The single Dhamma class that was started by the Most Venerable Pelene Siri Vajirañāna Mahānāyaka Thera on August 18, 1918 has grown to a Dhamma School of nearly 2000 children and will be celebrating its centenary this year on August 18, 2018. The number of distinguished past pupils, including some of country’s leaders, that received tutelage from the Dhamma School with inspiration from Most Venerable and erudite monks such as Pelene Siri Vajirañāna Mahānāyaka Thera, Nārada Mahā Thera, Madihe Paññāsīha Mahānāyaka Thera, Ampitiye Sri Rāhula Mahā Thera, Piyadassi Nāyaka Thera and Gangodawila Soma Thera are difficult to count. We are aware that this wonderful and unique event will bring much joy and nostalgic memories to all our past students, young and old.
There are close upon 20 projects that are now under way to commemorate the centenary for which a representative Steering Committee has been appointed by the Most Venerable Tirikunāmale Ananda Mahānāyaka Thera, the Vihārādhipati of Siri Vajirārāmaya. Of these, three projects that are being planned are the printing of a commemorative volume to mark the occasion, an exhibition showing the progress of the Dhamma School and the Siri Vajirārāmaya over the past one hundred years, and a commemorative public meeting. For the commemorative publication and the exhibition we are in search for rare photographs and exhibits of archival interest that may be with our past students some of whom are living even abroad. We, hereby, appeal to our past teachers, past pupils and others who have been associating with Siri Vajirārāmaya and the Siri Vajirārāmaya Dhamma School to help us in our publication and the exhibition by lending us any such item that you may possess. We wish to give our solemn undertaking that all such items lent to us will be returned in tact after the event. Please contact us at the following address.
Centenary Celebrations Steering Committee,
Siri Vajirārāmaya Dhamma School, Siri Vajirārāmaya,
Vajira Road, Colombo 04.
Tel: 0115230475, 0714580985, 0714413389.
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