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A Poya journal

'The Bosat' described as 'A journal of moral advancement, universal service & Peace' was a monthly English publication released by Vajiraramaya in the early years on every full moon Poya day.

Sold at 10 cents in the 1940s, the handy journal carried articles on Buddhism written by eminent writers - both clergy and the laity - along with interesting quotes and messages.

For childrenBaudda_Lamaya

The ' Bauddha Lamaya' meant for the young, particularly the students of the Vajirarama Dahama Pasala was started by the Most Ven Pelene Vajiranana Maha Nayaka Thera and continues to this day.

The early editions always carried interesting articles by the Maha Nayaka Thera written in simple words and often related in story form.

Priced at Rs.10 it was highly appreciated by the young and old alike.

Among early writings in English

Mirror of the Dhamma  - a Manual of Buddhist Chanting & Devotional Texts - was authored by Narada Thera and Bhikkhu Kassapa in 1926 and later revised by Bhikhu Khantipalo.

The aim was to give English translations of Pali devotional passages and verses which can be used by themselves.

Ven Kheminda, the learned monk at Vajirarama was a researcher and authored several papers on Buddhist themes.  He wrote 'Path Fruit and Nibbana' (1965) in memory of Ven Soma Maha Thera (1898-1960) with whom he had discussed the material in the book at length.

'The Buddhist Way to Mental Health' is a translation of 'Anapana Sathi Bhavana' (Development of Mindfulness of breathing' by Ven Madihe Pannasiha Maha Nayaka Thera.

In the introduction, he discusses Man-Mind-and the evolution of Consciousness  and proceeds to explain what 'Bhavana' is before describing the main theme.

'Buddhism in the Western World' by Ven Piyadassi  was published as Publication No 2 in the Lincoln Forum Series after his one year stay at the Center for World Religions at Harward University, USA where he dd research on Buddhism and other religions


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