Updated April 25, 2019​ 

Sri Lanka Express

Several dignitaries to attend stupa opening
at Dharma Vijaya in Los Angeles

Los Angeles – Ven. Professor Kotapitiya Rahula, Minister of Justice & Buddha Sasana Dr. Wijedasa Rajapakshe, MP Udaya Gammanpila, and Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam are  expected to attend the ceremonial unveiling of the new stupa and Vesak celebration at the Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara, May 20.

The program which starts at 3:00 pm will include oratory and Pali chanting contests and  bhakthi gee directed by Ramani Weerasinghe, Sunil Semasinghe and Ananda Ranasinghe.

Dharma Vijaya founded in 1980 by Ven. Walpola Piyananda runs a highly successful Sunday School program for children and is a popular meditation center for American Buddhists. 

Dharma Vijaya is located at 1847 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019. (323)-737-5084.  Program May 20, 2017 starts at 3:00 pm. 
 Ven. Walpola Piyananda, founder and abbot of Dharma Vijaya
  Prof. Kotapitiye Rahula
  Dr. Wijedasa Rajapakshe
 MP Udaya Gammanpila
  Amb. Prasad Kariyawasam

"Let's work together for peace," Vatican's Vesak message to Buddhists

Pope Francis greets Buddhist monks in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 14, 2015.  (CNS photo | L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
SLE News
April 23, 2017

In a special message for Vesak,  the Vatican has called on Catholics and Buddhists to emulate the founders of their respective faiths by working together to promote nonviolence and peace.

The message was issued April 22 by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is themed  ‘Christians and Buddhists: Walking Together on the Path of Nonviolence’.

The Message signed by Council President, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Council Secretary, Fr Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ emphasizes the urgent need to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence as both these values were promoted by Jesus Christ and the Buddha.

“Jesus Christ and the Buddha were promoters of nonviolence as well as peacemakers,” the letter addressed tp "Budhist friends" said.

“Though we recognize the uniqueness of our two religions, to which we remain committed, we agree that violence comes forth from the human heart, and that personal evils lead to structural evils,” the letter continues. “We are therefore called to a common enterprise.”

It is signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, the two leaders of the pontifical council.

Quoting from Pope Francis’ message for the 2017 World Day of Peace, the council states in the letter that Jesus “marked out the path of nonviolence.”

“He walked that path to the very end, to the cross, whereby he became our peace and put an end to hostility,” the letter continues.

The letter then quotes from the Buddhist Dhammapada, saying Buddha “also heralded a message of nonviolence and peace.”