Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin offered 28 Buddha statues to the Theravada Buddhist temple in Frohnau, Berlin on 26 June 2018. The event also marked the first programme to be conducted by the Embassy to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Sri Lanka-German diplomatic relations.
This meritorious act was initiated by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi and was assisted by the members of the ‘Suwatha Kawaya of Independence Sqaure, Colombo 7’, coordinated by Mr. Mahinda Bandara and Mr. Sudath Tennakoon. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Sri Lanka Customs assisted the Mission in bringing the Buddha statues from Sri Lanka.
The handing over ceremony was held at the Embassy premises with the participation of representatives of the Sri Lanka Associations in Berlin and the Embassy staff. The resident monk of Frohnau Buddhist temple, Ven. Mahagama Suvineetha Thero conducted the religious observances and blessed all those who initiated and assisted this task.
On Sunday, 1 July 2018, a special ceremony will be held to commemorate ‘Poson’ at the Frohnau Buddhist temple together with a special ‘Atawisi Buddha Pooja’ to bless the President and people of Sri Lanka as well as the participants from Germany.
Sri Lankans living in Berlin and the German Buddhist community expressed deep gratitude for the offering which will also contribute to Buddhism in Germany. This gesture will promote the cordial relations between Sri Lanka and Germany, and will also facilitate the betterment of the younger generation of Sri Lankan origin.
26 June 2018