1 September 2020

Nalanda Centre re-opens today

Nalanda Management is pleased to announce that Nalanda Centre will re-open to the public on Tuesday, 1 September to continue providing essential services to the community. Our operations will adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Malaysian National Security Council to ensure the safety and welfare of all visitors and staff members.

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31 August 2020

K. Sri Dhammananda Memorial Day

Today, 31 August 2020 marks the 14th anniversary of the passing away of Nalanda’s late Spiritual Advisor – Venerable Dr. Kirinde Sri Dhammananda Nāyaka Thero.  Venerable Dhammananda played a significant role in the development of Buddhism in Malaysia and dedicated his life to bring Buddha-Dhamma to millions all over the world.

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30 August 2020

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Ke-63

Tomorrow on 31 August, we celebrate Malaysia’s 63rd anniversary of Independence, known as ‘Merdeka Day’.  The word ‘Merdeka’ is derived from the Pāli word ‘maha-iddhika’ meaning ‘possessing great power’.  It refers to the power given to Malaysians, having gained autonomy, to progress the nation through self-determination.

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22 August 2020

Humility opens our minds

The cultivation of humility purifies the mind of pride and ego.  Some may deem this as a weakness because we have been socially conditioned to compete for achievements and success.  However, those who truly understand humility know it leads to a fulfilling life blessed with serenity within and harmony with others.

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15 August 2020

Tearing down our boundaries

‘Metta’ is a mental state of unconditional love and friendliness towards all beings.  This noble virtue could be a lofty goal for many because we may even struggle to have loving-kindness for those close to us such as our family members, friends and colleagues.  Out of habit, our thoughts and reactions are tainted with unpleasant or discriminating views of others.

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9 August 2020

Singapore’s National Day

Today marks the Republic of Singapore’s 55th National Day as the nation comes together to celebrate and promote the wholesome qualities of compassion and kindness amidst adversity.  On this special occasion, Nalandians would like to wish our Singaporean friends a joyous celebration of their National Day with unity and harmony.  Happy National Day!

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6 August 2020

Freedom from attachment

As the world grapples with the global pandemic, it is heart-warming to see many rallying together to help others in need.  In various capacities, some provide food and necessities to those whose livelihoods have been devastated, while some sew protective garments for frontline workers.  When we give without any expectations or reservations, we develop a mental state of relinquishment called ‘cāga’ in Pāli.

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28 July 2020

It is our duty to keep others safe

In just the last 4 weeks, another 6.7 million people have been infected by Covid-19 worldwide bringing the total number of infections to 16.7 million.  Over 650,000 of those infected have succumbed to the virus, and more than 66,000 are in critical condition.  The numbers are staggering and yet the peak is likely not over, according to experts.

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24 July 2020

Our waste is weighing down the world

Most of us are privileged to live a life in which our daily requirements such as food, clothing and entertainment are easily accessed.  Globally, this trend of consumption is increasing partly driven by the convenience that plastic packaging affords us.  Never before have so many products been individually packed for our ease of use; it has become the norm even when we are not on-the-go.

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17 July 2020

6th Anniversary of MH17 tragedy

Today marks the 6th anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was enroute to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.  Three hours after taking off from Schipol Airport, the Boeing 777 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine and all 298 lives on board were lost.

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