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