Buddharashmi is the website for Dhamma School. Founded by Most Ven. Dr. Vajiragnana in 1969 Rahula Dhamma School is maintained by the London Buddhist Vihara.
For the last 37 years the Vihara's Dhamma classes for children have been conducted without a break. During this period many children have sat for the examinations conducted by YMBA, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and they have successfully completed their studies. Besides the practice and study of Dhamma, there are many expatriate Sri Lankan Buddhists who wish to keep their heritage at the forefront of their family living. With this in mind, Sinhala language classes are held for children after the Dhamma class. In past years there has been an opportunity for students to sit for G.C.E. O/level examinations in Sinhala here in Britain. Many children have passed the examination.
There are a number of teachers who have dedicated their time and effort to teach the Dhamma in the past and who are still doing so. We would like to thank them all. If we were going to list all these names it will be a difficult task to do. So we simply thank them all for their valuable contribution.
We have now approximately 120 children on the register and every year it is growing in number. All Buddhist parents are encouraged to use this golden opportunity to teach their children valuable Buddhist ethics and practice which are not available in their day-to-day school curriculum. Please enrol your children for the classes at the first opportunity. Children can attend the classes at the age of 4 1/2 years.
The London Buddhist Vihara is a leading centre for Theravada Buddhism. Formed in 1926 by Anagarika Dharmapala, the Vihara was the first Buddhist monastery to be established outside the continent of Asia. It has continued its missionary activities with resident bhikkhus (monks) from Sri Lanka throughout this period, with the exception of the 1940s due to World War II. The Vihara moved to Chiswick during 1964 when the Anagarika Dharmapala Trust of Sri Lanka purchased the freehold property at Heathfield Gardens. In 1994 the Vihara moved to new spacious premises in The Avenue, Chiswick, London W4.