We were delighted to welcome to St James this morning the Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Head of London Buddhist Vihara and Chief Sangha Nayake of Great Britain. He meditated with us, gave a fascinating insight into Buddhist belief and responded to questions from the boys.
The London Buddhist Vihara is a leading centre for Theravada Buddhism. Formed in 1926 by Anagarika Dharmapala, the Vihara was the first Buddhist monastery to be established outside the continent of Asia. It has continued its missionary activities with resident bhikkhus (monks) from Sri Lanka throughout this period, with the exception of the 1940s due to World War II. The Vihara moved to Chiswick during 1964 when the Anagarika Dharmapala Trust of Sri Lanka purchased the freehold property at Heathfield Gardens. In 1994 the Vihara moved to new spacious premises in The Avenue, Chiswick, London W4.