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By Kitsiri Malalgoda

Even supposing the inhabitants of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) embraces many fans of Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, Buddhists have lengthy constituted the nice majority. equally, Buddhism is practiced through the Sinhalese, by means of some distance the most important ethnic team within the country.

For greater than 2,000 years the background of Sinhalese Buddhism has been recorded through clergymen in a chain of chronicles. those chronicles encouraged a deep feel of historic continuity. Mr. Malalgoda has made an in depth research of the rather fresh heritage of Sinhalese Buddhism, within which the classical culture skilled revival and alter in accordance with either inner and exterior pressures.

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Indeed, foreign influences on the nobility spread well beyond the confines of religion to wider cultural spheres. The dissemination of these influences and the teaching of the principles of Christianity were the primary aims of education , a task which was performed by the clergy. Instruction in schools was primarily religious, and elementary education was necessarily gea red to serve the interests of con vc~io n . ttion; and with many other, non-educational functions also (Onferred on the schoolmasTer, The school, in actual faCT , came to be much more than a mere school.

T'ds of dissension whi ch proved harmful ro the order. -cially with the decline of Buddhism in India, the bulk of such outside influen ces tended to be Mahayanist , Tantri c or H indu . lgha based o n doctrinal as well as on mher grounds. Jtl , was ·sullied by adm ixture with a hundred false doctrines, rent asunder by the schism of ... 43 I t should be noted, however, that all t hese corruptions ill prartice did not lead to scepticism regarding the ideals. On the contrary, the attachmen t to the ideals was reinforced during periods of crises, and new measures were undertaken to approximate to the ideals when the crises were subd ued .

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