rouse-hill-times.whereilive.com.au, BY LAWRENCE MACHADO
THE Lankarama Buddhist Temple will officially open its mediation hall on March 25 with a colourful ceremony as it continues to expand its activities.
The 400sm meditation hall will hold meditation sessions, Buddhist discussions and Sunday schools, said founder member and former president Palitha Wickramasuriya.
Federal and State MPs and Blacktown City councillors are expected to join 50 Buddhist monks for the opening ceremony at 8.30am.
The ceremony, which begins with an Aboriginal dance, includes special chanting by school children, speeches and cultural dances.
The temple, which was established by the Sri Lankan community 14 years ago, encourages mediation through its tranquil gardens and classes.
The chief incumbent the Venerable Meegahacumbure Dhammagavesi Thero is assisted by Gunananda Thero and Siridhamma Thero
“Everyone is welcome to come to the temple and join our activities,” Meegahacumbure Dhammagavesi Thero said.
‘The hall is big boost for us as we can hold more activities.
“We thank our benefactors for their continuous help as we are a voluntary organisation.
“There are two Lankan Buddhist temples in NSW and overall in Australia there are 10.
“The Lankarama temple conducts regular meditation sessions, Buddhist talks, as well as Sunday schools for children and youth and promotes blood donations, organ donations; drug, alcohol & smoke prevention and rehabilitation.”
* Address: 35, Oak St, Schofields
* Details: 9627 2594/0407 950 979 or visit: www.lankarama.com.au