Inter Faith Event 2018
As part of the UK’s Inter Faith Week, London Buddhist Vihara hosted an Inter Faith celebration on 10 November 2018 at which representatives of several religious communities gathered together to reflect on the theme of Peace and Reconciliation in Society.
This was an opportunity to strengthen relations, share experiences and foster understanding between peoples of different religious and non-religious beliefs. London Buddhist Vihara is a founder member of the Inter Faith Network and we are honoured that the IFN’s Executive Director, Dr Harriet Crabtree, was our keynote speaker. The evening included a panel discussion as well as audience participation with a Question & Answer Session.
Katina Ceremony 2018
The end of the traditional rainy season (vas period) was celebrated at the London Buddhist Vihara on Sunday, 4 November 2018.
This year, the katina robe was donated to Most Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, the Head Monk at London Buddhist Vihara.
The occasion was attended by over 350 devotees.
Kathina signifies the traditional end of the Vassa (Rainy) season pertaining to the Buddha's own home ground in Northern India. A Vihara may perform this ceremony only once in any particular year. Kathina is an auspicious event giving devotees the rare opportunity of offering a Kathina robe to the Sangha who have observed the rainy retreat (Vassa) at this Vihara. The occasion also gives an opportunity for practising Dana (generosity) in providing useful requisites to the monks and to the Vihara in general.
This year, seven families of devotees got together to sponsor the kathina period.
New High Commissioner for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's new High Commissioner to UK, Manisha Gunasekera arrived in London recently from Seoul, South Korea where she was the Ambassador.
One of her earliest visit was to the London Buddhist Vihara where she received blessing from the Head monk, Ven Bogoda Seelawimala Thero and the resident monks.
Founders Day 2018
The birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala, the founder of the London Buddhist Vihara was celebrated on Saturday, 15 September 2018 at the Vihara. The event commenced with the memorial lecture delivered by Professor Peter Harvey, Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Studies at the University of Sunderland. The title of the talk was 'The Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha'.
This was followed by Paritta chanting at 7:30pm which went on until midnight. Twenty five monks from various Buddhist viharas in the UK took part.
The following morning dana to the monks was offered by the devotees followed by transference of merits to Anagarika Dharmapala
Pictures by Tissa Madawela
Poson Celebration 2018
The Full Moon Day of June commemorates the beginning of the propagation of Buddhism under Emperor Asoka of India in the 3rd century BCE, and marks the introduction of the Buddha Dhamma to Sri Lanka by Arahat Mahinda in 246 BCE. This unique and historical event was celebrated at the London Buddhist Vihara on Sunday, 1 July 2018.
The programme commenced in the morning with the monks of the Vihara adminstering the eight precepts for those wished to observe. The afternoon session commenced with a panel discussion.
The celebration closed with Bakthi Gee (devotional songs) sung by the children of the Rahula Dhamma School (Sunday School) of the London Buddhist Vihara
Pictures by Tissa Madawela
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