MELBOURNE CHAPTER CEYLON SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA At our next meeting Wayne Crothers will present an illustrated talk “In the Steps of the Buddha: A focus on Buddhist Art in the NGV Collection”   Buddhism originated in India in the 6th century B.C. and was gradually transmitted to the rest of Asia. Early stylistic developments of Buddhism took place on its journey out of India and trans migration into China, Japan and Sri Lanka. For the first 500-700 years Buddhist iconography was nonfigurative; wheel of law, bodhi tree, footprints or pagodas as reliquaries holding relics of the Buddha or an important monk. It was only in the first or second century AD that the initial figurative sculptures appeared in two different styles produced at two different locations – Gandhara (present day Afghanistan) and Mathura (Indian). Buddhism was introduced from India to Sri Lanka in the second century, and via Central Asian ...

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First Batch of China’s Grant Medicines to arrive in SL on June 3 Photo Source:newsradio.lk Source:newsradio.lk The first Batch of China’s Grant Medicines worth 500 million RMB was scheduled to arrive on 3rd June, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said.   “With joint efforts of all relevant authorities from both China and Sri Lanka, 512,640 syringes of life-saving Enoxaparin Sodium Injection worth of 10 million RMB, the first batch of Chinese government’s 500 million RMB grant to Sri Lankan people have been arranged and will be delivered to Sri Lanka via two consignments,” the Embassy said in a statement.  “One consignment of 256,320 syringes is scheduled to arrive at Colombo in the mid-night of June 3rd by flight CX3119, with the total volume of 40 cubic meters and weight of 4.3 metric tons,” it said.  “The other one is expected to arrive in the second half of the month. ...

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Federal Election and Asian Australian representation and on the China stuff – By Erin Wen Ai Chew Source: Erin Wen Ai Chew Linkedin I was told this morning some of my comments to the media about the Federal Election and Asian Australian representation and on the China stuff was a discussion point on 2GB this morning. It’s probably why the amount of online hate has increased rapidly today for me. In saying that thanks to those who told me they liked my discussion points I made to ABC News which was put on Radio National and on ABC News 24 and here in written form. One thing we must remember is that the anti – Asian/Chinese hate didn’t just happen when the COVID-19 pandemic happened but it has been around since the Gold Rush period and just morphed into something to fit in with the modern era.  #auspol2022 #australia #AusVotes2022 ...

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My lovely Chinese friends – by GEORGE BRAINE In the late 1960s, Peoples’ Publishing House, in Slave Island, advertised a list of Chinese periodicals at bargain prices, and I dropped in and bought a subscription to China Pictorial, a large, colorful, monthly magazine. The annual subscription was only Rs. 10, and even I could afford that! In those days of black-and-white newspapers and magazines, when most news stories came from the West, China Pictorial was a welcome change. Filled with colorful, large photos of dancing troupes, farmers in their fields and fish ponds, young “pioneers” in red scarves, soldiers and ballet dancers in heroic poses, steam powered trains and their drivers, and – the main attraction for me – young, smiling, Chinese women, all in pigtails. It was pure propaganda, of course, but I had no inkling how this knowledge would come in handy 40 years later. Shumin The first ...

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A migrant’s story – By Ron Pieris I was preparing to migrate to Sydney from Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1974. I was invited to a home in Moratuwa for a meal. I remember it was a sunny day in the summer of ‘74. I took a bus from Bambalapitiya to Moratuwa and walked down to my friend’s home. I was greeted at the entrance by his wife and children who warmly welcomed me. After a bit of small talk, I was requested to move to the dining room. This was a Sinhalese family from the provinces. I noticed that on the dining table was placed a bowl of rice with a saucer for serving and three vegetable curries, and on the centre of the table was placed a single egg. We all served food onto our plates. And all of those present were staring at the egg! I was ...

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Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge – by GEORGE BRAINE I was jolted awake with a searing pain in the chest and heavy alcohol fumes on my breath. It was severe heartburn. Soon, the diarrhea started. A large dose of Imodium, which I always carry on my travels, slowed the runs. I was in the lovely, ancient city of Lijiang in Yunnan, China, on a week-long visit. The previous evening, I had shared a bottle of “Cabernet” with my guide Haba and another friend. China is rife with fake wines, but I had paid a high price and the label said “Great Wall”, a reputable brand. Yet, I had been duped. When Haba arrived for the planned hike to Tiger Leaping Gorge, I was in no state to travel. But more Imodium and lots of water gave me the confidence to face the 100km, 2-hour bus ride to Qiaotou, the starting ...

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Dining Out: Dhruvees offers welcome upscale spin on South Asian dishes – by Peter Hum Source:ottawacitizen.com The Beechwood Avenue restaurant is the vision made real of Ottawa-based, India-born entrepreneur Donald Wingell, who worked for years as a manager at deluxe hotels in Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia and Singapore. Dhruvees 18 Beechwood Ave., 613-744-7888, dhruvees.com Open: Tuesday to Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed Monday Prices: main courses between $20 and $32 Access: steps and ramp to front door There are two kinds of people in the world. First, there are those who don’t mind getting their hands dirty while ripping off the shells of cooked crustaceans so as to feast on their sweet, toothsome flesh, even if it means appearing embarrassingly primal in front of your sophisticated dining companions. Then there are those who would rather not. Diners from both camps should be happy at Dhruvees, which opened in early February in New Edinburgh. ...

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Afghanistan gives the world an Emperor without clothes By Raj Gonsalkorale The world needs an Emperor with full clothing to counter the increasing stridency of China. Unfortunately, the US has been progressively shedding its clothes beginning perhaps with the defeat in Vietnam. The many military incursions that followed, all basically abject failures in improving the lives of the people of the countries so invaded, has shown that US objectives have been flawed, and the execution of such objectives, even worse. One wonders however whether there is a dichotomy when it comes to these objectives. Were they meant to help the countries so invaded, were they purely to serve US interests, or were they to serve the interests of a powerful lobby within the US which has profited hugely on account of these futile military adventures. The latter wants conflict, war, instability, corruption at the highest levels in the countries invaded ...

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