On Friday 2 January, Nalanda Institute Malaysia conferred the ‘2015 NALANDA AWARD IN DHAMMADUTA’ to Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama in recognition of his four decades of exemplary services to the Buddha-Sasana.
“Life is beautiful at Nalanda”, said Sis. Faith Teh when describing her volunteering experience at Nalanda. I believe all Nalandians who embrace the spirit of ‘selfless service’ and strive for spiritual growth would understand the meaning of this phrase and attest to it based on their own experiences.
Nalanda Dharma School Facilitator,
and Officer in Photography & Archiving Team
When I first came to Nalanda Centre, someone had told me that we ought to come in with “an open heart, and be as fresh as the first day, every day”! Since then, this advice has been the underlying mindset every time I come to Nalanda. By constantly staying fresh, this allows me to learn better and to always give my best in everything that I do. It also encourages me to find ways to improve myself, constantly.
Six years ago, a close friend recommended that I attend the talks and courses conducted at Nalanda. I was so inspired by each Dhamma talk here, as well as through the courses taught by friendly and knowledgeable Buddhist teachers. I was also touched by the Nalandians’ warmth and spirit of courage and compassion. I have truly learnt a lot and believe I have become a better person.
The first thing that strikes you upon meeting Ms Khor Swee Moi is how at ease she makes you feel. Helping others shed their shyness and muster the courage to share, learn and grow together, is second nature to this affable teacher of 12 years’ standing.
Mdm Lee Poh Peng is one of the most experienced teachers one might meet, with 27 years of teaching in the bag. For the last 5 years, she has been serving as the Deputy Principal of Serdang Baru Chinese Primary School, as well as carrying out her duties as a teacher-counselor.