Wesak Day ( Buddha Day ) was celebrated
on May the 22nd Sunday with
a full days programme of religious
activities at the London Buddhist Vihara.
The programme included Buddha Vandana,
Dhamma Sermons, Dhamma Discussions,
Dhana for the Monks, Upasakas and the
Upasikas, Meditation sessions, programme
of Devotional Songs and a key note
speech on Mindfulness by Professor
Jeffrey Hunt, of University of Surrey .
A large number of devotees from various
communities participated. More than 200
devotees observed the Eight Precepts,
Ata Sil, instead of the daily 'pan sil'
– the Five Precepts.
President of the Buddhist
Society Dr. Desmond Biddulph and Mrs.
Biddulph were among the invited guests.
Wesak programme for the London Buddhist
Vihara Rahula Dhamma school Children was
held on the 21stSaturday.
main Wesak programme commenced with the
hoisting of the Buddhist flag by Acting
High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in the
United Kingdom, H.E. Sugeeshwara
Gunaratna, followed by the lighting of
the traditional lamp. Head of the Vihara
and the Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great
Britain, Most Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala
Nayaka Thera conducted the Administering
of the Eight Precepts. In his
Admonition, Ven. Nayaka Thera explained
in detail the significance of the Wesak
Full Moon Poya Day. He said that " of
all Poya days, the Vesak Full Moon Poya
Day is of utmost significance as it
marks three major events in the life of
The Buddha. It was on a day like this
that the birth, enlightenment and the
passing away of The Buddha took place.
According to Buddhist history, Gauthama Buddha’s
third visit to Sri Lanka was also taken
place on a Vesak Full Moon Poya Day.
Gauthama Buddha visited Kelaniya at the
invitation of Naga King Maniakkhika of
Kelaniya. At the age of eighty years,
Gautama Buddha rested on a couch placed
between two Sala trees in the Upavattana
Sala grove, in the Kushinagar district
of the modern day Indian state of Uttar
Pradesh, and attained Parinibbana on a
Vesak Full Moon Poya Day."
Thawalama Bandila Thera conducted the
Paying Homage to the Buddha, Buddha
Vandana. Ven. Kalugamuwe Kassapa Thera
presented an Instruction and Practice
session on meditation, with all the
Research Student at the King's College
London, Ven. Dedunupitiye Upananda Thera
delivered a sermon on Wayfarers of
Samsara. Mid Day Buddha Puja was
conducted by Ven. Kassapa Thera.
offering of the Dana to the Maha sangha,
Upasaka and Upasikas rest of the
devotees who attended the programme were
supplied with a delicious vegetarian
Ariyarathana Thera delivered a sermon on
the Passana, Anupassanaa and Vipassanaa
with reference to Nibbana. Ven.
Thawalama Bandula Thera delivered a
Sermon in Sinhala.
speech entitled " Mindfulness in the
modern world" was delivered by Professor
Geoffery Hunt , Professor of Philosophy
at the University of Surrey.
Pariththa Chanting Ven. Seelawimala
Nayaka Thera gave Punyanuodana and said
that he was very happy to see such a
large number of devotees from many
communities attending this year's Wesak
Day programme. He thanked all the
supporters of the Vihara, Children and
the Parents of the Rahula Dhamma School,
Vihara Management Committee and the
devotees who spent their precious time
and worked so hard to make the programme
a huge success.
Blessing Service also held to remember
and pass merits to all the victims of
the recent flooding and land slide
disaster in Sri Lanka. Donations were
collected to help the people who were
As a part of
their Annual programme The Sri Lanka
Women's Association has donated valuable
and greatly useful equipment to the
Seelawimala Nayaka Thera said that
London Buddhist Vihara, to mark the
occasion of it's 90th year has made
arrangements to donate urgently needed
medical equipment, including a Multi
Parameter Patient Monitor and a Fetal
and Maternal Monitor to the
Kebithigollawa Base Hospital in
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka at the request
of the doctors working there.