After the attacks that killed 320 in Sri Lanka on Sunday, Sri Lankan Buddhist communities across North America are holding candlelight vigils. The attacks were thought to be carried out by Islamist terrorists, targetting Christians. Sri Lanka is a Buddhist-majority country, and there are many Sri Lankan Buddhist centers in the USA and Canada. In Minneapolis, more than 30 people gathered at the Minnesota Buddhist Vihara:
Dozens at Minneapolis Buddhist temple honor victims of Sri Lanka attack: “This is a moment to join hands and extend loving thoughts, words and acts to those in need of loving support.” https://t.co/jcc1Srb5zP
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) April 22, 2019
— Heidi Wigdahl (@HeidiWigdahl) April 22, 2019
The Sri Lankan community also gathered at the Nevada Buddhist Vihara in Las Vegas:
The Las Vegas community gathered at the Nevada Buddhist Vihara to remember the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. It is important to remain united in love at this time. pic.twitter.com/UlfxrXceu6
— Rep. Steven Horsford (@RepHorsford) April 23, 2019
In Houston, about 70 Sri Lankans gathered for a blessing service for the victims of the attack at Houston’s Buddhist Vihara:
It started in silence outside by lighting candles. Later, the silence turned into prayer as Houston Buddist Vihara held a special service for Sri Lanka victims.
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) April 22, 2019
SRI LANKA VIGIL: Houston Buddhist Vihara is hosting a service for the deadly Sri Lanka blasts. Some of the people here have ties to those impacted today. https://t.co/GcV6COU4r3 pic.twitter.com/oOAKOcJ78w
— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) April 22, 2019
In Los Angeles, many gathered at the Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Temple:
Sri Lankans & others gathered Sunday at the Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Temple on Crenshaw Blvd in LA to pray for the victims of the Easter Day terror attacks at hotels & churches in Sri Lanka. A candlelight vigil begins at 7pm at Pasadena City Hall tonight. Story at 5:55pm @nbcla pic.twitter.com/MBZUHyKzbn
— Angie Crouch (@AngieNBCLA) April 23, 2019
In Nova Scotia, Canada, a memorial service will be held Atlantic Buddhist Meditation Centre in Halifax at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Sri Lankan community gathered Sunday at the Manitoba Buddhist Vihara and Cultural Association to pray for victims of the attacks.