"There are many meditation monasteries and centers in Sri Lanka, but only a small number of them are geared to provide for foreigners and few of the teachers in them know English. There are, however, several places that do cater for foreigners. Some of these make a charge for food and accommodation, others don`t. Either way it is very bad kamma to use a meditation centre, monastery or hermitage as cheap or free accommodation.
“kamma” is the Pali word for Sanskrit “karma”.
The Buddhist Holy Scriptures - set out in writing for the first time in Sri Lanka - of Theravada Buddhists in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia are written in Pali, not in Sanskrit. Pali is believed to be the language closest to the Buddha’s native language Magadhi.
By the way, the Sanskrit name for this Buddhist canon is “Tripitika”, while the Pali name used in Sri Lanka is spelt “Tipitaka.”
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