On Saturday 4 February, Nalanda members and devotees from the neighbourhood gathered at NEO Centre Sungai Petani for our annual Lunar New Year “open house”. It was a happy occasion to meet good friends and make new ones.
As the pace picks up after the Lunar New Year holidays and heading towards the month of Vesakha (April-May), Nalandians will get busier with educational and community outreach programmes in the coming weeks. It is time again for members to attend important meetings to discuss and plan for the year ahead. Nalanda Buddhist Society is happy to invite members to the following meetings:
On Saturday 14 January, a group of 10 members from Buddhist Tzu Chi Merits Society Malaysia paid an official visit to NEO Centre Sungai Petani. They were warmly welcomed by Nalanda branch leaders and members. The visit was an initiative by Tzu Chi Merits Society to forge closer friendship with other Buddhist Societies locally.
Over the weekend on 21 January, Nalandians in Kedah were busy cleaning and decorating NEO Centre Sungai Petani in preparation to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year. Members and devotees worked harmoniously in making the place spick and span and truly welcoming!
On Sunday 27 November, members and devotees gathered at NEO Centre Kuala Lumpur to observe a meaningful ‘Sangha Day’ to express gratitude and reverence to the monastic community for their tireless efforts in the preservation and propagation of the Buddha-Dhamma.
On Sunday 20 November, Nalanda Dhamma School in Johor Bahru celebrated the succesful completion of their second year with an “Appreciation & Honours Day”. This year, 34 teenagers grew together with us at our spiritually-nourishing NEO Centre.
On Saturday 19 November, the Director of Pustaka Nalanda Bro. Ananda Fong gave a talk at NEO Centre Sungai Petani on the relevance of Buddhism in the 21st century. He shared many recent scientific researches that support what the Buddha taught 2600 years ago, and proved the teachings relevant at present times.
The joy of camaraderie lingered in the hearts of 80 young participants after the 3-day Nalanda learning camp held from 2 to 4 December at Pure Karma Buddhist Centre, Johor. Participating in the ‘friendship’-themed camp allowed the teenagers aged 13 to 17 the opportunity to learn and practise Dhamma joyfully alongside their kalyāna-mitta.
Thinking of how to spend your Christmas break? Nalanda Kedah Branch is organising a FREE camp for young adults aged 18 to 29 years old; which will be conducted in Mandarin. The 3-day camp is from 23 to 25 December, and will be held at NEO Centre Bandar Mutiara in Sungai Petani.
Bro. Tan made a whirlwind tour to Kedah earlier this month to bid Nalandians there a grateful close to a marvellous 2016, and a joyful welcoming of 2017. He first stopped-over in Alor Setar to meet with members before proceeding to NEO Centre Sungai Petani for an evening gathering.