Colombo - We inform our readers
of Buddhist Spectrum page with profound sadness that the hand that
penned the column Buddhist Mirror stilled on last 27th of December.
With A. G. S. Kariyawasam's passing
away, the country has lost a Buddhist scholar, a Buddhist writer
of rare calibre an editor and most of all an exemplary human being.
He was 71 years at the time of his
An old boy of Mahinda College, Galle,
Siri Kariyawasam passed out from the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya
with Second Class Honours in Sanskrit with Sinhalese. Then he joined
the teaching staff of St. Anthony's College, Baddegama - for two
Thereafter his whole career was mainly
devoted to Buddhist writings and Buddhist publication activities
until his very last days. For 26 years since 1960, he was the assistant
editor in Buddhist Encyclopedia and later Deputy Editor in Chief
until retirement in 1989.
In the sixteen fascicles of the Buddhist
Encyclopedia so far published. Sixty six articles have been written
by the late writer.
Under the Buddhist programs of Sri
Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) he gave a series of talks
under the titles of 'The word of the Buddha', and 'In the steps
of the Sakyamuni".
Associating closely with Ven. Bhikkhu
Bodhi during 1991-1998 he edited the Ven. Bhikkhu's publications.
Then since the passing away of Ven. Piyadassi Maha Thera, who was
the editor of Sinhala Buddhist publications of the Buddhist Publication
Society he undertook editing both Sinhala and English publications
of the Society.
He was the translator of several valuable
books from English to Sinhala. He translated the Second and Third
volumes of 'Hinduism and Buddhism by Charles Eliot and volume III
of A History of Indian Literature by Winternitz.
He translated and authored Sath Anupassana
- a Sinhala book on Buddhist meditation authored by Matara Nanarama
Maha Thera as Seven Contemplations of Insight. This was published
by the Buddhist publication society, Kandy in 1997.
Buddhist ceremonies and Rituals of
Sri Lanka published by the Society in the same year - is an original
piece of writing by him. It was our writer who edited 'The Buddhist'
during the years between 1978-1986, which is published by Colombo
In addition, the number of Buddhist
articles he has written to many journals and magazines exceed one
hundred and fifty in number.
Until his passing away in Kandy he
was a dedicated worker for Buddhist Publication Society. While being
engaged in his scholarly Dhamma activities, he was mindful of the
sound upbringing of the young minds. Until his last days he taught
at Kandy, English medium Dhamma school, Samadhi.
A dear father to his two daughters
Vasundhara and Ashvinee, he was the dutiful husband to his wife
May he attain Nibbana! [LANKA DAILY