Pindacāra at Seri Kembangan market

Proper spiritual and religious education begins from a young age.

Proper spiritual and religious education begins from a young age. Parents can create opportunities for their children to involve in meritorious acts and guide them in doing good.

On Saturday 20 August, two venerable monks from Sentul Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple were invited to go on alms-round at Jalan Besar market in Seri Kembangan.  Many volunteers, including Dhamma School students and Nalandian youths, participated in this monthly educational programme.

Offering with reverence and mindfulness is the way.

Offering with reverence and mindfulness is the proper way.

A regular sight at this market - children offering alms.

A regular sight at this market – children offering alms.

The volunteers actively engaged with the public to explain the proper practice and meaning of ‘Pindacāra’.  As a result of sustained engagement over two years, the community is now very receptive of this activity, and many residents in Seri Kembangan look forward to the third Saturday of every month for the opportunity to offer alms.

Nalanda Dhamma School students offering help as well as alms.

Nalanda Dhamma School students offering help as well as alms.

School Director Sis. Sunanda leading her students to take part in the alms-round programme.

School Director Sis. Sunanda (left) leading her students to take part in the alms-round programme.

Nalandian volunteer engaging with the public.

Nalandian volunteer engaging with the public especially to thank them for the support during the recent Family Fun Fair.

Volunteers also went around the market to express gratitude to stall-owners and market-goers who kindly supported the recent Nalanda Family Fun Fair.  It was due to the strong support from the local community that the 2016 Fun Fair broke all records as the biggest and most successful ever held in Sri Serdang.

The venerables offer advice and blessings to volunteers.

After the alms-round, the venerables offer advice and blessings to volunteers.

After the alms-round, the venerable monks gave blessings to devotees, and proceeded to visit Nalanda Centre nearby.  We thank the venerables and volunteers for participating in this wholesome educational programme.  Sadhu anumodana.

The venerables visited Nalanda Centre in Sri Serdang.

The venerables visited Nalanda Centre located in nearby Sri Serdang.

The venerables later met with founder Bro Tan.

The venerables later met with founder Bro Tan.

Bro.Tan and Dhamma School students sending the venerables off after their visit.

Bro.Tan and Dhamma School students sending the venerables off after their visit.

NOTE :
The next alms-round will be held on Saturday, 1 October, at Taman O.U.G. and Happy Garden markets in Kuala Lumpur, from 8.30am onwards.  All are welcome to join in this meritorious act.