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Embassy staff under the patronage of Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya organized an almsgiving to the venerable members of the maha sangha .

Chief Incumbent of the Washington Buddhist Vihara Ven. Maharagama Dhammasiri Nayake thero , Chief Incumbent of the Maryland Buddhist Vihara, Ven. Katugastota Uparatana Nayake thero , together with  Buddhist monks from Pennsylvania Vihara and Mahamevnava Asapuwa in Gaithersburg attended the ceremony.
 
Following the offering of alms,   chanting of pirith, was conducted by the venerable monks to invoke blessings on His Excellency the President and the people of Sri Lanka, Sri Lankans living in the US and to the whole world.  In a sermon, Master of Meditation of the Washington Buddhist Vihara, Ven. Mandawala Pannawansa thero elaborated on the significance of  Vesak and Buddhist merits  of  Dana(Giving), Seela (Abstaining from evil), and Bhavana (Meditation).
 
Representatives of Sri Lankan Associations in the greater Washington area and community leaders of other faiths were also in attendance.
 
The Embassy staff also organized a mobile Dansala ,  free  distribution of food, for  destitute people,  observing the spirit of giving (dana) connected with the noble Vesak day. Towards this end, cooked lunch packets  were distributed among  homeless persons in the Washington metro area.
 
Both the Embassy and the Sri Lanka Residence in Washington were decorated with Buddhist flags , Vesak Pandals, and illuminated with Vesak lanterns in keeping with traditions of the festival.
 
 The Embassy of Sri Lanka as a tradition celebrates the important days of all four major religions practiced in Sri Lanka, with the Sri Lankan community living in the United States.  Vesak is the most important religious festival for all Buddhists, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Lord Gautama Buddha.  

Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC Press Release

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Vesak Day Celebration

Chief Incumbent of the Washington Buddhist Vihara Ven. Maharagama Dhammasiri Nayake thero , & Chief Incumbent of the Maryland Buddhist Vihara, Ven. Katugastota Uparatana Nayake thero with Ambassador Wickramasuriya at the Embassy of Sri Lanka , Washington , May 23,2013  

Observing Five Precepts

Embassy Staff undertaking Five Precepts during the almsgiving to the venerable members of maha sangha at the Embassy of Sri Lanka , Washington , May 23, 2013

Alms-giving ceremony

Almsgiving to maha sanga in view of Vesak Day celebration at the Embassy of Sri Lanka , Washington , May 23, 2013

alms-giving

Almsgiving to maha sanga in view of Vesak Day celebration at the Embassy of Sri Lanka , Washington , May 23, 2013

Pirith chanting

Venerable monks chanting pirith during the Vesak day religious observances at the Embassy of Sri Lanka , Washington , May 23, 2013

Dhamma Discourse

Dhamma discourse by Ven. Mandawala Pannawansa thero , the Master of Meditation of the Washington Buddhist Vihara

Dansala

Vesak Dansala : distributing free food for the needy people in Washington metro area ,  May 23, 2013

Dansala in Washington

Vesak Dansala : distributing free food for the needy people in Washington metro area ,  May 23, 2013

Dansala

Embassy staff distributing cooked lunch packets during Vesak Dansala  in Washington metro area ,  May 23, 2013

Pandals

Sri Lanka Residence Washington decorated and illuminated with Vesak Pandals May 23, 2013


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