The foundation stone for a stupa at the Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara was laid recently by Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the U.K Saroja Sirisena and officers of HC in London.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Incumbent of the Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara and the President of the Midlands International Buddhist Association in the UK, Ven. Dr. Witharandeniye Kassapa Thero – O.B.E. appreciated the High Commission’s participation.
The High Commissioner extended sincere thanks to Ven. Dr. Witharandeniye Kassapa Thero for the invitation to participate in the meritorious event, a rare opportunity that one gets during their lifetime.
She also appreciated the contribution by the venerable Thero for the advancement of Buddha Sasana and towards other religious dialogue and harmony in the Midlands region. Ven. Dr. Kamburawala Rewatha Thero, Chief Incumbent of Scotland’s Buddhist Vihara also spoke at the occasion.
The High Commissioner also met with the business community of Brimingham on the sidelines of the ceremony to encourage the entrepreneurship among expatriate Sri Lankans.
HC Sirisena and Mission officials also paid a visit to Ven. Kappitiyagoda Gunawansa Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Jethavana Buddhist Vihara, Birmingham.