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Upul Nishantha Gamage - Resident Instructor

           Upul Nishantha Gamage, present resident meditation teacher, has been guiding thousands of people from different backgrounds who come to Nilambe to practice meditation. According to the article titled “Mistakes” published in Dhammaja (Nilambe Buddhist Meditation centre Newsletter-Volume 2, Jan 2009), he started meditation in 1977, at 13 years of age. At that time, he was instrumental in establishing a Youth Society at a Buddhist Temple near his parents’ house and got involved in many activities as the Secretary of the Society. In late 80’s, he had offered to help Godwin  at a point where someone’s assistance with the activities at the Meditation Centre was vital. Subsequently, he had been introduced to those at the Centre by Godwin as the “new boss” of Nilambe.

            Ever since he has been a very dear friend and an outstanding Dhamma teacher for thousands of people who attend programs conducted by him, also many others who are yet to attend his programs and a counselor for those who are in need of counseling. Besides teaching at Nilambe, Upul  conducts programs at prisons, schools, monasteries, private residences etc. He is regularly invited to conduct meditation retreats in Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. According to his teaching, practice of Meditation paves the path to help ourselves, to understand ourselves and to change ourselves for better as we are becoming more and more mindful about all our day-to-day activities. Moreover, Upul’s great ability to speak to our hearts and practical and philosophical way of presenting Dhamma has enormous power to make us practice Meditation in a joyful manner.

                                                                                                   - by Chamara
 
BEYOND THE VEIL
We like meditation and there is a special place for it in our lives. For some of us, meditation has become a part of our daily routine. When we have time, we also like to go on meditation retreats for an intensified practice. We talk about meditation, read related texts and listen to Dhamma talks. Meditation has become part of our lives....
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MEDITATION PRACTITIONER
...Let us try to identify the practitioner and the non-practitioner from within us! We love to call ourselves practitioners of meditation, and presume to live a spiritual life. What really makes you think you are a practitioner? Surely, exteriors or the outward appearance of a person may not be a proper yardstick. Then, on what basis do we recognize the meditating or non-meditating mind?.....
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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

...When our hopes and dreams are not fulfilled we have experienced sadness. It could be hopes on exam, or a job, a marriage or a cricket match. When our hopes are shattered we all become sad and distressed. When the dream world do not become a reality those who dreamed become sad. They suffer. They become distressed. Think of life as a hell. Being born becomes a problem and even thinks of ending life.....
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'' The Metta (the impersonal friendliness) makes your life comfortable with all the circumstances. Because the discomfort comes out from your resistance, not from the external impulses. Even you have an ability to say No without resisting.''  - Upul Gamage