Upul Nishantha Gamage

Biography

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.

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Books

The Happiness of Letting Go
Price: Free! Words: 6,730. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
At any moment when a person becomes unhappy and restless, s/he becomes a poor person at that moment. Happiness is the measure of richness and poverty. A person who is happy is rich. A person who is unhappy is poor. As soon as the mind gets unhappy it becomes poor. The poor mind extracts reserves from the body for its existence.
The Beauty of the Silent Mind
Price: Free! Words: 7,930. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
As long as there is no suffering, our only refuge is the physical world consisting of money, friends, food, medicine and social positions. Dear Dhamma Friends, the physical world is more than enough for life as long as we don not experience any suffering or sorrow or distress or unhappiness.Suffering and unhappiness come piercing through all these physical name-boards and labels, and tap on us.
Seeing the Nature of the World
Price: Free! Words: 6,350. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Regardless of when and where humans lived, they suffered the most mentally, because a human mind can create suffering limitlessly. Physical suffering such as hunger and thirst has limits. However, suffering created by the mind has no limits. No other being has the ability to create problems in the mind like a human being. Such creativity in the human mind is used for creating problems.
Acquiring a Mind Like Pure Gold
Price: Free! Words: 8,080. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
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Pure gold obtained by removing any contaminant metals is flexible, valuable, smooth, durable and sparkling. We need a mind like pure gold to see the truth. Our mind is contaminated with the wrong thought known as hindrances. A clever mediator can recognize these contaminants, which are obstacles for everything a person does. These hindrances are actions performed by us.
Love, Hatred & Mettā
Price: Free! Words: 7,530. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Mettā (loving kindness) is a feeling that goes beyond love. Mettā does not split a person into two halves: good and bad, beautiful and ugly, educated and uneducated, wealthy and poor and so on. Mettā is the ability to live without expecting anything in return without getting angry no matter what another person does. Small incidents and words are not obstacles at all for a mind with mettā.
Save Time by Investing in Time
Price: Free! Words: 7,850. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
if you give priority to inquiring life, assessing life, valuating life or meditation, you'll have enough time to attend to all your needs. If you give priority to meditation, after finishing everything planned for the day, you'll have somemore time to attend to something else. Meditation gives you time to attend to the needs of your physical health, and to fulfill your duties and responsibilities
Multiple Characters Multiple Suffering
Price: Free! Words: 8,580. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Meditation is a qualitative development. We misidentify meditation for rest and stop there without reaching that qualitative state. We always wear a wrong dress as meditation. Rest is only a by-product of meditation. Ease is only a by-product of meditation. No need to meditate for ease, as it is possible to relax when leaving the restless and stressful society for a calm and quiet place.
Springs from the Heart
Price: Free! Words: 8,390. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
The head is open to a world full of arguments, but the heart is close. The head goes after ideas and knowledge, but the heart is quiet. The head goes with pretension, but the heart goes with honesty.The head cannot change a person, but the heart can.The heart changes upon meeting a living exemplar who experiences the Dhamma. The heart, not the head, sees the peaceful way of living of the exemplar.
No Burning
Price: Free! Words: 6,660. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Meditation comprises a number of talents, which require development, cultivation, practice and usage. This entire activity or the process is known as meditation. It includes planting, cultivating, practicing and using some talents which are instrumental in helping us to live peacefully. It is our duty and responsibility to lead a peaceful life. It is nobody else’s responsibility, but ours.
Rain of Thoughts
Price: Free! Words: 6,570. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
What is this “inner nature?” Have we seen such an “inner nature?” Is it merely some words? Pay attention for a moment to this “inner nature?” Do you feel the “inner nature?” If you do not feel the inure nature, does it mean that life is only about external things-what we eat, drink, dress, do and so on? Is that all about life?
Disentangling Tangles
Price: Free! Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Silence can create an enormous amount of peaceful joy, freedom and consolation. Under such circumstances, silence is a skill. Such a silence is called “Noble Silence.” You are silent not because you are angry with somebody or with yourself. Sometimes, someone is silent while they are angry with someone else or disappointed with themselves. Most people who are distressed and depressed are silent.
