BUDDHIST SOCIETY

 

Growing up in the shadow of Christ, Bishop's College has established the Buddhist Society for Buddhist children as a school for promoting religious coexistence. The Buddhist Society can be described as a society which gives opportunity to show the unity of coexistence given to all religions.

Vision of the Buddhist Society

  •           Succeeding student life through Buddhist teachings.

Mission of the Buddhist Society

  • To promote Buddhist psychotherapy to produce a child with a calm mind and to celebrate Buddhist festivals.

බෞද්ධ සංගමය දැක්ම

  • බෞද්ධ ඉගැන්වීම් තුළින් ශිෂ්‍ය ජීවිතය සාර්ථක කරගැනීම.

බෞද්ධ සංගමයේ මෙහෙවර ප්‍රකාශය

  • බෞද්ධ මනෝ චිකිත්සාව ප්‍රවර්ධනය කිරීම තුළින් සංසුන් මනසක් සහිත දරුවෙකු බිහි කිරීම හා බෞද්ධ උත්සව සැමරීම.

Names of the office bearers and Teachers-in-charge

  •  Ms.Deepika Kulathilaka - Staff Advisor
  • Ms.Diloshinee Wasingha – Staff Advisor
  •  Ms.Priyanga Sooriya Arachchi – Staff Advisor
  •  Mr.Shanaka Perera – Staff Advisor
  • Sinali Thrimannahettige – President
  • Dinithi Samarakoon - Secretary
  • Inara De Silva - Vice President
  • Dheeshana Ratnayake – Treasurer

 

History of the Buddhist society

Study of Buddhism in the middle and upper school was introduced to Bishop’s College in the year 1961 with the pluralistic outlook and the desire to foster religious values in each student by the former Principal Ms. Jayasuriya.

Miss Bhadra Gunatileke, Miss Vinitha Rodrigo and Miss. Margaret Abhayapala took the classes in Buddhism. In addition alongside of the Student Christian Movement, a Buddhist society came to have full programmes to develop in the children a better understanding of their faith. At the same time was installed the spirit of tolerance and respect for other faiths.

Mention must be made of Miss. Gunatileke, Miss Abhayapala and Miss De Mel Laxapathiya (in the lower school) who fostered an interest in Buddhism in the younger students.

  • Mrs.Abhayapala (90 years old) is one of the teachers in charge of the very first Buddhist Society committee.
  • In 1975 Bishop’s College celebrated its centenary. There were a series of religious events to mark the occasion. All the Buddhist present and past pupils, teachers, parents and friends went in procession to the Gangarama temple, where the Principal unfurled a special flag and a lamp was lit. The programme included the offering of gilanpasa and flowers, a pahan pooja and chanting of pirith.
  • Dry rations and essential goods were donated to elders' homes and children's homes.

 

  • To commemorate the 125th anniversary a special bodhi pooja was organized at the Ganagarama temple.

 

  • Annually a sil programme and Bhakthi gee is organized. For the 1st time in the history of Bishops College in the year 2009 the school was elegantly decorated with vesak lanterns to celebrate the vesak festival.
  • In the same year the ‘Chulla Hansa Jathakaya’ was staged in the college auditorium. During the time of Mrs. Sunethra Sarathchandra , a well known personality, who was the music teacher of our school jathaka stories, performed on stage.
  • Our school was once placed 1st at an Inter school jathaka katha drama competition. Mrs. Sarathchandra took great interest in making the children practice the drama and perform in high standards. The award for the best actress was won by Farzana Honifar who was Muslim student.
  • In the year 2010 the annual sil programme was organized and held on the 13th of February at the Gangarama temple with the participation of 150 students.
  • Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha thero ,Mawarale Badhdhiya thero and Subhodi thero were present to enlighten the minds of our children.
  • On the Vesak poya day of the year 2010 ,for the first time, Bishops College participated in a Vesak lantern display which was organized by the presidential secretariat and Gangarama temple. All the Colombo Zone schools took part in this and it was held for 7 consecutive days.
  • In the year 2011, our students took part in an Art and Essay competition which was organized by the ministry of Buddhist cultural affairs. Annual Sil programme and the bakthi gee programme was also conducted as well.
  • On the 27th of February 2012 the Buddhist society donated stationary and food items to the children’s ward to the Maharagama Cancer hospital. The sil programme and the bakthi gee programme was also conducted in the same manner as usual.
  • On the 14th day of March 2014, our society donated a wheelchair to the ICU of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital and a little donation was also made to the children’s ward.

 

  • On the 4th April 2013, a Jaipur foot was donated to a disable girl and the evening tea was given to the hostellers at the Jaipur Foot Foundation.
  • In the year 2015 ,while organizing the annual Sil programme and the Bakthi gee programme, a special donation of school supplies and food items was made to the children’s ward in the Maharagama cancer hospital.
  • The year 2016 began with a worthy cause by donating an artificial foot to a disable person and the year was successfully concluded by conducting the annual sil programme and the bakthi gee programme.
  • The 1st academic term in the year 2017, began by donating a Buddha statue to the Divisional Education Office by the Buddhist society of Bishop’s College.
  • In 2018 dry rations and essential goods were donated to the Maharagama cancer hospital on the 2nd of March.
  •   Continuously the sil programme and the bakthi gee programme was also conducted every year to date.

Recent Events

2019

  • Term 01- A donation was made to a children’s home at Gangodawila with the daily essentials collected from the Students at Bishop’s College. We extended this programme by contributing medical supplies to a needy child who was ill.
  • Term 02-Our annual Bakthi Gee programme was organized as usual and was able to successfully complete with the help of the Principal, Vice Principal and the students.
  • Term 03- The annual “sil” programme was also conducted on the 19th of October at the Gangarama Temple from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm. Meditation programmes and various other sessions which taught us the value of mental and spiritual health was also conducted.

2020

As the New Year began all Buddhist students proceeded to the Gangarama temple to worship and receive blessings for the New Year.

On the 27th of February, Daily essentials and food items were donated to the children’s home in Gangodawila .The students of Bishops College contributed in numerous ways towards this worthy cause.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we were unable to conduct many events even though we had plans for so many.

2021

A session of Mindfulness was organized via Zoom platform on the 20th of January from 4.00pm onwards with the participation of 34 students and 20 teachers.

The guest speaker was Ms. Niluka Gunawardana. She shared her knowledge with us and had a practice of meditation, which the participants found to be very effective.

Vesak Week

The following spiritual activities were conducted throughout the week.

  • 23rd May – A ‘pirith’ session was held through MS Teams in which all living beings were blessed with goodwill .Many students and Teachers participated in this session.
  • 24th May- Vesak lanterns were creatively made and hung by the students of grade 06 to 09.
  • 26th May- Students engaged in ‘Sil’ along with their family members at home.
  • 27th May – New plants were grown by the students with the help of their family members.

 

A session on Mindfulness was once again organized by the society and was held on the 6th of July 2021 from 4.00pm onwards via MS Teams. The session was conducted by Dr. Charika Marasinghe and she too shared her knowledge on Mindfulness. A total of 70 participants took part in this session.

 Sil “ program 2021

The Buddhist Society is looking forward to organize the annual program during the month of October. We seek advice from the principal to carry out this program virtually adhering to the health guidelines for COVID 19.

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