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6th National Conference on Buddhist Studies – Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th December 2010

Call for PapersThe 6th National Conference on Buddhist Studies will be held on Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th December 2010. The Conference is organized by the Dept. of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Sri Jayewardenepura University in association with the Buddhist Times Trust and Buddhist Activities Fund. (more…)

Sinhalese Influence on Laos: From its Beginning to Consolidation – Part I – Sources

 Sri Lanka and Laoshow to get my ex backHema Goonatilake PhD (Lond)Visiting Professor, Royal University of Phnom Penh, CambodiaPublished in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, New Series, Vol. LIII, 2008.Sri Lanka, till the arrival of the Europeans, has been very possibly the major influence of a high culture in the whole South East Asian region. The earlier Hindu influences which led to such descriptions as “The Indianized States of Southeast Asia'1 are now being...

Ramba(Rambha) Viharaya and its connection with Myanmar

Hema Goonatilake PhD (Lond) Visiting Professor, Royal University of Phnom Penh, CambodiaIntroduction Ramba ViharayaThe intensive relations between Sri Lanka and Myanmar span over a period of 1000 years beginning with the emergence of the city of Bagan (written by British as Pagan) in the 11th century as the cradle of Burmese culture and civilization.This ancient capital of Myanmar epitomizes one of the world’s greatest feats of building construction – greater than all of Europe’s cathedrals, the construction of which spread over...

Godawaya: an ancient port city (2nd Century CE.) and the recent discovery of the unknown wooden wreck

Rasika MuthucumaranaMaritime ArchaeologistMaritime Archaeology unit – Central cultural fund – Galle – Sri LankaGodawaya is a small fishing village, which belongs to the Hambantota district of SouthernSri Lanka. It is situated between Ambalantota and Hambantota near the river mouth of the Walawe River, the fourth-biggest river of the country. This used to be the old river mouth, but with some changes happened in the coastal area and due to the massive sand deposits the river mouth was blocked many...