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Buddharashmi is the website for Dhamma School. Founded by Most Ven. Dr. Vajiragnana in 1969 Rahula Dhamma School is maintained by the London Buddhist Vihara.

For the last 48 years the Vihara's Dhamma classes for children have been conducted without a break. During this period many children have sat for the examinations conducted by YMBA, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and they have successfully completed their studies. Besides the practice and study of Dhamma, there are many expatriate Sri Lankan Buddhists who wish to keep their heritage at the forefront of their family living. With this in mind, Sinhala language classes are held for children after the Dhamma class. In past years there has been an opportunity for students to sit for G.C.E. O/level examinations in Sinhala here in Britain. Many children have passed the examination.

There are a number of teachers who have dedicated their time and effort to teach the Dhamma in the past and who are still doing so. We would like to thank them all. If we were going to list all these names it will be a difficult task to do. So we simply thank them all for their valuable contribution.

We have now approximately 150 children on the register and every year it is growing in number. All Buddhist parents are encouraged to use this golden opportunity to teach their children valuable Buddhist ethics and practice which are not available in their day-to-day school curriculum. Please enrol your children for the classes at the first opportunity. Children can attend the classes at the age of 4 1/2 years.  

The London Buddhist Vihara is a leading centre for Theravada Buddhism. Formed in 1926 by Anagarika Dharmapala, the Vihara was the first Buddhist monastery to be established outside the continent of Asia. It has continued its missionary activities with resident bhikkhus (monks) from Sri Lanka throughout this period, with the exception of the 1940s due to World War II. The Vihara moved to Chiswick during 1964 when the Anagarika Dharmapala Trust of Sri Lanka purchased the freehold property at Heathfield Gardens. In 1994 the Vihara moved to new spacious premises in The Avenue, Chiswick, London W4.

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The Esala Perahera in Mahanuwara (Kandy) is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. This is held in Esala (July or August) which is the month that is believed to commemorate the first teaching given by the Buddha after he attained enlightenment. The Kandy Esala Perahera lasts for ten days while various festivities can be witnessed right throughout. The Sinhalese term ‘Perahera’ means a parade of musicians, dancers, singers, acrobats and various other performers accompanied by a large number of caparisoned Tuskers and Elephants parading the streets in celebration of a religious event.

The Esala Perahera in Kandy is celebrated to honour the Sacred Tooth Relic and the four ‘guardian’ Gods Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Goddess Pattini. The Kandy Maligawa Perahera is followed in order by those of the Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini ‘Devales’ (Temples dedicated to these Gods) which are situated in the vicinity of the Kandy Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth).
After the Kandyan Kingdom fell to the British in 1815, the custody of the Tooth Relic was handed over to the Buddhist Clergy. In the absence of the King, a lay custodian called the Diyawadana Nilame was appointed to handle routine administrative matters. The purpose of the Kandy Esala Perahera Procession is to beseech blessings of the gods to obtain rain for the cultivation of crops and to enrich the lands of the kingdom.


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The Buddha Rashmi Pooja, the yearly National Vesak Festival will illuminate the region once again for 14th consecutive year in commemoration of the Vesak Poya that falls in May. During this period the Gangaramaya Temple together with the Presidential Secretariat will facilitate the festival, transforming a precinct earmarked as the ‘Vesak Kalapaya’ for this principal Buddhist event of the Annual Calendar, signifying the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinibbana or Passing of Lord Buddha.


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The Nagadeepa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the sixteen most sacred places of worship by the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Pilgrims have been coming to the Nagadeepa since about the 1st century AC to worship at its famous Rajayathana stupa. The Rajayathana stupa was constructed by two warring Naga kings, Chulodara and Mahodara, at the site where Lord Buddha during His second visit to the country on a Bak Maha Amawaka Poya Day (550 BC), five years after attaining Enlightenment, intervened and mediated in settling a dispute over the possession of a gem-studded throne. The precious throne was offered to the lord Buddha, was returned to the Naga Kings and was later enshrined in this Rajayathana stupa.


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Nawam Perahera which is one of few spectacular cultural events that brings Colombo City alive is to be held on 18th and 19th February, the full moon Poya Day this year.

Nawam Maha Perahera happens to be one of the most colorful and prestigious Buddhist cultural pageant held in Sri Lanka. Nawam Maha Perahera is celebrated once in a year. Nawam Maha Perahera is one of the most important religious and cultural events in Sri Lanka. Millions of people witness this Nawam Maha Perahera event every year including an estimated 10,000 tourists who land in Colombo during Nawam Maha Perahera event. Nawam Maha Perahera is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of February.

The highlight of this festival is the colorful elephant pageant when the streets of Colombo transform under the weight of 100 decorated elephants. The Gangaramaya Temple, located at Hunupitiya by picturesque Beira Lake is the venue of Nawam Maha Perahera festival where all the action takes place. The inaugural parade is attended by over 1000 performers and school children who wave colorful flags on the way. Giving a befitting company to the procession, there is percussion bands, conch shell blowers, stilt-walkers, flutists and drummers who fill the air with sound and music.


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The triumphant Stupa

The government has planned to erect nine monumental Stupas in each province of the country in appreciation of the noble service rendered by the armed forces and Police to defeat terrorism and bring lasting peace to the country.

As the first phase of the project, construction of the first Stupa in the ancient city of Anuradapura is being underway on the directions of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence.


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