History of Buddhism; history of Nalanda; history or heritage-related topics.


27 May 2017

PBUM Buddhist history camp

From 7 to 9 April, Persatuan Buddhist Universiti Malaya (PBUM) held a camp at Nalanda Centre on the history of Buddhism.  30 students gathered for three wholesome days to learn from Venerable Ji Chi the development of Buddhism throughout the past 2,500 years – from its emergence in ancient India to how it evolved into three main traditions of Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana, today.

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26 April 2017

Fly the iconic Buddhist Flag

Today is the beginning (New-moon day) of ‘Vesakha’ – the month commemorating Buddha’s Enlightenment 2,606 years ago.  We invite everyone to join us at Nalanda Centre for chanting, meditation and Dhamma talk this evening starting at 8.00pm.

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19 November 2016

The Buddha’s meditative experience

At the Service Sunday on 9 October, Sis. Tan Yee Yong was invited to deliver a talk on ‘Meditation’.  She recounted history by stating that certain meditation practices already existed before the Buddha’s time.  In fact, the Buddha-to-be Siddhattha Gotama learned from two prominent meditation teachers of His time – Alara Kalama and Uddaka Ramaputta.

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11 October 2016

Commemorating Prof. T. W. Rhys Davids

On Sunday 4 September, the Director of Pustaka Nalanda Bro. Ananda Fong gave a talk on the contributions of Professor Thomas William Rhys Davids (1843 – 1922), founder of the Pāli Text Society (PTS) based in London.  This was part of Pustaka Nalanda’s programme to commemorate historical personalities who had contributed significantly to the propagation of Buddhism over the last century.

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26 September 2016

Nalandians honour ‘Bhikkhunī Day’

On 16 September, Nalanda members took part in a simple gathering to mark the “International Bhikkhunī Day” organised by Gotamī Vihāra in Puchong.  The gathering was meant to honour the historical Bhikkhuni Sangha which was established during the Buddha’s lifetime; among its illustrious members were Elders Khemā, Upalavannā, Dhammadinnā and Mahapajapattī Gotamī.

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29 August 2016

Buddha Relic welcomed at Nalanda Centre

Yesterday, Nalanda Centre had the great honour to be bequeathed with a Buddha Relic (Pāli, “Śarīra”) – a single bone fragment of the Blessed One.  The Relic was previously under the custodianship of the late Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Nāyaka Thero and Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama for many decades.

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17 August 2016

Indonesia’s 71st Independence Day

Today, we felicitate our Indonesian friends and their fellow countrymen on their nation’s 71st Independence Day.  The diverse peoples of Indonesia and Malaysia share a two-thousand year history of trade, transmigration, cultural exchanges, and political unions.  Vast regions of both countries were once part of the mighty Buddhist Empire of Srivijaya (7th to 13th centuries CE.), which left rich archaeological artefacts in Sumatra, Java, and the Malay Peninsula.

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7 August 2016

Lecture on spread of Buddhism to Maritime Southeast Asia

On Thursday 2 June, Nalanda founder Bro. Tan was guest at a public lecture by Indian-American historian Professor Tansen Sen at Universiti Malaya (UM), Kuala Lumpur.  The special talk on “The Spread of Buddhism to Maritime Southeast Asia” was hosted by University of Malaya Sri Lankan Endowment Fund, and jointly organised by the UM Departments of History and Indian Studies.

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19 July 2016

Nālandā declared “World Heritage Site”

On 15 July 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed the renowned ancient Buddhist university – Nalanda Mahavihara in India – as a “World Heritage Site”.

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5 July 2016

Dhamma School study tour to Kedah

During the recent school holidays in June, Nalanda Dhamma School organized a special 4-day study tour to Bujang Valley in Kedah for 75 teachers and students. We were privileged to be led by Bro. Tan, who is an acknowledged expert on Buddhist history in Southeast Asia. With his informative and lively narration, every turn along our journey seemed to hold surprises for us to discover!

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