On Saturday 9 September, Nalandians gathered for the last time at Nalanda House to conduct a blessing ceremony before it was handed over to the contractors for demolition and reconstruction. The ceremony began at 4.30pm with flag-raising to the chant of ‘Jayamangala Gatha’.
Nalanda officers including President Sis. Evelyn Chow, Director of Dhamma School Sis. Sunanda Ong, and Chairman of Building Committee Bro. Louis Chan, all spoke about the urgent need to expand facilities to accommodate more students coming to learn Dhamma. They also expressed deep gratitude to all benefactors and donors who have supported the construction of Nalanda House twelve years ago, and who are now supporting its reconstruction to become ‘K. Sri Dhammananda Centre’.
Nalanda founder Bro.Tan led the chanting of ‘parittas’, followed by the dedication of merits to all teachers, students, parents, benefactors and volunteers. Both Buddhist and Nalanda flags were lowered for the last time at Nalanda House. When the flags are next raised, it will be at the dawn of a new, ‘reincarnated’ facility – the ‘K. Sri Dhammananda Centre’ (KSDC).
The proposed ‘KSDC’ will be four times the size of Nalanda House (4,500 square feet compared to 1,035 square feet currently). It will be able to comfortably accommodate 120 students or more. Construction is expected to take 12 months, and be completed in September 2018.
We urge the community to help us raise funds for this vital project for the Dhamma education of our present and future generations. While this meritorious project is in progress, let us all generate good thoughts that the construction will progress smoothly, safely, and successfully. Thank you and sadhu!