From 9 April to 14 May, the Buddhist Society of International Medical University (IMU) in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur organized a series of weekly Dhamma lessons for beginners in Buddhism. Nalanda Founder Bro. Tan was the main speaker for the course, conducting 4 out of 6 lessons there. The Director of Pustaka Nalanda Bro. Ananda Fong and Director of Nalanda Dharma School Sis. Sunanda Ong complemented him by conducting one lesson each.
Topics covered in the basic course include the understanding of ‘taking refuge’ in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha; the Four Noble Truths; Middle Path; and the Law of Kamma. Buddhist students in IMU showed much interest in the weekly talks and discussions.
Bro. Tan commented that the knowledge of Dhamma will greatly enhance and facilitate their future roles as health-care providers, as health (‘arogya’) is not only confined to physical wellness, but should be taken holistically to include mental and spiritual well-being. Practising Dhamma now also helps tremendously in achieving calmness, focus, and building inner strength for their challenging journey ahead as medical students. Sadhu anumodana!