On New Year’s Eve, all members of Nalanda Dharma School came together for the School reunion of the year. This was the day where all members reflect and rejoice over the School’s achievements. It was also to celebrate the contributions and progress made by students throughout the year.
A team of 13 Nalandians, led by Sis. Sunanda Ong the Director of Nalanda Dharma School (NDS), had a fruitful Dhammaduta tour to Kelantan over the Christmas holidays. The tour programme included a “Teenagers’ Learning Camp” and a “Dhamma School Teachers’ Workshop”, both jointly organized by NDS and Persatuan Buddhis Wakaf Bharu.
In conjunction with Bro. Tan’s visit to Kedah, the Pro-tem Committee of Nalanda Kedah Branch met with him on Sunday, 22 December in Sungai Petani to discuss upcoming programmes for next year. In 2014, the committee agreed that they need to build two things – firstly the Nalanda Northern team (people), and secondly the NEO Centre in Sungai Petani (temple).
Nalanda Founder Bro. Tan undertook a 5-day tour to Singapore earlier this month and gave several teachings to various groups, including to members of Buddhist Fellowship, Firefly Mission, undergraduate fellowship, and at the Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society (BDMS). Bro. Tan also visited Ven. H Gunaratana and Ven. B Dhammaratana at the Buddhist Library, as well as Ven. S Dhammika at BDMS. It was a fruitful trip as he was fully engaged with many Dhamma activities.
Over the last weekend, Nalanda officers gathered at our ‘spiritual home’ in Sri Serdang for a ground-breaking workshop on the ‘Nalanda Education Model’, presented by Founder Bro. H S Tan. The workshop was truly a great learning experience for everyone, especially for teachers, facilitators, and coordinators of Nalanda’s educational programmes.
“Season 2” of Nalanda Youth Centre’s “Fellowship Undergraduate Network” (F.U.N.) continues with much learning, sharing, and enjoyment every Saturday evening. The 3rd and 4th sessions were held recently (on 30 November and 7 December respectively) at Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang. Undergraduates from several public and private universities in the Klang Valley took part in those sessions.
On Saturday 30 November, Bro. Tan was invited to Buddhist Fellowship Singapore to conduct a commentarial course on ‘Mangala Sutta’ (the famous “Discourse on Highest Blessings”). 150 participants from 6 countries, including 14 Nalandians from Serdang and Johor Bahru, took part in the day-long course. Read more
On Sunday 8 December, Ayya Susīla gave two uplifting talks to Nalandians. The first talk was at Nalanda Centre, “From Darkness to Light“, and the second one in Mandarin was at NEO Centre Happy Garden, “如何面对生活中的烦恼”. Devotees were delighted with the simple and easy-going way of Ayya’s Dhamma teaching. Nalanda’s Deputy President Bro. Lee Teck Beng and Nalanda KL Branch Deputy Chairman Bro. Rudy Gan, together with many other officers, were at Nalanda to receive Ayya Susīla. Sadhu!