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After the arrival of Arahantha Mahinda, he invited his sister Sangamitta Thera to bring a sapling of the Bodhi Tree where Buddha was enlightened to Sri Lanka and sinhala buddhist books first Buddhist monastery, monuments and monk were introduced.

Among these, the Isurumuniya and the Vessagiriya remain important centers of worship. Along with Mahinda came his sibling Sanghamitra. She gave the nun ordinace to women devotees. See also the Milinda Panha. Center of Pali literature[ edit ] As a result of the work of Buddhaghosa and other compilers such as DhammapalaSri Lanka developed a strong tradition of written textual transmission of the Pali Canon.

According to HR Perera, the Theravada commentaries considered them heretical and their doctrines included: They held the view that the Buddha, having been born in the Tusita heavensinhala buddhist books there and never came down to earth and it was only a created form that appeared among sinhala buddhist books.

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They also held that nothing whatever given to the Order bears fruit, for the Sangha, which in the ultimate sense of the term meant only the path and fruitions, does not accept anything.

According to them any human pair may enter upon sexual intercourse by mutual consent. However, after meeting Sri Lankan monks in the Chola capital who were refugees, he decided not to visit: At the time of Hiuen Tsang's visit the capital was sinhala buddhist books by Bhikshus of Ceylon who had left the island in consequence of famine and revolution there.

On the pilgrim telling them of his intended visit to Ceylon for instruction, they told him that there sinhala buddhist books no Brethren there superior to them.

This warfare saw the sacking of viharas and made the situation difficult for Buddhism.

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The state of Sri Lankan Buddhism was so bad at this time that he could not find five bhikkhus sinhala buddhist books the whole sinhala buddhist books to ordain more monks and restore the monastic tradition; therefore, he sent an embassy to Burmawhich sent back several eminent elders with Buddhist texts.

Parakramabahu II of Dambadeniya from c. Abolition of other Theravada traditions[ edit ] Before the 12th century, more rulers of Sri Lanka gave support and patronage to the Abhayagiris, and travelers such as Faxian saw the Sinhala buddhist books as the main Buddhist tradition in Sri Lanka.

One can only assume that similar trends were transmitted to other parts of Southeast Asia with Sri Lankan ordination lineages.

During periods of decline, the Sri Lankan monastic lineage was revived through contact with Burma and Thailand. Colonialism and Christianity[ edit ] Dutch painting of the Buddhist religious sinhala buddhist books in Ceylon, c.


The wars sinhala buddhist books the Portuguese and their allies weakened the Sangha. InVimaladharmasuriya I of Kandy sought aid from Burma in order to ordain Buddhist monks on the island as sinhala buddhist books was hardly a single properly ordained monk left.

The Dutch were less zealous than the Portuguese in their religious proselytizing, though they still discriminated against Buddhists which were not allowed to register with the local authorities therefore many Sinhalese pretended to be Protestant. In the mid 18th century the higher ordination of Buddhist monks known as upasampadawhich was defunct at the time, was revived with the help of Thai Buddhist monks on the initiatives taken by Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero during the reign of king Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe.


In a British army captured Kandy and deposed the Sinhalese king ending a line of Buddhist kings lasting years, sinhala buddhist books retained Sri Lanka until Like the Dutch, the British refused to register unbaptized infants sinhala buddhist books to accept non-Christian marriages. They also always preferred Christians in government administration.

The British also supported various Christian missionary groups who established schools on the island.

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Education in these schools which disparaged Buddhism were a requirement for government office. Missionaries also wrote tracts in Sinhalese attacking Buddhism and promoting Christianity [4] Buddhist revival[ edit ] Henry Olcott and Buddhists Colombo, In the 19th century, a national Buddhist movement began as a response to Christian proselytizing, and was empowered by the results of the Panadura debate sinhala buddhist books Christian priests and Buddhist monks such as Migettuwatte Gunananda Thera and Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thera which was widely seen as a victory sinhala buddhist books the Buddhists.

Olcott and the Sinhalese Buddhist leaders established the Buddhist Theosophical Society inwith the goal of establishing Buddhist schools there were only three at the time, bythere were Buddhist schools on sinhala buddhist books island.