Visit a beautifully picturesque Buddhist temple in the suburbs of Colombo. This important monastic complex has a long history dating back to the early Anuradhapura period. The legend has it that one of the eight saplings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree was planted at the heart of the temple grounds and has been worshipped by the local devotees for many centuries. The “lankathilaka” of this temple is built to the same architectural design as the Polonnaruwa image house. It is decorated with master artist paintings illustrating the episodes in Gautama Buddha’s life and path to Nirvana. You will be accompanied by an art scholar on a curated tour of the temple paintings and symbolic rituals as practiced in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. You will learn the various iconography and religious symbols used in the Buddhist art tradition of Sri Lanka, from its ancient to its modern era. This activity is ideal for those seeking to gain a deeper understanding of cultural traditions as expressed through art and daily religious practices. It can be conducted for groups and individuals.
I hold a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France and a Bachelor’s in Visual Anthropology from Bard College, New York. I am equally a certified Yoga & Buddhist Ayurveda therapist and have a private practice in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After many years traveling throughout Asia, I have settled in Sri Lanka, which I now call my home for more than 5 years. I am passionate about sharing my combined skillset through unique guided experiences that reveal the deeper side of Sri Lanka’s culture & traditions. This experience is co-hosted with Pradeep Sandaruwan who brings a wealth of knowledge about local culture & Buddhist traditions. He is a local guide in Sri Lanka proposing authentic immersive experiences to travelers of all ages: https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/257583104
Offerings: flowers, incense, oil lamp.
You will visit the main temple grounds, the inner sanctum, as well as the local surrounding areas where you can purchase flower, oil lamp and incense offerings.
Temple Paintings & Buddhist Rituals