Vesak Day Celebrations at the Embassy of Sri Lanka
The silence in the thunder: how to find peace and happiness in a chaotic worldJune 10th, 2016
With the intention of reaching out to the German Buddhist community, the embassy of Sri Lanka organized a celebration of ‘’Vesak Day’, the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism on May 27th 2016. The event follows the teachings of Buddha based on messages about compassion, peace and goodwill. Vesak Day has been internationally recognized since 1999 by the UN to show the important contributions made by Buddhism as one of the oldest religions in the world.
The programme introduced by the Sri Lankan Embassy 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 happy life. The Embassy premises were decorated with Buddhist flags, clay lamps and colourful Vesak lanterns in order to provide ambiance and the feeling of Vesak to the German community.
Ambassador, Karunatilaka Amunugama spoke about the importance of 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.
Expectations among the attendees were very high. After the speech delivered by Ven. Dr. Wijayarajapura Seelawansa Thero on «The silence in the thunder – how to find peace and happiness in a chaotic world», attendees were encouraged to reflect more deeply on the Buddhist way of life. The program wrapped up with the serving of a Sri Lankan vegetarian meal prepared by the Embassy staff.
In addition, in terms of German-Sri Lankan relations, the event can be considered as a step forward in the conservation of Buddhist traditions in Germany.
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Sopiko Reizba & Dominique Schmutzer, Berlin Global