There was good cheer all around on Sunday 22 January as Nalanda members and devotees gathered in Sri Serdang on the last Sunday before the Lunar New Year. Bro. Tan gave an insightful talk on the ‘recipe’ for the best-ever celebration of the season – a chance to experience spirituality at every turn with our sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, thinking, and feeling.
Bro. Tan said that celebrating Chinese New Year is not just about eating, chatting, and entertaining our senses; it is an opportunity to strengthen bonds with family members and friends with meaningful conversations and activities. He also urged Nalanda members to celebrate with grace, modesty and moderation, at the same time shunning unwholesome thoughts, speech, and deeds.
After the Dhamma talk, the congregation recited ‘Paritta’ (stanzas of blessings) to wish all beings peace and joy. Thereafter, many Nalandians paid respects and took leave from Bro. Tan before heading home for the New Year holidays, fulfilling a time-honoured custom of dutiful students.
We wish everyone a safe journey home, and have a meaningful holiday over the New Year this weekend. ‘Bhavatu Sabba Mangalam’ – may all blessings be yours!