On Sunday 10 January, parents of newly-enrolled Dhamma School students and new-comers to Nalanda Centre were invited to attend the first session of ‘Svagatam’ Induction Programme conducted by Bro. Aggaphala Yap. The six-session course aims to introduce Buddhist values, culture and etiquette to its participants. It also aims to provide essential knowledge on how to live in accordance with Dhamma.
On 30 August, Nalandians gathered at NEO Centre Johor Bahru in their uniforms to observe ‘Samaggi Day’ during Service Sunday. In remembrance of our late teacher Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda Nāyaka Thero, Branch Chairman Bro. David Yap recollected how the great qualities of the much-respected and beloved late venerable had inspired him.
On Sunday 1 March, Nalanda Dharma School (NDS) organized a traditional “Tea Ceremony” at Nalanda Centre in conjunction with the Lunar New Year. This year, the Chinese delicacy of “tang yuan” was served instead of the usual tea.
On Sunday 25 January, it was heart-warming to hear from Sis. Bee Poh, who shared with us that she is happy to learn Dhamma with her three daughters at Nalanda. Two daughters are with Nalanda Youth Centre and one is in Nalanda Dharma School.
On Sunday 20 July, Nalanda Kuala Lumpur Branch Junior Dharma School held a fruitful parents-facilitators’ meeting. This first formal meeting between the parents and facilitators of Nalanda Junior Dharma School (JDS) aimed at achieving better understanding of the School’s unique educational philosophy. It also intended to update parents on their children’s progress over the past six months.
On Sunday 29 June, Nalanda Dharma School (NDS) successfully organised the Parents-Facilitators meeting at Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang. The meeting aimed to promote better relationship and understanding between parents and facilitators, and was conducted with much joy by Sis. Sunanda Ong, the Director of NDS. She reported on the School’s progress in the past six months through an inspiring video sharing, and its plans for the coming semester.
On Sunday 2 March, participants of the ‘Svagatam’ Induction Programme gathered at Nalanda Centre for their third session of joyful learning. Sis. Nandini Tan shared about the true meaning and right attitude of ‘Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels’. This was followed by an enlightening tour of Nalanda’s main shrine – ‘Vihara Sri Suvarnabhumi ’. Participants were delighted to learn the real spirit of ‘Taking Refuge’, and to know the rich Buddhist symbolism incorporated into the interior design of Nalanda Centre. Sadhu!
On Sunday 23 February, parents of new Nalanda Dharma School students gathered in Sri Serdang for the second session of ‘Svagatam’* Induction Programme. In this session, Sis. Nandini Tan shared about the lovely Buddhist culture and refined etiquette.
On Sunday 16 February, a ‘Svagatam ’ * induction programme was held for parents of new Nalanda Dharma School students registered for 2014. The 6-session programme aims to equip participants with the essential knowledge on living in accordance with the Dhamma, and also to provide an avenue for parents to share their thoughts and views.
Nalanda Free School (NFS) officers held a meeting with some parents on Sunday 19 January for a brief introduction to the entire Free School programme. The meeting also aimed to provide a platform for parents to give their feedback and observations.