The second module of “Buddhist Devotional Practice” course organized by Nalanda Institute was joyfully concluded on 26 April. The first part of the course on “Going for Refuge” was delivered by Bro. Tong Siong Yeow, Head of Department for Leadership and Management Studies.
Following the inspiring first Nalanda Sungai Petani Branch Members’ Day last month, the 2nd such training session was held on Saturday, 26 April in Gurun, Kedah. Founder Bro. Tan spoke about “Observance Days” – what they are and why they are celebrated. Among the three important annual Observance Days are ‘Buddha Day’ (Wesak Full-moon), ‘Dhamma Day’ (Asalha Full-moon), and ‘Sangha Day’.
The first module of “Buddhist Devotional Practice” Course organised by Nalanda Institute attracted a good turn out on 19 April. The session was conducted by the Director of Nalanda Institute – Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama – a well-known, experienced, and passionate Dhamma speaker.
42 members of Buddhist Fellowship and Firefly Mission Singapore had an insightful 4-day tour to the northern states of Penang, Kedah and Perlis from 17 to 20 April 2014. The highlight of the study tour was a day-long visit to Bujang Valley guided by Bro Tan.
On 13 April, Nalanda organized a special commemoration service for Anagarika Dharmapala, a great son of Sri Lanka, a model lay Buddhist, and a prolific Dhammaduta of modern times, to mark his 150th birth anniversary.
Nalanda Johor Bahru Branch recently hosted Ven. Kumāra Bhikkhu from Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary Taiping, from 7 to 10 April. On Tuesday 8 April, Ven. Kumāra gave a Mandarin Dhamma talk at NEO Centre JB, with the title ‘如何面对负性思维和感受’ (“How to overcome negative thoughts and emotions” ). The talk was most relevant as nowadays people are stretched and stressed beyond limit by many commitments and engagements. The Shrine Hall was packed with devotees eager to enhance their well-being.
On 22-25 March, Nalanda Dharma School organized a 4-day Leadership Camp at Samadhi Vihāra, Shah Alam. The camp themed ‘Lead-A-Ship’ aimed to cultivate and enhance leadership skills among teenagers. A total of 55 participants aged 14 – 17 years old who came from various states participated in this meaningful camp.
“What burning ‘paper money’ really meant those days.”
Excerpt from Bro. Tan’s teachings on 30 March.
During a funeral ceremony in ancient China, paper-made models of houses, sedan chairs, treasure chests, clothes, daily utensils, and even effigies of servants, were burnt as the cortege was leaving home for burial in the cemetery.
On Saturday 22 March, Nalanda Free School organized a learning trip for secondary school students to the National Science Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The aim of the trip is to bring education beyond the boundaries of the classroom and to expose the students to science.