On Sunday 8 January, Nalanda Centre was honoured to host Venerable Ayya Sumangalā for a Dhamma talk on ‘welcoming happiness’. Ayya began her talk by commenting on festive greetings where we usually wish others happiness. While we are wishing ourselves and others happiness, are we all really working towards it?
Respected Nalanda Achariyas Bro. Tan Ho Soon and Vijaya Samarawickrama will deliver a series of 12 talks on the theme “Doctrine and Practice” as part of the Dhamma Dāna Lecture Series organized by the Buddhist Maha Vihara for 2017.
On Tuesday 13 December, Nalanda Centre welcomed the visit by Venerable Ajahn Kalyāno, a disciple of the late Ajahn Chah, a celebrated teacher in the Thai forest tradition. Ajahn Kalyāno is the abbot of Buddha Bodhivana Monastery in Melbourne, Australia.
At the weekly Wednesday meditation on 21 December, Nalandians lent ear to an enlightening Dhamma talk by Ven. Ñanukkamsa on the purpose of becoming a Buddhist. In the Mahā Sāropama Sutta, the Buddha expounded that the purpose of holy life does not have gain or fame or even the accomplishments of virtue, concentration, or knowledge as its end goal. Instead, its ultimate goal is to attain the unshakeable liberation of the mind.
On 11 December 2016, Nalandians observed Nalanda ‘Education Day’, which marked the anniversary of the launching of our “Education Philosophy”. In conjunction with this important occasion, the Director of Nalanda Institute Achariya Tan Siang Chye gave a Dhamma talk expounding the purpose and importance of Buddhist education, highlighting its pivotal role in modern times.
On Sunday 27 November, members and devotees gathered at NEO Centre Kuala Lumpur to observe a meaningful ‘Sangha Day’ to express gratitude and reverence to the monastic community for their tireless efforts in the preservation and propagation of the Buddha-Dhamma.
On Sunday 13 November, Sis. Buddhinī Tan was invited to give a Dhamma sharing about the meaning behind the offering of robes and requisites. She first explained that devotees make offerings as an expression of strong faith and gratitude to the Three Jewels, thinking of the Buddha as their exemplary teacher, the Dhamma as their guiding principle, and the Sangha as advisors for spiritual cultivation.
After the weekly meditation session on Wednesday 9 November, Bro. Tan gave a Dhamma teaching addressing the unexpected and somewhat ‘shocking’ results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections. Bro. Tan said that ‘failure’ is one thing, but ‘defeat’ is another. The truth of the matter is that ‘failure’ and ‘success’ are just part of a process that we can learn from.
On Sunday 6 November, Director of Nalanda Institute Achariya Tan Siang Chye gave a talk on the Buddhist view on ‘Science and Faith’. He first addressed the dichotomy between those who ‘understand the world through science’, and those who ‘understand’ it through religion. Many followers of theistic religions tend to merely believe in what their religious books say. On the other hand, with so-called empiricism, many people observe something ‘scientifically’ and choose to accept that as the truth.