Since our inception in 2003, Nalanda has been continuously organising and offering Dhamma courses, training programmes and other educational services that benefit the entire community. All our programmes are freely available to the public as Nalanda is a non-profit, service-oriented organisation that aims to provide holistic education for integral human development.
Early this morning, 20 Nalandian youths and Dhamma School students gathered for chanting at Nalanda Centre before leaving for Johor Bahru to help conduct a 3-day Dhamma camp for teenagers there. This trip is a wholesome start to their year-end school holidays as it promises much learning and community service.
‘Silver Lining’ is a programme initiated by Nalanda Youth Centre in 2015 to promote acts of kindness towards others among Malaysian youths. A ‘Silver Lining Day’ is organised once every three months where youths dedicate one Sunday to serving the community.
On Saturday 20 August, two venerable monks from Sentul Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple were invited to go on alms-round at Jalan Besar market in Seri Kembangan. Many volunteers, including Dhamma School students and Nalandian youths, participated in this monthly educational programme.
On Sunday 27 March, Nalanda Youth Centre organised its first recycling project to help raise funds for Kitarsh Handicapped and Disabled Children’s Home. The home was in need of funds because it was partly destroyed by fire last year.
On Saturday 27 February, a team of 10 Nalandians comprising President Sis. Evelyn, Dhamma School Director Sis. Sunanda, Sis. Joanne, and youths helped to pack food for the needy at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Sungai Long campus. The event was organised by the UTAR Sungai Long Buddhist Society, in collaboration with the international hunger-relief organisation, ‘Stop Hunger Now’.
Since 13 February, staff and volunteers have gradually returned to Nalanda Centre to resume their duties after the Lunar New Year holidays. Some had come days earlier to clean and spruce up the Centre after the week-long break. Everyone is delighted to see each other, and filled with enthusiasm to continue serving the community.
Nalanda Buddhist Society is intending to construct a purpose-built Buddhist education centre located in Sri Serdang for teenagers and children, to be operational by August 2017. The proposed facility will have a capacity for 100 students, and will be operated by Nalanda Dhamma School.
On Saturday 14 November, several Nalanda youths took it upon themselves to give the Nalanda Youth Centre a facelift. The centre is a lively and ‘happening’ place. It is well used by about 340 Free School students for their tuition classes on weekdays and by Nalanda youths for their activities during the weekends. With so much going on, the premises was beginning to show signs of wear and tear. So to keep up its maintenance, several youths volunteered to give it a fresh coat of paint and some minor touch-up.
On Saturday 10October, a team of 20 Nalandian youths, led by Bro. Disheng, participated in a meal-packaging event at Berjaya Times Square. It was hosted and organised by Berjaya Youth, in collaboration with ‘Stop Hunger Now’, a non-profit organisation based in the US which aims to end world hunger by operating international food-relief.