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 August, Bro. Tan was invited to participate in ‘Dhamma Day’ observance at Mangala Lodge in Kampar, Perak. Bro. Tan gave two Dhamma talks to the modest group of lecturers and students from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) who are mostly beginners to Buddhism.
On Sunday 19 June, Nalanda was honoured by the presence of Venerable Dhammavuddho Māhathera, founder and abbot of Vihāra Buddha Gotama in Temoh, Perak, to give a talk on the ‘Qualities of a Wise man’. His talk coincided with the third week of Nalanda’s Gimhāna Retreat, and thus it was an inspiring sight to see the Dhamma Hall packed with devotees who came to listen to the venerable in person.
On Sunday 19 June, Venerable Dhammavuddho Māhathera, founder and abbot of Vihāra Buddha Gotama in Perak, was briefed by Bro. Tan on the objectives and concept of Wisdom Park. Ven. Dhammavuddho was at Nalanda Centre to give a Dhamma talk that day.
On 7 November, facilitators from Nalanda Dhamma School (NDS) gathered at Mangala Lodge, Kampar, to enjoy a well-deserved four-day break from their daily routine, away from the bustle of city life. The annual retreat was fun yet educational, and a time to review the School’s progress as well as chart its course for next year. Facilitators from Kelantan, who were members of the Dhammarakkhitta group, also joined their Nalanda counterparts at the retreat.
On Wednesday 4 November, Nalandians were honoured to welcome Venerable Aggacitta Māha Thero on his visit to Nalanda Centre. Ayasma Aggacitta is a highly-regarded Dhamma teacher and the Abbot of Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS) in Taiping, Perak.
On Friday 8 May, scores of Nalandians led by President Sis. Evelyn Chow visited Kampar, Perak, to witness the consecration of Buddha-Altar at Mangala Lodge. Venerable Nyanaramsi Maha Thero, Abbot of Subang Jaya (Buddhist Association) Vihāra, presided over the meaningful and joyful ceremony.
On Monday 4 May, members of Nalanda Sungai Petani Branch made a stopover at Mangala Lodge in Kampar while on their way from Serdang to Kedah. The Nalandian group was led by Branch Chairman Bro. Khaw Seng Giap and Deputy Chairman Bro. Teoh Soon Liang. They were met in Kampar by Mangala Lodge trustees, Mr. and Mrs. Koh.
Bro. Tan accompanied by several Nalandians spent 3 days from 17 to 19 April in Kampar, Perak, to help install the Buddha-Altar at Mangala Lodge. The installation of the Altar was timed to coincide with the auspicious Wesak New-moon Uposatha Day.
On Monday 16 March, Nalanda Founder Bro. Tan paid a half-day visit to the newly-opened Mangala Lodge Buddhist House in Kampar, Perak. The lodge is a comfortable and well-furnished hostel facility specially catered for students studying in nearby institutions. It is located adjacent to the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) main campus, and not far from TAR University College (formerly ‘TAR College’) branch campus.