Nalanda organised our ninth monthly Pindacāra Programme on Saturday, 2 February, at the morning market in Taman O.U.G. Many families took the opportunity to perform meritorious offerings before the upcoming Chinese New Year.
On 1 December, there were many joyful and generous people waiting at Taman O.U.G. morning market to offer alms-food to the members of the Sangha. The monthly alms-round allows lay people to do good deeds with kind intentions and actions. A team of Nalandians with full devotion encouraged more people in the market to ‘do good and feel good’. They also took the opportunity to engage with the public and explain to them on the practice of Pindacāra.
Pindacāra, the practice of collecting alms-food, is observed by Theravada Buddhist monks who have gone forth from ‘home-life’ to ‘homelessness’. A Buddhist monk is known in Pāli Language as a ‘bhikkhu’ – meaning ‘one who lives on alms’.
It was a special event to commemorate a most special teacher. The “Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day” which was held over the weekend of 17-18 December at SJK (C) Yuk Chai in Petaling Jaya, drew hundreds of devotees to pay homage to the great Buddhist meditation master.