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.
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.
Bro. Tan made a whirlwind tour to Kedah earlier this month to bid Nalandians there a grateful close to a marvellous 2016, and a joyful welcoming of 2017. He first stopped-over in Alor Setar to meet with members before proceeding to NEO Centre Sungai Petani for an evening gathering.
Dear friends, kindly be informed that the registration for this year’s Pilgrimage to India and Nepal is officially CLOSED today. Members who are selected for the 2016 Pilgrimage will be informed by 17 April. Would-be pilgrims have to attend a 2-month special Dhamma course in September-October to prepare for this spiritual journey. You will also be advised on practical matters such as visa application and other preparations from time to time.
Good news for Nalanda members and long-term volunteers! This December, Nalanda is organizing a pilgrimage to India and Nepal, to be led by our founder-teacher, Bro Tan. This journey of Dhamma discovery will begin at Bodhgaya – the sacred spot where the Buddha attained Enlightenment 2,640 years ago – and continue on to Rajagaha, Nalanda, Vesali, Kusinara, Lumbini, Kapilavatthu, and Varanasi.
In their month-long travels through India, a team of photographers captured many dynamic yet timeless pictures of temples and people in this ancient spiritual land. A selection of these amazing photographs will be displayed at a special exhibition themed “Passage through India” at Nalanda Centre in conjunction with Wesak Observance from 1 to 3 May. We invite you to visit this exhibition and be inspired by the ever-changing yet enduring facets of India! All are welcome.
A lone scarecrow amidst a beautiful sea of yellow – fields of mustard flowers are a common sight in Northern India during winter months. Photographer Paul Cher captured this scenery among many others during his month-long sojourn in India with Bro.Tan earlier this year. A selection of meaningful photographs of temples and people will be exhibited for the first time at Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang from 1 to 3 May, in conjunction with Wesak Observance.
1 – 3 May | 10.00 am – 6.00 pm | Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang
Earlier this year, a team of photographers journeyed with Bro. Tan on a month-long pilgrimage to Buddhist sacred sites in India. They came back with thousands of astonishing photographs of temples, rituals, people and scenery that were truly inspiring. A selection of these marvelous photographs will be exhibited for the first time at Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang from 1 to 3 May, in conjunction with ‘Buddha Day’ Wesak Observance. Read more
After almost six years of painful and ultimately futile austerities, Siddhattha Gotama abandoned the practice of self-mortification that did not lead to liberation from suffering. He then came to the bank of Nerañjara River, to the village of Senanigāma.
After leaving Rajagaha, Siddhattha Gotama went to the vicinity of Uruvela to further his cultivation towards liberation. There, He was joined by five ascetics in the practice of extreme abstinence from food, rest, and any semblance of comfort, in the belief that such self-mortification can lead to the liberation of the mind from craving and clinging.