On Sunday 20 November, Nalanda Dhamma School in Johor Bahru celebrated the succesful completion of their second year with an “Appreciation & Honours Day”. This year, 34 teenagers grew together with us at our spiritually-nourishing NEO Centre.
The joy of camaraderie lingered in the hearts of 80 young participants after the 3-day Nalanda learning camp held from 2 to 4 December at Pure Karma Buddhist Centre, Johor. Participating in the ‘friendship’-themed camp allowed the teenagers aged 13 to 17 the opportunity to learn and practise Dhamma joyfully alongside their kalyāna-mitta.
On 1 December, 20 youths and students from Nalanda Dhamma School left for Johor Bahru to help conduct a Dhamma camp for teenagers there. They returned joyfully to Sri Serdang on 4 December to a warm, late-night welcome by smiling teachers and parents.
On Sunday 27 October, NEO Centre Johor Bahru was bustling with festive atmosphere as students, parents, teachers and volunteers gathered for the annual Nalanda Free School ‘Appreciation Day’. The joyful occasion was to celebrate students’ academic achievements, positive learning attitude and good behaviour throughout the year. The teachers expressed approval of individual students not only for improvements seen in their exam results, but also in their conduct and overall character development.
Early this morning, 20 Nalandian youths and Dhamma School students gathered for chanting at Nalanda Centre before leaving for Johor Bahru to help conduct a 3-day Dhamma camp for teenagers there. This trip is a wholesome start to their year-end school holidays as it promises much learning and community service.
During the upcoming holiday, Nalanda Johor Bahru Branch is organising a learning camp for teenagers between 13 and 17 years old. The camp will be held from 2 to 4 December 2016, at Pure Karma Buddhist Centre, Taman Desa Cemerlang, Johor Bahru. This educational camp will provide a healthy environment for teenagers to meet many ‘Beautiful Friends’ – friends with ‘beautiful’ behaviour, character, and mind.
From 16 to 18 September, Nalanda Dhamma School Johor Bahru Branch organised an energising Facilitators’ Training for twenty facilitators. The 3-day training camp was conducted by School Director Sis. Sunanda Ong, to develop greater leadership and facilitation skills among the officers.
Nalandians offer our deepest condolences to the families of patients at Johor Bahru’s Sultanah Aminah Hospital who perished in a fire yesterday, 25 October. The blaze occurred at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where all six casualties were warded. As a result of the fire, other patients and staff at the hospital were temporarily evacuated from the building.
On Friday 30 September, Nalanda Johor Bahru Branch members attended a ‘Gala Dinner’ organised by Metta Lodge to raise funds for its new meditation centre located in Taman Johor Jaya. The dinner was well supported with devotees from several Buddhist societies in Johor and Singapore.
It has been two weeks since the wonderful Family Fun Fair in Johor Bahru. Our happy thoughts linger on with gratitude and appreciation to all donors, supporters, stall operators, volunteers and participants of the joyous event!