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Blissful Togetherness among Sri Lankan Maha Sangha in UK

The second meeting of the Sri Lankan Sangha Sabha of The United Kingdom was held at Thames Buddhist Vihara, Selsdon, Surrey on Tuesday 15th September 2009. A large number of venerable monks witnessed a remarkable sense of togetherness. Sri Lankan monks living in UK, representing almost all the temples showed a growing interest of this council by attending enthusiastically with a profound common purpose, despite the bad weather on the day, difficulties in means of transport, distances and busy schedules during the vassana season of respective viharas.The Most Venerable Pahalagama Somarathana Nayaka Thero, chief prelate of Kalani Chapter in UK warmly welcomed the monks to Thames Buddhist Vihara for the second consecutive congregation. He deeply appreciated the humble gesture of our venerable monks to be together by recognising the importance for securing the privileges of Bhikkhu Sangha. Expressing that it was a great privilege to host the second meeting at Thames Buddhist Vihara, he mentioned that in such occasion, we truly experience the inner bliss of sincerity, humbleness and solidarity of the community of monks. He fervently wished for the unity and frequent congregation to last long.The Most Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero, chief prelate of Malwattha Chapter in UK chaired the meeting. In his introduction, he expressed his pleasure at seeing a large number of Sri Lankan monks attending this second meeting representing many of the temples in UK. Sri Lankan monks bore a unique heritage in the revival of Buddhism in Europe. He highly appreciated everyone's enthusiasm to take part the Sangha Sabha by understanding the importance of the unity and timely dialogues for effective propagation of the Buddha Dhamma with exemplary contributions from respective temples and organisations.

All the monks were so impressed to have such a delightful congregation. Each had a voice to discuss important issues faced by monks and challenges to the prestigious nature of Buddhism in Europe. The Sangha Sabha was determined to implement necessary initiatives to address those concerns urgently. In closing, Ven Bambarabotuwe Ananda Mangala thero thanked the venerable monks' selfless dedication to promote the importance of Sri Lankan Sangha Sabha in the United Kingdom, and specially the Most Venerable Pahalagama Somarathana Nayaka thero for hosting this meeting at Thames Vihara in such a friendly environment. According to the suggestion and invitation of Ven. Dr. W. Kassapa the next meeting will take place on Tuesday 12th January 2010 at 1pm at Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara.

 Sri Lankan Sangha Sabha of United Kingdom

Honourable Patrons:
Most Ven. Pahalagama Somaratha Nayaka Thera
Most Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi Nayaka Thera MBE

Most Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thera

Vice Presidents:
Ven. Dr Witharandeniye Kassapa OBE
Ven. Pidiwille Piyathissa

Ven. Akurala Samitha

Assistant Secretary:
Ven. Bambarabotuwe Ananda Mangala

Ven. Tawalama Bandula

Ven. Keppitiyagoda Gunawansa
Ven. Makure Mangala
Ven. Wiloye Wimalajothi
Ven. Nahalle Rahula

Committee members:
Ven. Dr Kabalewe Siri Sumana
Ven. Gunnepane Sumanarama
Ven. Kamburawala Rewatha
Ven. Pethigamuwe Hemarathana
Ven. Hindikivle Pannasara

Official Address:
London Buddhist Vihara
The Avenue, Bedford Park, Chiswick, London W4 1UD. United Kingdom

Telephone: 0044 2089959493



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