Prior to assuming duties the newly appointed
Sri Lanka High Commissioner Mrs. Amari
Wijewardana, visited the London Buddhist
Vihara on Monday the 8th August to receive
the Blessings of the Noble Triple Gem.
Acting High Commissioner Sugeeshwara
Gunaratna and Minister Councillor for
Education and Culture Manoj Warnapala
Head of the Vihara, Chief Sangha Nayaka Of
Great Britain Most Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala
Nayaka Thera and all the resident monks
chanted Seth Pirith to bless the visitors.
Ven. Seelawimala Nayaka Thera in his
Anusaasana said that the very close
association between the Vihara and the Sri
Lanka High Commission goes back a long time.
He remembered with gratitude the generous
assistance received to accomplish the day to
day activities of the Vihara from the High
Commission during the time not many Sri
Lankan Buddhists were living in London.
"Even today the Sangika Dana for the temple
on the first day of every month is offered
by the mission" he said.
He further said that as a devout Buddhist
and a well known philanthropist who has a
great desire to promote the welfare of
others, Mrs. Wijewardana is most suited to
serve our country in such a very important
location as the UK.
Dr. Lucky Panagoda and Sudantha Abeykoon
were present representing the Vihara