At 10pm (Malaysian time) on 24 March 2014, the Honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia, Y.A.B. Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, went on air to officially announce the fate of MH370 – it is now firmly established that the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crashed into the Southern Indian Ocean with 239 people on board. None of them could have survived.
That was certainly dreaded news for the families of casualties on the ill-fated flight. Their many days of hope, no matter how faint, was all at once extinguished. Perhaps some of them may have thought about this terrifying fate countless times before; but when the news broke, it wasn’t enough to console and comfort their deep sense of loss.
Nalanda Buddhist Society wishes to convey our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all those who perished in this tragedy. We understand that this is an enormously painful time for them. But we also pray that they find strength to carry on with their lives, as best they can.
Nalanda also records our utmost appreciation to all concerned parties – officials, search and rescue personnel, spiritual leaders, volunteer counselors, and private citizens from many countries – all those who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes and prayed for the safety and recovery of MH370. Your efforts are not in vain as the world has been inspired by your selfless spirit and your great sense of humanity and compassion. We further pray that the wreckage of the B777 can be found soonest, so that it may bring closure, and perhaps, some degree of consolation, to many despondent hearts.
PRAYER & CONTEMPLATION
This is a time for us to join our spirits in prayers, just as we had been for 17 days since MH370 went missing on 8 March. It is also a time for deeper reflection and wise contemplation – “that all conditioned things are subject to change; and all lives end in death”.
MEMORIAL SERVICE AT NALANDA
For Nalanda members and devotees, we urge everyone of you to continue with meditation, reciting prayers, and transferring merits to the victims of this misfortune. We at Nalanda shall do our part to continue providing moral support to all those who need it. We shall be dedicating 7 days of prayers to all the casualties of MH370 and their loved ones. On Thursday 27 March, we invite you to join us at Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang at 8pm in a special, community prayer session to dedicate merits to the casualties and their families.
Let us all do what we can, but do it well, with the hope that such wholesome positive actions can help alleviate the suffering experienced by many families and individuals now.
May the victims of MH370 rest in peace. Sotthi.
Aniccā vata saṅkhārā
tesaṃ vūpasamo sukho
Impermanent are all conditioned things –
they are of the nature to arise and pass away.
Having arisen, they perish again;
the cessation of arising and passing away brings peace, and true bliss.
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