Nalanda Free School volunteer teachers recently had a “meet-the-author” session with Sis. Ta Lin (韦静), to discuss her Chinese-language book ‘What my students taught me’ 《学生教会我的事》. Ta Lin is a speaker on parenting issues and a columnist for local newspapers.
Report by Chan Jia Xin. Photographs by Chua Siaw Kim.
Nalanda Institute’s 4-month BPS 304 Certificate in Buddhist Studies course commenced on Saturday, 6 August with the inaugural lecture on ‘Four Noble Truths’, delivered by Institute Director Achariya Tan Siang Chye.
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!
On Buddha Day 21 May, Nalanda founder Bro. H. S. Tan conducted a 2-hour Sutta Study session based on the theme of the Wesak celebrations – ‘A Life of Wisdom‘. Despite it being a very long day with many other on-going Wesak activities, the mid-afternoon session attracted a large attendance of more than 160 people, with some devotees even traveling from other states to Nalanda Centre.
Warmest greetings of mettā! Nalanda Centre is observing this weekend’s auspicious ‘Buddha Day’ with three days of meaningful educational and spiritual programmes – comprising Dhamma teachings, sutta studies, meditation, an exhibition, and guided tours of the Centre with learning stations. There will also be daily alms-giving to monks, blood donation, organ-donation campaign, and the iconic Sri Serdang ‘Heritage Procession’ – a truly awesome and unique cultural experience.
On Thursday 4 February, a small group of Nalandian youths gathered just before the Chinese New Year holidays for an insightful learning on one of the Buddha’s profound teaching – the Paṭicca Samuppāda (Dependent Origination). The session which was guided by Sis. Sunanda had everyone thinking about the cause of our ‘existence’.
On Sunday 24 January, 180 students of Nalanda Dhamma School and members of Nalanda Youth Centre went on an enjoyable outing at Putrajaya’s Botanical Gardens. The students spent a glorious day in the open learning the meaning of kalyāna-mittatā (spiritual friendship) through healthy outdoor activities.
Nalanda Dhamma School had its first session of 2016 today with great zest, and packed with fun learning activities for teenagers and children. The School now operates at 4 different locations – the Teenage School at Nalanda Centre, Junior School at Nalanda House Sri Serdang, Junior School at NEO Centre Kuala Lumpur, and another Teenage School at NEO Centre Johor Bahru.
On 7 November, facilitators from Nalanda Dhamma School (NDS) gathered at Mangala Lodge, Kampar, to enjoy a well-deserved four-day break from their daily routine, away from the bustle of city life. The annual retreat was fun yet educational, and a time to review the School’s progress as well as chart its course for next year. Facilitators from Kelantan, who were members of the Dhammarakkhitta group, also joined their Nalanda counterparts at the retreat.