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July 17, 2018
Dhamma sermons with Meditation programs in Canada
At the invitation of interested devotees Ven. Dr Thawalama Dhammika Nayaka Thera, head of Geneva Buddhist Vihara in Switzerland and Ven. Haltvigala Sujatha Thera recently initiated a series of Dhamma sermon and Meditation programs in Canada's French-speaking, states of Montreal and Quebec.

Ven. Dhammika Nayaka Thera said "There are no Theravada Buddhist temples in these states due to the lack of French speaking Buddhist monks although many people in these areas have experienced the traditions of Theravada Buddhist practises while traveling in Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar as tourists. With these novel experiences they all had a great deal of interest in learning Theravada Buddhist practices, especially Meditation. This is the reason for our programme held in June."

As a start two weeks of Dhamma sermons and Meditation sessions on Theravada practices were held.

During these sessions Karma, spiritual principle of cause and effect, the state of being happy and meditation were discussed and practiced, which were greatly valued by all the participants.

"Questions asked through their experience of life and karma were truly fascinating. Participating in meditation, their sensitivity is far more heartfelt than that of us who have inherited the Buddhist faith by birth. A relaxing attitude shown by every one, which is truly friendly, told us the urgent need for starting a Theravada Buddhist temple in this region. I felt that a French speaking erudite monks have a golden opportunity in this corner of Canada to spread the true Dhamma of the Buddha." Said Ven. Dr. Dhammika Nayaka Thera.

He also appreciated the priceless services to spread the Dhamma in Canada rendered by Ven. Panditha Brahmanagama Mudutha Nayaka Thera, Head of the Ottawa Hilda Jayawardhanaramaya, Ven. Nugegalayaye Jinananda Thera, Ven. Mahagama Suneetha Thera, Ven. Kirinde Vijitha Thera, Ven. Dr. Walasmulle Sirisumana Thera of Ottawa Buddhist Vihara, Ven. Omare Nandaaloka Thera, Ven. Kudaagammana Dhammawasa Thera, Head of Missisaga Buddhiat Vihara, Ven. Kihimbiye Kassapa Thera, Ven. Saranapala Thera and Ven. Ahangama Rathanasiri Thera of Toronto Buddhist Vihara, Ven. Velipille Wimalabuddhi Thera and Ven. Dikwelle Upatissa Thera.
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