Personal Web Portal of Prof. Mahinda Palihawadana

 

·         Born Nov. 26, 1926 at Kadduwa in the Matara District, Sri Lanka.

·         Primary Education, Dampella Rural Scheme School

·         Secondary Education: Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte

 


·         B.A. (Honours) University of Ceylon, Colombo, 1947.

·         M.A. (Distinction), University of Ceylon, Colombo 1952

·         Ph.D., University of Ceylon, Peradeniya,1966 (Thesis title: Secular Leadership in the Rgveda Period)

·         D. Litt. (Honoris Causa), University of Sabaragamuwa, 2003

 

·         Principal, Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte, 1956 -60

·         Lecturer in Sanskrit, Vidyodaya University of Ceylon, 1960- 70

·         Professor of Sanskrit, Vidyodaya / Sri Jayawardanapura University, 1971 - 75, 1980- 92.

·         Post-doctoral Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA, 1972 - 1973

·         Visiting Professor, Department of the History and Literature of Religion, Northwestern University, Evanston,

          Illinois, Spring 1972

·         Professor of Sanskrit, Vidyalankara/ Kelaniya University, 1975- 80

·         Distinguished Visiting Professor in World Religions, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, 1985 - 86

·         Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sri Jayawardanapura University, 1990 - 92.

 ·         Colgate Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University,

           Hamilton, New York, Spring 1993

·         Professor Emeritus, Sri Jayawardanapura University, from 1996

·         Director, Documentation Unit, Department of Cultural Affairs of the Government of Sri Lanka, 1996 - 1999

 

·         N.E.H. Visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York,           Fall 2002

 

·         Treasurer, Dr E. W. Adikaram Foundation, 1987-2010

·         Sri Lanka Vegetarian Society: Patron 1982 - 1997; President 1997-2003

·         Chairman, Samma Ajiva Educational Trust, since inception (January 2001)

·         Chairman, Krishnamurti Centre of Sri Lanka, since December 2002.

·         Member, Council of Sri Jayawardanapura University,  July 2004- December 2006

·         National Honour Sri Lanka Sikhamani conferred by the President of Sri Lanka, Nov. 2005

 

 

Publications

 

Books

· Indra Cult as Ideology, A Clue to Power Struggle in an Ancient Society : Monograph in Vidyodaya Jnl of Arts, Sc. & Letters 1981/82.

· The Dhammapada, A New English Translation with the Pali Text and the First English Translation of the Commentary's Explanation of the Verses with Notes and Critical Textual Comments, Oxford University Press, New York 1987, Paperback reprint 1998 ( Co-author  with. John Ross Carter).

· Manusya-vargayage Kathantaraya (Sinh. Trsl. of J. Krishnamurti: Sri Lanka Talks 1980), Nugegoda 1989

·  Cintana Jalaya (Sinh. Trsl of J. Krishnamurti, The Network of Thought), Nugegoda 1990

· The God of War and Lavishness: The Ethnic Political Import of the Mythology Vedic Indra, State Printing Corporation of Sri Lanka, 1996

·Manusya-vargayage Anagataya (Sinh. Trsl of J. Krishnamurti/ David Bonhm: The Future of Humanity), 1998

· The Dhammapada The Sayings of the Buddha, with an Introduction and Notes (Oxford World Classics Series), Oxford Univ. Press, 2000 (Co-author, with John Ross Carter)

· Ada Alut Dinayaki (Sinh. Trsl. of J. Krshnamurti: Freedom from the Known), Published by Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lnka, 2008. 

