On 19 October 2016, Nalanda Centre was honoured to welcome Venerable Ayya Santinī, the Abbess of Vihāra Sanghamittā from Indonesia, for a three-day visit. During Ayya’s short stay, devotees had the opportunity to offer her breakfast and lunch dāna.
In October 2016, Nalanda Centre was honoured to host a visit by Venerable Ayya Santinī, a senior Theravada bhikkhuni from Indonesia. Nalandians grabbed the opportunity to invite Ayya Santinī for a Dhamma talk after our weekly Wednesday meditation session.
On Wednesday 22 June, Nalanda Centre was very honoured to host senior Nepalese prelate Sayadaw Nyanapurnik Nāyaka Thera to deliver a Dhamma talk. Sayadaw Nyanapurnik is also a Pāli scholar and Vipassana teacher who has been actively developing Theravada Buddhism in Nepal over four decades. Sayadawgyi was accompanied to Nalanda Centre by Malaysian bhikkhu Venerable Gavesi and two Nepali sayalays.
Dozens of devotees came to offer lunch dāna at Nalanda Centre on 15 January in honour of Ven. Sri Pandita Henepola Gunaratana Nāyaka Thero on the 61st anniversary of him becoming a ‘Dhammaduta’ (missionary monk). In 1955, then 28 year-old Ven. Gunaratana left Sri Lanka on his first posting to serve the Buddhist community among the ‘untouchables’ in India.
On 6 December, Venerable Rewatha from Glasgow, Scotland gave a Dhamma talk on mindfulness. He began his talk with an oft-quoted gatha from the Dhammapada: “Sabbapāpassa akaranam kusalassa upasampadā sacitta pariyodapanam etam buddhāna sāsanam.”
Yesterday (7 December) morning, 3 facilitators and 13 students from Nalanda Dhamma School (NDS) set off to Kelantan to conduct another holiday camp for teenagers. 100 Kelantanese students have registered for the camp, which is jointly organized by NDS and local Buddhist societies there. The 3-day camp will be held in Tumpat starting today, with the theme “Cermin Hati” (“Mirror of the Heart”). NDS Director Sis. Sunanda is the camp leader.
On Friday 19 June, Nalanda was honoured to host Venerable Ajahn Dhammasīha, a German bhikkhu residing in Australia, for an evening Dhamma talk. Devotees were much inspired by Ajahn’s simple yet profound explanation on mental purification. In a gradual approach to practising Dhamma, the first thing to cultivate is Dāna (generosity), followed by observing the Five Precepts properly, so as to overcome all unskillful behaviours. In this way, we are cultivating for our own happiness and for the happiness of others as well.
On Tuesday 21 April, devotees had an inspiring evening listening to Venerable D. Upananda Nāyaka Thero’s Dhamma Talk at Nalanda Centre. Ven. Upananda shared with us the five types of ‘Māra’ that we should be aware of, namely – (1) ‘Devaputta’ – is not only a very powerful deity but is also bent on making life difficult for holy persons; (2) ‘Kilesa’ – the demons of defilement: greed, aversion and delusion; (3) ‘Abhisamkhara’ – karmic activities which are more subtle; (4) ‘Khandha’ – arising from the Five Aggregates; and (5) ‘Maccu’ – death.
On Thursday 2 April, Nalanda welcomed Ven. Dr. T. Sangharatana Nāyaka Thero to talk on how to be ‘Good Practitioners’. Ven. Sangharatana said that the teaching of all Buddhas is to ‘avoid doing evil actions, to cultivate wholesome deeds and to develop mental abilities’. Buddhists are reminded to be mindful of our actions – whether physical, verbal or mental – at all times.
On Sunday 15 March, we were honoured to host Venerable Ajahn Sumedho and 3 accompanying monks for Dāna (alms-food offering) followed by Dhamma teaching at Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang. A large crowd had gathered at Nalanda Centre for the opportunity to see Ajahn Sumedho, and to listen to his Dhamma teachings.