Saturday 31 October was Group Assignment Presentation Day for participants of BPS 303 – Buddhist Studies course. It was the ‘grand finale’ to a 10-session course which began on 4 July. The participants were divided into 11 groups and they had two options to choose from. The first option was to conduct a survey to find out how much Buddhists themselves understood Buddhism, and the second was to take part in an activity which reflected the ‘Ten Wholesome Deeds’.
The students had been preparing for their assignments for two months and were raring to go. The four groups from Kelantan were the first to take centre stage. Everyone was in high spirits and they were keen to impress their lecturers – Achariya Vijaya, Achariya Tan Siang Chye, and Bro. Ananda Fong. One of the groups certainly did when its members recited Dhamma verses in Pāli, while another even brought along their own ‘props’ for greater impact.
The hall was filled with mirth as everyone learnt valuable lessons from each other’s presentation. It was heartwarming to see the participants exchanging words of encouragement and giving each other moral support. The lecturers too were happy and duly impressed by the presentations which they say have gotten better over the years.
Congratulations to BPS 303 – Buddhist Studies class of 2015! May they continue to learn the sublime Dhamma and receive its guidance and blessings. Sadhu.