On Saturday 26 March, Nalanda Institute offered the third session of its BPS 201 Intermediate-level Buddhist Studies in Mandarin. The topic was ‘Buddhism after the Buddha’, and it was conducted by Sis. Santi Cheang and Sis. Sandy Lim. They also shared about the history of Buddhism in Malaysia and the significance of the Tipitaka in Buddhism.
On Saturday 5 March, Nalanda Institute Malaysia welcomed about 50 participants to its new course, BPS 201 Intermediate-level Buddhist Studies in Mandarin. The participants consisted mainly of students who had successfully completed last year’s BPS 101 – Basic Buddhist Studies.
Nalanda Institute Malaysia is pleased to offer its first Intermediate Buddhist Studies course in Mandarin (BPS201) from 5 March to 14 May. There will be 8 sessions held on designated Saturdays, from 3.00pm to 6.00pm. The course is suited for those who have attended the Basic Buddhist Studies course in Mandarin (BPS101 or BPS001) or its equivalent.
On 19 December, students of BPS 303 – Certificate in Buddhist Studies, gathered at Nalanda Centre for their graduation ceremony. Also present were students of BPS 101 – Buddhist Studies in Mandarin, who were there to rejoice and strengthen the bonds of kalyana mittatā (spiritual friendship) forged over the course of their studies.
On Sunday 27 September 2015, Bro. Aggaphala Yap conducted Lecture 4 of the BPS 101 Mandarin Buddhist Studies course at Nalanda Centre. The topic of the lecture was “Ten Unwholesome Deeds” (Dasa Akusala Kamma).
On Sunday 20 September, Sis. Tan Yee Yong conducted Lecture 3 of BPS 101 course – Buddhist Studies in Mandarin – on the topic of “Ten Wholesome Deeds” (‘Dasa Kusala Kamma’). She began the session by explaining the beneficial results of practising the ten wholesome actions that lead us to a happy life.
On 25 and 26 October, the final two sessions of the Mandarin Buddhist Studies Course (Semester 2) was conducted by Sis. Nandini Tan at NEO Centre Johor Bahru. Sis. Nandini gave separate lectures on the ‘Four Noble Truths’ and ‘Noble Eightfold Path’. Six new participants joined the weekend’s class and showed great enthusiasm by arriving early at the Centre to learn the Dhamma.
On 12 – 13 July, 34 participants attended the fifth and sixth sessions of the Mandarin Buddhist Course conducted by Bro. Aggaphala Yap at NEO Centre Johor Bahru. Bro. Aggaphala, who is a professional counsellor with experience in community counseling, spoke on the subject of “Kamma and Rebirth”.
Last weekend (28–29 June), devotees in Johor Bahru continued their monthly lessons in the Mandarin Buddhist Course organised by Nalanda Institute Malaysia. On Saturday 28 June, Sis. Nandini Tan conducted lectures on “What Buddhism Is”, “Three Jewels”, and “Five Precepts” for 35 course participants in the conducive environment of NEO Centre Johor Bahru.
Nalanda Institute Malaysia is offering a 6-session Buddhist Studies course in Mandarin starting 24 May 2014. The free course will be offered for the first time ever at Nalanda Education & Outreach (NEO) Centre Johor Bahru. For further information, please contact Sis. Angie Ng (012-721 1469) or Mrs. Yap (016-723 7303) in Johor Bahru. Thank you.