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For a happy and contented married life through the Buddhist Philosophy
This was so useful and helpful to correct wrong views and understand the truth. I understood how subtle things between us can lead to unexpected problems and also how to be free of them.
Ms. Silva (20 yrs) – Ragama
The session on meditation was very practical. The lectures were as good as meditating.
Ms. Gonethilaka (42yrs) – Colombo 10
Gained knowledge to be able to recognize correctly the problems we experience constantly in society and also to be able to look at them from a different view point. It would have been so good if we had the opportunity to gain this knowledge on reproductive health during our school days. Yet I was able to correct certain misconceptions I had up to now.
Kariyawasam 31yr – Wadduwa
I was able to gather many important points . I am still an unmarried woman. I believe that these lectures and discussions will be a great strength to me in my married life in the future . I am so thankful to Damrivi Foundation for organizing this type of programmes.
Ms. Mendis ( 23yr) Kandana
A very successful programme. The counselling was a relief for many problems which were suppressed in my mind and tormenting me. A heartfelt thank you.
Ms. Gayani ( 34yr), Panadura
Addressing the sharp and visible increase in divorce and separations and marital problems in our society Damrivi developed and implements this as a youth programme aimed at facilitating a happy and a contented married life. This programme also serves as a pre-marital counselling programme.
Sri Lanka has a population of 20 million out of which 18 % are in the age group of 15 to 25 years. Even though the social structure is undergoing a rapid change there is a high percentage of marriages arranged by the parents or relations relying on values other than the compatibility of the couple in their attitudes and the way of thinking. Even in the instances of love marriages the relationships seem to start and progress on to a marriage based on values such as being handsome, being beautiful or being trendy rather than on values that help to result in a long lasting relationship. How ever the social taboos and the gap in communication that exist between the parents and their grown up children regarding sexual and family matters results in the younger generation starting their family life without any guidance and unprepared for the difficulties they may encounter. At present hardly any pre-marital counseling service exists in Sri Lanka. This inadequacy in the preparation for marriage is reflected in the increasing instances of domestic violence, the rising divorce rates and high suicide rates seen in the recent past.
In theory the couple could visit any government health unit or a well women clinic to access this service, but the lack of privacy, overcrowding, the service providers having to share their time with more pressing problems and most of all the lack of awareness of the younger generation of the significance, need and the crucial value of this aspect of preparation for married life result in their entering marriage almost blindly. The programme addresses the spiritual, biological and psychological needs for a happy marriage. This includes Buddhist concept of love and family values, concept of non violence, domestic Violence and its consequences , stresses and strains of a marital relationship, causes of conflict and Resolution in the Buddhist Way , addiction to smoking alcohol and drugs , reproductive health , sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS , Buddhist attitude towards wealth, the Value of Meditation as a practical approach emphasizing the benefits of control over one's mind etc.
This programme is conducted by Buddhist academics, doctors, psychiatrists, gynecologists/obstetricians, and psychiatrists. The programme has been conducted in the form of a full day interactive workshop. It has been conducted in the Investment Zone for the employees of the BOI companies , for the member of the Civil Security Force from the threatened villages, for the employees of the corporate sector and the for youth in general . The programme has had a very positive response from the participants and the post-evaluations confirm this.
Though there are constant requests from participants to conduct the programme for their fellow workers or colleagues, there is a need to advocate with employers to make this programme available for their employees. The lack of interest among employers is due to the fact that the impact of programmes of this nature for mental transformation is not tangible like donating material things, constructing houses or providing medical benefits. Damrivi appeals to all employers and to those engaged in social development to help to make this programme available to our youth through sponsorships.
Though the programme aims at youth as the primary target group, it has been well received by all age groups equally as an effective programme for promoting mental health and harmony in family relations.
Our first programme was conducted in 2006 at the Youth Center, Maharagama for 80 youth, both girls and boys . The programme was conducted as a 2 day workshop and was offered free of charge. Since then , many programmes were conducted in various parts of the country both in Government an private sector institutions.
Damrivi conducted its first fee based programme in March 2009 at the Damrivi Center. The programme which was advertised through the media as a days workshop was attended by participants from varied age groups , professions and backgrounds and included non-Buddhists .
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At the SLT Training Center, Welisara - (July 2007 ) - 80 employees from the middle and junior management participated in the Progrmme
The programme was sponsored by the Board of Investments of Sri Lanka (BOI) for 150 workers in the Katunayaka Industrial Zone representing a cross section of the companies within the zone. This programme addressed many problems raised by the young migrant workers employed in the industrial zone.
At the initiation of the then Director General of the Sri Lankan Civil Security Force, Admiral Sarath Weerasekara, many programmes were conducted for the members of the Sri Lanka Civil Security Force. The programmes were sponsored by the Civil Security Force.
At the Auditorium of the Rajarata University , Mihintale ( July 2007). - 198 officers engaged in the conflict area participated in the Programme.
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Our first workshop conducted at the Maharagama Youth Center on 2nd and 3rd September 2006 was aimed at 80-100 youth intending marriage and also newly married couples. At the commencement of the Programme a Pre-Test was conducted to test the knowledge of the participants on fundamentals for a successful marriage and a Post-Test was conduced at the end of the two day sessions to evaluate the impact of the Programme. A booklet containing the extracts of some of the lectures were distributed to all participants. The panel discussions at the end of each session provided a effective platform for participants to clear many of their doubts . There was a continuous flow of written queries to all such discussion panels . The Programme , reading material and food and beverages for the Programme was made available free of charge by Damrivi for all participants.
There were several appeals for participation by middle aged married people. However as the target group was different and space and other resources were limited we were compelled to exclude many of such requests.