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Rissho Kosei-kai Sri Lanka Held Completion of New Building and Enshrinement Celebration Ceremony as well as Local Bestowed Ceremony

June 2017


Nineteen years after the Sri Lanka branch's establishment, a miracle happened in a Theravada Buddhist country. On June 4, an inaugural ceremony for the completion of the new building for the Sri Lanka Dharma Center and the enshrinement within it of the Gohonzon (the focus of devotion and Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni) statue was held in Hunupitiya, Wattala City. Rissho Kosei-kai, a Japanese Mahayana Buddhist organization, has always faced difficulties being recognized in Sri Lanka, the Theravada Buddhist society. However, Rev. Yoshihisa Yamamoto, the minister in Sri Lanka, and his fellow sangha members continued to devoted themselves to practicing and spreading the teachings. Thanks to their devotion and the support of the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, government ministry, and NGOs (Non-Government Organization), a completion ceremony and local bestowal ceremony were successfully completed.

Rissho Kosi-kai's president designate, Rev. Kosho Niwano attended the June 4 inaugural ceremony. She unveiled the Buddha statue while special guests Brother Bellanwila and eight other monks chanted the Pirith (sutra in Pali language). Twenty-one youth members from age 5 to 18 offered flowers and tomyo (candle lights) to the Buddha following a sutra recitation led by Rev. Niwano. After the recitation, Mr. Thilakarathna Sunanda, chair of Rissho Kosei-kai Sri Lanka, reported the details of the construction.

Next, a representative Sri Lankan member, Ms. Daya Madanayaka, and head of a family hoza, shared her spiritual experience of the faith. She said her encounter with the teachings helped her overcome the suffering of losing her house and family, giving her the compassion and wisdom to guide the others to the teaching. Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, ambassador of Japanese Embassy in Sri Lanka, then addressed the audience with his congratulatory words.

Following the ceremony for the completion of a new building and the enshrinement within it of the Gohonzon, the very first local bestowal ceremony of the Sri Lanka Dharma Center took place. Rev. Kosho Niwano presented the Gohonzon to the 34 recipients and gave Dharma guidance to them. She said that the Threefold Lotus Sutra's teaching tells us that "Having faith is not to help rid us of our suffering, but because of the suffering, we are able to see the real truth. The suffering helps us gain true happiness."

Sri Lanka Dharma Center was filled with gratitude and joy for the completion of the new Dharma Center and the enshrinement of Gohonzon. Leaders vowed to wholeheartedly devote themselves further disseminating the Dharma.


The Rissho Kosei-kai of Bangladesh Dharma Center offered family education programs March 17-18.
The Rissho Kosei-kai of Bangladesh Dharma Center offered family education programs March 17-18.

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