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I am essentially and fundamentally irreligious, as I have explained in Sowing, but,
if one must have a religion, Buddhism seems to me superior to all other religions.
When I got to Kandy, I had already passed my examination in Tamil and I now
had to take the Sinhalese examination. There is in the Maligawa a curious
octagonal building, called the Oriental Library, because it contains some Pali
texts; in my day the librarian was a Buddhist priest called Gunaratana. He
became my pundit ...
Buddhist priest. He was a character, a card, a humorist, a realist. He flung himself
about in his chair, cracked his jokes, violently rubbed his face and nose with his
hand. He was priest of a small vihare in the neighbourhood, and all he thought
about was its revenue, what he could get out of the land or the Government or
anyone or anything on earth. He wanted to get something out of me — what it
was I have completely forgotten. He talked and talked, and laughed, and watched
me with ...
Anuradhapura, 23-29; 160 Arabs, 93-96 Association, Jaffna Tamil, 1 1 1- 1 14
Autobiography, Principles of, 147-148 Beeching, Miss, 26; 44; 69-75 Bell, Clive,
246 Bell, Vanessa 246 Blixen, Baron, 219-221 Bowes, Jimmy, 39; 44; 47; 63
Bridge, 40 ; 136-137 Buddhism, 159-163; 227- 228; 242-244 Capital Punishment
, 168 Captain L., 13-14 Case, Miss, 26; 44; 69 Casippillai, V., 1 09-1 10 Caste,
Questions of, 24c- 241 Ceylon Civil Service, 34-36; Charles, 22-23; 25-26; 30; 38
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