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SLF Medical Director, Dr Deepthi to speak in a National Conference

National Conference on:
COVID-19: Impact, Mitigation, Opportunities and Building Resilience
Theme:” From Adversity to Serendipity”
Hosted by: National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka
Dates: 27th & 28th, 2021

The first day of the conference is Jan 27th, in Sri Lanka

The second day of the conference, 28th in Sri Lanka, 10.20am to 11.00am
Session 4- Plenary Presentation:
By the North America Speakers:
Canada time: 10.50pm on the 27thDr Dilantha Fernando/ Canada
US/California time: 8.50pm on the 27thDr Deepthi Jayasekera & Dr Iru Fernando/ US
UK time: 4.50am on the 28th -Dr Suranjith Seneviratna/ UK

The two day program:
Programme final NSF

Register in the link below:
https://forms.gle/peSVXhTSu5zJ2paL9

Kegalle ‘COVID CURE’ remains unapproved by Medical Professionals

Written by Zulfick Farzan
11 Dec, 2020 | 9:04 PM

Colombo (News 1st); The ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ of Dhammika Bandara from Kegalle is yet to be clinically tested at the Wathupitiwala District Base Hospital, said its Medical Superintendent M. C. N. Bandara on Friday (11).

He said a doctor had made an observation on the syrup or cure, however, he is yet to be informed about it.

Dhammika Bandara, the creator of the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ claims his product was tested at the Wathupitiwala District Base Hospital adding Medical Officer Dhammika Kumara, attached to the hospital’s Public Health Unit intervened in the process.

Dhammika Kumara says several patients at the hospital requested to obtain the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ externally.

He said 140 COVID-19 infected patients were given the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ and later 10 of them were subject to PCR tests and result showed all of them were cured.

Based on the result and after obtaining permission from Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, 50 patients were selected at random and they were divided into two groups, where 25 of them were given the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ and the other 25 were given a separate syrup.

Dr. Dhammika Kumara said all 50 patients were subject to PCR tests and 31 samples were sent to the Maharagama Hospital and 19 were sent to the National Medical Research Institute.

However, the National Medical Research Institute has rejected the PCR tests carried out deviating due process.

According to the samples sent to the Maharagama Hospital 16 of those who consumed the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ and two others who consumed the other syrup were cured of the virus.

Dhammika Kumara went on to note one patient who was given the other syrup had earlier tested negative to COVID-19.

More than 100 vaccines are in trial stages across the world to cure COVID-19, however, none have show 100% accurate results.

Therefore, it the process observed a the Wathupitiwala District Base Hospital can be accepted as the truth, the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ of Dhammika Bandara will become the world’s first cure to show 100% success rate.

However, Dr. Prasad Hendawitharana, the Chair of the Government Ayurvedic Medical Officers Association said there are serious concerns surrouding Dhammika Bandara and his ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’

An Ayurvedic product can only be produced by a doctor registered with the Ayurvedic Medical Council of Sri Lanka and under the strict supervision of a doctor attached to the AMC in a laboratory registered with the Ayurvedic Medical Council, he said.

Though one can claim one discovered a cure, there are steps that need to be followed before it is administered to patients, he added.

No one can claim they are an Ayurvedic Practitioner, simple because they present a recipe of a potion, said Dr. Prasad Hendawitharana, the Chair of the Government Ayurvedic Medical Officers Association.

On the 09th of December State Minister Sisira Jayakody claimed the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine and the Department of Ayurveda had approved for the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ produced by Dhammika Bandara to be given as a food supplement to COVID-19 patients.

On the 10th of December the Commissioner of Ayurveda Chathura Kumaratunga said the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ is being subject to clinical trials and the results are to be expected.

He stressed the Department of Ayurveda had not given approval for the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ to be used as a food supplement.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Association Professor Indika Karunathilake said when a medicine is produced there is a process followed in introducing it to the world.

There is no proven cure for COVID-19 anywhere in the world, he stressed.

Video Attached! Another Successful Medical Webinar Hosted by AAUPOC in Collaboration with SLF

With the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic still spreading worldwide and the public health and economic crisis continues, the Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya, Ottawa, Canada chapter in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Foundation, partnered with the two expert doctors, Dr Deepthi Jayasekera, Infectious Disease Specialist, Clinical Professor of Western University, in California, and Dr Dushyantha Jayaweera, Professor in Clinical Medicine of University of Miami, Florida, addressed essential issues in “New Covid Therapeutics and Vaccines” to bring awareness and to educate our communities on December 13th, 2020.

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Canada Hon.Sitara Khan was one of our special guests, and in her speech, she thanked the AAUPOC and the Sri Lanka Foundation for the selection of expert medical professionals to generate awareness of the Pandemic by organizing this Webinar, the other special guest was Dr Walter Jayasinghe, the Founder of the Sri Lanka Foundation, said, quote, ” it is great that we organize these webinars specially during this unprecedented times as in the past the medical subject has not been discussed, I encourage you all to organize similar academic webinars in the future”. Dr Nimal De Silva, the President of the Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya, Ottawa Chapter shared the highlights of his organization and thanked everyone for the team work between the two organizations which led to the success of this webinar.

