Nalanda Buddhist Society Malaysia’s Board of Management would like to invite all members registered with Serdang headquarters to attend our 14th Annual General Meeting scheduled for Sunday, 12 March 2017, starting 2.00pm, at Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang.
Nalandians who returned from Lunar New Year celebrations in their respective hometowns had a wonderful ‘reunion’ at Nalanda Book Café in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, on 2 February. The festive gathering saw Nalanda members and devotees from the Klang Valley, Johor Bahru and Sungai Petani congregating for the ‘soft reopening’ of the Book Café, which resumed operations after several months of renovation.
As the pace picks up after the Lunar New Year holidays and heading towards the month of Vesakha (April-May), Nalandians will get busier with educational and community outreach programmes in the coming weeks. It is time again for members to attend important meetings to discuss and plan for the year ahead. Nalanda Buddhist Society is happy to invite members to the following meetings:
The few days leading to the arrival of Lunar New Year have traditionally been a time for Nalandians to gather to wish each other a joyful celebration before everyone heads home for reunion with family and friends. On Tuesday 24 January, the New Year ‘couplet’ was unveiled before the start of evening chanting in the Shrine Hall at Nalanda Centre. It was indeed a lively and cheerful event for devotees in Sri Serdang.
The Nalanda Education Team (N.E.T.) gathered tonight for its first monthly meeting of 2017. N.E.T. Chairman Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama led the discussions on Dhamma-learning programmes planned for the year, including the upcoming WACANA Buddhist Conference scheduled on 1 July.
On Sunday 4 December, Nalanda members gathered in celebratory spirits for the final Members’ Day of 2016. Founder Bro. Tan graced the big family gathering, commenting that 2016 has indeed been an amazing and successful year for Nalanda. This success is also found in the intangible spiritual advancement of individual Nalandians.
2016 had been another great year for Nalanda. With the full-functioning of facilities in Sri Serdang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur and Sungai Petani, we were able to host many more people who came to learn and practise Dhamma.
For the past few weekends, Nalandians have been taking part in cutting and sewing robes to be offered in India during this year’s pilgrimage. Two sets of special robes and sash have been prepared for offering at the Māhabodhi Vihāra in Bodhgaya and the Māhaparinibbāna Vihāra in Kusinara.
Teachers and Dhamma facilitators at Nalanda will mark this year’s “Education Day” with a workshop on 12 December to plan programmes for the next two years based on holistic education philosophy. Officers from Nalanda Dhamma School, Nalanda Institute, the Free School, Youth Centre, and ‘Dhamma Families’ will participate in this important workshop, the second one to be held since 2013.
On 23 October, Nalanda Kuala Lumpur Branch organised a family trip for its members to Taman Putra Perdana in Putrajaya. Sixty-four Nalandians and their family members, including students from the Dhamma School, took part in the outing.