2553rd Buddha Jayanti Celebration in London, UK
Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) celebrated 2553rd Buddha Jayanti (Buddha Day) on Sunday, 17th May 2009 at the usual venue of Priory Community Centre, Acton, London. The celebration started with offering of flowers, candles, incenses etc to Buddha (Buddha Puja) by devotees followed by administration of Panca Sila by Venerable Bhikkhu Seelawimala and chanting according to Tibetan tradition by Venerable Lodro Thaye. Mr. Jhabindra Prashad Aryal, Chargé d’affaire of Embassy of Nepal, London gave a brief speech in which he emphasized the importance of Buddha’s teaching in the present day world and wished our country Nepal will achieve lasting peace as taught by Buddha more than 2500 years ago.
During the occasion Venerable Bhikkhu Bogoda Seelawimala, Head of London Buddhist Vihara and Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain and Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana, President of our society gave talks on ‘The Art of Noble Living ’ and ‘What is Buddhism’ respectively. Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan conducted guided meditation and emphasized the importance of regular meditation for calming the mind and preparing oneself for the day in a better mood. The whole audience listened to the talks with interest and every one remained absolutely quiet during guided meditation. A VCD of Swayambhu was shown which was very much appreciated. Mr. Pabitra Man Shakya sang two beautiful songs in between the talks.
To mark the occasion, the society’s publication LUMBINI 2009 magazine which was printed at Jedo print was released and distributed. The society used one of the famous Buddhist sites of Nepal Mahaboudha temple of Patan for the front cover.
Venerable Sumana and Venerable Sujan did Paritran chanting and blessed the audience and offered sacred Paritran thread to those who wished to have them. People really appreciated Paritran chanting and blessing from Venerable monks to end the day.
The hall was decorated appropriately with Buddhist flags and tankas for the occasion. About 200 people from Nepal, India, Burma, Britain and other countries attended the ceremony. People from the press and director- public relation of Nepali Samaj UK took notes and photos for their respective publications. Sujan and Ujwal Shakya provided an excellent sound system. After the formal programme every one enjoyed the traditional Nepali refreshment generously provided by members and well-wishers of the society.