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The Festival of Vesak at the  Shanthi Buddhist Vihara, Nottingham

Press Release
 

Evidence that the Shanthi Buddhist Vihara of Nottingham, founded some three-and-a-half years ago under the dynamic leadership of its Incumbent, the Venerable Teldeniyaye Amitha Thero, was now firmly established as a significant part of the spiritual life of this city and region, was clearly to be seen in a great variety of religious and communal  activities conducted ON Sunday 22nd May, 2016, at St Patrick’s Church Hall, Watnall, to mark the most important Buddhist Festival of Wesak  commemorating the triple events of the birth, Enlightenment and demise of the Buddha. 

An exquisite variety of food and drink, prepared by an army devotees of the Vihara congregation, was available throughout the day. 

Devotional songs sung by choirs of male and female adult voices set to uplifting tunes by the Vihara’s Master of Music, Mr Gihan de Suilva, assisted by Mr. Chaminda Munasinghe, together with a most touching display of singing by junior members of the Vihara under the training and guidance of Mrs Danushka Punchihewa of the Vihara Dhamma School, raised the spirits of the gathering which had filled the Church Hall to overflowing to new heights.  

Essential and and practical support on establishing the right atmosphere for such a gathering as this was provided by the Venerable Mahiyanganaye Wimalashanthi Thero, a guest monk of the Incumbent.

While joy and celebration featured highly on the days’ agenda, the essence of the function took the form of a sermon by the Incumbent, the Venerable Teldeniyaye Amitha Thero, by means of which he reminded the great crowd of devotee-listeners present, of  the essence of the Buddha’s  unique analysis of the human condition,  and of his unparalleled teachings on how one might lead a truly contented and fulfilled life.  

All-in- all, it was an occasion that facilitated renewal of old friendships and the formation of new ones – in a word, a blossoming community of united hearts and minds.

 Rev. Tony De Alwis

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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