Inaugural inter-branch Conference

Members from the three Nalanda branches gather in Johor Bahru.

Nalanda officers and members from the three state branches gather in Johor Bahru for the inaugural inter-branch conference.

Nalandian officers and members from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Sungai Petani branches participated in the Inaugural Inter-branch Conference from 26 to 28 May at NEO Centre Johor Bahru.  The conference brought members together to share their joys, learning experiences, and challenges in operating a Nalanda branch.

Members firstly identified the purpose and functions of a branch centre.  Everyone then revisited the Society’s long-term goals and objectives.  Viewing things from this broader perspective allowed for the realignment of the branches’ programmes with the vision and mission of the Society.

Chairmen from the three Nalanda branches sharing their thoughts with members.

Chairmen from the three Nalanda branches sharing their thoughts with members.

Nalanda EXCO Member Sis. Buddhini addressing the conference.

Nalanda EXCO Member Sis. Buddhini addressing members.

Members also discussed the challenges faced and their possible solutions in conducting weekly services, learning programmes, and large-scale community events.  After the discussions, everyone gained a clearer understanding on the importance of better planning and communication skills, in order to meet the needs of the public.

Nalanda Sungai Petani Branch Secretary Sis. Sumedha (left) leading the chanting at NEO Centre Johor Bahru.

Nalanda Sungai Petani Branch Secretary Sis. Sumedha Lee (left) leading the chanting at NEO Centre Johor Bahru.

Nalanda Kuala Lumpur Branch officers having a discussion.

Nalanda Kuala Lumpur Branch officers having a discussion.

Throughout the joyful 3-day meeting, Nalandians were inspired and rejoiced over the amount of selfless effort that each branch has contributed to the propagation of Dhamma to their respective communities.  Let us continue to strive diligently so that the Buddha-Sāsana may long endure!

Communal meals start with grateful blessings and reflection on food.

Communal meals start with grateful blessings and reflection on the purpose of consuming food.