Photo essay: Buddhist Hell, Sri Lanka

yomadic.com
27 Feb 2014

Buddhist Hell - Dikwella Temple, Sri Lanka

Like me, you may have assumed Buddhism was such a happy religion. Until I discovered Buddhist Hell, deep in the South of Sri Lanka, I figured that Buddhist temples were full of kind, enlightened, robe-wearing folks, living out their days in this world performing good deeds, and getting a stack of good karma to boot. From a Western perspective, brand-Buddhism is pacifism, tranquility, and paying a hundred bucks to see the Shaolin Monks world tour, and being ripped off by Buddhist monks selling plastic beads. But wait, there’s more.

Unfortunately, visiting Sri Lanka, one of the most stunning island nations on the entire planet, has taught me everything I never wanted to know about Buddhism. Like all religions, Buddhism has a special dark place where people just don’t want to end up in this life, or any other. Buddhists refer to it as “Naraka” or “Niraya”. You may know it as “hell”. One artists vision of this tormented and gruesome place is on display inside the Buddhist temple named Wewurukannala Viharain the town named Dikwella. And the Buddhist version of hell, makes your version of hell seem like not such a terrible place.

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One response to “Photo essay: Buddhist Hell, Sri Lanka

  1. There are ancient or pre Buddhist Folk beliefs which is incorporated into Buddhism, hence the term Folk Buddhism, which many Buddhist nations have, Heavens and Hells and so on. The original Buddhist path of meditation and freeing oneself from Samsara is followed only by a few and even those are the elderly mostly.

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