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Honors and Awards

Receiving the Honor of the Golden Shawl

On two occasions, Bhante received the “Honor of the Golden Shawl” in Sri Lanka. This is the highest and the most special honor the Tamil Hindus can give to anybody according to their culture. In appreciation of community service and the humanitarian assistance provided to the community, they bestowed this honor on him. On this…

Humanitarian Award from Asian Development Foundation College

On the 11th of April, Bhante Wimala received The Asian Development Foundation College Humanitarian Award. He received the award from Dr. Edward Chua, the President of the college at a special event organized in the public library in Tacloban City in The Philippines. Following is an excerpt from the talk delivered by Dr. Edward Chua:…

Bhante Wimala Honored by the City Council of Tacloban

In recognition of his many projects completed to help the people of Tacloban City (Philippines) who were devastated by the “super” typhoon this past November, Bhante Wimala was honored by the city council. The session was held in the Legislative building in the city hall in Tacloban city. The resolution honoring Bhante Wimala was read…

Honor From The Last Mayor Of Nairobi

The mayoral system in the cities of Kenya was dissolved in 2013 in order to implement a newly approved constitution. As the last mayor stepped down for the new system to be implemented The Hon. Mayor George Aladwa Omwera invited and honored Bhante Wimala. The Chairman of Manjee Biscuit, Mr. Dawda and the former mayor…

The Day of the Honor Ceremony

We came together strangers, from all over the United States and Canada with one common link, Bhante Wimala. The union of like minded souls joined together created an beautiful weekend of genuine love. We recognized the wonderful efforts and works this man, this monk, Bhante accomplishes. He tirelessly gives and gives and gives. His energy…

Honor Ceremony

Honor Ceremony for Ven. Bhante Y. Wimala

Honor from the Commander of Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

Health Services Excellence Award

We are delighted to report that Bhante Wimala has recently been awarded the Health Services Excellence Award from the Ministries of Health and Resettlement of the government of Sri Lanka. Bhante was chosen as the recipient of this great honor in gratitude for his extensive humanitarian efforts on behalf of the displaced persons who became…

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HeartWell Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

On March 7, 2014 the HeartWell Institute had the great privilege to host a one day retreat led by Venerable Bhante Wimala. Ven. Bhante shared his deep knowledge of the Dharma and presented ancient methods for peace building and cultivating wisdom and loving-kindness in daily life. Everybody who participated in this one day program found…

Speaking in Manila – Buddhism and Modern Day Challenges

On Dec 17, 2013, Bhante Wimala delivered a Dharma talk at the Mabuhay Temple in Manila. The Dhamma talk entitled “Buddhism and Modern Day Challenges” was organized by the Head Abbess Shih Miao Jing. The session ended with a guided meditation and a lively dialogue with the participants.

Bhante Wimala Honored by the City Council of Tacloban

In recognition of his many projects completed to help the people of Tacloban City (Philippines) who were devastated by the “super” typhoon this past November, Bhante Wimala was honored by the city council. The session was held in the Legislative building in the city hall in Tacloban city. The resolution honoring Bhante Wimala was read…

Stamford, Connecticut

Charlottesville, Virginia

“We were honored to host Bhante’s visit to Unity of Charlottesville in Charlottesville, VA in 2014. We were successful in arranging several venues for him to speak and teach. Bhante did an interview for the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center, a program that is dedicated to academic research on different forms of meditation with…

The President of Sri Lanka visits Nairobi Buddhist Temple

In December of 2013, the President of Sri Lanka, the Foreign Minister and several other government ministers paid a visit to the Nairobi Buddhist Temple where Ven. Bhante Wimala is the Chief Monk and Spiritual Director. His Excellency, President Rajapaksha came to Kenya to attend the 50th Independence Day celebration of Kenya. After receiving blessings…

Independence Day Celebration in Nairobi

Sri Lanka became an independent, sovereign nation on February 4, 1948. On February 4, 2013, the Sri Lankan Independence Day celebration was held on the premises of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Nairobi. The event was organized by the Honorable High Commissioner, Mr. T. Raveenthiran, and the Sri Lankan community of Kenya. Venerable Bhante…

Promoting Peaceful Elections in Kenya

National and local elections were held in Kenya on March 4, 2013, electing the President, Senators, County governors and members of Parliament for the 290 electoral constituencies. The whole country was tense and worried, in fear of repetition of the post-election violence that followed the previous election in 2008. Bhante spent two months in Kenya…