On Tuesday 11 July, Nalanda leaders Sis. Buddhini, Sis. Nandini and Sis. Evelyn together with members of Nalanda Sungai Petani Branch were honoured to host Ven. Ajahn Kalyano, Abbot of Buddha Bodhivana Monastery in East Warburton, Victoria. It was Ajahn’s first visit to Sungai Petani, and devotees up north were privileged to learn from this senior monk of the Ajahn Chah lineage.
Ajahn Kalyano advised the congregation that when Buddhist teachings and faith in the Three Jewels are not well-established in our hearts, we will not spend time to practise and live in accordance to Dhamma. It is important for us to train our mindfulness because in its absence, unwholesome thoughts enter the mind, resulting in unwholesome actions and speech. This practice is not easy, and just like climbing a mountain, we need to be persistent.
Nalanda SP Branch members also hosted Ajahn on a tour around the main archaeological sites around Bujang Valley, where traders from India had sailed across the Bay of Bengal and built settlements. We thank Ajahn Kalyano for visiting us and hope that he will come back again to guide us. We also extend our appreciation to members and volunteers of SP Branch for their kind hospitality and hosting. Sadhu anumodana.
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