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 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.
In conjunction with Nalanda ‘Education Day’, 35 Nalanda officers gathered at Nalanda Centre on 12 December 2016 for the second-ever Nalanda Education Workshop. The aim of the workshop was to chart and align the direction of all Nalanda education divisions in accordance with the ‘Nalanda Education Philosophy’.
The Nalanda Education Team (N.E.T.) gathered tonight for its first monthly meeting of 2017. N.E.T. Chairman Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama led the discussions on Dhamma-learning programmes planned for the year, including the upcoming WACANA Buddhist Conference scheduled on 1 July.
Nalanda founder Bro. Tan officially resumed his work this morning at Nalanda Centre after being away for a month on pilgrimage and retreat. His first formal activity today was a meeting with Achariya S. Vijaya, Chairman of Nalanda Education Team, to discuss upcoming courses and programmes. This will be followed by meetings with the Society’s leadership, management, and members. We warmly welcome Bro. Tan back to Sri Serdang.
Message from Vijaya Samarawickrama, Chairman of Nalanda Education Team
“Moving forward together”
More than 2,600 years ago, in the sacred Deer Park in Sarnath, the Blessed One set in motion the ‘Wheel of glorious Dhamma’. Soon after hearing the injunction to “preach the Dhamma – excellent in the beginning, excellent in the middle, excellent in the end – for the welfare and happiness of the many”, the Buddha’s first 60 arahant disciples went far and wide to compassionately propagate the Buddha-Word.
Teachers and Dhamma facilitators at Nalanda will mark this year’s “Education Day” with a workshop on 12 December to plan programmes for the next two years based on holistic education philosophy. Officers from Nalanda Dhamma School, Nalanda Institute, the Free School, Youth Centre, and ‘Dhamma Families’ will participate in this important workshop, the second one to be held since 2013.
Nalanda ‘Education Day’ is celebrated around 11 December every year with a series of programmes for teachers, devotees, teenagers and children. This date marks the anniversary of the launching of Nalanda’s “Education Philosophy” which calls for a holistic approach in education – balancing and combining knowledge, skills, values and culture – leading to integral development of people.
Today marks the 9th anniversary of Nalanda Institute Malaysia. As the Director, I am proud of the achievements the Institute has achieved over the years. Nine years since our establishment in 2007, we have successfully provided quality Buddhist education to 10,800 participants, completely free of charge!
In conjunction with Nalanda’s ‘Education Day’ and Uposatha New-moon day on 11 December, the Chairman of Nalanda Education Team, Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, gave a Dhamma talk at Nalanda Centre. Achariya Vijaya’s talk was on the ‘Noble Eightfold Path – the Path to Wisdom’. He said we had two choices: we could either choose the ‘Right Path‘ which led to wisdom and happiness, or the wrong one which led to ignorance and suffering.