Excursion to foster good friendship

Dhamma School students having an enjoyable time at the Botanical Gardens in Putrajaya.

Dhamma School students having an enjoyable time at the Botanical Gardens in Putrajaya.

On Sunday 24 January, 180 students of Nalanda Dhamma School and members of Nalanda Youth Centre went on an enjoyable outing at Putrajaya’s Botanical Gardens.  The students spent a glorious day in the open learning the meaning of  kalyāna-mittatā (spiritual friendship) through healthy outdoor activities.

They were grouped into teams with names such as “Generosity”, “Caring”, “Forgiving”, “Trustworthy”, and “Sincerity” to help them understand the qualities of a ‘true friend’.  Judging from the peals of laughter and beaming smiles, the students and youths really gelled during the fun activities designed to encourage team work, mutual respect and thoughtfulness.

Dhamma School students, facilitators and organisers bonding on the trip.

Dhamma School students, facilitators and organisers bonding on the excursion.

Many thanks to the organisers and facilitators who took such good care of everyone, besides ensuring effective learning and bonding.  Sadhu anumodana.

Organisers and facilitators arrived before dawn in Putrajaya to prepare for the outing.

Organisers and facilitators arrived before dawn in Putrajaya to prepare for the outing.

One of the games required players to seek the "right tail".

One of the games required players to seek the “right tail”.

Collecting recyclables and ensuring that no litter was left behind after the event. This is part of Nalanda's environmentally-friendly philosophy and culture.

Collecting recyclables and ensuring that no litter was left behind after the event. This is part of Nalanda’s environmentally-friendly philosophy and culture.

Team 'Caring' practising for the cheer contest.

Team ‘Caring’ practising for the cheer contest.

Facilitators were like big "brothers and sisters" to their young charges.

Facilitators were like big “brothers and sisters” to their young charges.

(From left) Dhamma School officers Sis. Sadhika, Sis. Hui Shien, and Sis. Sunanda clapping and cheering for the students.

(From left) Dhamma School officers Sis. Sadhika, Sis. Hui Shien, and Sis. Sunanda clapping and cheering for the students.