‘Pindacāra’ is the practice of Theravada monks going on alms-round to collect their daily meal. ‘Pindacāra’ is a compound Pāli word. ‘Pinda’ means lumps of food (contained in a monk’s alms-bowl). ‘Cāra’ means to walk about for the purpose of collecting alms-food. Hence, ‘Pindacāra’ means to collect food by going on alms-round.
Every month, Nalanda organizes this traditional practice in 3 morning markets – in Seri Kembangan (Selangor), Sri Petaling, and Happy Garden (Kuala Lumpur). The main purpose of these alms-rounds is to educate the general public on the proper and wholesome ways to support Buddhist monastics. At the same time, we also encourage the public to visit temples, approach monks, and listen to Dhamma teachings.
Public response to Nalanda’s Pindacāra Programme in the past 2 years has been remarkable. Many people express delight and gratitude in having the opportunity to see real Buddhist monks going on alms-round. Besides, offering alms to monks is truly meritorious and joyful for devotees. It also brings the Sangha and laity closer together in a symbiotic relationship.