The Staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Jakarta celebrated Vesak Festival on 05th May 2023 with the participation of members of the Association of Sri Lankans Living in Indonesia (ASLI) representing Sri Lankan Community and representatives from the Buddhist Associations in Jakarta, Indonesia. Venerable Abhipunno of Siddhartha Temple in Jakarta delivered Dhamma Sermon under the theme of ‘The Serenity of the Mind’
The Embassy staff decorated the entire premises with Vesak Lanterns, Buddhist Flags and illuminating lights and color washed the Budu Madura. It was a simple but a devotional programme giving priority to spiritual value.
It is worth mentioning that the Venerable Abhipunno thero who delivered Dhamma Sermon has done his Master’s Degree at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. He is well conversant with the livelihood and way of life of Sri Lankans and how Sri Lankans celebrate Vesak. His Dhamma sermon was admired by all present as it was a kind of sermon that touches the inner heart of all, explaining and reciting Lord Buddha’s teachings on Four Nobel Truths that the life is characterized by Dukka, which means unsatisfaction and suffering. Further, the Thero explained the historical and present day religious affiliations between two countries.
Indonesians celebrate Vesak on 4th June 2023. There are about 2 million Buddhists living in Indonesia accounting little less than 1% of the total population. The Embassy extended invitations to Buddhist Associations in Jakarta and considerable number of Indonesian Buddhists attended Dhamma Sermon despite it was a government working day in Indonesia.
The Ambassador Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage pay much merits to the Venerable Abhipunno for consenting to deliver the Dhamma Sermon and thanked all present for the event while inviting them for the refreshments at the end. The Ambassador highlighted the longstanding religious ties between two countries and also admired the religious harmony prevail in Indonesia and its motto the ‘Unity in Diversity’ which epitomized the country’s outlook on life. It is worth to note that these Buddhist Associations have donated a large consignment of medicine to Sri Lanka as Humanitarian Aids in 2022. Representatives of the Buddhist Associations present for the event expressed their willingness to work closely with the Embassy to further strengthen the religious and cultural ties between two countries.
08 May 2023