Bro. Tan’s visit to Batam, Indonesia

Bro. Tan observing how the Dhamma School session was being conducted.

Bro. Tan observing the Dhamma School session at Vihāra Dhammamulia.

Bro. Tan was recently invited by devotees to the island of Batam in Riau Province, Indonesia, from 25 to 27 March.  The purpose of the visit was to share his experience with local teachers on ways to improve the management of vihāras and Dhamma schools.

Teachers at Vihāra Dhammamulia, a large Theravada monastery in Batam Centre, had a fruitful meeting with Bro. Tan on improving the effectiveness of Buddhist education for children and teenagers.  The teachers were curious about the success factors of Nalanda Dhamma School in Sri Serdang, and were fascinated to learn them.

Bro. Tan had a productive discussion with Dhamma teachers at Vihāra Dhammamulia.

Bro. Tan had a productive discussion with Dhamma teachers at Vihāra Dhammamulia.

Paying a courtesy call at Venerable Sayadaw Dhammasara.

Paying a courtesy call at Venerable Sayadaw Dhammasara, abbot of Pa-Auk Tawya Vipassanā Dhura Hermitage in Rempang.

Bro. Tan, accompanied by Nalandian youth Neville Lee, also visited the Pa-Auk Tawya Vipassanā Dhura Hermitage in Rempang.  They paid a courtesy visit to its abbot Sayadaw Dhammasara, and exchanged ideas on meditation and Dhamma propagation with him. They also paid respects to a few other bhikkhus residing at the lovely hermitage.

Bro. Tan and youth Neville Lee in the Sima Hall.

Bro. Tan and youth Neville Lee in the Sīma Hall of Pa-Auk Tawya Vipassanā Dhura Hermitage.

Paying respects to venerable sayadaws at the hermitage.

Paying respects to venerable sayadaws at the hermitage (photographs above and below).