talks of Ajahn Chah have been recorded, transcribed and translated into several languages.

Rerukane Chandawimala Thera was born on 19 July 1897 in the village Rerukana in Kalutara district, western Sri Lanka. His lay name was Rubel Gunawardene. The eldest of a family of 06 children, Rubel’s parents were Don Bastian de Paules Gunawardene and Munasinghage Podi Nona. After having his school education at Veediyagoda school up to grade 2, young Rubel entered the order of Buddhist monks as a Samanera (novice monk) on 8 January 1906. His teacher was Burmese Buddhist monk U. Vinayalankara Maha Thera who resided in Pokunuwita temple those days.

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