On Sunday 19 November, Nalanda members and devotees came together to learn in the special Buddhist Leadership Forum organised in conjunction with the Jambudvipa-Suvarnabhumi Buddhist Youth Exchange Programme (YEP). Moderated by Sis. Sandy Lim, the congregation better understood how we can each play our part in preserving the Buddha-Sāsana from renowned social reformist Ven. Sanghasena Mahathero, Datuk Charlie Chia and Sis. Santi Cheang.
Our panellists shared that each of us can start by learning the Dhamma well and also put effort to instill values and principles in our lives. As we progress, we can then share our experience of how we have benefitted. It is also important that we do not wait for others to take action, but do more ourselves to preserve the Sasana through being a kalyana mitta to others and an enabler in Dhamma programmes for more people to learn.
Ven. Sanghasena advised that favourable conditions such as systematic studies and a conducive environment will draw the like-minded to come learn and cultivate themselves. Additionally, in order to present Dhamma in a way that can help others live a more meaningful life, the teachings should relate to the today’s conditions and lifestyles.
We extend our appreciation to our esteemed panellists and moderator for their sharing, and hope that each of us will reflect on these sharings in order to explore how we can play our part. Whilst individually we can make a difference, our collective contribution in a Dhamma community will make a lasting impact for the prolongation of the Buddha’s dispensation.
Buddha-sāsanaṃ ciraṃ thitthatu. May the Buddha-Sāsana long endure.
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