Scientists at NASA say that people across the world tonight will get to witness the ‘brightest’ full-moon since 1948. This ‘supermoon’ happens at its ‘perigee’ phase, where the orbiting moon is closest to Earth, and a good 14% closer than its ‘apogee’ phase where it orbits farthest away from us.
Report by Chan Jia Xin. Photographs by Chua Siaw Kim.
Nalanda Institute’s 4-month BPS 304 Certificate in Buddhist Studies course commenced on Saturday, 6 August with the inaugural lecture on ‘Four Noble Truths’, delivered by Institute Director Achariya Tan Siang Chye.
On Saturday 11 June, Nalanda Centre hosted a one-day sutta study and meditation workshop facilitated by Āyasmā Aggacitta, with the subject “How to diminish the effects of past kamma”. Āyasmā Aggacitta shared on what the Pāli suttas actually said about the matter. The aim of the workshop was to help participants practise effectively to end suffering.
On Wednesday 6 April, at Nalanda’s weekly group meditation, Sis. Buddhini shared about the importance of mental preparation before meditation. She explained that it was important for us to be aware of the causes and conditions that disturb us before we can settle our minds and be concentrated.
On Sunday 27 March, Sis. Paru conducted the first of six modules of BPS 033 ‘Buddhist Devotional Practice’ course, where she touched on the topic of ‘What is Buddhism?’ and ‘The Three Jewels’. She explained that the coined English term ‘Buddhism’ refers to the religious tenets and practices centred upon the Buddha’s teachings. When Buddhism spread to other parts of the world, it took on different forms due to the influence of local beliefs and culture of the indigenous peoples.
On Sunday 6 March Sis. Santi Cheang gave a sharing based on the Buddha’s advice to Rāhula at Ambalaṭṭikā in the Ambalatthikārāhulovāda Sutta (Majjhima Nikāya 61). In the sutta, the Buddha admonishes his young son, Venerable Rāhula, on why one should never utter a falsehood, not even in jest. The Buddha exhorts Rāhula: “So, too, Rāhula, when one is not ashamed to tell a deliberate lie, there is no evil, I say, that one would not do”.
On Thursday 4 February, a small group of Nalandian youths gathered just before the Chinese New Year holidays for an insightful learning on one of the Buddha’s profound teaching – the Paṭicca Samuppāda (Dependent Origination). The session which was guided by Sis. Sunanda had everyone thinking about the cause of our ‘existence’.
Earlier this morning, Nalandians from Sri Serdang and Kuala Lumpur gathered at Nalanda Centre for pūja at 7am. It marked the beginning of their journey north for the 4th National Nalanda Members’ Convention in Kedah. The convention also coincides with the Officiating Ceremony of Nalanda Education & Outreach (NEO) Centre in Sungai Petani.
On Wednesday 21 October, Venerable Sayadaw Asabhacara gave a guided meditation and Dhamma talk at Nalanda Centre. In his talk, Ven. Asabhacara encouraged devotees to meditate diligently and maintain mindfulness in our daily activities. Devotees also took the opportunity to clarify doubts on their daily practice during the Q & A session.
On Saturday 26 September, Lecture 10 of BPS 303 – Certificate in Buddhist Studies – was conducted at Nalanda Centre in Sri Serdang by Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama. Achariya Vijaya explained the origin of devotional practices in Buddhism and why it was important to carry out these practices with wisdom and right understanding, and not just on blind faith. He also explained the meaning of Saddha (faith) in the Buddhist context.