The Nirodha City Centre, a Dhamma and meditation teaching facility was inaugurated on Saturday, February 20 at a simple ceremony presided over by Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi Nayaka Thera and Ven. Olande Ananda Thera. The City Centre located on Duplication Road, is one of the key projects of the Nirodha Trust (www.nirodhatrust.org) whose aim is to foster, preserve and spread the authentic teachings of the Buddha.
The programmes that will be conducted at the Nirodha City Centre include guided meditation, dhamma workshops, sutta discussions, dhammapada teachings, yoga and animated dhamma talks for children.
The Spiritual Director and founder of the Nirodha Trust, Dhammaruwan, is an experienced meditation teacher who has trained with Bhante Henepola Gunaratne and Joseph Goldstein in the USA.
At the inauguration ceremony, in a special message Joseph Goldstein reiterated the importance of centres such as Sunnagara, for providing opportunities for those in the city with busy work schedules to learn meditation in a place close to home. Ven. Wimalajoti welcomed the concept of the City Centre since he felt it would fill an existing void in dhamma dissemination and learning meditation in Colombo.
The event was attended by the Trustees of Nirodha Ananda Jayasuriya, Ajith Dharmaprema, T.B. Nayan, and several distinguished guests. The event was concluded with Ven. Olande Ananda Thera leading group meditation followed by chanting and transfer of merits.