New Year Blessings
Sri Lankans, on 14th April we shall be celebrating the Sri Lankan New
Year both in Sri Lanka and in other countries throughout the world.
This festival lasts for a couple of days. The Sri Lankan New Year period
is an event of great significance in many ways. Social, religious, cultural,
and environmental aspects are related to the New Year. Especially, children
visit their parents and adults. They worship the parents and exchange
presents. During the holiday of New Year, children enjoy this period
with many national games. They are the happiest people at this time.
Very importantly on New Year’s Day the families have a meal together.
This is the culmination of the New Year season, they share the New Year
meal together. Also, parents have an opportunity to see their children
and grandchildren, and enjoy the New Year together, inspiring the family
life. Neighbours have an opportunity to meet others, and sometimes exchange
sweets and presents. This is a very good opportunity to develop harmony
and peace. There is a period allocated for religious activities in the
New Year programme. Everyone visits the temples and worships the Triple
Gem and gets blessings from the monks. According to Ayurvedic medicine,
there is a special bathing ceremony with herbal leaves and ointments.
This is the health awareness aspect of the New Year. Actually the New
Year programmes, such as making the fire in the hearth, eating, exchanging
presents and bathing, are all done according to a particular time which
is auspicious. This is a very good exercise for working punctually.
Meditation Class, Wednesday 26th
Wednesday meditation class will be taken by Bhante Kovida
Bhante Kovida will also conduct the end of the month meditation retreat on Saturday 29th.
Please note that the Sunday Service will now start at 5.00 pm
You All are welcome
New Year Message from the London Buddhist Vihara
To All Devotees and Friends,
is a great pleasure for us to extend our sincere greetings to all of you
at the dawn of this New Year 2017. We wish that the New Year will be a
very special one for all of you, filling each day with good health, happiness,
prosperity, and serenity.
of our achievements would be possible without the active participation
and support of our co-ordinators, our dayakas, the Vihara Management Committee
and the Anagarika Dharmapala Trust in Colombo. I wish to express our sincere
thanks and punyanumodana to all these bodies for their invaluable support.
We are very grateful to you for your generous support, which made all
these events a success.
May the blessings of the Noble Triple Gem give you courage to achieve your expectations for your future well-being.
Bhavathu Sabba Mangalam.
Yours with Metta,
Most Ven. Seelawimala Nayaka Thero
Ven. Bandula Thero
Ven. Ariyarathana Thero
Ven. Kassapa Thero
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