Celebrating Ven. Saranankara’s 70th birthday

Celebrating Ven. Saranankara’s 70th birthday

We were all grateful for the opportunity to express our thanks and well-wishes to Ven. Saranankara on his 70th birthday.

On Saturday 28 October, 70 Nalanda leaders and members paid tribute to our Spiritual Adviser, Venerable B. Sri Saranankara Nāyaka Thero on the occasion of his 70th birthday at the Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple in Sentul.  Joining over 200 members of the Buddhist community in the offering of lunch dāna, the congregation joyfully celebrated his reverence’s birthday and expressed their appreciation to him, having benefitted from his service of four decades.

In his words of ‘ovāda’, he reminded Nalanda leaders and members of the importance in maintaining a harmonious community.  By upholding wholesome values and keeping Dhamma principles strongly in our hearts, we can together achieve more, especially in the company of spiritual friends.  He also encouraged us to continue propagating the noble teachings of the Buddha for the well-being of many beings.

“Changes may take place, we will get physically worse but we can improve our mindset and mental well-being.”

Nalanda leaders and members sharing a light moment with Ven. Saranankara.

Puja at the Main Shrine before the lunch dana.

Venerable monks and nuns lead the laity in this celebration.

Ven. Saranankara thanked everyone for their kindness and support.

Ven. Saranankara also invited those with the same birthday month to celebrate together.

We thank the organisers at the temple for this wonderful opportunity to commemorate the many virtues and achievements of Ven. Saranankara who persevered and advanced the spirit of Buddhism here in Malaysia.  We rejoice in reverence’s lifetime of selfless service and dedication to the Buddha-Sāsana, and wish Ven. Saranankara good health and all the supporting conditions in his spiritual journey.  Sadhu anumodāna.

We rejoice in the generosity of so many devotees.

Nalanda leaders and members pay their respects to Ven. Saranankara.

Sis. Buddhini Tan presenting flowers, as a token of appreciation and gratitude from all Nalandians, to Ven. Saranankara.

“When we learn the Dhamma, it is important to put the teachings into our daily lives.”

Mr. S. Vijaya said, we must all continue to strive in our Dhamma propagation work and our own spiritual journey, also in appreciation of all that Ven. Saranankara has done for the Buddhist community.

Nalanda leaders recited the first verse of the Jaya Mangala Gatha to wish Ven. Saranankara the full blessings of Dhamma, and to always enjoy good health, long life, happiness and peace.

Nalanda leaders personally convey their appreciation to Ven. Saranankara.