Religious ceremonies at Sri Subodharama Buddhist Centre

By R. M. Ratnayake, Sunday Observer, July 6, 2008

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- A series of religious ceremonies will be held at the Sri Subodharama Buddhist Centre today and on July 9. The ceremonial opening of the newly built Meditation Retreat Centre at Ambuluwawa, Gampola will take place today at 2 p.m.

A series of pinkamas will be held at the Buddhist Centre on July 9 to mark the birthday of Ven Wattegama Dhammawasa Nayaka Thera, the present Viharadhipathi, the Head of the Sri Lankaramaya, Brisbane, Australia and also the Chief Sangha Nayaka for Australia.

Cattle meant for slaughter will be released at 6 a.m. and a blood donation campaign will be conducted till 2 p.m.. The religious ceremony offering 10,000 lotus flowers to the Buddha will be held at 6 p.m.

The annual ceremony to award prizes and certificates to the student bhikkhus of the Sri Gnanalankara International Bhikkhu Training Institute will be held on July 9.

It will commence at 2 p.m. with a meeting to be held under the chairmanship of the president of the all ceylon Amarapura Sect, the most Ven, Aggamaha Panditha Kotugoda Dhammawasa Nayaka Thera. The ceremony will end with the distribution of three new Dhamma books.