We had a large crowd of attendees globally to witness the very informative presentations delivered by the panel of doctor’s and they also were able to answer questions to give assurance in regards to the crucial and important questions that came through the live chatline.

The webinar video will be available on the AAUPOC & SLF Websites to those of you who missed watching the webinar.

Stay tuned for the upcoming webinars in 2021!

Click on the link below to watch the video:

https://youtu.be/vcZLvdHf7_0

Dharma Vijaya Sunday School class, will conduct Visakha, Buddha’s greatest female lay disciple.

Dr. Niranjala Tillakaratne and Mihiri Tillakaratne are conducting lessons for the Dharma Vijaya Sunday School with the advice of Dr. Ven. Walpola Piyananda. The mother and daughter duo conducted a lesson on study skills and college applications in October, on gratitude in November and on Visakha, the Buddha’s greatest female lay disciple in December 2020.

They plan to teach at least one lesson per month. They will send the students the material related to the topic, reading comprehension questions, and discussion topics a week in advance. There is a Google form for students to sign up for the question(s) that they are interested in addressing. Students then can read, research, and think about the question(s), and share their thoughts with the rest of the class.

Link to the “Visakha lesson”

https://www.facebook.com/dharma.vijayavihara/videos/3548374855243024

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU1373ns-VA

Description of the lesson:

“During this week’s Sunday School class, we will be discussing Visakha, Buddha’s greatest female lay disciple.

Visakha lived during Buddha’s time and Buddha said Visakha was his greatest female lay disciple. She practiced a Buddhist way of life since she was seven years old and had confidence in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.  Visakha was well known for her generosity towards the Buddha and Sangha. A role model to many and beloved by all, Visakha was an intelligent woman, who not only thought critically, but also spoke her mind and stood up for what she believed in. Because of her qualities, she was invited to settle the disputes in the female sangha.

During Sunday school class, we will learn some of the stories where she displayed these qualities.  In one of the discourses the Buddha delivered, he told Visakha about four qualities that a woman can practice to be a spiritual person living a moral life in this world and in the next life. These are:

 confidence in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha (saddhā)
 virtue (sīla)
 generosity (cāga)
 wisdom (pañña)

1) Short Answer Questions (younger students)

For today’s first assignment, let’s focus on two qualities, virtue and generosity, and how you practice them.  You can answer these questions with a short answer essay or creatively (for example, poem, drawing, etc.).

Virtue (sīla) can be practiced by following the Five Precepts. The Five Precepts are the Buddhist version of a code of conduct or rules to help people behave in a moral and ethical way. After taking refuge in Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, we promise to follow these five precepts. When we follow the Five Precepts, we can live a morally good life.

Take one of the five precepts and share how you practice it in your daily life.

Generosity (cāga) can be practiced by giving charity and alms, and by having an open mind without stinginess. 
 How do you practice generosity in your daily life?  Share two ways how you practice it in your daily life.
  2) Discussion Questions (all students)   Visakha always spoke up – sometimes to clear misconceptions about her, defend herself from unjust accusations and misunderstood situations, and openly practicing Buddhism in her husband’s household where it was not practiced.

  Standing up for what you believe in is an essential life skill. By asserting yourself, you are actively taking charge of your life. Asserting yourself can be scary, though, since you may be afraid of offending people or standing out from a crowd. By truly knowing yourself and your convictions, however, you will be able to find the courage to stand up to make a difference for yourself or others.

First answer the question: 

 What is something that is important to you that you believe in?  For example, treating others with respect and being treated by others with respect, fairness and equality, community service, climate change, democracy, antiwar, etc.

Then answer one of these questions:

  1) What is something in the world you would like to change?  How would you like to change it?

  2) Have you ever experienced a situation with classmates or friends where you wanted to speak up about something you felt was wrong but didn’t? How did you feel? 

3) Have you ever stood up for your beliefs?  What did you do or say?  How did that make you feel?

  4)How has believing in yourself helped you change your life and/or reach your goals?

5) Is there anyone in your life that you admire or consider a role model that you look up to?  How have you learned from their actions and qualities?

We will learn in the class how she practiced some of these qualities in her life.

Please read the Chapter 22, titled Visakha in “Thus We Heard, recollections of the life of Buddha” by Bhante Walpola Piyananada and Stephen Long.

The chapter as well as questions are attached here. These questions address the life of Visakha and her qualities, and also how we can incorporate some of her qualities in our lives.

Please sign up for a question or more in the attached Google form. Read, research, and think about the question(s), so you can share your thoughts with the rest of the class. See you on Sunday!

Dr. Niranjala Tillakaratne and Mihiri Tillakaratne


Bios for Niranjala Tillakaratne for SLF



Bios for Mihiri Tillakaratne for SLF

Lessons of Gratitude conducted by the Dharma Vijaya Sunday School

Dr. Niranjala Tillakaratne and Mihiri Tillakaratne are conducting lessons for the Dharma Vijaya Sunday School with the advice of Dr. Ven. Walpola Piyananda. The mother and daughter duo conducted a lesson on study skills and college applications in October, on gratitude in November and on Visakha, the Buddha’s greatest female lay disciple in December 2020.

