London celebrations

Interfaith week celebrated in London – The Island

Sujeeva Nivunhella reporting from London

A Pooja to celebrate Interfaith Week was held here last week with guidance and guidance from Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayake Thera, Head of the Buddhist Vihara of London and Chief Sangha Nayake of Great Britain.

This annual event begins on Remembrance Sunday, a commemorative day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to commemorate members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This tradition was inaugurated by King George V in 1919.

In line with the country’s Covid guidelines, this year’s celebration was carried out using Zoom technology under the theme ‘Selflessness in Every Religion’.

Fri. Seelawimala welcomed everyone who joined the session. Notable participants of the event were Ven. Thawalama Bandula Thera, Ven. Kalugamuwe Kassapa Thera from London Buddhist Vihara, Dr Harriet Crabtree – Director of the Interfaith Network, UK, Ranjish Kashyap, General Secretary / Director of the Hindu Council, UK, Dr Pujya Samaniji Pratibha Pragya, who is a Jain nun from Harrow , Rev Gyoro Nagase, Japanese Monk, London Peace Pagoda, Battersea, Dr Desmond Bidulph – President of the Buddhist Society and Charanjith and Ajith Singh MBE, Hounslow Friends of Faith, who represented the Sikhs.

All present chanted prayers according to their own faith to eradicate human suffering, have peace and above all see the end of the pandemic situation in the world.

A pre-recorded video of devotional chanting by children at the Vihara Dhamma Buddhist School in London was shown at the event.

Interfaith Network – UK was founded in 1987 with representatives of the Buddhist, Bahai, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Islamic, Sikh and Zoroastrian communities,

National and local interfaith organizations, academic institutions and educational organizations concerned with interfaith issues are affiliated with the organization. Then head of the Buddhist Vihara of London, Ven. Dr Medagama Vajiragnana Nayaka Thera actively participated in the formation of the Network and was a founding member.