16 January 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Ajahn Chah’s passing. Venerable Ajahn was one of the most revered and influential Buddhist teachers in the modern era. He was a doyen of the “forest tradition” who attracted many Thai and foreign practitioners to be ordained under him.
For many years, Nalanda Buddhist Society had been marking 5 December with an annual felicitation message to the people of Thailand on the occasion of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday. This year, we are continuing with that tradition, but the message is inevitably sombre. The late King is no more; but his legacy and memory will no doubt go on forever.
It has been a month since the passing of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Thai people are still mourning their great loss of a highly-respected and much-loved monarch. On Sunday 16 October, Bro. H. S. Tan led an official memorial tribute at Nalanda Centre to His Late Majesty. In attendance were the President of Theravada Buddhist Council of Malaysia Bro. Tan Leng Huat and representatives from several Buddhist societies.
A year ago tomorrow – on 13 November 2015 – a group of “Islamic State” (“IS”) terrorists launched a series of coordinated attacks across Paris and Saint-Denis, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds more. The loss of innocent lives is still a very painful memory for France, and especially so for the victims’ families. We stand in solidarity with French citizens in commemorating this tragic event – another dark day in the annals of humanity. May the deceased rest in Peace; and may all beings be free from suffering.
During a recent Sunday Service dedicated to the memory of the late Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing, Nalanda achariyas recollected heart-warming tales of their association with this remarkable ‘Dhammaduta’ (missionary monk).
It has been a week since the passing of the beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and the people of Thailand are slowly coming to terms with this great loss and collective grief. The void in their hearts created by the king’s demise cannot be quickly or easily filled. Time alone can heal.
On Sunday 4 September, the Director of Pustaka Nalanda Bro. Ananda Fong gave a talk on the contributions of Professor Thomas William Rhys Davids (1843 – 1922), founder of the Pāli Text Society (PTS) based in London. This was part of Pustaka Nalanda’s programme to commemorate historical personalities who had contributed significantly to the propagation of Buddhism over the last century.
Today is the third anniversary of the passing of eminent Pāli Scholar, Venerable Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Nayaka Thero, and renowned meditation teacher, Acharya Satya Narayan Goenka. Nalandians held a simple tribute to both teachers last night after our weekly meditation session.
Today marks 15 years since the worst terrorist attacks on the United States of America; the incident is commonly referred to as the September 11th attacks. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives when four airplanes were hijacked and used as weapons to kill innocent lives and cause great damage to properties.
The late Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda continues to inspire many Buddhists even 10 years after his death. The memorial service held in his honour yesterday was testimony to that – the large crowd that attended the service occupied 3 floors of Nalanda Centre.