Garbed in saffron robes, with head cleanly shaven and a gentle smile on her lips, Ayya Susīla casts a picture of quiet beatitude that exudes great inspiration to the 35 participants sitting in meditation with her during the 2-day, 1-night meditation retreat at Nalanda Centre.
Dr. Loy began his sharing by saying that the Buddha was a great social revolutionary who advocated egalitarianism during His time in India. Regardless of caste or social status, once ordained and entered the Sangha community, one shed his/her identity and strives only for enlightenment from cycles of birth and death. To the people of India at that time, it was such a revolutionary movement and a great social awakening.
Volunteer librarians gathered on 31 March for a training session on the Senayan Library Management System which features the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), an online database with thumbnail document image support, Simple Search and Advanced Search modes, adopted by Pustaka Nalanda.
Nalanda Institute welcomed the return of Venerable Aggacitta together with Ven. Balacitta, Ven. U Vijaya, and 95 diligent yogis, for Part Two of the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta Study with Meditation Workshop on 24 and 25 March.
Aimed at imparting a joyful learning spirit in teenagers as well as strengthening their desire to seek knowledge, a 4-day 3-night camp themed “Joy of Learning” was held during the school holidays in Nalanda Centre. A myriad of activities such as challenging station games, mind-blowing ‘detective hunt’, captivating dharma talks and group discussions had successfully fired up their enthusiasm to learn more!
Being “farmer-for-a-day” was a humbling yet invigorating experience for some 46 children aged 9 to 12 during an outing organized by Nalanda Dharma School, which was part of a 3-day children’s learning camp.