Service Sunday

7 June 2017

‘June Treble’ starts this Sunday

This Sunday marks the third week of Nalanda’s ‘Gimhāna Retreat’, which focuses on one’s spiritual growth and personal transformation by living in accordance to Dhamma.  Nalanda founder Bro. Tan will be performing the annual “June Treble” – giving Dhamma teachings on three consecutive Sundays on June 11th, 18th, and 25th – where he will be covering the three most important essence of Dhamma practice.

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4 June 2017

Branching out beyond ourselves

Report by Megan.

On Sunday 9 April, Nalanda Centre hosted Dr. Punna Wong Yin Onn, who came all the way from Johor Bahru, to present a talk on Buddhist leadership, titled ‘Branching out beyond ourselves’.  Dr. Wong shared that leadership means the ‘act of influencing people towards a certain direction’.  In doing so, it is vital for Buddhist leaders to have Right Understanding, Right Thought, and other factors of the Noble Eightfold Path.

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3 June 2017

How to grow ourselves spiritually

On Sunday 2 April, Sis. Santī Cheang presented a talk on ‘how to grow ourselves’ in spirituality and wisdom.  She said that most people nowadays seek ‘happiness’ from external stimulus. However, such fleeting and worldly happiness does not make us spiritually grounded, and gives us no lasting satisfaction.

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27 May 2017

Nalanda’s Annual ‘Gimhāna’ Period

For seven weeks after the Buddha’s Enlightenment on Wesak full-moon in May, He contemplated on the Dhamma with His perfectly clear faculty of comprehension.  Then, He travelled for seven days from Bodhgaya to Sarnath, where He preached the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta on Asalha Day, the full-moon in July.

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24 May 2017

Seven ‘treasures’ in Dhamma

On Sunday 2 April, Nalandian youths experienced an ‘enlightening’ Dhamma teaching by Bro. Tan at the weekly Youth Sunday Service.  With a profound talk themed “Growing Ourselves”, Bro. Tan reminded everyone that a lot of times, what is most valuable in life is unquantifiable, such as health, happiness, and peace.  The achievement and sustenance of such happiness depends on spiritual growth.

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22 May 2017

Remembering and honouring our roots

Report by Megan.

On Sunday 26 March, the Director of Pustaka Nalanda Bro. Ananda Fong was invited to present a talk titled ‘Remembering Our Roots’ in conjunction with the traditional Chinese Qing Ming observance.  In Buddhist scriptures, father and mother are often described as ‘Brahma’, comparable to divine heavenly beings who are worthy of reverence.

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20 May 2017

Wesak volunteer appreciation day

We invite ALL volunteers of the recent Wesak ‘Buddha Day’ Observance at Nalanda to join us for this week’s Sunday morning service, followed by a volunteer appreciation ceremony.  The service begins at 9.00am with meditation, chanting, and a Dhamma talk by Bro. Tan, followed by volunteers’ sharing and communal lunch.  All are welcome!

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25 April 2017

Dhamma enriches our spiritual path

Report by Megan.

On the Full-moon Uposatha of 12 March, Nalandians and devotees dedicated the whole day to cultivating their minds at Nalanda Centre.  The day was designated a ‘Dhamma-Sarana Day’; the programme included the observance of Eight-Precepts, Dhamma teachings by venerable monks, and meditation sessions.

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14 April 2017

The wealth of contentment

On Sunday 5 March, Achariya Tan Siang Chye gave a Dhamma talk on the happiness and wealth we can gain from contentment.  In an age of uber-materialism, many societies suffer from perpetual discontent due to endless cravings that bring about unwholesome states to our mind.  In a futile search for happiness through mundane pleasures of the senses, we find that whatever ‘happiness’ we gain is transient and fleeting. Is there hope for any lasting, stable happiness?

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8 April 2017

Going beyond mundane happiness

On Sunday 26 February, Nalandians and devotees gathered at our spiritual home to observe the monthly ‘Samaggi Day’.  Through a profound Dhamma teaching, Nalanda founder Bro. Tan led the congregation in exploring the question, ‘what lies beyond happiness?’

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