American youths volunteer at Nalanda

Andrew (fourth from left) and Benjamin (fourth from right) were warmly received by Nalandians.

Andrew (fourth from left) and Benjamin (fourth from right) were warmly received by Nalandians.

American youths, Andrew and Benjamin were warmly received by Nalandians as part of our family when they spent two weeks volunteering at Nalanda Centre.  During their stay, from 7 to 22 January, both youths participated in Nalanda’s activities such as the One-day Meditation Retreat for young adults, and alms-offering programme.

As it was their first visit to Malaysia, Nalanda youths brought them to various places in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Johor Bahru to experience our country’s diverse culture and heritage.  Throughout their stay at Nalanda, they were inspired when they saw the joy of service so entrenched among Nalandians in their daily practice.

The American youths took part in the monthly alms-offering programme.

The American youths took part in the monthly alms-offering programme.

Observing that Nalandians live a purposeful life devoted to the well-being of others, they said that their time spent in such a vibrant community was a joyful and humbling experience.  Nalandians were glad to have Andrew and Benjamin with us.  We wish them good progress in their spiritual path and peace and happiness in life!

Attending the One-day Meditation Retreat for young adults at Nalanda Centre.

Attending the One-day Meditation Retreat for young adults at Nalanda Centre.

Visiting the Buddhist Māha Vihāra in Brickfields and paying respects at the memorial stupa of its late abbot – Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda.

Visiting the Buddhist Māha Vihāra in Brickfields and paying respects at the memorial stupa of its late abbot – Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda.