The Buddha referred to his disciples as the “Four-fold Assembly” – the gatherings of ‘bhikkhū’ (monks), ‘bhikkhunī’ (nuns), ‘upasakā’ (laymen), and ‘upasikā’ (laywomen). In the Mahāparinibbāna Sutta, the Buddha famously said that He would not pass away until the “Four-fold Assembly” is well-established in the learning and practice of Dhamma, and proficient in propagating His Sublime Teachings.
In conjunction with the 3rd Samaneri Novitiate Programme 2018 currently held at Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA), a public forum on the role of the “Four-fold Assembly” in preserving and disseminating the Buddha-Dhamma will be explored. Speakers at the forum include Ven. Bhikkhu Gavesi, Ven. Ayya Sumangala, Nalanda founder Bro.Tan, and Nalanda Director of Training Sis. Paruadi Ramasamy; Sis. Lim Kah Hong will be the moderator.
All interested Buddhists are welcome to attend the forum to be held on Sunday 17 June, from 9.00am to 10.30am, at SJBA.