On 18 and 19 May, Nalanda Sungai Petani Branch observed Buddha Day with devotion and serenity as devotees participated in a series of spiritual programmes including chanting, meditation and Dhamma talks.
In his talk, Bro. Ananda Fong referred to the Pabbatūpama Sutta, Discourse on the Simile of the Mountain (SN3 .25) where the Buddha spoke on the importance of right conduct, skilful and meritorious deeds, because we are all subject to ageing and death. Just as the supply of rice is replenished through continuous planting and harvesting, so too it is important for us to constantly cultivate virtues and perform meritorious deeds in order to support our Dhamma practice.
A wise person who cultivates wholesomeness in thoughts, speech and actions, experiences peace within oneself and harmony with others. For example, developing compassion helps us increase our appreciation and concern for others, which leads to a more caring and connected community.
On this occasion, we remind ourselves to perform wholesome deeds diligently and to overcome defilements as we walk on this path towards liberation from the causes of suffering. We thank everyone for their support and contributions which enable the community to better understand the Dhamma and strengthen our faith in the company of kalyana mittā (spiritual friends).