Embassy shared food with Stockholmers at Poson Dansala

Staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka with local visitors at Poson Dansala

On 5th June, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm organised a Poson Dansala to celebrate and raise local awareness with regards to this year’s Poson Poya, the full moon of the month of Poson which commemorates the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka, as well as the day on which the Lord Buddha gave his first Dhamma sermon.

Dhamma Pade verses were posted along the tree-lined boulevard outside the Sri Lankan Embassy

Dansala is the Buddhist practice of sharing food and an opportunity for laypeople to offer their Dana, an ancient Pali word meaning “generosity” or “gift” and which is intrinsic to the 2 500-year-old Buddhist tradition.

Venerable Matale Dhammakkanda and Venerable Marathugoda Pagnananda inspected the food alms after having inaugurated the dansala by chanting pirith on the instruction of Most Venerable Bhante Kirindigalle Siri Dhammaratana , Chief Incumbent of the Stockholm Buddhist Vihara

The stubborn spring rain stopped just in time to allow a sunny afternoon of sharing food and visiting with Stockholmers strolling on the Strandvägen boulevard, outside the Embassy premises.

Venerable Matale Dhammakkanda and Venerable Marathugoda Pagnananda inaugurated the dansala on the instruction of Most Venerable Bhante Kirindigalle Siri Dhammaratana , Chief Incumbent of the Stockholm Buddhist Vihara, by chanting pirith, after which passing people were invited to share the food and learn more about the celebration and about Sri Lanka.

Passerbys were curious about both the Sri Lankan food and the religious background of the celebration

Throughout the day, Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma, Minister Counsellor S.B. Wijekoon and Third Secretary (Commercial) L.G. Dissanayake, as well as other staff members of the Embassy had the pleasure to serve and get acquainted with visiting neighbourhood residents.

Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma took the opportunity to socialise with the visiting locals

The Embassy wishes to thank Hondahitha Enterprises for the generous donation of banners and decorations.

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