Notice Board


New Year Blessings

As 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.
The Sri Lankan New Year period coincides with the Easter festivals in Europe. Exactly as in Europe, the environment is more beautiful. A lot of spring flowers blossom on the trees and look very beautiful. Certainly the month named called Bakmasaya means fortunate month, so the whole environment gives a good presentation of nature. During this period, the London Buddhist Vihara would like to extend our best wishes and the blessings of the Triple Gem to everyone in our worldwide community.
May you have a happy Sri Lankan New Year

Ven. B. Seelawimala
on behalf of the London Buddhist Vihara


Meditation Class, Wednesday 26th

The Wednesday meditation class will be taken by Bhante Kovida
Bhante Kovida is a well known meditation teacher from Canada.
The class will include a session of
Chi gong which is an ancient form of Chinese meditation based on movements.

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,

It 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.

The year 2016 was a remarkable year for the London Buddhist Vihara. Apart from the annual programme of festivals, we were able to celebrate 90th anniversary of the London Buddhist Vihara on a grand scale at the Vihara with the unparalleled Pictorial exhibition. This was a great success, Also this year with the help of the Dayakas we have contributed to some charity works here and in Sri Lanka. We donated a Multi-Parameter Patient Monitor and a Fetal/Maternal Monitor to Kebithigollewa Base hospital. We have sponsored flood relief works and a water distribution project at Lewala, Kegalla. Our annual blood donation project was very successful. Also, during the Vesak and Christmas festivals, we supplied food and other essential items to the homeless centre at Acton.

None 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.

We therefore would like to wish you a Happy New Year from the bottom of our hearts. We all hope that you and your family will have a wonderful New Year.

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




An 8-week course starting
7pm Monday 5th JUNE 2017

5th June   Pre Buddhist Indian History
                  The Life of the Buddha
                  Sources of knowledge. Kalama Sutta.

12th June The First Noble Truth
                  The Second Noble Truth

19th June The Third Noble Truth
                  The Ten Fetters

26th June The Fourth Noble Truth

3rd July    The Law of Kamma
                  Natural Laws, Process of Cognition

10th July  The Wheel of Life, Death and Rebirth

17h July  The Three Characteristics of Existence

24th July Goals and Methods of Meditation

Tutor: Richard Jones
Location: London Buddhist Vihara
How to join: Enrol at the class on first day of attendance.
Fees: Free (donations are welcome)

London Buddhist Vihara
Dharmapala Building
The Avenue,
London W4 1UD

Tube: Turnham Green

Tel: 020 8995 9493

An 8-week course starting
7-9pm Thursday 1st June 2017

1st June   Mangala Sutta (Great Good-fortune)

8th June   Parabhava Sutta (Failure)

15th June Karaniya Metta Sutta (Loving-kindness)

22nd June Salla Sutta (The Barb) & Alavaka Sutta

29th June Padhana Sutta (Striving)

6th July    Hemavata Sutta

13th July  Vasala Sutta (The Outcaste)

20th July   Ratana Sutta (The Jewel)

Tutor: Richard Jones

Location: London Buddhist Vihara

Fees: Free (donations are welcome)

London Buddhist Vihara
Dharmapala Building
The Avenue
London W4 1UD

Tube: Turnham Green

Tel: 020 8995 9493