Amazing start to ‘Buddha Day’ celebrations

“Getting to know the Buddha” forum in Mandarin attracted quite a number of devotees.

Getting to know the Buddha” forum in Mandarin attracted quite a number of devotees.

This year’s Nalanda Wesak ‘Buddha Day’ celebrations went off on a terrific start since early yesterday morning.  The good weather brought a steady stream of visitors to Nalanda Centre throughout the day.

Many wholesome activities were held on that first day of Wesak Observance – beginning with the morning service, meditation, Dhamma talks in English by Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, and Mandarin talk by Bro. Ooi Boon Keat.  A Buddhist forum themed “Getting to know the Buddha” was held in the afternoon, featuring Venerable Changzao of Dharma Drum Malaysia, and Bro. Wong Choon Tatt of Bodhi KL Group.

Achariya Vijaya unveiling the three books printed for free distribution this Wesak.

Achariya Vijaya unveiling the three books printed for free distribution this Wesak.

Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama giving a talk.

Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama giving a talk on the “Nine Attributes of the Buddha”.

Bro. Ooi Boon Keat giving the Mandarin talk.

Bro. Ooi Boon Keat giving the Mandarin talk.

Nalanda founder Bro. Tan was present to launch the ‘Buddha Jayanti’ Exhibition – an annual project undertaken by Nalanda Dhamma School teachers and students in conjunction with Wesak.  The exhibition carries this year’s Wesak Day theme, which is “Buddha – Our Teacher and Refuge”.

Nalanda founder Bro. Tan launching the annual 'Buddha Jayanti' Exhibition.

Nalanda founder Bro. Tan launching the annual School project – the ‘Buddha Jayanti’ Exhibition.

Director of Nalanda Dhamma School Sis. Sunanda speaking to students this morning.

Director of Nalanda Dhamma School Sis. Sunanda speaking to students this morning.

The blood donation and organ pledge campaigns also saw fantastic response from the public, with an endless line of donors waiting patiently for their turns to help save lives.  The diligent doctors and nurses worked non-stop and even skipped lunch so as to accommodate all potential donors!  Such was their compassion and dedication to work – we salute you!

Happy to have done a wholesome deed.

Happy are the ones who do wholesome deeds!  Sadhu anumodana.

Nalandian youths lining up to donate blood.

Nalandian youths lining up to donate blood.

Sis. Nandini donating blood, surrounded by cheering Nalandians.

Special attention – Sis. Nandini donating blood, surrounded by cheering Nalandians.

Overall, we feel overjoyed at the great response from the community for all of yesterday’s programmes.  We look forward to welcome even more devotees for the next few days of teachings, meditation, exhibition, building tours, and more, culminating with the ‘Buddha Day’ (Wednesday) unique heritage procession led by the Sacred Buddha Relic.

Come experience the joy and serenity of Wesak Observance at Nalanda Centre.  Namo Buddhaya!

Nalandian hosts and special guests.

(From left) Ven. Changzao, the Superintendent of Dharma Drum Malaysia; Bro. Wong Choon Tatt; Nalanda President Sis.Evelyn; Bro. Aggaphala Yap; and Deputy President Bro. Charlie.

Sis. Paruadi leading a steady stream of visitors today on tours of Nalanda Centre.

Host Sis. Paruadi leading a steady stream of visitors on tours of Nalanda Centre.

Bro. Wong (in white t-shirt) with members of the Bodhi KL musical group.

Bro. Wong (in white t-shirt) with members of the Bodhi KL musical group, hosted by Bro. Tong (left).

The 22nd meeting of Wisdom Park Development Committee.

The 22nd meeting of Wisdom Park Development Committee was also scheduled yesterday afternoon.

Thank you Nalandians!

Thank you Nalandians and volunteers for a fantastic start to our 4-day Wesak celebration!  We look forward to welcoming even more people come Wednesday.