On Saturday 4 February, Nalanda members and devotees from the neighbourhood gathered at NEO Centre Sungai Petani for our annual Lunar New Year “open house”. It was a happy occasion to meet good friends and make new ones.
On Saturday 14 January, a group of 10 members from Buddhist Tzu Chi Merits Society Malaysia paid an official visit to NEO Centre Sungai Petani. They were warmly welcomed by Nalanda branch leaders and members. The visit was an initiative by Tzu Chi Merits Society to forge closer friendship with other Buddhist Societies locally.
Over the weekend on 21 January, Nalandians in Kedah were busy cleaning and decorating NEO Centre Sungai Petani in preparation to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year. Members and devotees worked harmoniously in making the place spick and span and truly welcoming!
On Saturday 19 November, the Director of Pustaka Nalanda Bro. Ananda Fong gave a talk at NEO Centre Sungai Petani on the relevance of Buddhism in the 21st century. He shared many recent scientific researches that support what the Buddha taught 2600 years ago, and proved the teachings relevant at present times.
Thinking of how to spend your Christmas break? Nalanda Kedah Branch is organising a FREE camp for young adults aged 18 to 29 years old; which will be conducted in Mandarin. The 3-day camp is from 23 to 25 December, and will be held at NEO Centre Bandar Mutiara in Sungai Petani.
Bro. Tan made a whirlwind tour to Kedah earlier this month to bid Nalandians there a grateful close to a marvellous 2016, and a joyful welcoming of 2017. He first stopped-over in Alor Setar to meet with members before proceeding to NEO Centre Sungai Petani for an evening gathering.
Nalandians from Serdang, Kuala Lumpur and Sungai Petani Branches are looking forward to joining the ‘Family Fun Fair’ at NEO Centre Johor Bahru this Sunday. A convoy of one bus, several MPVs and cars will depart from Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang after morning chanting tomorrow (i.e. Saturday). At 8.00pm, Nalanda founder Bro. Tan will join Nalandians in Johor Bahru for the evening service and deliver a talk.
On Saturday 6 August, members of Nalanda Sungai Petani Branch invited Venerable Thipako and Venerable Foo from Sammāditthi Meditation Grove in Sungai Pasir for lunch dāna. The appreciation dāna was specifically to thank Ven. Thipako (“Bhante Lim”) for his kind and generous support in the construction of Nalanda Outreach & Education (NEO) Centre, located in Bandar Mutiara, Sungai Petani last year.
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!
During the recent school holidays, 75 Nalanda Dhamma School students from Sri Serdang and Johor Bahru were privileged to go on a study tour of Kedah’s historical sites and learn about the state’s amazing connection with early Buddhism, going back some 2,100 years! The tour, which ran from 7 – 10 June, was led by Bro. Tan, an acknowledged expert on Buddhist history. Among the interesting places visited were Semeling Jetty Complex; Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum in Merbok; as well as Wat Nikrodharam and Rumah Merdeka in Alor Setar.