Today marks the 25th anniversary of Ajahn Chah’s passing. Thousands of his disciples and students returned to Wat Pah Pong in Ubon Ratchathani to observe the occasion with meditation, Dhamma teaching, and merit making. Among the senior disciples present were Luang Phor Liem, successor to Ajahn Chah as Abbot of Wat Pah Pong, and Luang Phor Sumedho, Ajahn Chah’s senior-most Western disciple and the first Abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat.
It has been a month since the passing of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Thai people are still mourning their great loss of a highly-respected and much-loved monarch. On Sunday 16 October, Bro. H. S. Tan led an official memorial tribute at Nalanda Centre to His Late Majesty. In attendance were the President of Theravada Buddhist Council of Malaysia Bro. Tan Leng Huat and representatives from several Buddhist societies.
The Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha are collectively known in Buddhism as the ‘Three Jewels’ (Pāli, “Tiratanā”). They are also regarded by Buddhist adherents as our ‘Three Refuges’ (Pāli, “Tisaranā”). Buddhists revere these ‘Three Jewels’ with the highest esteem – the ‘Buddha’ is our Enlightened Teacher; the ‘Dhamma’ He taught is the Path to Liberation; and the ‘Ariya Sangha’ is the community of His Enlightened disciples. This community comprises spiritually-developed followers who attained any of the four stages of sainthood.
The late Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda continues to inspire many Buddhists even 10 years after his death. The memorial service held in his honour yesterday was testimony to that – the large crowd that attended the service occupied 3 floors of Nalanda Centre.
A special procession of Buddha Relic, the Tipitaka, the robe of the late Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda, and members of the Māha Sangha were held in Sri Serdang yesterday morning to mark the 10th ‘K. Sri Dhammananda Memorial Day’. The ceremonial procession from Nalanda House to Nalanda Centre was a delightful sight indeed. The calm spirituality and dignified manner in which it was held inspired everyone present at the event.
A special procession of Buddha Relic, the Tipitaka and Māha Sangha will be held at 8.45 am tomorrow (Wednesday, 31 August) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda – Nalanda’s late Spiritual Adviser and the Sanghanāyaka Thera of Malaysia.
Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda’s passing (on 31 August 2006). Although he had physically left us a decade ago, Ven. Dhammananda had nonetheless left behind an enduring legacy of Buddhist educational and missionary spirit among his followers in Malaysia.
31 August is the anniversary of the late Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda’s passing; he was the Spiritual Adviser to Nalanda and the ‘Sanghanāyaka Thera’ of Malaysia. Every year, on the Sunday* preceding 31 August, the upper robe (Pāli, “uttarāsanga”) of the late venerable will be taken out from its case, washed, and dried in the same morning.
It has been 10 years since the passing of the Most Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda, the late Sanghanāyaka Thera of Malaysia. We invite you to join us for a meaningful and spiritual day in commemorating the teachings and lifetime contributions of the late venerable next Wednesday at Nalanda Centre.
On Monday 25 April, Nalanda Centre held a special memorial service to mark the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that caused widespread damage and the death of more than 8,000 people in Nepal alone.