Service Sunday

20 November 2017

Daily mindfulness is essential practice

Report by Megan & Swee Har.

On Sunday 9 September, Sis. Santī Cheang gave a Dhamma sharing on mindfulness in daily activities.  All of us are composed of body and mind; but many people only focus on physical needs and nourishment, but not the cultivation of mind.

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15 November 2017

With unity, we stand strong

Report by Megan Lim.

On Sunday 2 September, Achariya Tan Siang Chye gave a Dhamma sharing on how to achieve unity and harmony within the community. The ‘Sangha’ as one of the ‘Three Jewels’ is the four-fold community envisioned by the Buddha – consisting of the Bhikkhu Sangha (monks), Bhikkhuni Sangha (nuns), Upasakā (laymen) and Upasikā (laywomen). A practitioner of virtue and concentration seeking to develop wisdom can be a member of this spiritual community.

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17 October 2017

Activities galore this weekend

Nalanda Centre will again be a hive of activity towards this weekend as a galore of interesting programmes are on offer.  We cordially invite you and your loved ones to participate in the activities listed below.  For detailed information, please feel free to contact Nalanda Office at 03-8938-1500.

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10 October 2017

Learning to live harmoniously

Report by Stephanie Chua.

On Sunday 27 August, Achariya S. Vijaya shared with us how harmonious living leads to happiness.  Living in harmony means not harbouring conflicts with the world, nor within ourselves.  Suffering arises when we try to conquer or change the world to suit our liking.  However the world and its quirks have always been the way they are for a long time.  Since we cannot change the world, we should instead change our attitude towards it by accepting the way it works, and learning to live in harmony with it.

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30 September 2017

Lecture on Theravāda Buddhism

Theravāda is one of the two major branches of Buddhism in the world today (the other being Mahāyana).  The Pāli term ‘Theravāda’ means “doctrine of the elders”, as this school of thought can trace its origins from the time of Emperor Asoka Moriya twenty-three centuries ago, making it the oldest existing Buddhist sect.

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15 September 2017

Knowing qualities of a worthy student

Report by Stephanie Chua.

On Sunday July 23, Sis. Santi was invited to give a Dhamma sharing on the qualities of a “worthy student” of Dhamma.  We often hear that, “when a student is ready, the teacher will appear”.  It means that when we are mentally ready for the Dhamma, anything around us can be the teacher, be it a person or an incident.

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14 September 2017

Reflections on the Three Jewels

Report by Megan Lim.

On Sunday 16 July, Achariya Tan Siang Chye presented a talk about the true value of taking refuge in the Three Jewels. Taking refuge is a time-honoured tradition that began since the establishment of the Sangha.  With the arising of the Buddha comes the rediscovery of Dhamma; and with the enlightenment of the Buddha’s first five disciples, the Sangha (Buddhist monastic community) was born.

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6 August 2017

The necessity of ‘seclusion’

Report by Megan Lim.

On Sunday 25 June, Bro. Tan delivered a Dhamma talk on ‘seclusion’, the third essential factor of Dhamma practice, following talks on ‘purity’ and ‘simplicity’.  ‘Viveka’ refers to seclusion, remoteness, privacy, and separation from crowds.  When socialising, more often than not, we tend to discuss topics that give rise to aversion and desire.  On the other hand, occasional seclusion and simple living give rise to serenity.

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5 August 2017

Cultivating the quality of simplicity

Report by Megan Lim.

On Sunday 18 June, Nalanda founder Bro. Tan spoke about an essential element of Dhamma practice – maintaining simplicity in livelihood and having fewness in desires.

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2 August 2017

Essentials of Dhamma Practice

Report by Stephanie Chua.

“What is all this practice for?  What are we trying to achieve in our Dhamma practice?”  On Sunday 11 June, Bro. Tan led Nalandians on an investigation of the essentials of Dhamma practice – to maintain purity, simplicity, and seclusion.

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