The Wesak International Film Festival (WIFF) 2015 had a colourful opening and first screening on Saturday 20 June, at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC), Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Gracing the occasion were members of the Maha Sangha and leaders of Buddhist organisations. The audience was entertained with wonderful performances by local artistes Yang Wei Han and Xue Bing Jin, and Fo Guang Shan’s 24-season drummers.
Malaysia Tourism Centre, Kuala Lumpur | 20-21 & 27-28 June
The Wesak International Film Festival (WIFF) opens in Kuala Lumpur this weekend! This is the fourth time that Buddhist organizations in Malaysia are collectively organizing the festival to showcase the best in Buddhist films as part of the annual Wesak celebrations.
Although it has been a month since Wesak ‘Buddha Day’ B.E. 2559 was celebrated at Nalanda Centre, the joy lingers on for many Nalandians as we recollect our Dhamma learning and the wholesome deeds performed during that period.
This year’s Wesak ‘Buddha Day’ was truly special and joyful for Nalandians, as members from Nalanda’s three branches in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Sungai Petani came ‘home’ to join in the celebrations in Sri Serdang. The gathering of Nalandians from 1 to 3 May also took part in celebrating the Society’s 12th Anniversary, the Officiating Ceremony of Nalanda Centre Annex Building, as well as participating in the 3rd National Members’ Convention.
Wesak ‘Buddha Day’ was celebrated with joy and spiritual fervour at Nalanda Education & Outreach (NEO) Centre Happy Garden on 3 May 2015. Chairman Bro. Eugene Yong and other Committee Members were on hand to welcome devotees to the 4th Wesak Observance at Nalanda Kuala Lumpur Branch since its establishment.
On Sunday 3 May, devotees and volunteers joyfully participated in the Wesak ‘Buddha Day’ programme with meditation to calm their minds, Pūja (offerings to the Three Jewels) and chanting. First-time visitors were brought on a building tour of NEO Centre Johor Bahru, besides being introduced to the educational programmes and regular activities of the centre.
It was a lovely Sunday morning on 3 May, when Wesak ‘Buddha Day’ was observed in Malaysia. The good weather with a constant, gentle breeze greeted hundreds of devotees as they arrived at Nalanda Centre to participate in the ‘Buddha Day’ Pūja and Dhamma Talk.
Nalandians throughout Malaysia would like to thank our Singaporean Dhamma friends from Buddhist Fellowship (BF) and Firefly Mission for joining us in celebrating Wesak ‘Buddha Day’ at Nalanda Centre. We are happy that you get to celebrate Vesak twice this year – once in Malaysia last month, and again in Singapore on 1 June.
In the early morning of Sunday 3 May (which was Wesak ‘Buddha Day’ in Malaysia), dozens of devotees gathered at Nalanda Centre and around Taman Sri Serdang to offer alms to venerable Sangha members on Pindacāra. It was inspiring to see many people manifesting the spirit of ‘cāga’ (generosity) through wholesome acts of giving.
On Sunday 3 May, a “Mass Food Offering” was held at Nalanda Centre from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, where cooked meals were offered freely to the community. This food offering has been a Nalandian custom since the first year of Wesak celebrations in Sri Serdang. Devotees would normally cook or pack food to be given to visitors to Nalanda Centre, as an act of charity and to cultivate generosity.