The Poson celebration commenced by observing sil (retreat) by devotees on Saturday, 6th June at Letchworth Buddhist Temple. The sil program was guided by the Chief Incumbent Ven. Dediyawala Wimala Thero and Ven Sooriyawewa Kusala Thero., covering meditation, Dhamma sermons, presenting a video documentary on Arahat Mihnda Thero’s visit to Sri Lanka, Buddha pooja and invoking blessings to all. A large turnout of devotees observed sil.
In the afternoon, on 7th June, 2015 the Poson Celebration was held at St. Michael’s Church Hall, Letchworth. The day’s event began by observing the Pancha Seela (Five Precepts) conducted by the Chief Incumbent Most Ven. Dediyawala Wimala Thero. Ven. Mathugama Palitha Thero. delivered the welcome speech and gave a brief sermon detailing the importance of Poson celebration to Sri Lankans.
The main feature of the day was the Atavisi Buddha Pooja and Atapirikara Pooja offered by the devotees to Atawisi Buddhas. Ven. Mathugama Palitha Thero. administered the Atavisi Buddha pooja, and Maha Sangha chanted Pirith and invoked blessings to all. The Gilampasa was sponsored by Dr. Srikantha and Mrs. Chandani Dias and family and friends. The children of the Dhamma school and the parents sang devotional songs (bhakti gee) with the leadership of Mr. Prasaj de Silva. A video documentary on Buddhism around the world was presented in English.
The event ended with a free food stall (Dhansala) sponsored by Mr. Kamal Wijesuriya and Mrs Imalka, and friends. Mr. Lal Perera & Mrs Manori and family
There will be a special sil program for children on Saturday, 27th June 2015 at The Letchworth Temple.
All the events were well attended by Sri Lankans living in The UK and the local residence. The Maha Sangha, The BCCL management committee members and the organizers wish to extend their appreciation to all those who attended the event and offered their support for making the events a great success.