At the weekly Wednesday meditation on 21 December, Nalandians lent ear to an enlightening Dhamma talk by Ven. Ñanukkamsa on the purpose of becoming a Buddhist. In the Mahā Sāropama Sutta, the Buddha expounded that the purpose of holy life does not have gain or fame or even the accomplishments of virtue, concentration, or knowledge as its end goal. Instead, its ultimate goal is to attain the unshakeable liberation of the mind.
In December 2016, Nalanda was honoured to host Venerable Ñanukkamsa and Venerable Alokavamsa, two well-practised Theravada bhikkhus from Indonesia. After a warm reception, the venerables were brought on a building tour and invited to meet participants of the Children’s Learning Camp which was held at Nalanda Centre that time.
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.
Jakarta Post reported that around 15,000 followers of all Buddhist sects participated in a joint prayer ceremony in Medan, North Sumatra, on Saturday 19 November. Dozens of Buddhist monks, members of the House of Representatives and local officials also participated in the event, which aims to invoke blessings for peace in Indonesia.
Nalanda Centre is honoured to host Venerable Bhikkhunī Santinī Therī today for a short visit. Ayya Santinī is a well-regarded meditation teacher and renowned Dhamma speaker from Indonesia. She is the Abbess of Wisma Kusalayani, a bhikkhuni-training centre near Lembang in West Java.
Today, we felicitate our Indonesian friends and their fellow countrymen on their nation’s 71stIndependence 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.
On 1 June, we were blessed to have Venerable U Vijaya from Indonesia to lead the weekly meditation at Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang. Ven. Vijaya explained that if we had faith in the Buddha, then we must be ready to walk the path He taught, and practise the Dhamma well. We must strengthen our Viriya (Right Effort) and keep our Sīla (virtue) strong.
On Sunday 14 February, Bro. Tan gave a Dhamma talk at Vihāra Sanghamitta in Karawang, about 70km east of Jakarta. He was there as a guest speaker at the invitation of its Abbess, Venerable Bhikkhunī Ayya Santinī. The talk was attended by 200 devotees, and was held in honour of Venerable Ayya Sīlavatī’s 63rd birthday.
On Sunday 16 August, a tragic air-crash took place in Papua Province, Indonesia. The Trigana Air service was on a routine domestic flight from Jayapura to Oksibil but flew into bad weather. The crash killed all 54 passengers and crew on board. Nalanda members offer our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones. We empathize with your loss and grief. We also pray that the casualties of this tragedy rest in Peace. ‘Santi’.