· Abhinandana: Papers on Indology and Buddhism, A Felicitation Volume Presented to Jayadeva Tilakasiri (co-editor), Colombo 1991

 

Articles (Select List)

 

· Arya vyaptiya pilibanda alut toraturu, Sarasavi, Vidyodaya U. Union Journal, 1961-62

· Nutana sahityaya ha samskrta vicara vada, Samskrti XV.1, 1968

· Yoga and Ksema, the Significance of their Usage in the Rgveda, Vidyodaya Journal of Arts, Science & Letters I.2, 1968

· A New Approach to the Interpretation of Rgvedic  ari , in ANJALI, O.H.de A. Wijesekera Fel. Volume, Peradeniya 1970 http://sjp.academia.edu/M Palihawadana

· Samtanu in the Rgveda, Vidyodaya Journal of Arts, Science & Letters, 1972-76

·Religious Trends in Sri Lanka, Bulletin for the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, Oct 1975

· Faith and Ideology, in "Food/Energy and the Major Faiths" ed. J. Gremillion, Orbis Books, 1978

· Is There a Theravada Idea of Grace?, in "Christian Faith in a Religiously Plural World", ed. D.G. Dave & J.B. Carman, Orbis Books, New York 1978

·  Religion Beyond Ideology and Power, in "Christian Faith in a Religiously Plural World", Orbis Books, New York 1978

·  Man of Nature and Man Above Nature, in "Man in Nature, Guest or Engineer?", ed. S.J. Samartha & Lynn de Silva, Colombo 1979

·Dhamma Today and Tomorrow, in "Religiousness in Sri Lanka", ed. J. R. Carter, Marga Institute, Colombo 1979

· Buddhism and the Scientific Enterprise, in "Faith and Science in an Unjust World", ed. Roger L. Shinn (Report of the World Council of Churches Conf. on Faith, Science and the Future), Geneva 1980

· Ideological Religion, An Example from Early India, Kalyani, Univ. of Kelaniya Jnl. of Humanities & Social Sciences, 1981-82

· Liberation in the Theravada Buddhist Tradition, in "Offenbarung als Heilserfahrung in Christentum, Hinduismus und Buddhismus", ed. W. Strolz & S. Ueda, Verlag Herder, Freiburg, West Germany 1982

· Dhammapada 1 and 2 and their Commentaries, H. Saddhatissa Fel. Vol., Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, 1984 (http://sjp.academia.edu/M Palihawadana)

· Dhammapada and Commentary: Some Textual Problems and Brough's Comments on them, Vidyodaya J. of Arts, Sc. & Letters, 1984

· Religious Liberty from a Buddhist Perspective, Proc. of the Second World Congress on Religious Liberty, International Religious Liberty Association, Washington DC, 1984

· Theravada Buddhism, Encyclopaedia of World Faiths, Macdonald-Orbis, London 1987

· Bhamassu Re-examined, Vidyodaya Journal of Social Sciences, 1987

· Parani budu samayata sambandha bhasa: dharmapada granthavalin heli vana toraturu bindak- Sarasavi Puvat, Sri Jayawardanapura University, 1988

·  Dhammapada gathavaka cincavage yayi salaku kiyamanak? A.V. Suraweera Niramana Vicara Vimarsana, 1990

·The Persisting Image, Views on the Growth of Self in Early Theravada Texts,  ANANDA, A.W.P. Guruge Felicitation Volume, Colombo 1990

·Concerns and Emphases of Abhidhamma Education in Sri Lanka, ABHINANDANA, J. Tilakasiri Felicitation Volume, Colombo 1991

· Is Buddhism Out of Date?  Proc. of International Seminar on the Future of Buddhism, Ching Chueh Buddhist Research Institute, Taipeh 1991

·Sudukaruva kola atu muvava vu hati, Mahamantinda Siyavas Samaruva, Matara 1993

· On Interpreting the First Verse of Dhammapada: ABHIJNANAMALA, a Felicitation Volume presented to Vinayakamoorthy Sivasamy, Jaffna 1995

·  The Ramayana and the Problem of Locating Lanka,  Lanka and the Ramayana, The Chinmaya Mission, Colombo 1996 (http://sjp.academia.edu/M Palihawadana)

