Revised March 9, 2017; April 14, 2018; November 10, 2018; August 13, 2019
My name is Lal Ariyaratna Pinnaduwage. I loved physics from school days and became a physicist, and became a Senior Scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a Research Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2004. Since retiring in 2009 at age 55, I have been on a quest to uncover the pure Dhamma of the Buddha.
Even though I am a Buddhist by birth, I did not really “practice” until I retired. Initially, it was to find out what “Buddhism” really was, and how it compared with other world religions.
- I provided the above description in keeping with my intention to be fully open. Also, I intend to make the website “as experienced” by myself. I will specifically mention what I have not experienced as such. I will record my progress in these web pages as much as advisable. (Not everybody will have the same kind of experiences related to samadhi, jhāna, or magga phala).
- What I have found is that Buddha Dhamma is different from not only other religions but also many forms of “Buddhism” that we have today. Other religious and cultural influences have contaminated even the Theravada version.
In July 2013, I accidentally came to know about new interpretations of anicca, dukkha, anatta (true Nature of existence). It was “the main missing piece” for me. I will never forget the ecstatic feeling while listening to that fateful desana from one Thero on July 30, 2013, on the internet. I made a trip to Sri Lanka and was able to find more information, even though I was not able to meet Venerable Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero, who had uncovered the actual teachings. What I present here is this complete picture, with my input from my science background.
- Waharaka Thero passed away on February 9, 2017; see, “Parinibbana of Waharaka Thero.” A large number of his desanas are available at “waharaka.com” (explore the top menu!). Unfortunately, those desanas are available only in the Sinhala language.
- As in science, here, I am going to treat Buddha Dhamma as a theory and explore whether it provides a consistent picture of our world. Buddha Dhamma is a complete worldview, and its principles are the laws of Nature. Scientists have uncovered only a fraction of these laws, and only those about the inert matter. But mind precedes matter.
I hope that I can give you a taste of the exhilarating experience that I have enjoyed over the past several years in uncovering the pure Dhamma. Buddha Dhamma is indeed for those who seek to broaden their horizons. You will truly gain benefit from this site if you leave behind any preconceived ideas about “Buddhism.”
- Above all, I wanted to convey the truth of the fact that one CAN experience the “cooling down” or “Nivana” or “Nibbāna” at various levels as one LEARNS AND LIVES the pure Dhamma. That is not something to be attained in future lives but is something that one CAN experience in this very life by cleansing one’s mind. What I describe here is what I have experienced, to a large extent.
- Most people do not like to talk about their “spiritual experiences,” and that is understandable. But I think it could be beneficial to others if I describe my progress to get an idea of what to expect. A brief description of my development is in “10. Attaining the Sotāpanna Stage via Removing Ditthasava“ and the posts mentioned there. That will also provide a context for the material presented on this website. Please be aware that each person’s experience is different.
- Please ask your questions at the discussion forum; see below. If you have questions of personal Nature, you can send it to me at [email protected]
- Buddha Dhamma is a self-consistent description of Nature’s laws. If there are any inconsistencies in these pages, they are due to my own mistakes, and I should be able to correct them. I do revise these posts continuously as my understanding improves.
The Buddha said, “Sabba dānan Dhamma dānan jināti,” or “Gift of Dhamma excels all other gifts.” Please inform others about this site if you benefit from it.
December of 2017: Discussion forum initiated: “Forum.”
Updates and new posts at “2- General Information and Updates“.
March 2018: A new section on “Quantum Mechanics and Dhamma.”
November 10, 2018: There are over 500 posts at the site as of today. There are two ways to find relevant posts on a given concept/ topic.
- All posts are under sections and subsections; see “Pure Dhamma – Sitemap. “One could scan through it to locate relevant posts.
- The “Search” button at the top right is also good at extracting relevant posts for a given keyword or keywords.
July 2019: New sub-section on “Origin of Life.”
April 2020: Re-writing of the section on “The Five Aggregates (Pañcakkhandha).”