Nalanda Buddhist Society management and members wish everyone a “Happy Lunar New Year” with the blessings of Dhamma! May you and your loved ones enjoy good health, success and peace in the year ahead. Travel safe and enjoy your holidays with family and friends. Sukhihontu!
Fathers are often the unsung heroes in the family. Patriarch, leader, provider, protector, counselor – modern dads play as varied a role to their children as mothers do. Children who are supported by mothers and fathers are indeed blessed. But the Buddha also taught that those who support their parents are equally blessed.
Today, Nalandians and devotees celebrated Mother’s Day in a special way to show our gratitude to all wonderful mothers who have sacrificed for their children out of compassion. There is no comparison to the dedication borne of maternal love. As children, we shall always remember our mothers’ unconditional love, and be filial to them.
The recently-held “Chap Goh Meh” celebrations at Nalanda Centre received more coverage in the local press. Malaysia’s leading Chinese daily Sin Chew Jit Poh (星洲日报) reported the event in its Metro Edition on Wednesday, 24 February. On 22 February, the leading English daily The Star had covered the same activity.
On Saturday 31 October, Nalanda Dhamma School held its first forum for parents at Nalanda Centre to address the challenges being faced by mums and dads today. Guest speaker Bro. Aggaphala Yap talked about the importance of ‘Positive Parenting’ and how it could be practised.
Today, Malaysia officially celebrates Grandparents’ Day for the first time ever to acknowledge the contributions of grandparents to the growth, stability and harmony of the family unit. Senior citizens are often the storehouses of life’s experience that the younger generations can tap into. On this special day, we thank all grandparents for your sacrifices and love. May we all grow old gracefully, wisely and joyfully!
Bro. Tan gave an inspiring talk on parenthood in conjunction with “Mother’s Day” on Sunday, 10 May. He said that parents no doubt want to give the best to their children, with the wish that they become ‘successful’ in life. However, ‘success’ should not be measured solely with worldly expectations such as wealth, fame, and popularity.
On Sunday 10 May, Nalanda Dharma School organised a simple yet heart-warming celebration to appreciate and recollect with gratitude the unconditional sacrifice showered upon us by our mothers. Former School Captain Bro. Yuan Zhan and the musical team rendered two meaningful songs – 含泪的感恩 (Tears of Gratitude) and ‘Brahma of My Heart’, which definitely touched the hearts of many present.
It was Mao Zedong who famously quipped that “Women hold up half the sky!” Statistically, women indeed constitute half of humanity. However, in terms of influence, the female gender exerts proportionately more.
On Sunday 15 June, Nalandians and devotees participated in the third ‘Gimhāna Retreat’ Service Sunday at Nalanda Centre. After pūja, chanting and meditation, Sis. Nandini Tan gave a wonderful sharing on family well-being.