The 2014 Commonwealth Games is now underway in Glasgow, Scotland. At the Opening Ceremony of the “friendly games”, the arena observed a minute’s silence in memory of those who perished with MH17. The Malaysian contingent marched into the stadium led by the flag-bearer carrying the national flag at half-mast, followed by Malaysia Airlines cabin crew and athletes – all wearing black arm-bands. The contingent received a warm reception and ovation at the ceremony as a mark of empathy and solidarity over the tragic losses of MH17 and MH370. Thank you, Scotland!
On Friday 18 July, Nalanda Centre was honoured by the visit of two senior monastic teachers from Dharma Drum Mountain (法鼓山), one of the largest Buddhist organisations in Taiwan, which was founded by the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
Just days after the tragic downing of MH17, another commercial airliner crashed in Taiwan yesterday evening, killing at least 48 people on board. The ATR-72 turboprop airplane belonging to TransAsia Airways was en route from Kaohsiung to Penghu Island off Taiwan when it crashed in severe weather. Flight GE 222 was carrying 54 passengers and 4 crew members.
Today marks the 70th day that work began on the Nalanda Centre Expansion Project. To date, 24% of the overall work has been completed, with safe and steady progress. This is a project of great merit and strategic importance to the Buddhist community, as Nalanda serves the need for holistic education nationally.