They plan to teach at least one lesson per month. They will send the students the material related to the topic, reading comprehension questions, and discussion topics a week in advance. There is a Google form for students to sign up for the question(s) that they are interested in addressing. Students then can read, research, and think about the question(s), and share their thoughts with the rest of the class.

Link to the Gratitude lesson:

https://www.facebook.com/dharma.vijayavihara/videos/3511645318915978

Description of the lesson:

“This Thanksgiving is an unusual one, in the midst of a pandemic.  We usually get together with others to celebrate and tell others how we feel about them.  Let us take this moment to reflect on what we are thankful for, and more importantly, express our gratitude for ourselves and others.

  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please do the following before our talk about gratitude on Sunday.

  1) Write a letter thanking someone who you appreciate.
Write and deliver a letter of gratitude to someone who you would like to thank.  You send the letter through text, email, or by reading the gratitude letter over the phone.

2) Answer at least one of the following questions and be prepared to discuss:
* What have others done in your life that you are grateful for? What is one thoughtful thing someone did for you recently?
* Have you had a chance to help someone recently, and how did that make you feel?

Many Words of Gratitude from the Families at the Food Drive

During these unprecedented times with many families facing financial crisis, Walter J Company, New Economics for Women, and American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)/ Labor Community Services (LCS), in collaboration with Sri Lanka Foundation, hosted a holiday food drive in an effort to reduce the food shortage to families in need during this holiday season on December 19th, 2020 from 9.00am to 12.00pm at the Walter J Company parking lot on 1930 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90057.

Hundreds of families drove in as well as walked up to accept the food boxes with much gratitude and conveying blessings to the volunteers helping to distribute the food items.

Due to the great organization by the sponsors of this project the volunteers were able to execute the operations without any issues to the very end and shared their positive experience.





A Special Ceremony of chanting the powerful Ratana Sutta 108 Times!

Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles, California will host a special virtual chanting ceremony on Sunday, December 27. 108 Sri Lankan monks across the USA will take turns chanting the Ratana Sutta to bless devotees in this most difficult time. For the last few months, the participating temples have been chanting the Ratana Sutta twice each day during the morning and evening.

Ratana Sutta is a special Buddhist Sutta which has been created to overcome challenges caused by the pandemics. The “Ratana Sutta,” or the “Jewel Discourse,” describes the exact qualities of the Buddha, the Dhamma (his teachings), and the Sangha (enlightened disciples). This sutta was taught by the Buddha as a way to help alleviate a plague afflicting the city of Vesali. The Buddha had Ven. Ananda walk through and around the city chanting this sutta, which led to the dispersal of the plague and the city returning to prosperity. Therefore, Ratana Sutta is still chanted for its protective powers.

The monks at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara also chanted the Ratana Sutta 108 times in March 2020 to send positive healing energy at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.

Sunday December 27, 2020, all-day; 5.00 am to 8.00 pm (Pacific Time)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUparsbQRa6pL8V7KF6zzYQ

Contact: Ven. Dhammajothi 323 252 2339/Ven. Pannarathana- 323 847 7234


Massive crowds throng to get Covid-19 cure syrup in Kegalle: IGP calls comprehensive report

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has called for a comprehensive report from the SSP Kegalle into the yesterday’s incident in Hettimulla, where large number of people gathered to get the Ayurvedic syrup, ignoring health guidelines, Police said.

Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said necessary action would be taken upon receiving the report from Kegalle SSP.

A massive crowd thronged at a traditional Ayurvedic centre in Hettimulla, Kegalle on Tuesday to get samples of the product after it was reported that the Ayurvedic syrup would cure Covid-19.

Several Police teams have been dispatched to the location to control the crowd gathering.

for more information go to:http://www.dailymirror.lk

Upcoming Medical Webinar on New Covid Therapeutics And Vaccines Hosted by AAUPOC and in Collaboration with SLF

DON’T MISS OUT:

Topics: New Covid Therapeutics and Vaccines

Medical Webinar hosted by Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya Ottawa Canada Chapter (AAUPOC) and in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Foundation International, California, USA.


Presenters: Dr Deepthi Jayasekera, M.D, Infectious Disease Specialist, Clinical Professor, Western University, Chief of Infectious Disease, Emanate Health & San Dimas Hospital, LA, USA.

Dr Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D, MRCOG (UK), FACP, Clinical Professor, University of Miami School of Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.





Click below to register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2216070362733/WN_t75UUYUSTU6wrAjforV9uA

New Year Blessings 2021 by Lankaramaya Buddhist Institute

New year Blessings Program will be conducted by the Lankaramaya Buddhist Institute in La Puente on December 31st and January 1st, 2021.

The Abbot, Resident Monks, and Dayaka Sabha of Lankaramaya Buddhist Institute cordially invite you, your family and friends to join them in the New Year Celebrations to invoke blessings upon all of you.

The temple will follow all CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone attending the temple.

Surgical face masks and hand sanitizer is a requirement before entering the temple.

If you wish to join the celebrations online, please see below zoom meeting ID and passcode.

Meeting ID: 811 4584 2601
Passcode: Lankarama