Sri Lanka Dhamma Vihara Objectives
- Promote the teaching of the Lord Buddha;
- Engage in and facilitate Buddhist, Theravada religious activities;
- Foster inter-religious harmony; and
- Engage in charitable and welfare activities as appropriate.
We achieve those by;
1. Promote the teaching of the Lord Buddha through:
- weekly Dhamma Talk (sermon related to Buddhism) and discussion for the youth group and adults;
- weekend (held on Saturday) Sinhala Language and Buddhism School for children;
- annual and other special religious activities (Dhamma and meditation programs) with the participation of foreign and interstate monks.
- the quarterly news letter; and
- the web site to educate about the activities of the association.
2. Engage and facilitate Buddhist, Theravada religious activities:
- Offering of alms giving (breakfast and lunch) including the evening ‘Puja1‘ to the Lord Buddha and resident Thero (incumbent monk) and reciting of Sutras2‘, daily thrice a day;
- Conduct and organise three full-moon day3‘ (which are called Poya Days) anniversary programs (Vesak, Poson and Katina4) that are important for Buddhist and other monthly full-moon day religious (Sill5) programmes from 8:00 am to 4:00 p.m. for adults in the temple;
- Conduct annual Sil program from 9:00 am to 1:00 p.m. for children in the temple; and
- Participate in special religious events in temples/houses of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia and interstate temples of Sri Lanka.
1. Offer flowers and drinks, chant Sutras and conduct a short sermon.
2. The word .for Buddhist scripture in Pali.
3. The most important religious observances are held on full-moon days.
4. Are full-moon days with religious significance; Vesak: The dnv of birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha; Poson: The day Buddhism was introduce to Sri Lanka and etc.
5. Sil is the promise not to break the 8 Noble Truths as mentioned by Buddha.
3. Foster inter-religious harmony:
- Organise the annual educational tour for children; and
- Organise the annual Sinhalese and Tamil New Year calibration that falls in April.
4. Engage in welfare activities as appropriate:
- Fund raising activities for the temple and other charitable purposes;
- Voluntary service with the participation of the Youth Group and the adults;
- Assist new immigrants and students to establish themselves with minimal government support;
- Visiting patients in hospitals or homes and blessing them by chanting Sutras (Pirith) and comforting them for mental upliftment;
- Bless pregnant and recent mothers according to our culture;
- Visit homes and conduct Buddhist sermons and chant Sutras to bless occupants (especially for older people);
- Every weekend/sometimes week days, organise the following religious activities; and
- Conduct religious services at funerals and deliver the funeral orations;
- Chant Sutras to bless devotees on birthdays.
- House warming activities; and
- Bless couples who get married.
- Engage and resolve personal issues/family disputes amicably and by discussion.
5. Other activities:
- Conduct January 1 st annual ceremony to bless devotees for the New Year;
- Keep the temple and the garden clean and tidy;
- Conduct Buddhist religious activities for Sri Lanka national events such as the New Year celebrations, organised by other Sri Lankan associations and the Sri Lanka High Commission (e.g.. independent celebration)
- Conduct religious activities in relation to a death, on the seventh day since the death, and the burial of ashes according to the Sri Lankan tradition.