· Pali Sajjhaya and Vedic Svadhyaya: An Inquiry into the Historical Origins of Parittana Recitation, Recent Researches in Buddhist Studies: Essays in Honour of Prof. Y. Karunadasa, Colombo 1997 (http://sjp.academia.edu/M Palihawadana)

·  The Dhammapada 195/196: Two verses added in Sri Lanka?,  Buddhist Studies (Bukkyo Kenkyu) Vol. XXVI, March 1997 (http://sjp.academia.edu/M Palihawadana)

· From Gambler to Camouflage: The Strange Semantic Metamorphosis of Pali kitava, Journal of Pali and Buddhist Studies ( Society for the Study of Pali and Buddhist Culture, Japan) Vol 10, May 1997 (http://sjp.academia.edu/M Palihawadana)

·  The Two ‘Eyes’ of Development: Globalisation and the Buddhist World View - Dialogue, New Series Vol. XXIV (1997)

·   The Legacy of History: From Anuradhapura to Kotte, Sri Lanka Udana, Publication of Ministry of Cultural and Religious Affairs for the 50th  anniversary of independence, February 1998

·  Sanskrit Culture in Sri Lanka, Publication on History of Sri Lanka by The Central Cultural Fund, Colombo

·  Buddhaghosa’s Comment on  Manopubbangama (A. I.11) and its significance as regards the authorship of the Dhammapada Commentary), Buddhist Studies (Bukkyo Kenkyu) Vol XXVII, March 1998 (http://sjp.academia.edu/M Palihawadana)

·  Dhammapadaya ha dharmapada - Dinamina Vesak Kalapaya 1998

· The Impossibility of Intolerance: A Buddhist Perspective, Dialogue (NS) Vol. XXVIII 2001  (paper presented at a SLFI - UNESCO  Seminar on Peace, Tolerance and National Reconciliation)

·     Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Perspectives from the Theravada Canon, Electronic Journal of Buddhist Ethics,  (vol. 10, 2003) http://www.jbe.gold.ac.uk/bath-conf.html 

·“Economic Realities of Our Time - A Buddhist Perspective” in Dialogue, N S Vol. xxx 2003, The Ecumenical Inst. For Study and Dialogue. Colombo Sri Lanka

· “The Buddha in Our Lives”, in “Encounters with   the Word, Essays to honour Aloysius Pieris s.j.”, Ecumenical Inst. For Study and Dialogue, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2004

· “Suffering and its Resolution: An Inquiry into Buddhist and Christian Approaches”, in  Dialogue New Series Vols.  xxxii & xxxiiii 2005-2006  http://sjp.academia.edu/M Palihawadana 

·  “Asoka’s Ethical Activism: An Inspiration for our Times” in Sinhala Bauddhaya Siyavasa (Centenary Commemorative Volume of the Newspaper Sinhala Bauddhaya),  Mahabodhi Society, Colombo 2006 

·“Dh 306 and Commentary: Some Observations” in Journal of Buddhist Studies (Jnl of the Centre for Buddhist Studies, Sri Lanka), Vol. VII, 2009 

·  Ten Chapters in “ON LIVING LIFE WELL: ECHOES OF THE WORDS OF THE BUDDHA FROM THE THERAVADA TRADITION”,  (Talks given to students of Colgate University, Hamilton, New York at Hamilton and in Sri Lanka during several study tours), edited by John Ross Carter, Pariyatti Press, Onalaska, WA, USA, 2010 (1: The Three Charaacteristics, 2: ON “Dependent Origination”, 3: The Four Noble Truths, 4: Virtue, Concentration and Insight I, 5: Virtue, Concentration and Insight II, 6: Liberation in Theravada, 7:The Arrival of the Sangha, 8: The Fusion of Ideologies, 9: The Propensity to Violence, 10: Buddhism and the Scientific Enterprise)

 

Other Academic Presentations (Select List)

 

·         The Indra Cult and the Interpretation of Rgvedic ari: Vidyalnkara Faculty Seminar, Dec 1975

