Thames Buddhist Vihara held its Vesak Day Celebrations on 27th of May 2018 at the Temple premises with the participation of a large gathering of Sri Lankan families and local devotees.
The event was organised by Ven. Kohukumbure Siridhamma Thero (Deputy Head Monk of Thames Buddhist Vihara) & Ven. Dombawala Amitha, under the guidance of Most Ven. Pahalagama Somarathana Nayake Thero, Chief Sangha Nayake of Great Britain & Founder of Thames Buddhist Vihara. Ven. Dodamgoda Sumedha Thero, Head Monk of Buckinghamshire Siri Sadaham Viharaya also attended the event. The participants were blessed to have three monks to lead different Dhamma sessions throughout the day.
The religious ceremony commenced in the morning with conducting the Buddha Pooja and administering the Nine Precepts (Nawanga Uposatha Sila) to a large gathering of devotees. Both adults and children observed Sil.
Devotees appropriately wearing white attire spent the day paying homage to the Buddha by observing and practicing the innumerable noble qualities of the Buddha. The devotees took part in devotional offerings to the Buddha, listening to sermons, practising meditation and engaging in Dhamma discussions. The venue was decorated with Vesak lanterns and Buddhist flags to create a calm and serene atmosphere befitting the occasion.
After Sangika and Upasaka Dana, starting DANSALA. The children of TBV Dhamma School delivered a number of presentations on the significance of the Vesak Poya Day.
The program concluded with afternoon refreshments for all devotees (DANSALA), evening pooja & Buddhist Devotional Song presentation with a lot of devotion to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha.