annual Sanghamitta Day ceremony was held at
the London Buddhist Vihara on the 18th of
December 2016 with full days of religious
year’s programme commenced with
administering of Five Precepts and
admonition by the Head of the Vihara Chief
Sanghanayaka of Great Britain Most Ven.
Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thera.
resident monks, Ven. Dr. Handupelpola
Mahinda Thera from Sri Saddatissa
International Buddhist Centre in Kingsbury,
Ven. Gunnepane Sumanarama Thera, Head of the
Edmonton Buddhist Vihara, Ven. Nagoda
Medhankara Thera from the Edmonton Vihara
and two Nuns Ajan Bodhipala and Ajan Thisara from
Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hemel
Hempstead attended the programme..
number of devotees administered the Eight
Precepts, Atasil on the day.
Seelawimala Nayaka Thera in his Anusaasana
explained the significance of Theri
Sanghamitta's arrival in Sri Lanka and the
bringing in of the southern branch from the
historical Sri Maha Bodhi at Buddha Gaya in
India under which Siddhartha attained
Enlightenment. Sent as a gift to the people
of Sri Lanka by Emperor Dharmashoka with his
daughter Sanghamitta, The Bodhi sapling was
planted in 249 BC by Ashok's close friend
Sri Lankan ruler, King Devanam Piyathissa, in
the Royal Garden Mahamevna Uyana in the
capital city of the time, Anuradhapura.
It is the oldest living human-planted tree
in the world with a known planting
date.Today it is one of the most sacred
relics of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka and
respected by Buddhists all over the world.
Buddha Vandana a meditation session was
conducted by Ven. Kalugamuwe Kassapa Thera,
followed by a Dhamma talk by a visiting nun
Ajan Bodhipala from the Amaravati Monastery.
the mid day Buddha Puja a Sangika Dhana to
the Ven. Monks, Nuns and Upasaka Upasikas
observing Eight Precepts was served, with
the fist most part been offered to the
Buddha, in memory of Most Ven. Dr. Medagama
Vajiragnana Nayaka Thera, former Head of the
London Buddhist Vihara.
Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thera and Ven. Dr.
Handupelpola Mahinda Nayaka Thera from Sri
Saddatissa International Buddhist Centre
delivered Anusasanas reflecting the yeoman
service received from the late Nayaka Thera to
propagate the Dhamma in the West
and continued development of the services at
Sumana Perera gave a talk on the benefits
of Buddhist Meditation of mind fullness in
clinical and non-clinical settings and
Julian Wall in his illustrated talk on
Emperor Ashoka discussed the significance of
Ashoka's mission to spread the Dhamma out
Konwewe Ariyarathana Thera and Dr. Upali
Abeysiri conducted Dhamma discussion. Ven.
Kalugamuwe Kassapa Thera delivered Day’s
sermon in Sinhala.
resident and visiting monks chanted Seth
Pirith to conclude the day's proceedings.