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                                                                                            Kathina Ceremony 2017

The Kathina ceremony was performed this year at the Vihara on Sunday, 29 October attended by a large gathering of devotees.
Kathina
ceremony which is held once every year marks the end of the three month period of retreat (Vassa period)
In accordance with tradition, the kathina robe which was hand stiched by the host devotees was brought into the shrine room and offered to the Sangha.
The Sangha then offered the robe to a monk as agreed. Ven Tawalama Bandula, resident senior monk at the London Buddhist Vihara was the recepient of the robe this year.
This year's Vassa period was hosted by Maddhuma Ratnayake family and friends.

Pictures by Tissa Madawela

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Ajahn Brahmavamso visits the London Buddhist Vihara

Ajahn Brahmavamso, popularly known as Ajahn Brahm, gave a dhamma talk at the Vihara on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 to a large gathering. In his talk, Ajahn Brahm explored the Cultivation of Ethics in a Cybenetic Age.

Ajahn Brahm's UK tour was organised by the Anukampa Bhikkuni Project, which aims to promote the teachings and practice of Early Buddhism through establishing a Bhikkuni presence in the UK.

Ajahn Brahm is the Spiritual Director of the Buddhsit Society of Western Australia (BSWA) and undertakes global visits to spread the dhamma.

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Pictures by Tissa Madawela

Founder's Day 2017

The 153 year of birth of Anagarika Dharmapala, the founder of the London Buddhist Vihara was celebrated on Saturday 16th and 17 September 2017.
On Saturday, the memorial lecture was given by Dr Elizebeth Harris entitled 'Early Buddhist pioneers bringing Buddhism to the West'.
She holds a Honorary Senior Research Fellowship in the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, Birmingham University & Visiting Professor, Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Liverpool Hope University.
She has researched into the encounter between Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the West for 20 years.

The talk highlighted four important persons who contributed immensely to Buddhism.
Edwin Arnold (1832-1904) was the authour of the well known book The Light of Asia. He visited Sri Lanka in 1886.

Anagarika Dharmapala, the founder of the first Buddhist Vihara in London. He also carried out a successful campaighn to get back the Buddhist sites in India from the Hindus.

Frank Woodward was the son of a clergyman. He studied Classics at Cambridge University and arrived in Sri Lanka in 1903 to be the Head of Mahinda College, Galle.

Allan Bennet who was born to a Catholic family contested many misconceptions of Buddhism in the West. He learned Pali and translated text for the Pali Text Society. He was ordained as Ananda Mettheyya and later he disrobed and returned to England.

The lecture was followed by an all night paritta chanting in which 25 monks from various Buddhist temples in the UK took part. In the morning, dana was offered to the monks by the devotees.

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                                                                                             Vesak 2017

The Vesak celebrations were held at the London Buddhsit Vihara on 14 May 2017 which was attended by a large gathering of devotees.

The event commenced with the hoisting of the Buddhist flag by the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, HE Amari Wijewardena which was followed by lighting of the traditional oil lamp.
The key note speech was by Dr Steven Kemper, Professor of Anthropology at Bates University, USA who was on a visit to London. He delivered a very informative talk on Dharmapala's role in instituting Vesak around the World.
Over 200 devotees observed atasil (eight precepts) on the day

The days events were concluded by the teachers and parents of the LBV Rahula Dhamma School singing Bhakthi Gee (devotional songs).

Pictures by Tissa Madawela

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