Sabbadanam dhammadanam jinati
'The gift of Truth excels all other gifts'
If one desires to become a Buddhist, there is no initiation ceremony (or baptism) which one has to undergo. (But to become a bhikkbu, a member of the Order of the Sangha, one has to undergo a long process of disciplinary training and education.) If one understands the Buddha's teaching, and if one is convinced that his teaching is the right Path and if one tries to follow it, then one is a Buddhist. But according to the unbroken age-old tradition in Buddhist countries, one is considered a Buddhist if one takes the Buddha, the Dhamma (the Teaching) and the Sangha (the Order of Monks)—generally called 'the Triple-Gem'—as one's refuges, and undertakes to observe the Five Precepts (Panea-sila)—the minimum moral obligations of a lay Buddhist— (i) not to destroy life, (2) not to steal, (3) not to commit adultery, (4) not to tell lies, (5) not to take intoxicating drinks—reciting
the formulas given in the ancient texts. On religious occasions Buddhists in congregation usually recite these formulas, following the lead of a Buddhist monk.
“There is something about Sri Lanka that keeps you intrigued. So many different religions and cultures have had their claim to the oceanic island, and its rough past of civil war has left its mark on the people, yet they still welcome visitors with a smile.” – Wayfairer Travel Consultant, Thea Gillingham
This week we’re featuring Sri Lanka, India’s teardrop. A country that boasts golden sand beaches, wildlife watching opportunities in rainforest national parks and historical landmarks such as the resting paws of Lion Rock. .
Have you visited Sri Lanka? What are your top tips for travel here?