Nalanda founder Bro. Tan was recently honoured with an invitation to go on a ‘Dhammaduta’ (Dhamma-teaching) tour of India from 3 to 13 February 2017. He was the guest-of-honour and keynote speaker at the ‘Mahakarunā Diwas’ held in Delhi, Bombay and Nagpur, which were a series of lectures on Buddhist teachings organised by the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre of Ladakh under the guidance of Bhikkhu Sanghasena Mahathera.
2016 had been another great year for Nalanda. With the full-functioning of facilities in Sri Serdang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur and Sungai Petani, we were able to host many more people who came to learn and practise Dhamma.
It has been a week since the passing of the beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and the people of Thailand are slowly coming to terms with this great loss and collective grief. The void in their hearts created by the king’s demise cannot be quickly or easily filled. Time alone can heal.
It has been two weeks since the wonderful Family Fun Fair in Johor Bahru. Our happy thoughts linger on with gratitude and appreciation to all donors, supporters, stall operators, volunteers and participants of the joyous event!
On Saturday 10 September, Nalanda leaders made a visit to the proposed building site of Metta Lodge’s new centre in Taman Johor Jaya. The purpose of the brief tour was to extend our support to this noble project, which is invaluable for the propagation of Theravada tradition in Johor Bahru.
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.
One month ago today, 230 youths gathered at Chin Swee Caves Temple in Genting Highlands to participate in the inaugural Dhamma-Living Camp for Young Adults organised by Nalanda. The dynamic youths aged 18 to 35 came from as far as Kedah, Kelantan, Singapore, and even Indonesia. Not only that, among them were professionals such as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, and accountants; and of course, students and undergraduates, too.
It’s just a few days left to the much-anticipated annual “Family Fun Fair” on Sunday, 31 July. Nalanda Centre has been a hive of activity the whole month as members and volunteers came in batches to help out whenever they can. To date, overall preparations are 86% completed. Certain sections have accomplished even more – with the road-show team having achieved 95%, publicity team 93%, and stall allocation team 99%.
Nalanda Buddhist Society will rebuild ‘Nalanda House’ in Sri Serdang and rename it the ‘K. Sri Dhammananda Centre’ to honour the centenary of our late Spiritual Adviser, the Most Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda Nāyaka Thero (1918 - 2006). The proposed Centre will cater for the use of Nalanda Dhamma School, which has seen remarkable growth over the years. The new 2½-storey facility will be able to accommodate 100 more students comfortably.