A few days before Lunar New Year, the Director of Nalanda Institute Achariya Tan Siang Chye hosted a dinner for Dhamma speaker Dr. Punna Wong from Johor Bahru. Also in attendance were senior Nalandian officers Bro. Ananda Fong, Sis. Sandy Lim and Sis. Santī Cheang. At the informal meeting, they discussed the upcoming WACANA 2017 Buddhist Conference which will be held on 1 July 2017. Dr. Wong indicated his unequivocal support for the conference, which is themed “The Buddha Word – Discovering the Essential”.
Nalanda Institute officers have been meeting for the past few months to prepare for WACANA 2017 – the premier Malaysian conference where the Sangha and laity gather to discuss pertinent issues that affect the Buddhist movement. This year’s WACANA Conference will be the fifth since 2007. It is scheduled to be held on Saturday, 1 July 2017, in Subang Jaya, Selangor. The theme for the conference is “The Buddha Word – Discovering the Essential”.
Nalanda Institute Malaysia will convene a Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, 14 January for graduates of BPS304 Certificate in Buddhist Studies, class of 2016. It is also a day of gratitude and appreciation to all teachers, volunteers, and benefactors who provided precious opportunities for Dhamma learning.
Report by Chan Jia Xin. Photographs by Chua Siaw Kim.
Nalanda Institute’s 4-month BPS 304 Certificate in Buddhist Studies course commenced on Saturday, 6 August with the inaugural lecture on ‘Four Noble Truths’, delivered by Institute Director Achariya Tan Siang Chye.
Nalanda Institute Malaysia is offering a 10-session course – BPS 304 Certificate in Buddhist Studies – commencing 6 August 2016. This course will be completed in a single semester, and consists of four basic modules:
Today marks the 9th anniversary of Nalanda Institute Malaysia. As the Director, I am proud of the achievements the Institute has achieved over the years. Nine years since our establishment in 2007, we have successfully provided quality Buddhist education to 10,800 participants, completely free of charge!
On Saturday 11 June, Nalanda Centre hosted a one-day sutta study and meditation workshop facilitated by Āyasmā Aggacitta, with the subject “How to diminish the effects of past kamma”. Āyasmā Aggacitta shared on what the Pāli suttas actually said about the matter. The aim of the workshop was to help participants practise effectively to end suffering.
On Sunday 8 May, Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama gave a talk on ‘Faith and Devotional Practice’. He explained that ‘faith’ in the context of Buddhism is not blind nor dogmatic, but is developed through gradual approach and proper understanding, which then gives rise to wisdom.
On Sunday 24 April, Sis. Santi Cheang gave a talk on ‘Observing the 5 Precepts’ to participants of BPS 033 ‘Buddhist Practice & Devotion’ course. She explained that Precepts form the basis of morality for Buddhists. It strengthens our commitment to spiritual practice, and ensures a life of integrity and peace. Precepts are observed voluntarily by devotees; they are not commandments from the Buddha.
On Sunday 17 April, Sister Buddhini Tan gave a talk on ‘Going for Refuge’ to participants of BPS 033 ‘Buddhist Practice & Devotion’ course. Sis. Buddhini explained that the practice of ‘Going for Refuge’ existed even before the Buddha’s time. It was customary for a follower to proclaim his or her faith in the teacher or a higher power.