With the intention of reaching out to the German Buddhist community, the Embassy of Sri Lanka organized a ‘Vesak day’ programme on Friday 27th May 2016 at the Embassy premises, giving emphasis to the teachings of the Lord Buddha.
This occasion was organized, apart from the main Vesak Day programme which was held on 22nd May 2016 at the Buddhist Temple in Frohnau, Berlin with the participation of a large gathering of Sri Lankans and Germans.
In order to provide ambiance and the feeling of Vesak to the German community, the Embassy premises was decorated with Buddhist flags, clay lamps and colourful Vesak lanterns. The programme began with a ‘Gilanpasa Buddha Pooja’ followed by chanting of Seth Pirith by Ven. Dr. Wijayarajapura Seelawansa Thero, Ven. Rambukwelle Devananda Thero, Ven. Kongaspitiye Santharakkhitha Thero, Ven. Kurunegoda Dhammaloka Thero, Ven. Santuttho Thero of Germany,Ven. Bhikkuni Sangamittha of Netherlands and Ven. Bhikkuni Anagarika Kusaladhamma to invoke blessings upon the participants and all the Sri Lankans for a peaceful and a happy life.
The Vesak commemorative sermon on “The silence in the thunder - how to find peace and happiness in a chaotic world” was delivered by Ven. Dr. Wijayarajapura Seelawansa Thero, in German language and the participants were encouraged to reflect more deeply on the Buddhist way of life.
Ambassador, Karunatilaka Amunugama during his speech emphasized the importance of the Vesak day and recalled the joint efforts of the international Buddhist community, led by Sri Lanka to spread the teachings of Buddha which conveys a timeless message for every individual to live happily and peacefully. Ambassador also mentioned the service rendered by German Buddhist monks and scholars to enrich and spread the teachings of Lord Buddha.
At the end of the programme the participants were invited to enjoy a Sri Lankan vegetarian meal prepared by the Embassy staff.
Embassy of Sri Lanka, Berlin
30th May 2016