Vihara celebrates 2550 Sambuddha Jayanthi
Two thousand five hundred monks will assemble at the Sambodhi Vihara,
Wijerama Mawatha in Colombo 7 next Saturday, (May 6) for the opening
ceremony of the Sri Sambodhi Sambudu Sath Budu Mandira - an imposing
seven-storey mansion - erected to commemorate the 2550 Sambuddha
Jayanthi marking the 2550th year since the passing-away of the Buddha.
The building comprises a meditation hall, an auditorium, an international
Buddhist library and a series of kutis for meditators. Right on
top is a dhatu mandiraya to house the relics of the Buddha.
monks will be offered pirikara in the form of robes gifted by a
700-member delegation from Thailand led by Madam Bonkot Sitthipol
of the International Meditation Centre in Thailand, due in Sri Lanka
for the ceremony.
Mahanayaka Theras of the three Nikayas will grace the occasion which
will also be attended by Chinese delegation led by Most Venerable
Shenhui Nayaka Thera, president of the Chinese Buddhist Society,a
leading Buddhist organization in the country. Among the invitees
are President Mahinda Rajapaksa, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike
Kumaratunga, heads of the armed forces and the police, diplomats
and a host of VIPs.
renowned meditation teacher S N Goenka will inaugurate the meditation
programmes at the Sambodhi Vihara on May 11 (Thursday), at 7 p.m.
On Vesak Day, he will conduct a meditation programme at 4.30 pm.
Describing the significance of the new building, the Viharadhipati
of the Sambodhi Vihara, Venerable Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thera
said that with the growing interest in meditation, it will provide
a convenient and comfortable setting for those interested in meditation
to participate in the meditation programmes. While the spacious
meditation hall can house a large number of devotees, the kutis
will provide convenient accommodation for individual meditators
to be on their own.
said the building is an adaptation of the Vijayanthi Prasadaya built
by King Parakramabahu the Great and has been designed following
the Polonnaruwa tradition. The Sambodhi Vihara was founded by the
late Venerable Panadure Ariyadhamma Thera in 1985 and was later
developed by Venerable Piyadassi Nayaka Thera.