Updated 21st February 2011
The Wedding Blessings Ceremony was reported in “Marriage celebrated at London Buddhist Vihara, Newsround”, The Middle Way: Journal of The Buddhist Society, 61 (2) (August, 1986), 129-130. The article states “We booked our wedding at [the] Registry Office. The following day we informed our teacher Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya. He…decided to give us blessings immediately. This was done in his room at the London Buddhist Vihara, with assistance from Venerable Ananda Murti and Venerable Ananda Mangala. Venerable Dr M. Vajiragnana [Chief Sanghanayaka of Great Britain and Head of the Vihara] arranged for us to have Blessings to celebrate our marriage at the London Buddhist Vihara on Sunday 30th March 1986. The Spring Programme of the Vihara listed the event. We prepared a service with assistance from Venerable Vajiragnana and Russell Webb. The service was most enjoyable and successful. Exactly the right number of people attended; everyone had a seat and there were no spare chairs. Many of the people who attended had never been to a Buddhist Vihara before. all the comments we recieved have been favourable, most people saying how interesting they found the service. Venerable Vajiragnana and Venerable Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera both gave excellent talks on marriage and family life …… Tape recordings were made of the service and many photographs were taken. These help us to reflect on the meaning of the occasion and our marriage.”
Buddhism: Lectures and Essays by Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Aggamaha Pandita DLitt DLitt, Sri Lanka, Colombo, Samayawardhana, 1993. (ISBN 955-570-038-9). Chapter 7 Family Life (A talk given at an English Buddhist girl’s wedding…) is the talk given by Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya at the wedding blessing of Titus and Jacquetta Gomes at the London Buddhist Vihara in 1986.