Pindacāra at Seri Kembangan market

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Ven. Saranankara inspired volunteers and market-goers with his dignified presence.

Ven. Saranankara inspired volunteers and market-goers with his kindness and dignified presence.

15 October was another joyful weekend for devotees in Seri Kembangan as the third Saturday of every month is Nalanda’s educational Pindacāra programme held at the market.  This time, we were truly honoured to have the Abbot of Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Venerable Sri Saranankara Nāyaka Thero, to conduct the alms-round.

The day’s programme began as usual with chanting at Nalanda Centre early in the morning and a briefing session for volunteers before heading to Seri Kembangan market for Pindacāra.  The briefing was especially beneficial for volunteers participating in the programme for the first time.

The programme begins with chanting at Nalanda Centre.

The programme begins at 7.30am with chanting at Nalanda Centre nearby.

Programme co-ordinator Bro. Vincent Lee briefing volunteers.

Programme co-ordinator Bro. Vincent Lee briefing volunteers about the programme objective and flow.

The Pindacāra began soon after Ven. Saranankara arrived at 8.30am.  This time around, several BPS304 Buddhist Certificate Studies course participants also took part in the alms-round as part of their group assignment to know more about Buddhist traditions.  Market-goers and stall operators in Seri Kembangan were very happy to offer food to monks, and witnessing their joy and devotion truly warms the heart.

Children learning to give alms.

Given the opportunity every month, children can learn to give alms respectfully.

A regular market-goer giving alms joyfully.

A regular market-goer giving alms joyfully.

After the alms-round, Ven. Saranankara gave advice and blessings to volunteers and devotees before leaving for the monastery.  We thank the venerable for his kind presence and great support for the Pindacāra programme.  We also thank all volunteers and participants of BPS304 course for assisting with the activity.  Sadhu anumodana.

Nalanda officer Sis. Mei Yee engaging with devotees at the market.

Nalanda officer Sis. Mei Yee engaging with BPS course participants at the market.

Nalanda volunteer engaging with a market-goer.

Nalanda volunteer engaging with a market-goer.

Ven. Saranankara offering blessings to volunteers and devotees.

Ven. Saranankara offering blessings to volunteers and devotees after the alms-round.

Ven. Saranankara blessing a young child.

Ven. Saranankara blessing a young child.

NOTE :

The next ‘Pindacāra’ programme will be held this Saturday, 5 November, at NEO Centre Kuala Lumpur.  Venerable monks will be going on alms-round at Taman OUG and Happy Garden markets starting at 8.30am.  All are welcome to join in this wholesome activity.