Illusion of Painful Painkillers
Price: Free! Words: 7,400. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
A painkiller taken in the past becomes a pain today and one given today can become another illness by tomorrow. Just see how this chain develops. A day will come where no painkiller is left but only suffering. Therefore, practice meditation to be mindful and be observant today, and thereby to be watchful of you or inner nature or pain looking for painkillers.
Living with Awareness - Teachings of late Godwin Samararatne
Price: Free! Words: 14,810. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
The idea of Buddhist meditation is to free ourselves from suffering but sometimes the way we practise creates more suffering. When we practise this simple way we can experience the absence of suffering right at that moment. So when thoughts come you don't suffer, you just know it. When the mind is not calm you don't suffer, but you realise that the mind is not calm....
Sit On Your Own Chair
Price: Free! Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
there is something impossible for another person to do for us, which is giving peaceful joy. Nobody can give us peaceful joy. It cannot be passed around from hand to hand or head to head. Peaceful joy is something that cannot be given or taken but to be emerged within. If a person has the need, he/she can make it crops up within.
No Colour No Shape
Price: Free! Words: 6,040. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Meditation is not only for meditation. In other words, one should not meditate or practise meditation merely to become a meditator. Often, meditation is considered a piece of equipment or a vehicle to be used for seeing the truth. We need to make meditation a vehicle to reach the truth. Meditation is not simply to be standstill.
Buddhism = Mindfulness + Heartfulness
Price: Free! Words: 7,010. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
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Nobody can shoulder your heart and mind. You’ve got to be your own helper. You’ve got to be your own refuge. We may have heard about this so many times. When you have a problem in your mind, just close your eyes for a moment. Just be attentive and listen to yourself instead of bewildering, struggling or sobbing your heart out. That is the path for bringing forth a wise person.
In Between Happiness and Unhappiness
Price: Free! Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Having put what was heard, thought and seen together, all of us have had personal conclusions and opinions about what meditation is. What do we need meditation for? Why should we meditate? What do we look for in meditation? What type of changes in us do we try to achieve? What could go wrong by not meditating? We can find answers to the question “What is meditation?” from different angles....
Suffering Is a Dream
Price: Free! Words: 8,150. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Be Standstill -The first meditation,Cultivating the mind- The second meditation, The insight meditation -The third meditation - In meditation we try to be standstill for sometime . Being standstill is a nuisance. In a world, which has turned upside-down, running is considered a comfort and being standstill is considered a discomfort, though the opposite of this has to be true
Seeing Emptiness
Price: Free! Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Godwin Samararatne was recognized and respected as one of the most able meditation masters in the world because he was not only a gentle guide but, more importantly, was a genuine follower of the Noble Eight fold Path.The book contains a short straightforward Q & A session with Godwin by the current teacher at the center. This would undoubtedly be of great use to development of Meditation .
Be an Outsider if You Want to Change The Inside
Price: Free! Words: 6,050. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
When we do practice awareness we do not try to control anything, this is one of the biggest differences between the awareness meditation and the concentration meditation. We are not saying “no, no, no…” Whatever we experience we try to be aware. No need to say “no”, no need to reject, no need to refuse, no need to deny, no need to push it away. What is the point of repressing or suppressing?
What is Human Life?
Price: Free! Words: 5,010. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Life and time cannot be separated as life and lifespan are the same. For what purpose do we sacrifice our lifespan? We have lots of problems regarding time. These problems exist only in the human world. Just look at the animal world. Time is not a problem for animals, whether it is too much or too little. Often may suffer because s/he would not know anything meaningful to do when there is plenty
Coming Alive with Mindfulness of Breathing
Price: Free! Words: 59,770. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Mindfulness of breathing (Ānāpāna Sati) may seem to be the most straightforward of meditation techniques, but it is also the most profound. It is said that Prince Siddhartha Gautama used awareness of the breath to reach full enlightenment – the complete release of heart and mind – the highest goal of human endeavour.
What Makes You Thinking You Are a Meditation Practitioner?
Price: Free! Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
Let us try to identify the practitioner and the non-practitioner from within us!

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