On Saturday 4 February, Nalanda members and devotees from the neighbourhood gathered at NEO Centre Sungai Petani for our annual Lunar New Year “open house”. It was a happy occasion to meet good friends and make new ones.
On Tuesday 13 December, Nalanda Centre welcomed the visit by Venerable Ajahn Kalyāno, a disciple of the late Ajahn Chah, a celebrated teacher in the Thai forest tradition. Ajahn Kalyāno is the abbot of Buddha Bodhivana Monastery in Melbourne, Australia.
In December 2016, Nalanda was honoured to host Venerable Ñanukkamsa and Venerable Alokavamsa, two well-practised Theravada bhikkhus from Indonesia. After a warm reception, the venerables were brought on a building tour and invited to meet participants of the Children’s Learning Camp which was held at Nalanda Centre that time.
On Saturday 14 January, a group of 10 members from Buddhist Tzu Chi Merits Society Malaysia paid an official visit to NEO Centre Sungai Petani. They were warmly welcomed by Nalanda branch leaders and members. The visit was an initiative by Tzu Chi Merits Society to forge closer friendship with other Buddhist Societies locally.
On Saturday 22 October, three youth members representing the Baha’i community came to Nalanda Centre on a familiarisation visit. The guests were warmly received by Nalandian youth officers Bro. Disheng and Sis. Xelynn, who brought them on a building tour.
On 19 October 2016, Nalanda Centre was honoured to welcome Venerable Ayya Santinī, the Abbess of Vihāra Sanghamittā from Indonesia, for a three-day visit. During Ayya’s short stay, devotees had the opportunity to offer her breakfast and lunch dāna.
On Sunday 27 November, 12 committee members of Persatuan Buddhis Universiti Malaysia (PBUM) paid a visit to Nalanda Centre. It was the first visit for the new management committee, who came to explore and learn more about the work done at Nalanda.
A special exhibition on Wisdom Park was officially launched on Sunday 27 November at Nalanda Centre. The exhibition is held in honour of the first anniversary of Wisdom Park Development Committee (WPDC), which was formed in October 2015 and entrusted to conceptualise a “Master Development Plan” for Wisdom Park, reflecting its function as a national Buddhist education hub.
On Sunday 25 September, Buddhist stalwart and Dhamma speaker from Johor Bahru Dr. Punna Wong Yin Onn visited Nalanda Centre to present his newly-launched book, “Walking in the Buddha’s Footprints: 100 Reflective Essays”.
On Saturday 22 October, 90 members of Firefly Mission Singapore visited Nalanda Centre as part of their ‘Kathina’-season tour of Malaysia, led by their President Dr. Ng Yee Kong. This was the Mission’s fifth consecutive year visiting Nalanda, and one of the events Nalandians look forward to annually.