In an increasingly fast-paced world with many demands, people of all ages are feeling the acute stress of hectic lifestyles. Are you among those disturbed by the vagaries of life? Do you feel exasperated whenever conflicts arise at work or home? How about having to face up to criticisms and hostility? How do you handle all that stress and pressure effectively?
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.
Are you disturbed by the many uncertainties in life? Or feel exasperated whenever conflicts arise? How about having to face up to criticisms and past regrets? How do you handle all that stress and pressure effectively?
After the weekly meditation session on Wednesday 9 November, Bro. Tan gave a Dhamma teaching addressing the unexpected and somewhat ‘shocking’ results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections. Bro. Tan said that ‘failure’ is one thing, but ‘defeat’ is another. The truth of the matter is that ‘failure’ and ‘success’ are just part of a process that we can learn from.
After the full-moon Uposatha Pūja and meditation on Saturday 15 October, devotees were delighted to listen to a Dhamma sharing by Sis. Sunandā. She spoke about the chronicles of Queen Mallikā, one of the great lay women disciples of the Buddha.
On Saturday 26 November, Nalanda Centre was honoured to host Āyasmā Aggacitta, who gave a Dhamma teaching on mindfulness in everyday life. The evening began with meditation guided by Ven. Aggacitta, who is the Abbot of Sasanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary in Taiping, Perak. He taught that awareness and mindfulness should not only be practised during ‘formal’ meditation sittings, but at every moment throughout the day.
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.
Capping off a fantastic 2016, Nalanda Youth Centre conducted a one-day meditation retreat for 150 young adults on Saturday, 26 November. The retreat featured insightful Dhamma teachings and practical meditation guidance by Nalanda founder, Bro Tan.
Participants of the Dhamma-in-Youth meditation retreat are reminded to arrive at Nalanda Centre for registration between 8.00am and 8.45am this Saturday. The retreat begins at 9.00am. This one-day meditation retreat is specially catered for youths aged 16 to 29 to learn how to ‘de-stress’ and attain inner peace despite having packed academic, work and social schedules. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
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.