Report by Chan Jia Xin.
On Saturday 17 December 2016, Nalandian volunteers and devotees gathered with much enthusiasm for the educational ‘Pindacāra’ programme in Seri Kembangan. Market-goers once again had the opportunity to offer food to two venerable monks from the Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple.
Volunteers actively crisscrossed the market explaining to curious on-lookers about the wholesome practice of alms-giving. Due to frequent public engagement, this wonderful monthly programme has been well-received by the local community in Seri Kembangan.
As devotees and practitioners who regularly perform dāna, it is beneficial for us to reflect on its true value from time to time. In a recent Dhamma teaching given at Nalanda Centre, Venerable Ñanukkamsa said, “When we won the battle over our craving and attachment, we perform dāna – otherwise we would not give.” It was highlighted that the value of dāna is not in the cost of the gift, but in how much we have ‘won’ over our attachment.
Thus we should not be giving out of sheer ‘habit’; we should instead recollect its true significance each time we make offerings. Reflecting so, we can develop Right Understanding and Right Intention as part of our spiritual practice.
As such, let us continue to perform wholesome offerings regularly and meaningfully. Sadhu anumodana!