·         The Propensity to Violence: A Buddhist Perspective on the Ethnic Crisis in Sri Lanka - Harvard Univ. World  Religions Center, Nov 1983

·         Buddhist Views on Perception: Colgate U. Humanities Division Faculty Seminars, Oct 1985:

·         The Western Encounter with Buddhism: Colgate U. Campus-wide Open Lecture, Dec 1985 

·         Dhammapada Commentary as an Example of the Pali Atthakatha Genre: Chicago University /South Asia Seminars, Jan 1986

·         The Buddha Still Inspires: Sketch of a Rebel Whom a Nation Learned to Revere (An appraisal of the religio- philosophical and social work of Dr E. W. Adikaram), Northwestern Univ. Hist & Literature of Religion Dept.  Jan 1986

·         Leaving the Soil of Contention: American Association of Religion, Annual Convention, Panel on Ethnic Conflict in   Sri Lanka, March 1986

 ·         Identity and Divisiveness, Some Problems in the Notion of National Identity: Seminar on National Identity in a  Multi-ethnic Society, Marga Institute, Dec 1989

·         Simhala gi kavya ha samskrta alankara-vadaya: Sinhala Dpt Seminar, Colombo Univ., Nov. 1990

·         Affinities between the Buddhist and Hindu Traditions: A Glimpse into Historical Origins:  Hindu Cultural Affairs  Ministry Seminar on “South Asian Region: the Cultural Dimension”, 2. 11. 1991.

·         Vidyodaya ha pracina bhasa adhyayanaya: parani danumen nava danuma opa karana simhalaamsaye bhasa   visesajnayaa - Presentation of Prof. W.G. Balagalle Felicitation Issue of Vidyodaya Journal of Social Sciences, Sri  Jayawardanapura University, September 1992

·         Buddhist Ideals and Buddhist Realities in Contemporary Sri Lanka: Harvard Univ. Dept of Indian & Sanskrit    Studies/ South Asia Regional Studies Program, March 1993

·         Sin and Suffering: The Question of Comparability (An Overview of the Christian and Buddhist Explanations of the    Human Predicament): Colgate Univ. Humanities Colloquium, May 1993

·         Dharmapada sahityaya gana nutana adhyayana: Welvitiye Sorata Commemoration Lecture, Sri Jayawardanapura   University, July 1994

·         Dharma and Human Rights, Asia Foundation Human Rights Workshop, Chiang Mai, Dec.1995

·         Buddhism and Globalisation, American Studies Association Seminar, Colombo January 2001

·         Vegetarianism, A Buddhist and Sri Lankan Perspective, First International Conference of the Asian Vegetarian  Union, Goa, October 2001

·         Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Perspectives from the Theravada Canon,  International Conference on Buddhism and Conflict in Sri Lanka, U K Association of Buddhist Studies, Bath Spa Univ. College, Bath, UK, June 2002

·         The Buddhist Attitude to Religious Pluralism, Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, Taipei, December 30, 2002  

·         Economic Realities of Our Time - A Buddhist Perspective, Convocation Address, Postgraduate Institute of  Management, Sri Jayawardanapura University, May 28, 2003 (Publ. in  Dialogue 2004, The Ecumenical Inst. For  Study and Dialogue. Colombo Sri Lanka)

·         Right Livelihood and the Buddhist Vision of Human Development – Keynote Address, Asoka Weeraratne Commemoration Meeting, July 05, 2003

·          “Nature, Man and Disasters: A Buddhist Perspective”, Symposium on  “Tsunami, A Sign of Our Times?” organized by the Catholic Theological Faculty, Julius-Maximilians University of Wuerzburg, Germany, October 2005. 

·         Dhammapada 306 and Commentary: Some Observations: Post Graduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies   Seminar "Buddhist and Pali Studies, A View Towards the Future", Colombo Dec. 2005

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