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.
During their 3-day stay in Malacca to attend the Seck Kia Eenh Temple leadership workshop, Nalandian youths took the opportunity to explore the historical city of Malacca. The quaint city centre had been inscribed by UNESCO as a ‘World Heritage Site’ in 2008, and is quite worth at least a half-day tour.
During the recent school holidays in June, Nalanda Dhamma School organized a special 4-day study tour to Bujang Valley in Kedah for 75 teachers and students. We were privileged to be led by Bro. Tan, who is an acknowledged expert on Buddhist history in Southeast Asia. With his informative and lively narration, every turn along our journey seemed to hold surprises for us to discover!
During the recent school holidays, 75 Nalanda Dhamma School students from Sri Serdang and Johor Bahru were privileged to go on a study tour of Kedah’s historical sites and learn about the state’s amazing connection with early Buddhism, going back some 2,100 years! The tour, which ran from 7 – 10 June, was led by Bro. Tan, an acknowledged expert on Buddhist history. Among the interesting places visited were Semeling Jetty Complex; Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum in Merbok; as well as Wat Nikrodharam and Rumah Merdeka in Alor Setar.
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 early October, Nalanda Institute Malaysia organized a special study tour for BPS402 Higher Certificate students to Bujang Valley, Kedah. The group of 40 Nalanda Institute officers and students enjoyed 3 days of compact learning in and around Sungai Petani, including at the Archaeological Museum in Merbok, and the Sungai Batu excavation site.
On Friday 13 June, a group of 7 teachers and 23 primary school students from Nalanda Free School (NFS) visited the Lady Bird Organic Farm in Semenyih. The aim of this trip was to provide students with an enriching outdoor learning experience and to strengthen the fellowship between teachers and students. The students were especially selected for the trip as a reward for their perfect attendance at Nalanda Free School since January!
Special invitation to Nalanda members and volunteer-officers! We are happy to offer the opportunity for Nalandians to join Bro. Tan on a 4-day Dhammaduta and Study Tour to Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang, from 17 to 20 July. Travelling by tour bus, we shall be stopping en route at towns where Bro. Tan will be giving talks.
In conjunction with their visit to Jakarta last month, Nalandian officers had the opportunity to tour the National Museum of Indonesia together with our hosts from Buddhist Fellowship Indonesia, and friends from Buddhist Fellowship Singapore.
In conjunction with their official visit to Jakarta at the invitation of Buddhist Fellowship Indonesia (BFI), Nalanda Founder Bro. Tan, officers led by Bro. Tong Siong Yeow, and their host the BFI Committee, visited Tzu Chi Foundation’s newly-established centre in North Jakarta. They were met at Tzu Chi by the country’s head of operations, Bapa Hong Tjhin.