‘Bhikkhu’, the Pāli word for monk, literally means one who goes on alms.
On Saturday, 1 June, a team of Nalandians and volunteers gathered at the NEO Centre in Happy Garden early in the morning for chanting and invocation. Having taken refuge in the Three Jewels and undertaken to observe the Five Precepts properly, with renewed aspirations, the team set out to the Taman O.U.G. market and prepared to commence the Pindacāra (alms-round). Read more
4 May 2013 marked the first anniversary of Nalanda’s Monthly Pindacāra (alms-round) Programme at the Taman O.U.G. morning market. Devotees and volunteers gathered for the morning chanting and invocation at NEO Centre Happy Garden to calm their minds and reaffirm their wholesome aspirations before embarking for the alms-round with the venerable bhikkhus. Read more
On Saturday, 20 April, Nalanda organised a Pindacāra in the Seri Kembangan market for the first time as a form of public outreach and education. This is part of a series of alms-rounds that Nalanda will be organising there to provide a chance for people to meet and offer alms to monks on a regular basis. Read more
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’.