Nalanda Bulletin Issue No. 27

8 May 2015

Nalanda Bulletin Issue No. 27

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23 April 2015

History of the Buddhist Flag

The Buddhist Flag was first hoisted in Sri Lanka on Wesak Day, 28 April 1885, when the country was still under British colonial rule.  At that time, the majority Sinhalese Buddhist population felt discriminated against by the colonial authorities when carrying out their religious activities, as well as pressurized by relentless foreign evangelism.  The Buddhists needed an icon to peacefully rally around, and hence, the idea of the ‘Buddhist Flag’ was conceived.

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10 April 2015

Being ‘Good Practitioners’ of Dhamma

On Thursday 2 April, Nalanda welcomed Ven. Dr. T. Sangharatana Nāyaka Thero to talk on how to be ‘Good Practitioners’.  Ven. Sangharatana said that the teaching of all Buddhas is to ‘avoid doing evil actions, to cultivate wholesome deeds and to develop mental abilities’.  Buddhists are reminded to be mindful of our actions – whether physical, verbal or mental – at all times.

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7 April 2015

Nalanda Youths’ “Charity Car Wash”

On Sunday 29 March, Nalandian youths organised a ‘Charity Car Wash’ at Nalanda House, Sri Serdang to raise funds for Dhamma Education, and the “Children’s Wish Society of Malaysia”, an organisation which aims to fulfil the wishes of terminally-ill children.

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6 April 2015

Informative ‘Open Day’ at Nalanda Centre

On Sunday 29 March, Nalanda held its first ‘Open Day’ to enable new visitors to be introduced and given an informative tour of Nalanda Centre.  As the Centre was expanded through the generosity of the public, we wish that the community would benefit from this initiative and enjoy a spiritually-charged visit.  The ‘Open Day’ was hosted by Bro. Charlie Teng and Sis. Buddhini Tan, EXCO Members of Nalanda Buddhist Society.

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2 April 2015

Dāna at proposed NEO Centre Sungai Petani

On Saturday 28 March, Nalanda Sungai Petani Branch invited Venerable Thipako and Venerable Chye from Sammāditthi Meditation Grove for lunch dāna at the proposed Nalanda Outreach & Education (NEO) Centre, located in Bandar Mutiara, Sungai Petani.  The dāna was specially arranged to mark the beginning of construction work of the new centre, and to invoke the blessings of the ‘Three Jewels’ for the successful completion of the project.

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31 March 2015

Kelantan Dhamma Teachers visit Nalanda

A group of 12 earnest Dhamma School teachers and Buddhist leaders from Kelantan came to Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang for a fruitful learning visit from 20 – 22 March.  They were warmly welcomed and hosted by Nalanda Dharma School (N.D.S.) Director Sis. Sunanda Ong and N.D.S. Facilitators.

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26 March 2015

Venerable Ajahn Sumedho at Nalanda Centre

On Sunday 15 March, we were honoured to host Venerable Ajahn Sumedho and 3 accompanying monks for Dāna (alms-food offering) followed by Dhamma teaching at Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang.  A large crowd had gathered at Nalanda Centre for the opportunity to see Ajahn Sumedho, and to listen to his Dhamma teachings.

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24 March 2015

UPM Buddhist Alumni AGM held at Nalanda

On Sunday 15 March, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Buddhist Society Alumni (PBUPM-A) held their 9th Annual General Meeting at Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang.  The Management Committee duly presented the annual activities report at the meeting for members’ approval.  The Alumni has been active in keeping contact with UPM Buddhist graduates and inspiring them to further their Dhamma practice.  Nalanda wishes PBUPM-A continued progress and success in the coming years.  Sadhu anumodana!

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21 March 2015

Junior Dharma School opens in Sri Serdang

On Sunday 15 March, Nalanda Dharma School (N.D.S.) marked another important milestone with the opening of the much-anticipated ‘Nalanda Junior Dharma School’ based at Nalanda House, Sri Serdang.  This is the fourth Dharma School operated by Nalanda, following the establishment of N.D.S. in 2005, the Junior School in Happy Garden, and the recently-opened teenagers school in Johor Bahru.

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