Temple Hit By Arson Reopens to Smiles

September 21, 2009

Author: Isabel Teotonio

Source: The Buddhist Channel


As the sound of little voices chanting devotional hymns filled the Sinhalese Buddhist temple in Scarborough yesterday, a smile spread across the face of Sunday school teacher Lakmini Pinnaduwage.

"It's great to see all the kids here today," said Pinnaduwage, minutes before the children, dressed in their finest whites, were awarded certificates for having attended Sunday school last year. "But this should have happened in May."

Those in the city's Sinhalese community have been without their place of worship since mid-May.

That's when, during the height of protests by local Tamils as Sri Lanka's civil war reached a climax, the Kingston Rd. temple was targeted by arsonists.

The overnight blaze, which caused about $150,000 in damage and is still under investigation, occurred days after the temple received threats.