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25 July 2017

Dhamma School teachers’ camp

“Good educators and Great education” form the backbone of every successful Dhamma school. Nalanda Buddhist Society, the Theravada Buddhist Council of Malaysia (TBCM), and the Buddhist Institute Sunday Dhamma School (BISDS) are jointly organizing this first National Camp for Dhamma teachers to discuss how to share the Buddha’s teachings in a systematic, engaging, and effective manner.

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24 July 2017

International Buddhist Research Seminar

Nalanda founder Bro. Tan was recently invited to participate in the 8th International Buddhist Research Seminar organised by Mahachulalongkorn University, and hosted at the Buddhadasa Indapañño Archives in Bangkok.  The seminar was held in honour of the 111th birth anniversary of the late Bhikkhu Buddhadasa.

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23 July 2017

2017 Nalanda Award for Social Action & Responsibility

On 1 July 2017, Nalanda Institute Malaysia had the honour of conferring the ‘2017 NALANDA AWARD FOR SOCIAL ACTION & RESPONSIBILITY’ to Dr. Phang Cheng Kar – a consultant psychiatrist and mindfulness-based therapist who created MINDFULGym, the first structured and scientifically-supported mindfulness-based programme for stress reduction and wellness in Malaysia.

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22 July 2017

2017 Nalanda Award for Leadership Integrity

On 1 July 2017, Nalanda Institute Malaysia had the honour of conferring the ‘2017 NALANDA AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP INTEGRITY’ to Datuk Charlie Chia.  In the 1970’s and 80’s, he played a vital role in the formation and development of several Buddhist organisations in Malaysia, including the Buddhist Missionary Society Youth Section, the Buddhist Society of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kota Tinggi Buddhist Society, Mettā Lodge Johor Bahru, and Kuantan Buddhist Association.

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21 July 2017

2017 Nalanda Award for Dhammaduta

On 1 July 2017, Nalanda Institute Malaysia had the honour of conferring the ‘2017 NALANDA AWARD FOR DHAMMADUTA’ to Dr. Punna Wong Yin Onn.  Dr. Wong started serving the Buddha-Sāsana actively in the year 2000.  Since 2004, he has been leading weekly Dhamma-sharing sessions at Mettā Lodge Buddhist Society in Johor Bahru.  In 2016, he published a book titled “Walking in the Buddha’s Footprint, 100 Reflective Essays”, a collection of Dhamma lessons and experience he encountered in the past two decades.

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20 July 2017

Presales begin for Family Fun Fair

Nalanda’s popular “Family Fun Fair 2017” is back this year on Sunday, 20 August, in Sri Serdang.  PRE-SALES of food items and merchandise have started at Nalanda House on Saturdays (12pm – 5pm) and Sundays (12pm – 5pm).  Coupons can be obtained from Nalanda Centre any day and used immediately at the Pre-sales.

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19 July 2017

Seminar on Mahāyāna Buddhism

Than Hsiang Foundation Malaysia is organising a seminar on Saturday 19 August themed, ‘Face to Face & Heart to Heart’, featuring Venerable Wei Wu, the abbot of Than Hsiang Temple.  The dialogue will be moderated by former Director of Nalanda Institute Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, and Buddhist stalwart Bro. Benny Liow.

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18 July 2017

Inaugural inter-branch Conference

Nalandian officers and members from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Sungai Petani branches participated in the Inaugural Inter-branch Conference from 26 to 28 May at NEO Centre Johor Bahru.  The conference brought members together to share their joys, learning experiences, and challenges in operating a Nalanda branch.

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17 July 2017

3rd anniversary of MH17

2014 was the worst year in the history of Malaysian aviation, when two Boeing 777 airliners belonging to Malaysia Airlines were lost – MH370 vanished mysteriously over the Indian Ocean on 8 March 2014; and MH17 was struck by a missile over Ukraine on 17 July 2014.  The two incidents resulted in a combined loss of 537 lives.

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16 July 2017

WACANA 2017 Keynote Presentation

On 1 July, Āyasmā Aggacitta gave the keynote presentation at WACANA 2017 Buddhist Conference, where he outlined the importance of distinguishing the ‘essential teachings’ of the Buddha from later cultural accretions.  The text of his presentation is available here for our study and reflection.  We would like to thank Venerable Aggacitta for giving us permission to publish the keynote presentation.

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