A vast crowd gathered at the Thames Buddhist Vihara on Friday 25th May 2018, in the afternoon, to Bless Most Ven. Pahalagama Somarathana Nayaka Thero, Chief Sangha Nayake of Great Britain & Founder of Thames Buddhist Vihara – London, on his 72nd Birthday.
Ven. Kohukumbure Siridhamma Thero, Deputy Head Monk of Thames Buddhist Vihara & Ven. Dombawala Amitha Thero, together devotees had arranged a felicitation programme for this day as well. Ven. Dodamgoda Sumedha Thero, Head Monk of Buckinghamshire Siri Sadaham Viharaya also attended the event.
A large number of devotees of the Thames Buddhist Vihara participated in the Buddha Pooja. Ven. Kohukumbure Siridhamma Thero conducted the SATH BUDU VANDANA pooja.
This was followed by an introductory sermon in detail about the Nayake Thero performed by the Deputy Head of the Thames Buddhist Vihara Ven. Kohukumbure Siridhamma Thero.
Ven. Dombawala Amitha Thero delivered a sermon describing the services rendered by the Most Ven. Nayake Thero during his life as a recognised Buddhist Monk.
Dr.Herath Kularathne, President of Thames Meditation Society, welcomed the guests. He said that this event was not a mere celebration of Pahalagama Somarathana Nayaka Thero’s Birthday, it was more a celebration of his achievements since his arrival in this country in 1981, the services he has rendered to the community at large, to the propagation of Buddhism and Sri Lankan Culture. This was also an occasion for the community to show their gratitude to him.
Most Ven. Pahalagama Sri Somarathana Nayake Thero, Chief Sangha Nayake of Great Britain & Founder of Thames Buddhist Vihara – London, thanked all those who helped to stage these celebrations and especially SATH BUDU VANDANA pooja.
Reported by: Ven. Dombawala Amitha
Photographs by Mr.Gihan Jayathilake