Making a New Home for Ketumati a REALITY !!!!

The need for a Spacious, Purpose Built Home for KETUMATI VIHARA

The great success of the Vihara as a seat of Buddhist education and teaching of Buddhist meditation has attracted Sri Lankans from a wide catchment of the North West of the UK and the North of UK; making the limited space in the Vihara pitifully inadequate to perform its functions “in house” efficaciously and to its optimal potential.

Especially the numbers of children attending the Dhamma & Cultural Education School has grown phenomenally, leading to a need to look for a more spacious and ideally, purpose-built premises for the Vihara (temple with resident priests.)

The inadequacy of space in our small Vihara has also made difficult the pursuance of our main objectives in wider community participation harmony and cohesion as envisaged by our Learned Monks of the Vihara and the Ketumati Community that that supports it. These are set down below.

Main Ketumati objectives in COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION & HARMONY

In the true spirit of the Buddha who uttered,

“CHARATHA BIKKHAWE, CHARIKAM BAHUJANA HITHAYA, HITHAYA SUKHAYA DEVAMANUSSANAM - Pali

"GO BHIKKUS (monks), ON TRAVELS; FOR THE BENEFIT, WELLFARE AND WELLBEING OF ALL MANKIND AND THE EXALTED DEVAAS"

The noble priests of the Ketumati Vihara, the honorary members of the Board of Trustees, all its well-wishers and supporters have made the following objectives fundamental to its approach and duty to enhance the psychological and social wellbeing of the local community groups. These measures would go some way in fostering harmony and cohesion of the local communities with which the Sri Lankan Buddhist fraternity has always made peaceful, fruitful and amicable relationships.

  1. To represent the vision aspirations and educational needs of the people in the community and promote local community activities.
  2. Advocate and encourage stress relief through cognitive behavioral and psychological therapy; for example through active meditative therapy by meditation classes designed and tailored to individual client/devotee.
  3. Participate foster and convene inter-faith and inter-community discussion forums /activities leading to promotion of community harmony.
  4. To organize facilitate and enhance cultural activities with emphasis on fostering and promoting shared values and mores between different communities; so creating bridging links and alliances.
  5. The Vihara to participate in youth programs, incorporating education in self discipline and psychological and mental stability of youth and acceptance of civic responsibilities as useful citizens of the community.
  6. Introduce Physical Health awareness schemes for children through involvement in Classical Oriental Dancing and Music which has therapeutic benefits for both mind and soul.
  7. Conduct Health awareness programs collaborating with Local Health Authorities and Medical staff.
  8. Convene and conduct group discussions and gatherings for the members of the catchment population in general and for the more vulnerable members of the community in particular in an attempt to dispel loneliness helplessness and despair.
  9. Invite highly educated and dedicated professionals from time to time to design and participate in all our above ventures for community enhancement inclusion and cohesion.
  10. There have been requests to the Chief Incumbent Priest of the Vihara, from local Schools, for guided access to our Vihara for pupils of the local schools for the purpose of furtherance of their curricular education in multi-faith awareness in relation to Buddhist philosophy and practice. This is not been a viable option at the moment because of limited space and ambient facilities. It is hoped that the fruition of our dreams of a more spacious purpose built premises for the Vihara would pay dividends to the local school pupils as much as, providing for the religious and cultural educational needs of the Sri Lankan children.