Book Launch in Sri Lanka

A Pilgrimage from Heart to Heart,
from Mind to Mind

Your are cordially invited
to the
Launch of
‘Lessons of the Lotus’
(Sinhala, English and Tamil Versions)
‘Poems of Awakening’
Venerable Yatirawana Wimala Thero
(A traveling Buddhist Monk)
and to the Dhamma Talk
by the Venerable Thero
‘Inner Peace and Outer Peace’,
the first of a series to mark
the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Vishva Niketan

(The Dhamma talk, which will be delivered in English, will be simultaneously translated into Sinhala and Tamil)

from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday 25th February, 2009
at BMICH Committee Room A

For invitations to the above event, please contact Thilani on 2655653 or by email before 15th February 2008.

Vishva Niketan International Peace and Meditation Centre
72/30, Rawatawatte Road
Sri Lanka
Triple Gem Society
P.O.Box 713
Princeton NJ 08542
4.00pm – 4.15pm
Arrival of Guests
4.15pm – 4.20pm
Lighting of Lamps
4.20pm – 4.25pm
Jayamangala Gatha by Miss Rammenika
4.25pm – 4.35pm
Meditation led by Venerable Olande Ananda
4.35pm – 4.40pm
Welcome Address by Dr A T Ariyaratne

Dr A.T. Ariyaratne the founder President of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya and the initiator leader of the VishwaNiketan International Peace and Meditation centre

4.40pm – 4.50pm
Speech by the Chair, Reverend Tom Shepherd introducing Bhante Wimala

Reverend Thomas Shepherd
Faculty, Historical and Theological Studies
Unity Institute
1901 NW Blue Parkway
Unity Village, MO 64065
Telephone 816-524-3550 x5529


An ordained minister with credentials in three denominations (Association of Unity Churches International, Unitarian-Universalist Association, and National Association of Congregational Christian Churches), Rev. Shepherd is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.

4.50pm – 4.55pm
Sacred music by Mr Tim Hoffman

A presentation of sacred music by Mr. Tim Hoffman. Performing artist and ethnomusicologist creatively fusing music and musical instruments in the classical music worlds of the Japan and India. His multifaceted involvement as student, researcher, lecturer and performer has led to a close-up collaboration between the two cultures and earned him the titles “the bridge between Japan and India” and “the avatar of Panchasika”.

4.55pm – 5.05pm
Reading of Poems of Awakening by Bhante Wimala
5.05pm – 5.15pm
Review of Books by Professor Chandra Wickrama Gamage
5.15pm – 5.25pm
Presentation of the books
5.25pm – 6.00pm
Dhamma Talk by Bhante Wimala
6.00pm – 6.05pm
Sacred music by Mr. Tim Hoffman
6.05pm – 6.10pm
Vote of Thanks by Dr Charika Marasinghe

Dr Charika Marasinghe [LL.B (Hons) M.Litt. (Oxford) D. Phil. (Oxford) Attorney-at- Law (Sri Lanka), Solicitor (UK)], who is a Human Rights and Child Rights Law Consultant, is the Founder-Director of the Company. In May 2005 Charika was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Law by Balliol College, University of Oxford for her thesis entitled “A Child’s Right to Privacy in International Law”. For the first time in international law this thesis carries out an in-depth analysis of Article 16, the privacy clause of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. She is the first Sri Lankan woman to receive a doctoral degree in law from Oxford. For 17 years Charika was a Senior Lecturer in Law, in the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has also been engaged in work relating to child rights law for the Government institutions of Sri Lanka, several NGOs and for UNICEF, Sri Lanka.

6.10pm – 6.15pm
National Anthem