The core argument I present here seeks to affirm the phenomenological insight that we have no reflexive access to the event of the law (Ljungstrom. 1997: 78). In this respect I proceed from Panu Minkkinen's observation that "in its everyday activities, Dasein is involved with available law continuously without being reflectively aware of it" (1996: 70). In order to retrace the event of the law in Sri Lanka to a primordial relationship of 'proximity' with the cosmology of Sinhalese Buddhism, I initially focus on the relationship between the ontological horizon of the Buddhist cosmos and Sinhalese Buddhist mythology. 1 As will become evident, this mythology is actively engaged with in the debates appertaining to the law on the recognition of language in Sri Lanka. I go on to argue that the ontological meaning of the Sinhalese Buddhist cosmos awaits arrival in the social, the legislation on language (The Official Language Bill) constituting one such event.
Recommended CitationWijeyeratne, R. D., The Silent Echo of the Law: Phenomenology and the Cosmology of Buddhism, Law Text Culture, 5, 2000.