Nalanda leaders usually start the New Year by visiting Buddhist viharas in a tradition stretching back to 2004; and this year was no exception. President Sis. Evelyn, Deputy President Bro. Charlie Teng, Honorary Secretary Bro. Pee, as well as Board Members Bro. Chan and Sis. Santī were among a group of Nalanda officers who paid a visit to the Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple in Sentul in the first week of January.
A team of 45 Nalandians left today for a two-week ‘Dhammayatra’ (pilgrimage) to India and Nepal. The spiritual journey will take the group through places associated with the life of our great Teacher, the Buddha, starting with Uruvela (Bodhgaya), Rajagaha, Nalanda, Vesali, Savatthi, Kusinara, Kapilavatthu, Lumbini, and ending in Benares.
The Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple in Sentul was a hive of wholesome activity this morning with more than 150 devotees offering Sanghika Dāna in honour of its abbot, Venerable Bootawatte Sri Saranankara Nāyaka Thero, who turned 63 today. Despite it being a working day, many people have taken time off to participate in Dāna, which is testimony to the great esteem the community has for Ven. Saranankara.
On Saturday 17 September, two venerable monks were invited to go on alms-round at Jalan Besar market in Seri Kembangan. The monthly alms-round is a keenly awaited event by market-goers and stall operators alike, as it enables otherwise busy people to offer food to Sangha members.
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.
On 16 September, Nalanda members took part in a simple gathering to mark the “International Bhikkhunī Day” organised by Gotamī Vihāra in Puchong. The gathering was meant to honour the historical Bhikkhuni Sangha which was established during the Buddha’s lifetime; among its illustrious members were Elders Khemā, Upalavannā, Dhammadinnā and Mahapajapattī Gotamī.
Photograph credits to Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Centre Malaysia.
On 6 August, Nalanda Buddhist Society was invited to participate in a book-launching ceremony organised by Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) Buddhist Centre Malaysia （马来西亚法鼓山道场）. The book 《聖嚴法師年譜》 was about the life and times of Dharma Drum Mountain founder, Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
On Saturday 10 September, Nalanda leaders made a visit to the proposed building site of Metta Lodge’s new centre in Taman Johor Jaya. The purpose of the brief tour was to extend our support to this noble project, which is invaluable for the propagation of Theravada tradition in Johor Bahru.
On 28 May, Nalanda President Sis. Evelyn Chow led the Nalandian delegation to attend the Annual General Meeting of Theravada Council of Malaysia (TBCM), held at Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Kuala Lumpur. Bro. Ananda Fong, Bro. Pee Che Yong, and Sis. Joanne Tan were the Society’s other representatives at the AGM.
Nalandians who attended the welcoming ceremony for the arrival of the Bamiyan Gandhāri manuscripts to Malaysia on 2 May also took the opportunity to visit another exposition held at the same venue. The “Awakening Force” exhibition is being held at Samadhi Vihara Shah Alam in conjunction with this Wesak month. The exhibition is organized by the Buddhist Missionary Society of Malaysia (BMSM), and will run until Wesak ‘Buddha Day’.