In conjunction with the upcoming ‘Dhamma Day’, Nalanda Institute Malaysia offered a commentarial course on the ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’ on Saturday 28 June at Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang. The course which was conducted by the Institute’s Director-Emeritus, Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, saw a good turnout of 105 participants.
‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’ (the ‘Discourse on Turning the Wheel of Dhamma’) was the first discourse taught by the Buddha after his Enlightenment. It elucidates the ‘Four Noble Truths’ and the ‘Noble Eightfold Path’ which leads to the cessation of suffering.
With enthusiasm and sense of humour, Achariya Vijaya conducted a lively course which captured the hearts and minds of participants. Achariya Vijaya explained the choice of ‘Dhamma wheel’ as a Buddhist symbol – it signifies impermanence as the wheel only touches the ground at one point in any moment of time. So too should we focus on the present moment and not dwell on the past or future.
We would like to thank Achariya Vijaya for his dedicated and passionate sharing of Dhamma with the course participants. Let us aspire to uphold our practice and continue with Right Effort towards the realization of Dhamma. Sadhu anumodana!