On Saturday, 21 November, BPS303 – Certificate in Buddhist Studies participants sat for the written examination which was held concurrently at Nalanda Centre and Kota Bharu Mettarama Centre in Kelantan. It was the last hurdle for the participants who had been diligently attending lectures and completing their personal and group assignments since the course started in early July.
The 26 participants of BPS 303 – Certificate in Buddhist Studies from Kota Bharu, Kelantan, are certainly an inspiration to all students of Dhamma. Even though theirs was a distant-learning course, it did not put a damper to their spirits. This was especially evident on Saturday 21 November when many arrived for their examination one hour early despite the wet weather. A participant said that she had to drive more than an hour just to get to Kota Bharu Mettarama Centre where the examination was held.
Twenty-four Nalanda Dhamma School students at NEO Centre Johor Bahru sat for their year-end examination on Sunday 15 November. The teenagers, aged between 13 to 17 years, had been attending Dhamma classes throughout the year. It was wonderful to see the students so well-behaved and eager to sit for the exam. They were tested on their basic understanding of Buddhism. Dhamma School Director Sis. Sunanda was at NEO Centre to help oversee the smooth running of the examination.
On Sunday 1 November, 50 students aged between 13 and 17 years old sat for the annual Nalanda Dhamma School examination. They were tested on their basic knowledge of Buddhist scriptures, including ‘Dhammapada’ verses in Pāli Language, and devotional chanting, following 10 intensive study sessions which started in September.