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Series of Events held in Toronto to mark Vesak

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Followers of Lord Buddha’s philosophy marked the birth, attainment of enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha, by organizing several events in the Greater Toronto Area, with the active participation of the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Toronto and staff.

The West End Buddhist Temple and Meditation Centre of Mississauga, together with other Buddhist temples in the GTA, representing Theravada, Mahayana and Vijirayana Sects organized an event on 28th May 2017 to mark Vesak, which included prayers, sermons and parade and was attended by devotees from Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. Chair of the organizing committee Ven. Dr. Bhante Saranapala delivered the main sermon highlighting the way to follow Lord Buddha’s journey for the benefit, welfare and happiness of human being with his blessings on the city, the nation and the world.    Addressing the gathering Consul General of Sri Lanka emphasized the relevance of following Lord Buddha’s teaching today than ever before and the contribution of Buddhism towards spirituality of humanity. The Consul General also highlighted Sri Lanka’s pivotal role in declaring Vesak as “International Vesak Day” by the United Nations and this year’s International Vesak Day under the theme “Buddhist teachings for Social Justice and Sustainable World Peace” in Colombo. This event was attended by Senator Victor Oh, Federal Member of Parliament Peter Fonseca, Mayor of Mississauga Ms. Bonnie Crombie and Provincial Minister Dipika Damerla.

Dr. Veronique Tomaszewski, Adjunct Professor of the Department of Sociology of the York University delivered the key note address at the Vesak Celebrations organized by the Canada-Sri Lanka Sinhala Association on 26th May 2017 in Scarborough. Clergy representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Islamic faiths, Consuls General of Sri Lanka and Nepal and other dignitaries graced the occasion.

The Most Ven. Ahangama Rathanasiri Nayaka Thero of the Toronto Maha Vihara, while delivering his sermon to mark Vesak at the Vihara premises, stressed the importance of following Lord Buddha’s philosophy and transforming life of all human being. The events, held from 13th May 2017, included a two-day Sil programme, devotional songs, a special sermon by Ven. Assaji Thero of the United Kingdom, virindhu, dansala and awarding of certificates to Dhamma school participants. A colorful vesak pandal illustrating “Deeghithi Kosala Jathaka” was also exhibited at the temple premise for three days.

The Brampton-Caledon Buddhist Mission Centre organized its Vesak celebrations at its newly acquired premises in Caledon for the first time on 7th May 2017, under the guidance of Chief Monk Rev. Pagnasara Thero. Consul General of Sri Lanka and officials of the Consulate General took part at the event and at the certificate awarding ceremony of its Dhamma School.

 

Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto

07th June 2017

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