Shelton Ranasinghe is a professional engineer. The early years of his career he worked in major civil engineering projects in Sri Lanka and Nigeria. Later he settled down in Australia and specialized in environmental engineering & management on contaminated site-remediation projects. His career in this field commenced in Australia and New Zealand, and later expanded to Canada, Mexico, UK and USA. He now lives in Ohio State in USA.
From a very young age he has been a keen follower of philosophy, religions, anthropology, nature and social behavior. The exposure he acquired living in five continents over a large part of his active working life combined with his temperament of reflection, has given him a unique and intimate understanding of the multi-hued canvas that is humanity. With the humility and very fine sense of balance endowed on him by his sympathetic view of various cultures, social behavior patterns and belief systems he has encountered, he now ventures to crystallize his thoughts. He has published a booklet on Buddhist philosophy named "Buddha Impetus to Primitive psyche" - an effort that can be described as frank, refreshingly unforced and thought provoking. His next effort is a work of science fiction titled "Heaven at SETI's Doorstep". Readers of this book will however perceive many complex overtones that elevate the scope of this book way above and beyond its albeit quite interesting sci-fi content.
Shelton also published an e-book titled "Self - A Delusion?" It presents evidence suggesting that the notion of `self' could arise from deluded cognition. It sources the results of cutting-edge scientific experiments by leading experts in neuropsychology and employs findings from the author's own experience to correlate them with simple examples from nature, prompting you to seek an answer to the question through scientific and metaphysical inquiry. Shelton’s fascinating hypothesis, explains how the make-up of the brain could be manipulating our conscious psyche to hamper deep inquiry into the entirety of our own cognitive process.
His latest book is titled “Souls”. This book explores the possibilities of afterlife. It is a thought provoking novel; light and fun read, griping and focusing the attention of the reader continually. Death is undisputedly a common denominator for humanity; but is the soul the highest common factor or is there none? If you don't believe in an afterlife be ready for a great shake-up. If you do, an even greater one!
B.Sc (Eng), C.Eng, P.Eng, MIMech E(London), MIE(Australia), FIE(Sri Lanka), ASME(USA)
on Oct. 09, 2011 :
Just as Albert Einstein radically reformulated the tenets of relativity and space-time through a conceptual insight in physics; very many centuries before him, Gautama Buddha reformulated the laws governing mental processes through his conceptual insight on Anatta. The Buddha analyzed the mind-body relationship by meticulous dissection of the thought process into its elements and set out clearly the way to control the behavioral propensities of these elements to attain liberation, as the core of his teaching. “Our behavioral propensities derive from the condition of our brains at childhood and that in turn leads us to become ardent protectors of our ideologies and primitive superstitious ideas” – says the author.
This book blows away the cobwebs, whittles down the padding and straightens out the kinks in understanding the core teachings of the Buddha. A one-of-a-kind book on Buddha’s exposition, it avoids the extremes of fanciful over-simplification and convoluted analysis. Supplemented by modern knowledge on how the brain and the computer work, this book covers the core issues of ‘Buddhism’ in a clear and simple presentation. An unexpected bonus is the great deal of homework already done for the reader who then needs to do only the remainder diligently and on his own so as to achieve a correct and clear understanding of the Buddha’s message and his methods. Understanding never comes cheap!
A great source of confusion in today’s world is the vast number of sermons recorded of the Buddha who tailor made them for specific audiences. An approach involving extensive study of these sermons which feature a great deal of overlap and context related implications could lead to confusion rather than clarity. The author having dwelt deeply on this problem has skillfully chosen the key sermons that are able to give a balanced and complete understanding of the core issues and taken it up from there with his own understanding and considerable background knowledge.
(reviewed long after purchase)