Chennai Vesak celebrations to include Sil campaign

By J. Tilakaratne, Daily Mirror, May 14, 2008

Chennai, India -- The Vesak celebrations in Chennai organized by the Sri Lanka Mahabodhi Society and the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner’s office in South India will include a Sil campaign with the participation of Sinhala and Tamil devotees.

Chief incumbent of the Mahabodhi Centre in Chennai Venerable Kalawane Mahanama Thera said the Sil campaign will commence at 6.30 am on the Vesak full moon Poya Day with administering sil by Ven. Nagala Samitha Thera.

It is of significance that the programme for the day includes sermons, Dhamma forums, and meditating sessions which will be conducted in the Sinhala and Tamil languages.

Ven. Welimada Dhammagaveshi Thera who is already in Chennai will conduct the programme in the Tamil language with the distinguished participation of a reputed Buddhist monk in Tamil Nadu, Madurai Bodhipala Thera.

Professor H.S. Shukla of the Pali and Buddhist Studies Faculty of the Hindu University, Benares will conduct the Dhamma forum in the evening.

Ven. Mahanama Thera said the Sil campaign will be held under the guidance of the President of the Sri Lanka Mahabodhi Society and the Chief Sanghanayake of Japan Ven. Banagala Upatissa Thera and Chief Incumbent of the Chennai Mahabodhi Centre and the Nalandarama, Nugegoda Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thera.

Neth FM and Esura Radio will provide a live broadcast of the Sil campaign.