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I am going to Sri Lanka in the summer and I would like to learn a little more Buddhism and the Buddha statue before I go. Could anyone give a simple overview of the relgion and some tips on do's and dont's so I don't disrepect the religion but mistake.


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Ok .. keeping it very simple.

When you visit a Buddhist temple, make sure you are wearing clothing which covers your shoulders and knees. Take your shoes off before entering the temple complex .. if you are not sure where to remove them, just ask or watch other people.

Photography is not always allowed ... always check first, and photographing yourself with an image of Buddha is only permitted if you are facing Buddha .. NEVER turn your back on a statue or image for a photograph.

Hope this helps a bit!


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If you like to read a bit about Buddhism you can follow the following link.



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Also you have to remove any headgear before entering a temple.

Here is a brief introduction to the meanings of Buddha statues:


You can google much more info on Buddhism and Buddha Statues.


in Aluthgama on an overcast but still hot morning

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thanks, that all makes it a bit clearer

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Learnt a lot about Buddhism on our first visit in 2003, by simply having a local (buddhist) guide for a 3 day tour. He is a normal local tourist board sanctioned guide, who lives with his family a normal SL life, but he was a very good guide, ex-SL RAF, with excellent English, who gave us an insight into many aspects of life in SL. We've stayed in touch and use him as a guide each time we visit and need a driver. If you want a contact email, PM me

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We would be grateful if you could let us know more about the driver/guide for our holiday there at the beginning of September. Where is the chap based, what are the costs and could you send us an email address?

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Try these two articles which will give you further insight in to Buddhism in SL. I think they will be useful since you are hoping to learn a bit about Buddhism too.

In case you wanna try staying at a monastery the guide will help you to choose one.



Enjoy the trip,



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