“Nalanda Patron’s Day” (on 18 March) is an annual programme to commemorate and appreciate all our donors, benefactors and volunteers who have contributed tremendously to the growth of Nalanda Buddhist Society, and to the development of Buddhist education in Malaysia.
This weekend marks the 99th birth anniversary of Nalanda Buddhist Society’s late Spiritual Adviser, Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda. Nalanda founder Bro. Tan will be delivering a lecture on the ‘Dhammapada’ at the Buddhist Maha Vihara on Friday, 17 March in his honour. Furthermore, the lecture will be preceded by a pūja and dedication of merits at 7.30pm.
One of the most enduring and evocative traditions at Nalanda is the “Achariya-abhivādana” – where Nalandian officers formally pay respect to teachers past and present. The simple ceremony is performed on special occasions such as ‘Buddha Day’, ‘Dhamma Day’, ‘Sangha Day’, ‘Education Day’ (on 11 December), Nalanda’s anniversary celebration (‘Nalanda Day’, on 1 May), and memorial days of departed achariyas.
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.
Nalanda Buddhist Society members and devotees extend our felicitations and warmest wishes to Venerable Dr. Henepola Gunaratana Nāyaka Thero on his 89th birthday today! Popularly known as ‘Bhante G’, Ven. Gunaratana is a renowned meditation teacher and author of several influential works, such as the best-selling ‘Mindfulness in Plain English’.
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).
“By definition, a ‘perfectionist’ is someone who likes to accomplish something perfectly, and finds it difficult to accept anything less than flawless. No, the Buddha was not a ‘perfectionist’. He did not have any illusions about perfection. He truly understood the world and was very clear about imperfections in life.
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.
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.
Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda’s passing (on 31 August 2006). Although he had physically left us a decade ago, Ven. Dhammananda had nonetheless left behind an enduring legacy of Buddhist educational and missionary spirit among his followers in Malaysia.