Under the monthly Sinhala Dharmassawana programme
a unique " Kavi Bana " sermon by Ven.
Pannala Gnanaloka Thera was held at the
London Buddhist Vihara on Saturday the 18th
Head of the Vihara Chief Sanghanayaka of
Great Britain Most Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala
Nayaka Thera in an Anusasanaa said that
although delivering Dhamma sermons using the
media of poetry has become a common practice
in Sri Lanka, this was the first time such a
unique sermon was held in the UK and thanked
the Dayakas for inviting Ven. Gnanaloka
Thera, who is well known in Sri Lanka for
Kavi Bana" in a captivating and powerful,
yet a pleasing voice.
Gnanaloka Thera is the Chief Incumbent of
the Navaloka Viharaya in Sedawaththa. Colombo.
He is a Honorary Consultant
to The Ministry of Social Services, Island
Vide Justice of Peace, Chief Consultant to
Janasarana Foundation and Punarjeewa Dr.
Soma Edirisinghe Fund, Vice Principal of
Sunethra Mahadevi Pirivena, Papiliyana and
Principal of Sri Navaloka Dhamma School.
In Sri Lanka
many radio and television stations broadcast
Ven. Gnanaloka Thera's "Kavi Bana" sermons
regularly. Some of the stations open
their daily programmes with Chanting of Budu
Guna and Thruwan Guna by Ven. Gnanaloka
Thera. These sermons have become extremely popular
among Buddhist devotees as well as followers of other
faiths due to the soothing and
alleviating way that Ven. Gnanaloka Thera
manage to presents the sermons.
This month's Dhammassavana
programme at London Buddhist Vihara was
sponsored by Sheila Wijewardhana,Nayanaa
Alahakoone,Charana Fernando,Nalika Kahawatta,
Kunthala Amarasinghe, Sarojaa
Bandara,Rosy Kudaligama,Susantha de Alwis, Sujathaa
Palihakkaara and their families.
Ven. Gnanaloka Thera is visiting the UK at
the invitation of Anton and Rohini
Weerasinghe and family. Mrs. Savithri
Rajakaruna made a special contribution in
arranging the Pinkama in memory of Late
Wijayamuni Edward Rajakaruna and all the
other departed relatives.
Ven. Gnanaloka Thera paid Punyaanumodana to
Most. Ven. Seelawimala Nayaka Thera and all
the resident and visiting monks at the
London Buddhist Vihara, Anagarika Dharmapala
Trust in Colombo, all the sponsors of the
Dhammassawana programme, Mrs. Rohini and Mr.
Anton Weerasinghe and all the devotees who
attended the Kavi Bana programme.