Press Release. Photographs by Tissa Madawela
New Yea's Day at London Buddhist Vihara
Large groups of devotees from Sri Lankan, British and many other communities living in and around London visited the London Buddhist Vihara through out of the day on 1st January 2019 to offer prayers and take part in various religious programmes.
From early in the morning Buddha Puja, Buddha Wandanaa, Dhana and Pirith Chanting were held to bless everyone who visited the Vihara and special arrangements were made to chant Seth Pirith during pre-arranged times of the day.
Head of the Vihara and the Chief Sanghanaayaka of Great Britain Most Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thera and all the resident monks took part in these programmes. The Sri Lanka High Commission offered the mid day Dana for the Maha Sangha.
The newly appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom HE Manisha Gunasekera attended the Dana and Maha Pirith chanting.
Ven. Seelawimala Nayaka Thera in an Anusasana, gave a detailed account of services rendered by the Vihara during the past year. In his Anusasanaa he said, "It was a great pleasure to extend our sincere greetings to every one on the dawn of the New Year 2019. We wish that the New Year will be a very special one for everyone, filling each day with good health, happiness, prosperity and serenity."Ven. Nayaka Thera further said "the year 2018 was a very successful year for the London Buddhist Vihara. In addition to the annual programmes of festival programmes, the temple also supported some of the important charitable activities. Vihara continued to host the Annual Blood Donation programme for the 16th time and offered food and other essential items to the underprivileged people at the homeless centre in Acton. None of these achievements would have been possible without the active participation and continuous support of our dedicated co-ordinators, Sri Lanka High Commissioner and her staff, our conscientious Dayakas, Vihara Management Committee and the Anagarika Dharmapala Trust in Colombo. I wish to express our sincere thanks and Punyanumodana to all for their valuable support. May the Blessings of the Noble Triple Gem give you courage to achieve your expectations for your future well-being."