Posted on March 22, 2018
Dear Members and Friends of the HJ Temple:
We are sure all of you are well aware of the very unfortunate incident that took place on late night of March 15th (or early hours of 16th March) at the Hilda Jayawardenaramaya which destroyed the Buddha Statue in the front garden of the temple. The Police are still investigating the incident. No doubt that this vandalism creates doubts in our minds about the adequacy of the security of the temple, resident monks, children who attend the Sunday Dhamma School and also all of us when we attend numerous religious activities that the temple is providing to us. As such it is our responsibility to ensure that there is adequate security at the place.
In order to strengthen the security environment at the temple, the Board of Directors of the BCC agreed at an emergency meeting held on the 17th March that the following improvements would be carried out at the temple:
- Security cameras will be installed at suitable places covering the entire perimeter of the temple
- Security lighting system which will flash responding to movements of objects will be installed
- Both front doors which are not well secured will be replaced
- A new door will be installed just in front of the staircase to the basement so that the Basement can be closed during meditation sessions together with the shrine room
These items would be considered as a full security package for the temple. The approximate cost of the whole package would be in the range of CAD $ 10,000 - 12,000. The Board has already initiated discussions with the Federal Government Parliamentarians, Right Honorable David McGuinty and Mr. Chandra Arya to obtain 50% of this cost as a grant from the Federal Government. We have to raise funds to cover the balance cost of about CAD $ 6,000. For this purpose, we would kindly request you to make your generous and meritorious contribution. The Treasurer has already opened up a crowdfunding website and you would be delighted to note that the devotees who are not among our members have contributed some funds for this purpose. You can electronically make donations through our temple website, which is shown below (usual donation link or crowdfunding link) or can make physical donations to the donation box located in the temple. The proceeds of the crowdfunding directly go to temple’s bank account and tax receipts will be provided.
We would like to inform you that the Hon. High Commissioner of Sri Lanka visited the temple and discussed with the resident monks about the incident as well as further course of actions that the temple and the Dayaka Saba are intending to implement. He has assured the fullest support of the High Commission. Further information about the support will be notified to you once it is available.
Please also note that Jayantha Gunawardena has volunteered to repair the damaged Buddha statue to its original form as a donation. He will cover the full cost of the repair.
We appreciate your generous contribution to this meritorious course.
Resident Monks and Dayaka Sabhawa (BCC)