Commencement of Buddhist Course

Report by Chan Jia Xin.  Photographs by Chua Siaw Kim.
The inaugural lecture of the 10-session course.

Achariya Tan Siang Chye delivering the inaugural lecture of the 10-session course.

Nalanda Institute’s 4-month BPS 304 Certificate in Buddhist Studies course  commenced on Saturday, 6 August with the inaugural lecture on ‘Four Noble Truths’, delivered by Institute Director Achariya Tan Siang Chye.

Achariya started with the First Noble Truth of ‘Dukkha’, which means unsatisfactoriness, displeasure, discomfort, and the like.  Once we understand and accept it as part of life, our hearts and minds will open up to more learning, allowing us to investigate further the other Noble Truths.

Achariya Siang Chye elaborating on the 'Four Noble Truths' to participants.

Achariya Siang Chye elaborating on the ‘Four Noble Truths’ to participants.

Participants listening attentively to the lecture.

Participants listening attentively to the lecture and taking notes.

This is the fourth time the BPS303/304 programme is offered by Nalanda Institute.  It is very well-received with 75 participants signing up for the 10-session course, which explores basic Buddhist doctrines, devotional practice, and Buddhist scriptures through informative lectures and interactive discussions.

We rejoice in the participants’ diligence and commitment in learning Buddha-Dhamma, which is indeed a supreme blessing!  Sadhu anumodana.

Participants form groups to discuss their learning and reflections about the lecture.

Participants form groups to discuss their learning and reflections about the lecture.

The course attracted a number of young participants.

The course attracted a significant number of young participants, which is most encouraging.