After the full-moon Uposatha Pūja and meditation on Saturday 15 October, devotees were delighted to listen to a Dhamma sharing by Sis. Sunandā. She spoke about the chronicles of Queen Mallikā, one of the great lay women disciples of the Buddha.
Scientists at NASA say that people across the world tonight will get to witness the ‘brightest’ full-moon since 1948. This ‘supermoon’ happens at its ‘perigee’ phase, where the orbiting moon is closest to Earth, and a good 14% closer than its ‘apogee’ phase where it orbits farthest away from us.
It was full-moon Uposatha Day on Wednesday, 17 August, and Nalanda Centre hosted an evening Dhamma sharing by Sis. Sandy Lim. She shared what she learned recently from Ayasma Aggacitta on the ‘Noble Eightfold Path’.
On Sunday 19 June, Nalanda was honoured by the presence of Venerable Dhammavuddho Māhathera, founder and abbot of Vihāra Buddha Gotama in Temoh, Perak, to give a talk on the ‘Qualities of a Wise man’. His talk coincided with the third week of Nalanda’s Gimhāna Retreat, and thus it was an inspiring sight to see the Dhamma Hall packed with devotees who came to listen to the venerable in person.
Today is the full-moon day of Asalhamonth, which marks the occasion when the Buddha first taught the Dhamma after His Enlightenment. He spoke about the ‘Four Noble Truths’ – of ‘Dukkha’ (suffering); its causes; its cessation; and the Path to its cessation – to His first five disciples at Isipatana. That sermon which the Buddha gave became known as the famed ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’ – the ‘Discourse on turning the Wheel of Dhamma’.
On Wesak full-moon ‘Buddha Day’, which fell on 21 May this year, Nalanda founder Bro. H. S. Tan gave an insightful and profound Dhamma talk to commemorate the most important day of the year for Buddhists. This auspicious day also marks the start of the Buddhist Era (B. E.) 2560, marking the 2,560th anniversary since the Buddha’s Parinibbāna (passing away).
Today marks the start of the holy month of Vesakha. This evening, Nalanda Centre will be hosting the Vesakha New-moon Uposatha Service beginning at 8.00pm. We shall observe this spiritual occasion with offerings, chanting, meditation, and Dhamma sharing. The best way to honour of our Great Teacher – the Buddha, is to enhance our efforts to learn and practise the Dhamma. We welcome everyone to participate actively in Nalanda’s upcoming learning programmes.
Tomorrow is the New-moon day for the month of ‘Vesakha’. Thus, we are just two weeks away from the most important day in the Buddhist calendar – Vesakha Full-moon ‘Buddha Day’, also commonly known in Malaysia as ‘Wesak Day’.